Meet Our Native Local Guides

Joining the Eco-alterNATIVE Tours Familia (and we are so proud!) are Ivan and Jamie. 

Ivan on Left Side, Traveler on Right Side



There Ready to Guide You…                                                      

Ivan who is originally from the Balleza region and joins the ranks of one of the few Rarámuri who has graduated with a degree in Social Anthropology (no small feat!). He’s working on a thesis about Rarámuri language use in an indigenous secondary school and is a recent first-time father!

Jaime is originally from the Norogachi region, is Rarámuri, and speaks his language. He is a former schoolteacher in his community and has participated in many conferences. He is an avid reader and defender of his culture!

They both love exploring and hiking the Canyon and sharing about their culture!

Chunel and Daniela will continue giving tours. Daniela will continue to translate or lead our English language tours. She has a Masters degree in Social Anthropology, administrator at Eco-alterNATIVE tours, and a fluent English speaker originally from the one and only California!

We are all passionate guides and look forward to introducing many more travelers to the people and to these amazing places!

If you’re planning a trip to the Copper Canyon (or want to come back) check out what we offer here!

Author description

Daniela Ramirez & Chunel Palma

About the author:The owners Daniela Ramirez and Chunel Palma have lived and worked in the region. Chunel Palma is a Tarahumara Indian and speaks the native language in addition to Spanish. Chunel grew up in the Norogachi region of the Sierra Tarahumara and therefore knows the land and native culture intimately. He studied Cultural Anthropology and has worked many years in projects that work to strengthen the culture. Daniela Ramirez is a native Californian, an Anthropologist and speaks English and Spanish. Daniela completed her Masters thesis research in a Tarahumara village where she studied different development models in the Sierra Tarahumara. Together, there expertise threads together a rich tour experience.

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