Volcan La Malinche
Volcan La Malinche
4.5
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Volcan La Malinche and nearby attractions

The area
Reach out directly

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles73 reviews
Excellent
56
Very good
15
Average
2
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Olidobolli
Zagreb, Croatia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Hike of the La Malinche requires a certain level of physical condition, but it is defintely worth it. Technically, it is steeper than your usual weekend hike, but if you go steady & slow, doable. Only the final climb to the peak requires you to use your hands. Start as early as possible to have enough time to get up and get down and enjoy the top. I needed 4hrs to get to top and around 3hrs to get down. If you are taking a local bus/colectivo from Huamantla take into account that after the bus leaves you on the road, you have a 7km walk to get to the entrance. From there I hitchhiked and found my mexican clique for conquering the peak. Other option is to sleep in the cabanas at the entrance, which is maybe a better option if you are not sure in your speed and climbing capability.
Written 21 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Doubleplay4
Mount Holly, NC148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Hike starts from 3000 meters from the entrance and after gaining about 900 meters you clear the forest. Another 500-600 meters will take you the the top. Not an easy hike by all means and for an average person it should take 6-7 hours roundtrip. Most people and families we saw were stopping at the plateau after the forest where you have good views.
Written 3 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

marcomalcotti
Costa Rica76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
An amazing experience. Easy car access, then its a 3-4 hour hike to the summit and 2 hours back. It's a beautiful park with incredible views. I would advise to go with a guide if you don't feel at ease. But it can be done by yourself. No reservation or admission price is required. its less than a 2 hour drive from Puebla.Unfortunately at the beginning of the hike you can see a bit of rubbish lying around due to filthy tourists (both foreign and domestic). The higher you go the less filthy it is.
Written 1 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chana B
Houston, TX27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
This place is breathtaking. If you are planning on reaching the top, go early in the morning. It takes longer because of the altitude, thus lack of oxygen. Take plenty of water and good hiking food. The top has very little oxygen, at least for me that I live at sea level!
I think that it would be beautiful in spring or fall. I went in winter so I did not see much vegetation or birds.
I enjoyed the ascend but I was heartbroken to see so much trash on the way.
This is a popular place for locals to visit during weekends. There are no trash cans anywhere, even in the area that is easily reachable. Thus, one will see any type of plastic containers, toilet paper on the sides of the trails.
When I was coming down, I run into two park rangers. I suggested them that some big metal containers could be placed in some key parts of the park so people could throw the trash there. Their answer was frustrating: oh no, people won’t use them… this is how we Mexicans are.
Their response was so undermining and so wrong. I do not believe this is how Mexicans are. If you do not give people the option and opportunity to change behaviors and to care about the environment, things will not change.
I hope somebody from the Mexican Parks department reads my comment and does something to give people the opportunity to clean the park. It is cheap to do it and it will make a huge difference.
Written 20 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GlobetrotterCritic
49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Actual hike is easy, but coming from a lower altitude makes it hard for most visitors probably. It took us (30sh y old couple, normal physique) 2h to tree line and 2 to top. Was out of breath every 10 steps near the apex.

Getting from Puebla to the volcano was not easy... But heres the info: From Puebla from CAPU the main bus station take ATAH-company's first bus 0600 to Apizaco (60-64pesos).

In Apizaco you have to kill an hour and a half. The collectivo to La Malinche leaves from Apizaco from the main collectivo launching area in front of Comex-store, very near Elektra-store. Collectivo leaves about 0830 (20pesos). It reads Malinz on the front window of the collectivo (this is the cabin resort area on la Malinche).

The collectivo drivers are happy to give you directions whether they actually know where the bus leaves or not!!!

