The Copper Canyon is a spectacular group of canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. To this day four native indigenous groups inhabit the mountains and canyons of Copper Canyon. They are the Tarahumara, Pima, Warijo, and Tepehuanes.
I’ve witnessed countless travelers when they take their first glimpse say: “Wow, this is the most amazing thing I have ever seen.” Today I’m sharing with you three things that make Copper Canyon an amazing and unique place to visit.
The Nature of the Canyon
The canyons were formed by six rivers that drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara. All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color that creates the magnificent views of Copper Canyon.The Raramuri they have their own story of how they were formed. It is also an area of rich cultural and biological diversity.
Hiking the Canyons you’ll see many breathtaking views that are sure to make you gasp in awe of nature and all that it created
The People of Copper Canyon
Of the four tribes in the Canyon, the Tarahumara are probably most well known for their running abilities nevertheless it’s a small part of this millennial culture. The Spaniards gave the Indians the name Tarahumara, but they call themselves Rarámuri “the people”. They are the largest indigenous group in the region, with a population estimated at about 90,000.
And they have maintained their language and traditions intact, they have a strong sense of community where values such as justice, reciprocity, and respect towards one another are a common practice.
Discovering Yourself through the stories of the Canyon
Travel is about stories and this land has many, many, many stories to tell! If you visit the canyon then listen to its stories, without realizing it, you might just find the story that expands your consciousness, your soul, the story you didn’t know you were looking for. After all, that’s what travel is all about!
Are you ready to explore the Copper Canyon, its people, and its stories? Then take a look at our tours here.
P.S. – Wondering how to get to Copper Canyon? Ride in on the only passenger train in Mexico, the world famous Chepe!