The Eco-alterNATIVE team is growing and we are so excited (and proud!) to welcome our new guides Ivan and Jamie to the family!

Ivan our new guide, with traveller.

Ivan on Left Side, Traveler on Right Side


Jaime our guide



There Ready to Guide You and Explore copper canyon with 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 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!

It’s so exciting for us to see and share the growth of our team and we have you all to thank for it!

Eco Alternative Guides

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

Eco-alterNATIVE tour with local guide

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