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ncstPublic transportation


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The first bus ('collectivo') for La Malintzi from Apizaco leaves at 8.20 am from the corner of Av. Hidalgo and Av. Serdan (in front the 'Elektra' store). Come in time because it fills up fast with people working at the 'centro vacacional'. It drops you off at 9 am at the entrance of the centro vacacional, where the trail starts. To return, there is a bus at 1pm, 3pm and at 5pm, which is the last one, but it gives you more than enough time to summit, go down and have a late lunch. The bus fare is 20 pesos one way.
Posted Aug 17, 2009 10:07 am

bcrowell2Re: Public transportation

Voted 4/10

The 3:00 bus to go back down the mountain only exists Fri, Sat, and Sun. The 5:00 bus exists every day of the week. As of 2014, the standard one-way taxi fare seems to be about 200 pesos, which is about $15.
Posted Jan 12, 2014 10:41 am


Voted 4/10

The route is pretty straightforward, but it would be nice to have a little description of it in the page. Maps are difficult to obtain; you can theoretically download E14B33 and E14B43 from inegi.org.mx, but in reality the website doesn't seem to work properly. Basically it's a very direct slog up a conical volcano. Starting from the locked gate on the road, you walk up a trail that cuts across the switchbacks of the road. After about 30 minutes you get to a sign and a garbage heap where the trail departs from the top of the road. The wide trail continues up through the forest. Near tree line, it passes to the left of a huge gendarme, and you can take a variety of lines to regain the ridge beyond it. (The prominent gray ribbon of scree is good for boot-glissading on the way back down, but not so great for ascending.) Continuing up the ridge, the grass disappears and you're in the alpine zone. Pass to the right of a second, smaller gendarme, then continue with class-2 climbing over boulders; you can either stay near the crest of the ridge or a little to the right. Some of the best views of the double caldera are from the crest of the ridge, not the summit. Be careful stepping onto the summit block if the somewhat exposed gully in front of it is icy. A teensy bit of class-3 takes you to the top of the summit block. At a reasonable pace the ascent takes from 2 to 4 hours, the descent about 2 hours.

Wikivoyage has info on the town of Apizaco: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Apizaco
Posted Jan 12, 2014 11:02 am

docrstRoad to Canoa


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The road from Puebla through San Miguel de Canoa is now paved all the way to Centro Vacacional de Malintzi. The road leaves Puebla near the stadium and when you are about to enter the village of Canoa, veer left on the paved (not brick paver) road. After that, the route to Malinche is straightforward.
Posted Feb 16, 2014 11:09 pm

bodofztSpecial equipment sometimes required


Voted 7/10

>No special equipment is required, there are no dangerous parts
This is NOT true when it has snowed recently! I went there in January, after a snow storm. Above the tree line it was cold and extremely windy. On the ridge, I even feared I could be blown away by the gusts. I then had to turn back at the north (false) summit because I started to fear for my life.
Seriously, people, bring crampons and an ice axe if you plan to climb la Malinche after a snow storm!
Posted Jul 29, 2016 7:57 pm

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