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Renowned for its sharp limestone and warm winter temperatures, El Potrero Chico is known as Mexico’s sport climbing paradise. Only a short walk away from the campsites, these big wall classics accommodate all levels of climbers. Beginners will enjoy cragging on solid, sharp limestone, which lends itself to intuitive and flowy face climbing, while experienced climbers can sink their teeth in Potrero’s long multi-pitches, including the legendary Time Wave Zero, the longest sport climb in North America, while “Little Coral” hides some big climbs—and there are plenty of pitches to go around.
Sharp, stable limestone that feels intuitive for beginner climbers
The “approaches” are just five-minute walks from most campgrounds
One of the biggest concentrations of long multi-pitches in North America
Awesome, El Potrero Chico was an amazing time, like a giant outdoor climbing facility!
Lani and Sam were great! Very knowledgeable and professional!
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 U.S. Consulate’s travel advisory 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 you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Like climbing in the gym, outdoor 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.
For this adventure, some indoor climbing experience is necessary, but you don’t need to have any experience with outdoor climbing. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
For technical climbing equipment, you’ll need:
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
Your guides can supply some rentals and are happy to make recommendations on what to buy.
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.
Your group will stay in a private spacious house, just a short walking distance from the climbing routes. The house will have multiple bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi.
If you prefer to stay in your own accommodation and want to make sure that you won’t have to share a room with anyone, your guide can reserve an apartment for the week for $400 extra. You can share this cost with a friend or partner if desired.
You’ll be able to buy yourself food for breakfasts and lunches at local markets. Expect nothing less than the freshest food of very high quality at affordable prices!
Your guide can cater to various dietary restrictions, just reach out ahead of time to make the arrangements..
Group sizes and prices:
Rock climbing in El Potrero Chico can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to El Potrero Chico, most people fly into Monterrey International Airport 45 minutes away. From there, your guides will arrange a taxi for you to take you straight to your accommodation for the trip. To make things easier for yourself and your guide, we recommend arriving at Monterrey before 5 pm on the first day of your trip.