The City Summit

Ajusco, a fairly substantial mountain of 3,900 metres, is the very highest part of Mexico City. A city which is pretty high up to start with. I tried climbing it back in April, having cycled to the mountain. We chose the wrong route up and failed.

I had my doubts about how successful we’d be this time, as we were taking public transport to get there – quite a trek in itself. It turned out to be easier than I’d thought it would be however. From the microbus station outside Metro Taxquena, you grab the bus which goes past Six Flags, getting off at the stop for a bus that goes to Santo Tomaso.

Take that bus to the end of the line, and jump in a taxi. For fifty pesos (per car, not per person) they’ll drop you off at the base of the mountain path that leads you to the summit, about a 10 minute drive away. You can’t go wrong finding your way – no guide needed, other than the instructions above!

The first 30 minutes is up a pretty steep and rocky slope, but once you’ve got to the first of several summits, the path is much, much easier. Other than a decent pair of tennis shoes, some warm clothes, a backpack to put your jumper in when you get warm and to keep a litre or two of water – no other equipment is necessary.

Except, perhaps, sun cream. I forgot. I’m an embarrassing shade of red today. The English are famous for several things. Going out in the midday sun with mad dogs for one. Marching around with faces burned bright red is another. Still, as has been pointed out, at least I forgot my sunglasses too, or I’d have two unburned odd looking spectacles too. Thing’s can always be worse.

It should have an official name, like British Racing Green has. Perhaps Rojo Ingles. Or English Lobster Red. Or even, seeing as this trip was the inspiration for coming up with a name, Ajusco Red.

But anyway, we (we being myself, a student and members of her family) made it to the top. And back down again, safely. And had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. The area is famous for it’s rabbit – conejo. A little pricey, but well worth the money. Click here to see the photos on Flickr.

The Spine Of Ajusco

13 thoughts on “The City Summit

  1. Nice…so you’re 3900 meters above sea level all told? Smoking have a bit of an effect up there? 😉 I noticed the added difficulty of altitude going up El Nevado, I think around the same elevation.

    No snow up there yet?

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    1. Fortunately, altitude doesn’t, so far – touch wood – seem to trouble me. I’ve smoked quite happily at 5,000 metres plus on Izta.

      Did you go up to the summit on the Nevado de Toluca? Good weather? It was shrouded in thick fog the day I went up.

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      1. Got perfect weather with a nice view of the Toluca valley below. I don’t remember what time of year we went, but there was still a bit of snow in the caldera. Made my first snowman in Mexico there.

        I was huffing and puffing scaling the last 100 meters though…

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      2. Lucky – it was completely clouded over when I went up. Could barely see your hand in front of your face.

        Paola and several others stopped about 30 to 50 metres from the top. They’d have carried on if they’d known they were so close, but alas….they just couldn’t see the top!

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  2. Wow! Congrats! That’s quite a trek. I’ll have to do it one day myself. And tsk tsk for forgetting your sun protection. You’re not Mexican, ya know!

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where the preferred mountain is Mount Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire. Supposedly one of the most-trekked mountains in the world. But a mere bump compared to Ajusco.

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    1. I’m not, and it shows. I look ridiculous! My skin has hardened to a degree to the sun since I moved here, but there’s only so much my pasty English skin can take….!

      It’s worth doing, climbing Ajusco. Would F enjoy it? It’s a nice day out of the smoke. Which you can see as a very thick brown haze from up on high.

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