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Elevation: 2,341 ft
GPS: 16.723, -93.119 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Calvin Smith on Oct 10, 2010
Admins: Mauricio Herrera Cuadra
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The climbing area known as Copoya is located on the outskirts of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of the Mexican State of Chiapas. There are currently just over 60 bolted routes established in the area, and these range from 5.7 to 5.12+.

Within Copoya there are six main climbing areas: La Piedrita with 14 routes, La Cortina with 6 routes, La Terraza with 9 routes, La Cascada with 15 routes, La Ceiba with 15 routes, and La Jardin del Profeta with 4 routes.

The limestone walls that can be found around this mesa (known locally as La Meseta de Copoya) are quite solid and generally of good quality. Another plus is that many of the climbs in this area are in the shade year round due to Copoya's location on a densely wooded hillside. Although this climbing area is only fifteen minutes from the capital, is has a wild and secluded feel once you begin hiking under the dense canopy of trees.

The climbing community is very small in Chiapas, so you will probably have the place to yourself, but on the weekend you may run into a couple of folks from a local non-profit climbing group know as GECE (Grupo Escala Climbing and Exploration A.C.) In fact contacting them as a cheap and reliable guide service might prove to be the most reliable way of finding your way to the base of the cliffs. Proceeds earned by this non-profit club go to putting up more routes as well to continued construction on the only local, indoor climbing gym. Make sure you thank them for putting up and maintaining all of the quality routes in this area, and and in working to preserve Copoya as a protected area.
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Getting There

To get to las Paredes de Copoya from the capital city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, take a taxi to "la Colonia Ideal", or catch a number 15 "collectivo" bus on the corner of East 1st Street, between 6th and 7th South. Mke sure the bus or taxi is taking you to La Colonia Idea, and NOT the town of Copoya. This climbing area gets its name from the town, but the climbson are actually located the cliff faces below Copoya.
When you get to la Colonia Ideal, hop out at the last stop, or the highpoint on the route (located at a right turn at the top of a gravel road). Follow the meandering trail system, roughly 15 minutes upwards, towards the base of the cliff. There are a number of side trails so try stay on the ones that look to be the most traveled, and keep heading up hill. See the attachments for individual route descriptions, or check out the Grupo Escala webpage:
As I have mentioned above, the best way of getting to las Paredes de Copoya the first time is by contacting Grupo Escala, the local non-profit climbing group. Their email address is:, and the phone number for their local climbing gym is: 019612129240

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Spent 2 days climbing here in November 2014. Some really fun stuff but doesn’t look like it gets a lot of action – lots and lots of cleaning sand / dirt out of holds, spider webs on routes and, in one case, bats flying out of crack... which would be interesting enough as is, but it was also the crack I was climbing! Some of the hardware looked a bit dicey (missing bolts on a few routes, a few weird aluminium anchors, most of it was fine though) and at least a few climbs had err... interesting... fall potential in points. Probably worth bringing a stick-clip or a crash-matt – basically all the first bolts were 4m-plus off the deck. All that said, it was fun, the scenery is super pretty (hummingbirds!), and worth the trip if you’re in Tuxtla or an easy day trip from San Cristobal. For what it’s worth, I thought the 5.7 super flake (“La Grieta”) was a huge bunch of fun.

The access instructions above worked fine, but are a bit out of date – ignore what follows next if you feel like a little extra adventure finding the crag :) You can still take collectivo 15 to La Colonia Idea, but it now departs from South 6th Street between East 1st Street and the central north-south street at a signed stop. Get off after about 15 minutes at the first signed bus stop you see (on the right, a blue street sign with a bus on it) and head up the street to your left and turn right onto the street it ends at. Follow this street up the hill to the gap in the housing – the right-turn on a no-longer-dirt road mentioned above. Through this gap you will find a soccer field after a minute – follow a trail from the left of the field into the forest and then follow the most obvious trails, crossing the stream at some point... imagine your heading towards the GIANT CROSS on top of the hill. Equal chances you will spot the fixed gear or spray-paint at the bottom of the routes first.

From San Cristobal, you can catch a collectivo to Tuxtla from any of a few companies next to the main ADO bus station for about 50 pesos. Get off in Tuxtla at the intersection of East 15th Street and the central east-west street, and walk further up this street to where you can catch collectivo 15. Collectivos back to San Cristobal left from the corner of East 13th Street and the central east-west street. Took about 2 hours total each way. Nov 30, 2014

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