Malinche is a 12.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco Tetlanohcan, Tlaxcala, Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.2 km Elevation Gain: 1,275 m Route Type: Out & Back

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La Malinche, an inactive volcano also known as Matlalcueye or Malintzin is located in the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala in Mexico. From the trailhead (19.27939,-98.04243), walking along the paved road for about 0.1 of a mile you will find the trailhead on your right. You will hike for about 3.5 miles on a not too steep trail in the middle of the forest with beautiful plants, flowers and tall trees. Then you will reach the last part of the forest called La Placa, from here you will find a more steep sandy section, take the path on the right side that does not have much sand and that will take you to the peak named The Pyramid. Do not be afraid of the following sections with a lot of rocks, steeper but not difficult to climb. Once on the summit, enjoy the wonderful views, from where you also will see other famous volcanoes of Mexico. On your return, before reaching The Pyramid, take the sandy path to your right, it will be easier to walk down. It is better to hire a guide, they have a lot of experience on the trail and they have equipment that they can lend you. Bring a good pair of hiking boots, no tennis shoes, and appropriate clothing and of course snacks and plenty of water.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Excellent acclimatization for those who go to Pico de Orizaba; the path is perfectly marked, the first half is covered with pine trees, when you get to the sandy areas recharge to the right, the road is firmer, so you avoid going up the sands, from here there is no shade and the steep climb begins summit. To lower I recommend the sand, fast and helps the knees to cushion the blow.

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4 months ago

Good hike with amazing views. Is slow going due the altitude and would recommend good level of fitness, is steep in some parts. Trail is in good condition, dusty at times. Watch for cold winds at the top.

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5 months ago

Didn’t summit but climbed just short of the rock scramble to the top. Used is an acclimatization hike in prep for Ixta and Orizaba. Definitely a doable hike, just take it slow and easy if you are not used to the altitude. Trail was in good condition, and spent the night in the cabins at the resort area. Do it if you’re in Mexico looking to prepare for climbing higher mountains.

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6 months ago

I would not consider this a medium difficulty hike, compared to the ones I’ve done in the US. I would rate this as hard. I hiked this trail in winter time and enjoyed it a lot. The forest and the view at the summit are gorgeous.

9 months ago

Amazing views. Well marked and people will help with directions if needed

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10 months ago

You need a moderate condition and a powerful mind to reach the top, the view right there is amazing.

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10 months ago

This is a trail through a beautiful forest. We started very early in the morning and we saw a wonderful landscape at sunrise. The difficult area begins at the end of the forest, sandy and rocky but not difficult. Once at the top, I could contemplate a wonderful landscape and also the volcanoes Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl among others, being there was an unforgettable experience.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Nice altitude climb. Relatively easy compared to the other volcanoes

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