Copper Canyon: 3 Reasons to visit and explore this magical part of Mexico!

Copper Canyon: 3 Reasons to visit and explore this magical part of Mexico!

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!


Trekking Across The Copper Canyon Tour [Video Blog]

When we envisioned “Eco- alterNATIVE Tours” Chunel and I felt that travelers would be very interested in having access to the Tarahumara people and their way of life.

The Tarahumara are not easily accessible on your own because they live in villages in the mountains set apart from the main tourist spots of Creel and Divisadero. Also, because of the bestselling book “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall we felt travelers would be interested in the Tarahumara’s super athlete running abilities (this is how I met the Tarahumara 15 years ago!)

But, travelers are endlessly curious and asked us to guide them hiking across the Copper Canyon, something we had no tour for! After our first request, Chunel said YES to taking on this tour. They wanted to trek across the Canyon with the cultural experience too.

Chunel as a Tarahumara himself had walked the Sierra Tarahumara since he was a small boy tailing his mom Cuca’s colorful skirt on mountain trails and helping to carry his younger siblings on his back with a reboso. So in some way he had spent a lifetime preparing for this moment.

It’s a challenging hike of at least four days and three nights, but you enter the unbothered wilderness and the majesty of the Canyon that becomes quickly revealed to you. Marion who took this trek said this about it, “The landscapes are unique, the light and air so clear, but most special was the gentle, graceful company of our guide, Chunel, our donkey Shimina, who carried our tents, and her owner Benigno…” Read Marion’s complete review here.

This video is images taken from our most recent Copper Canyon Hike with Marion and Archy from England.

We hope you will be inspired as much as I was putting this video project together to trek the Copper Canyon the Eco alterNATIVE Tours way!