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Rock Climbing at El Potrero Chico

El Potrero Chico | Mexico
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go rock climbing at El Potrero Chico

  • Trip Highlight

    Discover one of the world’s finest big wall climbing destinations

  • Trip Highlight

    Over 600 fantastic routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13a

  • Trip Highlight

    Many of the area’s greatest climbs are only a 5-minute hike away from the road

Located just outside of Monterrey, El Potrero Chico is Mexico’s multi-pitch paradise and one of the best big wall climbing spots in the world. It has become an international destination due to its ease of access, friendly community, and abundant climbing. Boasting over 600 fantastic limestone sport routes, it truly deserves its nickname—”the Yosemite of Mexico’’. Choose from a wide range of routes, from Virgin Canyon’s more moderate 5.8s to intimidating 5.12+ monoliths like the Time Wave Zero. If climbing up to 23 pitches in length under the inviting Mexican sun sounds like something you’d enjoy, give El Potrero Chico a shot! Learn more about climbing in El Potrero Chico from Cody Bradford, AMGA Certified rock guide and 57hours ambassador.

Season

September through April

Nearest city

Monterrey, Mexico, is 1 hour away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

Private Single-Pitch Climbing With a Guide

Full-day

Discover El Potrero Chico, a sport-climbing mecca with over 600 routes within walking distance! Test your prowess on beginner-friendly routes such as the Wonder Wall, or take on challenging climbs such as the 5.11 Pangea or the 5.13a Hombre de Rifle. A seasoned guide will accompany you, helping you choose the best routes and keeping you safe on the rocks.

Private Multi-Pitch Climbing With a Guide

Full-day

Get ready for a multi-pitch rock climbing adventure in El Potrero Chico—one of Mexico’s most famous climbing areas! Get lost in Nuevo Leon’s landscapes and test out your endurance and skill on El Potrero Chico’s massive multi-pitch climbs, such as the 23-pitch Time Wave Zero. Your guide will help you choose the appropriate routes, so relax and enjoy the climbing experience of a lifetime!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures at El Potrero Chico, Mexico

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, please refer to the US Embassy’s COVID-19 information for Mexico.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of climbing
    • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations
    • Lunch and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

El Potrero Chico has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, El Potrero Chico has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Helmet
    • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
    • Ropes
    • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Sun hat
    • Water bottle
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Long-sleeved sun shirt
    • Light puffy jacket for high-altitude approaches
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Comfortable approach shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

 

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For single pitch climbs, the max guest-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
    • For multi-pitch climbs, the max guest-to-guide ratio is 2:1.
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days in El Potrero Chico can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to El Potrero Chico, most people fly into Monterrey International Airport 45 minutes away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Hidalgo, a town right below El Potrero Chico.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s in Hidalgo or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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