Yesterday I decided it was time to do something new, something I have wanted to do since I got here. I climbed Cerro del Borrego, locally known as 5,000 Escaleras. I paid for it today with tight calves and stiff knees, but it was fantastic!
El Cerro is a mountain which stands alone within the city limits, detached from the ring of peaks that border the valley of Orizaba. The mountain itself is lower than it’s sisters, but it offers spectacular views of the city and the outlying areas from its summit. It has both natural beauty and historical significance – it was the site of a battery of cannons intended to protect Orizaba from the French at some point, and nothing much has been cut or built on it since. The entirety of the mountain has been set aside as a nature park and is maintained by the city.
Man, would I HATE…
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