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.