7-day trip to Mexico – Sierra Tarahumara
Visiting Los Mochis, El Fuerte, Bahuichino, Cerocahui, Cerro del Gallego, Urique, Posada Barrancas, Piedra Volada, Disivadero, Cueva Tarahumara, Valle de Los Hongos (Mushroom valley), Valle de Las Ranas (Frogs valley), Valle de Los Monjes (Monks or Bisabirachi valley), Arareko Lake, Basaseachi Waterfall, Cuauhtemoc, Mennonite Farm, Chihuahua
We arrived in Los Mochis, from Mexico City, and went to El Fuerte.
We have been suggested to organize the visit of the Sierra Tarahumara or “Barranca del Cobre” (Copper canyon) starting from the plain because the views change in a crescendo of beauty.
The trip was very well organized by Analhy Rodriguez whose e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org of the Travel Agency Coppercanyon
El Fuerte (the hotel), express train Chihuahua Pacifico (or El Chepe) and Bahuichino station
We slept in the characteristic Hotel El Fuerte. The next morning we took the Express Train called “El Chepe” (shortening for Chihuahua Pacifico ) famous both for the beauty of its coaches, but also, and especially, for its proverbial delays. In fact, the first day we should have taken two and a quarter hours to get to the Bahuichino station instead we arrived two hours later.
Cerocahui, Cerro del Gallego, Urique, Posada Barrancas
The next morning, we spent an hour and a half by bus to get to the “Cerro del Gallego”, from where we could admire the valley below, with the town of Urique on the bank of the river and the surrounding majestic mountain ranges with peaks of almost 2.500 meters.
Then we returned to Cerocahui and took the train that brought us to Posada Barrancas; there, we stayed at Posada Mirador, an hotel located on the edge of the canyon, with all rooms with panoramic terraces.
Dance of the Tarahumara, Pedra Volada, Creel, Disivadero, Barranca del Cobre
We visited a Tarahumara Cueva and watched a folkloric show. The Tarahumara people danced and showed us the game of the circle and that of the stone ball.
Near the hotel, from another viewpoint over the canyon, we saw the Piedra Volada (Flying stone).
It is a huge rock, positioned on the edge of the canyon, that moves when someone stands on it.
We took the train to Creel. However, very soon, at Disivadero, the train stopped for 20 minutes to allow passengers to admire the magnificent views of the Barranca del Cobre.
Disivadero Market, Creel, Arareko
Taking advantage of the train stop, the local population set up a market for tourists offering craft products and snacks made with tacos. We arrived in Creel, the capital of the region of the Sierra Tarahumara, where we visited the ecotouristic complex Arareko, a Tarahumara area with lakes, waterfalls, rock formations and a mission.
Valley of the Hongos (Mushrooms), Las Ranas Valley, Mission of Saint Ignatius, Valley of the Monks
We visited the Valle de Los Hongos ( mushrooms valley) and the Valle de Las Ranas (frogs valley), so called because of the similarity of the rock formations with mushrooms and frogs. We continued towards the centre of the ecotouristic complex where there is the old Mission of St. Ignatius, dating back to the fifteenth century.
On the eastern side of the site, there is the Valle de los Monjes (Monks valley) characterized by numerous vertical cliffs which offer a spectacular view. In Tarahumara language, the valley is called “Bisabirachi”.
Arareko Lake and Basaseachi waterfall
Finally, we visited the Arareko lake, surrounded by conifers and rocks shaped as animals.
We took a six-hour drive, three for each direction of travel, to visit the Basaseachi waterfall.
The jump of the waterfall is very high, and it would have been quite spectacular if the water flow had been adequate but, unfortunately, it was not.
Tarahumara, women and children
In this photo-gallery I have collected pictures of Tarahumara children and women to leave a memory of their beauty, simplicity and warmth.
Cuauthtemoc, Mennonite farm
In our journey towards Chihuahua we stopped in the town of Cuauthtemoc to eat a quick meal in a Mennonite farm.
The Mennonites came from Germany; in the XVI century, they abandoned their country of origin in search of a nation that would accept their devotion to God alone, with exemption from military service. They arrived in Mexico in 1920 after they had moved, first in Russia, then in Canada.
Chihuahua: Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Pancho Villa (habitation and monuments)
Chihuahua is the largest city and capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. I represent the Cathedral and the great Plaza de Armas. Chihuahua is also the city where the famous Pancho Villa (hero or bandit?) lived and died.
Plaza Major, monument to Cowboys, rich villas and palaces
The Plaza Major (the main square) is surrounded by beautiful monuments. The most spectacular is the one dedicated to a cowboy who is taming a horse. The rich villas and the beautiful residential palaces witness the wealth of this capital.