Summit elevation: 14,636 feet / 4,461 meters
9 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
La Malinche • Description
At 14,636 feet, La Malinche is the fifth highest of the Mexican volcanoes (after Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, and Nevado de Toluca). The summit is on the borderline of Puebla and Tlaxcala. La Malinche is also known as Matlalcueitl.
The ascent starts at Centro Vacacional Malintzi and initially leads through a forest, cutting short the switchbacks of a closed road. Then steep grass slopes lead up to a ridge, where the terrain becomes more rocky. The ascent follows the ridge to the rim of the crater, from where it is only a short distance to the summit boulder.
La Malinche • Interactive Map
La Malinche • Pictures
Coming from sea level, we spent a night in Puebla (7,200 feet) and another night in a cabin at Centro Vacacional Malintzi (9,800 feet), before climbing La Malinche on the third day. The cabins are excellent, with electricity, hot water, kitchen, fireplace, even a market and restaurant. Maria Elena, Carolina, Luis, Ivan, Dorci Sr., and Dorci Jr. joined us for the weekend, and Sandra, Luis, Humberto and Jose (guides), and I went up the mountain.
Maria Elena, Carolina, Diana Sr., Diana Jr., Luis, Ivan, Dorci Sr., and Dorci Jr. joined us for the weekend, and Sandra, Maria Elena, Luis, Sergio, Karla, and I went up the mountain (route).
Maria Elena, Carolina, Diana Sr., Diana Jr., Luis, Ivan, and Dorci Jr. joined us for the weekend, and Sandra, Sergio, Luis Enrique, Tita, and I went up the mountain (route).
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Climbing & Mountaineering