Experience the Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Tribe with Eco AlterNATIVE Tours

You’ll be guided by a native tour guide who will show you the Canyon’s hidden paths! Our authentic tour guides connect you with the stunning scenery, native people, and life in the Sierra!

Experience the Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Tribe like never before! Your authentic tour guides connect you with the stunning scenery, native people, and life in the Sierra. Together, you and your tour guide will navigate the paths of the Copper Canyon.

No other tour walks you through the same paths, so you can sit under the same trees, a breathe the same air as the Rarámuri. Eco-AlterNATIVE Tours provides you with an intimate, exclusive Rarámuri experience, all while paying careful attention not to disrupt the vibrant lives of the native population.

The Raramuri people believe in a simple way of life in which the trees, rocks, and valleys are not only significant but they have souls that intertwine us all. Through the eyes of your native guide, and your open mind, you will learn a new appreciation of nature not just through the stunning views but through the CONNECTION  felt in the living, breathing soul of the Sierra.

The Raramuri people, although challenged by outside forces have survived and maintained a simple, spiritual way of life in the Sierra Tarahumara. Your guide will share stories of their struggles and triumphs, along with teaching you the captivating truth of their beliefs in the connection between all things in nature, including us. 

As you feel the warmth of the sun that lights up the rock formations and get the same dirt on your feet as the Raramuri, you can reflect on the experience of a tour that not only allowed for sightseeing, but opened your eyes and hearts to a new way of thinking about the life that exists in nature and its impact on our everyday lives, as the Raramuri value it.

“The tour with Chunel was a real insight into the Raramuri culture. Don’t miss a chance to get a tour with him when you get to Creel and have a wonderful experience.” – Carmen


Select the Busuré, or “awakening” tour. Spend the days immersed in Raramuri life and the evenings sharing stories under the Copper Canyon moon.


Your adventure in the Sierra Tarahumara includes a new perspective on beauty. Not just in your surroundings, but in the native people who call it home.


New Day Tour: KAWIÍ
Guided by a native Raramuri, you will breathe in the same air, walk the same paths, and experience the spirit of the mountains just as the Raramuri do.

Traveling with Children? All our tours are Children and Family friendly, we especially recommend the 6-hour Kawií (easy hike) and El Hechizo tours. For children 4-years-old and under the tour are Free, and for Children between 5 and 11, we have a 50% discount with 2 paying adults.

Reaching Copper Canyon

Many travellers take the famous train into the Sierra Tarahumara. You can take the train from Los Mochis, Sinaloa or Chihuahua City, Chihuahua. Here are some tips from a traveller in Spanish about travelling El Chepe train. 

International flights will fly into Chihuahua City, just 4 hours from Creel where we are based. If you’re coming from the United States you can pick up a direct flight from Denver, Colorado to Chihuahua City (CUU) flying in on a Saturday. See here for flight information volaris.com. An economical option for those nearby Tijuana is to get a flight from there. You can book a Mexican airline like Aeromexico – if you do please note that many of those flights will take you through Mexico City which mostly means that your travel time will be longer. If you go that route we suggest leaving a day before your tour begins.

Wondering what to take with you on your next tour? Here's a list of the essentials:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Warm & Waterproof clothing (yes even in the summer, the nights get cold!)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and a towel)
  • Refillable water bottle


  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Bug repellent
  • A positive attitude and high energy!

Note: All camping materials are included in your booking so no need to worry about that!

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