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This all-women climbing retreat in Mexico is the perfect opportunity for you to hone in pertinent rock climbing skills under the guidance of professional guides. Over the course of three packed days, you’ll visit completely different crags where you’ll learn the ropes of climbing. It’s difficult to pinpoint the highlight of this tour, but cragging at one of the 13 Wonders of Mexico, the 1,400-foot-tall La Peña de Bernal, might just be it: this Jurassic-era porphyritic monument is one of the tallest monoliths in the world! When you’re not up on the rock, use the time to explore the area and immerse yourself in the culture of Central Mexico—get lost in its quaint streets, great cuisine, lively music, and cozy artisan shops. One day will be reserved for a fantastic wine tour and sipping on different natural wines from the Marques region of Querétaro. Become a confident climber, learn invaluable skills and forge friendships that will last a lifetime!

  • Master the art of climbing

    Gain a complete understanding of an incredibly valuable skill set for climbing

  • Create lifelong friendships

    Build rock climbing skills with other like-minded women led by highly trained staff

  • Challenges galore

    Climb three completely different world-class destinations, including one of the tallest monoliths in the world


Become a stronger and more confident woman with this ladies-only rock climbing retreat in Bernal, Aculco, and Jilotepec México! Whether you top-rope, mock lead or full on lead climb, everyone will feel included. Get empowered, learn new skills surrounded by like-minded women, and then practice the skill learned until you OWN each system and achieve proficiency and confidence. Have you ever learned skills from another climber and questioned if the system was the best for the situation or worse if what is being taught is even safe? Head to these amazing crags in sunny Mexico and learn from professional guides teaching the most modern techniques for 2023. Accelerate your learning while climbing at three world class areas!

  • This clinic will be taught at La Peña de Bernal, one of the world’s tallest monoliths. On the first day, the focus will be placed on assessing your goals, getting to know one another, and climbing great routes while learning about the art of fluid motion. Your guide will explain the foundations of climbing and importance of having a strong and solid partnership between the climber and belayer. Fine-tune the skills required to proficiently sport climb outdoors, such as on-sighting tactics, efficient climbing, and fluid movement. Learn to overcome the mindset of thinking about falling instead of climbing, why falling is never failing, building the best anchor-point on bolts and stripping the anchor safely and efficiently. 99% of past participants were leading sport climbs by the end of the day!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel or AirBnB

    Bernal from a distance
  • The first day of the tour was long and strenuous as you learned so much about climbing, so the second day will be spent in a more relaxing environment — a local winery! Visit old haciendas, enjoy wine tasting from the Marques region of Querétaro and marvel at the beautiful landscape. During this day, you will taste lots of fine wine, learn about the difference between commercial and natural wines from this famous region of Queretaro, and get to really know everyone else in the group.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel or AirBnB

    Vineyard in Bernal
  • Day 3 will be held at the walls of La Concepción; Central Mexico’s most popular crack climbing destination located minutes from the gorgeous town of Aculco de Espinoza. Fortify the skills you’ve acquired by using the knowledge gained over the past two days of the retreat. The goals of today’s instructive clinic is upgrading your skills and learning more about crack climbing and safety. Building your own top-rope anchor is an essential skill for outdoor rock climbing. You will have ample time to climb great splitter cracks while learning the skill of setting a proper TR anchor. Your professional guides will focus on the equipment necessary to stage solid redundant anchors, the use of acceptable natural features found at the top of a cliff and the most modern system for rigging anchors. By the end of the day, everybody should expect to gain the knowledge and understanding to feel comfortable building top-rope anchors at the top of any accessible cliff with natural anchor points. You will also the use different belay devices and be familiar with several methods to keep belayer’s of differing weights secure while climbers ascend and lower!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel or AirBnB

    The magnificent Aculco de Espinoza is practically begging to be climbed.
  • The final day of this course will be taught at Las Peñas de Dexcani, located in a private woodland preserve just outside the town of Jilotepec de Molina. The goal of the day is to feel comfortable and succeed in a new environment that forces differing techniques and energy conservation. You will be route finding while the pump clock is ticking. This will be a full day of climbing and learning — as a cohesive group, you will focus on making sure all the necessary building blocks of success have been retained for this day and moving into the future. Learning the techniques specific to sport climbing on steep terrain pays large dividends for anyone looking forward to climbing into the future. Your guides aim to teach lessons and skills to propel one’s entire mindset towards proficiency and self sufficiency! At the end of the day, head back to your accommodation and enjoy the final night of the course. Tomorrow you will pack up and head to the airport!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel or AirBnB

    This camp is perfect for women looking to upgrade their rock climbing skills in the beautiful environment of Aculco.
  • What you do on this day is totally up to you — and your guide can help with all the arrangements. If this 4-day course was enough for you, you can pack up and head to the airport. You’ve made some friends and memories and you will always be welcomed back with open arms.

    If you would like to prolong your adventure, stay for another optional day and use it to your heart’s delight. Explore the Magic Towns of Aculco or Bernal as there are numerous cultural heritage sites found close to your climbing area. Once you sign up, talk with your guide about how to make the remainder of your trip spectacular! Horseback riding, hiking, hot springs, museums, pyramids, local tourist attractions, 4×4 jeep tours, dirt bike tours — the fun never stops.

