I’ve climbed Ajusco, twice. It’s a pretty sizeable mountain in the south of Mexico City. The first effort wasn’t totally successful. We got to within metres of the summit, but we’d taken the wrong route and found ourselves up against a sheer cliff on one side and a mini canyon on the other. I went again with another group of friends at the end of 2010. We went to right route up and got to the top.
It’s very tranquil there. The occasional climber might pass by, but otherwise all you’ll hear are the huffs and puffs of your amigos and the whistle of the wind. The mountain has a little bit of a reputation for robberies, but so do many parts of DF which I’d consider generally safe. It was hard to believe there could be much trouble when I went up.
However, it does happen. My friends from the first failed climb went back up recently. They reached the summit this time. Where they were met by armed robbers, who relieved them of their valuables at gunpoint. When they got back down, the locals confessed – this type of incident is a pretty frequent event. I don’t want to put anyone off the climb. It’s a fabulous day out. But do be aware of where you are and who is nearby, and don’t carry too much bling.