Elevation: 7,479 ft
GPS: 16.725, -92.584 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

The Arcotete is a 30 meter high rock arch located in the east of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. You can climb all year round and the conditions are always perfect, no matter if there is sun or rain. The Arch protects almost all the routes. From August to October the river gets a little higher, but this just affects a couple of the 40 routes. A trip to the Arcotete is definitely worth it, you can find routes for everybody. Easy warm-up routes and the hardest lines of Chiapas!

This is a fairly unknown spot so there are few climbers, but this will change for sure as the area is shared.

The rock is similar to the crags in Thailand, Kalymnos or La Chonta. That means, stalactites, stalacnites, tufas, holes - perfect limestone! Three dimensional climbing! On some routes you have to be very careful, because you can't grab all the stalactites. Some of them will definitely break, so climb consciously! The stalactites are part of the beauty of the arch and we have to protect them.

So far, you have to pay an entrance of 30 pesos for climbing. But we're already negotiating a better price with the owners.

Getting There

There are three ways to get to the arch:
  • Taxi: for about 60 to 100 pesos you can hire a ride directly to the arch (the price varies depending on your knowledge of the language, negotiating skills, etc).
  • Colectivo: you can get a colectivo direct at the market "Tielmanns." They charge 14 pesos to bring you almost to the arch. And you just have a 10 minute walk to get the rest of the way there.
  • Walking: if you're feeling more adventurous you can follow the right side of the river to the area. Start your journey in "las Canastas." It will take around 1.5 hours and you should bring a machete with you.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Arcotete

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Intenebris
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Gollum
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Chamula Jodler
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Intenebris
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Gollum
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Chamula Jodler
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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