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El Potrero Chico | Mexico

Rock Climbing in El Potrero Chico

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September to April

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Nearest city

Monterrey, México is just over 1 hour away

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1 day

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Spend the day climbing the spectacular “Yosemite of Mexico”

El Potrero Chico (The Little Corral) is located just north of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon. This sport climbing mecca is considered to be the “Yosemite” of México with its steep 2000ft grey limestone walls and stunning desert landscapes below. “El PC” as it is commonly known is an internationally renowned climbing area and one of the best locations in the world for long moderate multi-pitch sport routes. Climbers from all over the world travel to El PC to bask in the warm sun and get strong climbing on these amazing walls that host over 500 routes. For the visiting climber there is long single pitch cragging to extraordinary twenty-three pitch routes to choose from. If you are up for an adventure and climbing in the warm sun sounds inviting, join your professional guide (who not only developed some of the most outstanding routes in the canyon but also wrote the most comprehensive book for the area) for a day of some serious fun!

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $370 · Full-day

El Potrero Chico offers endless walls of limestone routes with ratings from 5.6 to 5.14. Let your guide tailor the day according to your wishes — explore this sport-climbing paradise with over 500 routes within a walking distance. Try out some beginner routes such as Wonder Wall, or if you are an avid climber, conquer some of the more challenging routes such as the 5.12a Inglourious Bastards or the 5.13a Surfer Rosa! Let your guide plan out the perfect day on the rocks and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

Multi-Pitch Climbing With a Private Guide

From $370 · Full-day

Test out your endurance and skill on the spectacular 23-pitch-long Time Wave Zero or any other multi-pitch route that El Potrero Chico offers! Climb safely with the help of a certified local guide and experience some of the best climbs of your life. This premiere big wall sport climbing destination will leave you amazed with the marvelous terrain and breathtaking landscapes. Let your guide plan out the perfect day and enjoy this amazing climbing experience!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in El Potrero Chico, Hidalgo

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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Hidalgo, please refer to Mexico’s Official Travel website.

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 in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Full days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
  • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals 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 in Hidalgo 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 do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Approach shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • 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.

Make sure you have any personal climbing gear you would normally bring for a day at the crag

Technical gear list

For this adventure, you’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes
  • Ropes
  • Chalk-bag
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For the customized day with a guide, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.

For the multi-pitch climbs, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person.

Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Individuals younger than 18 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis.

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

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with emergency medical insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to El Potrero Chico, Hidalgo, most people fly into Monterrey International Airport (OMA). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the small town of Hidalgo, about 1 hour away. The climbing area is located about 2 miles outside of town.

If driving from the U.S., cross the border at Laredo, Texas. It’s about a 3-hour drive from here on reasonably good toll roads.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

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