From the snowy heights of Pico de Orizaba, to the rocky seashores of Baja, Mexico is a country of diverse geography and limitless educational opportunities. Massive limestone walls, the third highest peak and one of the deepest canyons in North America as well as the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere are but a few of the hallmark IWLS locations in Mexico.
Students on IWLS Mexico courses experience the distinctive, colorful cultural heritage of the Tarahumara natives of Copper Canyon, pescaderos of the Yucatan, and rancheros on the Baja peninsula. You’ll learn basic Spanish to help you along the way as you explore the azure inlets of Isla Espiritu Santo, ascend the airy Ridge of the Sun on an Ixtaccihuatl summit day or recoup after a day of multi-pitch climbing on the walls of El Potrero Chico.
The Mexico Volcanoes of IztaccÃhuatl (17,160ft/5,230m) and Pico de Orizaba (18,491ft/5,636m) tower above the surrounding fields and villages. These glaciated peaks offer an outstanding introduction to international mountaineering at altitude.
Baja Sea Kayaking
12 and 24 days
Mexicos legendary Baja peninsula is an ecological wonder and outdoor playground, an unlikely union of desert and sea, and there’s no better way to explore it than on an IWLS course. From our paddling base in La Paz, you’ll explore the coast and islands of the southern Sea of Cortez.
With over 600 climbs to choose from and limestone faces rising 2,000 feet (600m) off of the valley floor, El Potrero Chico is one of the premiere rock climbing destinations in the world. From your base camp set in this gorgeous sun drenched valley you will make daily forays onto the sweeping aretes and sheer faces of the surrounding cliffs and spires.
Backpacking & Canyoneering
12 and 24 days
The beauty, ruggedness, depth and ecological diversity of the Copper Canyon region are unique in the world. The combination of long multi-day backpacking and technical canyoneering objectives is an ideal way to see this spectacular region and learn about the local Tarahumara culture.
Mountaineering & Sea Kayaking
In the land of the ancient Aztecs, the glaciated volcanoes of central Mexico tower above the surrounding landscape. Mexico’s legendary Baja peninsula is an ecological wonder and outdoor playground, an unlikely union of desert and sea, and there’s no better way to explore it than on an IWLS course.
Mountaineering & Rock Climbing
Combine these two exciting activities in central Mexico for a well-rounded technical climbing curriculum and leadership training course.
From the snowy heights of the third highest peak in North America to the warm, azure inlets of Baja, the international semester program in Mexico gives students opportunities to lead and excel in this geographically and culturally diverse country.