    Let us know upon booking if you would like to add Day 5 to your tour and depending on your plans, your guide will add a small fee to cover the expenses. 

    Panoramic view of a waterfall called "Cascada de la Concepcion" in the municipality of Aculco, Mexico.
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Meet your guides

Simeon Heimowitz
Simeon Heimowitz
Simeon is a PCGI Certified Climbing Guide with over 15 years of experience in guiding in Northern & Central Mexico. He is the owner of SouthernXposure, a climbing school & guide service in Central Mexico. Simeon wrote three guidebooks on Mexico rock climbing, covering the Bernal, Aculco, and El Potrero Chico areas, where he has spent over 18 years climbing the crags!
Sue Kligerman
Sue Kligerman
Sue has been climbing and professionally guiding rock climbers all over North America since 1998. Her philosophy on guiding is to teach skills and techniques that allow a climber to work their way up a route making their own decision and solving their own puzzles. Sue is an AMGA & PCGI-certified rock climbing instructor and an NY state licensed guide and wilderness first responder.
Arcelia García
Arcelia García
Arcelia began her climbing career in 1999 on the cliffs of El Potrero Chico in her home country of Mexico. After graduating from college, Arcelia began her journey as a professional guide. She’s an experienced rock climbing instructor, single-pitch, and multi-pitch guide who’s always happy to share the joy of a wonderful climbing experience in her beautiful country.
SouthernXposure Climbing School and Guide Service is at the forefront of rock climbing in Mexico. They are a union of the best rock climbing guides from all over North America. They develop the areas, routes, and the infrastructure on terrain that is destined to become the focal point for the best climbing — not only in Mexico, but also all of the northern continent from Canada to Central America. SouthernXposure is a professional guide service that embraces the cultural heritage of the surrounding area by enlightening visitors to what makes the towns we visit so special. If you've never traveled to the breadbasket of Mexico you are in for a real treat!
5.00 (2 reviews)
10/10 I’d do it all over again!
Rebecca C. (source: GoogleReviews)

Simeon hosted the perfect trip with a mix of local culture and rock climbing adventure. The communication leading up to the trip was flawless as we determined what would make our personalized experience just right. Carlos guided us on our last climbing day as we attempted (and succeeded) our first multi pitch.

A few trip standouts:

  • delicious local cheese plate put together by Simeon -watching some soccer at the neighborhood fields
  • learning new knots and cleaning techniques by Carlos -Simeon’s excellent dinner recommendations in Bernal
  • Aculco’s residents and their kindness

10/10 I’d do it all over again!

Overall I can’t recommend more highly Southern Xposure
Taylor S. (source: GoogleReviews)

Where do I even begin. Coming from the US to Mexico City for a week of climbing. They provided insight on areas we would enjoy and where to spend our time not only climbing but restaurants, hotels, and cultural sites, which helped us immensely in planning our trip.

The day we climbed at La Concepción; Aculco, México with southern exposure was phenomenal. Our guide Carlos introduced us to the area and hand picked routes based on our individual climbing styles and skill level. He was able to provide instruction on crack techniques that pushed us to climb a grade harder by the end of the day! He shared a history of the area with his personal connection to it while impressing upon us the ethics of the region. It was awesome to climb with someone that is giving so much back for the local climbing community. Truly a wealth of knowledge and experience. By the end of the day we didn’t just have a guide, we had a new friend.

Overall I can’t recommend more highly Southern Xposure. Excellent communication form the beginning, going above and beyond. Doesn’t matter if your a beginner or experienced climber they have something to off everyone. All around phenomenal service. Thank you so much Simone and a Carlos

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Transportation to and from Querétaro Airport
      • Transportation during the tour
      • 4 nights of accommodations in a hotel or Airbnb
      • 3 days of rock climbing
      • All technical climbing gear
      • Daily breakfasts at the accommodations
      • Daily lunches delivered to the crag (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options available)
      • Wine tour

    What’s not included:

      • Additional day of climbing
      • Additional night of accommodation
      • Transportation to and from Mexico
      • Dinners after climbing
      • Gratuities — optional
  • 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 experience rock climbing in Aculco de Espinoza, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • No prior experience is necessary for this rock climbing tour in Aculco de Espinoza. 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.

  • 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)
      • Water bottle
      • Comfortable shoes for the walk-off
      • Light puffy jacket
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Rock climbing clothing (including a long-sleeved sun shirt)
      • Leisure clothing
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, chapstick, bug spray, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • 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 prices:

      • These courses are not private. For this group rock climbing course in Aculco de Espinoza, the usual group size is 6 women with a 2:1 guest to guide ratio.
      • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

    Climbing days in Aculco de Espinoza 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.

  • To get to Aculco de Espinoza, most people fly into Querétaro Intercontinental Airport 25 minutes east of La Peña de Bernal. Your guides will arrange free transport for you from the airport to La Peña de Bernal.

    It’s best if you arrive a day early. In that case, your guide will transport you from the airport to Bernal. Once you and your guide agree on the details, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the airport or a predetermined location.

  • 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 Aculco de Espinoza please refer to the US Embassy’s COVID-19 information site 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!

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