Overcoming gravity, going farther and further away from the earth, closer and closer to the sky, step after step, higher and higher...There isn't anything but air under the feet, and above-only rock, dry and cold, with cavities and projections, cracks and splits...
Is it lunacy, or man's natural desire to test himself, to risk his life, to be on the edge, every time getting a certain amount of adrenaline and a new feeling? One thing known for sure - the game is worth playing. The process itself excites-looking for hooks, cracks and projections to grasp or put a leg on, going further and further, overcoming complications. The harder it gets, the more you want to continue. It's next to impossible to list all the feelings and emotions one has at that time. It's difficult to say what makes it more exciting: height or the feeling of freedom, unruliness of nature or feeling your own power, the process itself or the results. One can guess it's all of it together- the adrenaline cocktail of new feelings. If you've never tried that, Mexico has a lot to offer.
One of the things that attract so many foreigners to Mexico throughout the year is undoubtedly rock climbing. Owing to its unique land structure Mexico is known to be one of the best spots on Earth for an adventurous sport like rock climbing. The country's mountainous relief, back in the XVI century compared to the crumpled piece of paper set on a table by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez, offers a plenty of opportunities for outdoor and extreme sports, rock-climbing being the top one.
Of course, rock-climbing in Mexico is always a challenge that not all of us are willing to take. So, if you aren't much of a fan of extreme feelings, and have more cultural, or, perhaps, even historically oriented interests, there's even more in store for you.
Take the state of Puebla, for example. It's known not only for its rich historical heritage, such as a number of fortresses and monasteries built in the 16th - 17th centuries, but also for the diversity of it's natural beauty. Should you decide to visit Puebla, where is the 'hot-spot' for both enjoying the culture and rock-climbing in Mexico you ask? Well, the answer is easy and doesn't need time to be considered - Atlixco is your answer. A small city of Atlixco, located some 30 km from the city of Puebla, boasts the best climate in the world, as it is located 300 meters below Puebla in altitude, which lets it preserve a warm weather, varying by only a few degrees Celsius all year round. Four of the largest volcanoes in Mexico are located in Puebla; the second highest, located close to Atlixco is still active. The volcano Popocatepetl (aka El Popo) and the nearby mountains present a challengeable rock-climbing in Mexico and provides the beautiful snowy mountain' view to the residents of the nearby towns all year round.
As for the cultural heritage, Atlixco offers such tourist attractions as baroque style monasteries and churches, as well as wonderful pieces of decorative architecture and sculpture. The 18th century colonial churches that feature the unique historical heritage of the city are something definitely not to be missed. Thus, for those who want to combine rock-climbing in Mexico with the other things this wonderful country has to offer, the state of Puebla is a great option.