Debut Mexico Multi-Sport Adventure!
On November 9, Mountain Madness launched it’s first Mexico Multi-Sport Adventure with Hector Ponce De Leon, one of Mexico’s most famous mountaineers, as lead guide for the trip. The first half of the trip would begin with attemps on on the volcanoes of Iztaccihuatl (17,154 feet / 5239 meters) and the Orizaba (18,404 feet / 5612 meters). After the climbs, the group would head east to the town Jacamulco to take part in a variety of exciting activities, including white water rafting, rappeling, rockclimbing, and canyonneering.
The group happily enjoying their first beer since before their Orizaba summit climb. Jaime Pollitte photo
I was able to meet up with the group after their successful summit of Orizaba at the historic Hacienda Santa Barbara outside of Huamantla to continue their journey to the recreational paradise of Jacamulco.
Historic grounds of the Hacienda Santa Barbara with Malinche in the background. Jaime Pollitte photo
The group praised the food at the Hacienda Santa Barbara, describing it as ” plentiful” and as some of the “most authentic Mexican” they had. Mariana Valazquez Breton has been restoring this historic Hacienda, built in the 1700s, which has been in her family for 35 years. This was the perfect respite after a long summit day!
Delicious meals come from this kitchen. Jaime Pollitte photo
After packing up, the group loaded in the vans and headed to Jacamulco. They were amazed to arrive at the tropical paradise of the Aldea Rodavento Lodge after being in high winds and cold temps high on Orizaba. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and catching up on some well needed rest.
The cabins at Aldea Rodavento. Jaime Pollitte photo