Once at La Malinche you will have plenty time to see if you can make it to the top. Trail is easy, during weekend at least there are many locals doing the hike too. Its cold in the morning. Last collectivo back to Apizaco leaves 1700. From Apizaco there are many busses to Puebla all evening.
Written 8 November 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aaron S
Los Alamos, NM8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
To get to the trailhead, I took the combi (colectivo) from Apizaco (we were staying in Apizaco). The combi left at 8:20 AM outside of the Elektra store (ask where all the combis leave, it is a huge parking lot). The combi drops you off right at the start of the trailhead. We arrived at 9:00. The combis returned to Apizaco at either 1 pm or 5 pm, so neither time was quite right for when I returned from the hike.
As for the hike itself, I think it is very strenuous. I am a 23 year old male who played collegiate athletics at the top level and it took me about 6 hours, with roughly a 30 minute break for lunch at the top. The hike is basically divided into three loose sections: forest, then sand (this part was brutal), and ending with rocks. The last 2/3 of the hike would not be suitable for people who weren’t pretty stable on their feet and at least somewhat fit. It is very steep at times as well.
The other part, perhaps the more important part, is how underprepared I was for this hike. It was roughly 32 degrees farenheight (0 degrees Celsius) and there were freezing, blustering winds with a little bit of moisture, leaving things a little bit icy. I didn’t bring gloves, which is my own stupid fault, but it made it very dangerous to climb the rocky part because my hands were in my pockets most of the time. I’d also recommend a hat. CHECK THE WEATHER ahead of time so you know what to expect.
A few final thoughts. On the day I went, visibility was zero. I still enjoyed the physical challenge overall, and I think it would be an amazing hike if it had been clear. The trail is fairly clearly signed although there were a few moments of hesitation where we had to ask. Overall, I’d recommend the hike, but the most important thing is to check the weather!
Written 31 December 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

farmar1
Coventry, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
This was a last minute thing which I did with a friend who had found a local guide (we had to pay him the tickets there and back, and food). We took a bus to the ADO station early morning. Then another to Huamantla from where we took a taxi to the entrance of the park (it was sunday and with colectivos not working as usual, we had to take the cab to save time).
The experience was very good although it is tough going up. At 4000m height it is quite high, even though the climb starts from around 2000m.
I climbed Kilimanjaro the year before, for 7 days and so I though this would be easy (without any training) to do in 1 day....wrong. It is tough, v tough. There are 2 routes you can take (from where I started, from near Huamantla). A direct one (very steep), and a winding one(less steep but still tough). This through the first part which is a forest terrain. The two paths meet at the end of the forest, where the rocky terrain starts. And when I mean rocky, I mean sandy rocky. In 7 days climbing Kilimanjaro I never experienced this. It feels that you are taking 2 steps up and one down all the time. In the end we did not make it up to the top of the mountain (due to time constraints as last colectivo back is at 4 and it takes around 1.5-2 hrs to climb down) but just the first peak, which is 400m lower. From there to the top is another 45 mins climb on the ridge and then you also have to clamber to go to the top. Reminded me of Snowdonia but 10 times more difficult and big.
However, as I was making the last steps to the first peak, huffing an puffing, the tiredness and aching went away when the view came out over the top...WOW. You have Puebla on one side and Tlaxcala on the other, with the Popocatepetl and Izzacchihuatl mountains in between. On the other side, the snow-capped volcano added to the amazing view.
All in all an amazing experience.
Written 30 January 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Omar H
Querétaro, Queretaro de Arteaga, Mexico26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
The Malinche Volcano is a somewhat difficult hike to get to the top. Four hour walk, 6 kilometres each way with 1.4 kilometers difference between the start of the hike and the top of the volcano. There is a camping area which is safe and local food available in small shacks. We camped at the bottom of the volcano,
Next to the shacks, left the camping area at 3 am and got to the top by 7 am. The woods are wonderful, with the right weather, the sights are gorgeous. The walk is steep thus demanding. A big portion is Sandy, which makes it even more difficult to walk to the top. I do recommend hiking there knowing that it is a demanding hike.
Written 25 May 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Catherine V
120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
we were so surprised to drive up to the cabins and see that they had hot water tanks and fireplaces, full kitchens, separated sleeping quarters, bathrooms with flush toilets and a shower. The hike to the top was challenging bc the altitude was a big change for us. The path up is mostly obvious but the last part is quite challenging right now bc of the snow they have received this year. We had great guides from OMG (Orizaba mountain guides) using this as a prep hike for Orizaba. The park area is beautiful.
Written 27 January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

joshcockroft
Halifax, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
While not requiring any degree of technical ability, this really shouldn't be attempted by anyone without a moderate level of fitness. You are going to be tested physically. The climb is uphill all the way from the cabinas and is very steep in places. Altitude then also becomes a factor and the last 2-300 metres can be quite difficult. Stick to the right hand side and take a more direct route when going up the ash path. Don't rush and make sure you have plenty of water, food and also warm clothing (it was snowing when we reached the summit). You will feel a real sense of achievement when you reach the top and the views are great. Good luck!
Written 12 March 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 16
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

VOLCAN LA MALINCHE (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All things to do in Huamantla
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire