Enjoy a Magical Stay in the heart of Copper Canyon with one of eco-alterNative Stay Tours!
With Eco-AlterNATIVE Stay Tours you’ll spend one or more days in the heart of Copper Canyon. You’ll be camping under the stars of this canyon for one or more nights and will be able to experience the nature and culture of this region from up close.
In every EcoAlterNATIVE Tour, we tell stories that you won’t find in a book. You’ll see unique places and may meet people who are open to share their culture and experiences with you. We’ll provide you with context that you can’t get anywhere else. We are passionate about what we do! We invite you to dive deeper into the unique nature and culture of Copper Canyon!
An Immersive Cultural Experience, Camping & Easy to Hard Hikes
1 - 3 Nights
Camping in Copper Canyon
Up to 5 Persons
Depending on Availability
The Busure tour is perfect for you if you have limited time in the Sierra but want an overnight camping experience. Spend the days immersed in Raramuri life and the evenings sharing stories under the Copper Canyon moon. This tour offers a deeper connection to the Sierra Tarahumara, including its native population, the vibrant Raramuri.
Your daytime experiences will take you through the heart and soul of Copper Canyon and into a Raramuri village, where you’ll share a meal with a host family and experience their humble, spiritual, nature-based, culture first hand. You’ll taste corn tortillas made on a wood-burning stove from corn grown by the hands of the people and the grace of nature. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to throw their Komakali (wooden ball), make artisan wares, like baskets or sandals, or even work the fields.
You’ll hike along the paths used by the Raramuri, and hear stories of how the animals, plants, and the whole of nature plays a vital role in the lives of the Raramuri.
Each night is spent at a campsite around the fire and under a sky brimming with stars. The night is an opportunity to reflect on the culture you’ve experienced, rest your tired bones, and hear your guide’s first-hand stories of life in Sierra Tarahumara.
The length of your stay provides the depth of your experience, for more sights and life in the village, extend your time.
Meals and camping equipment included in your price. Choose your tour option and click Book Now!
1 Day Busure Tour
Starting at $195 Per person
1 Day Overnight Camp + Hike in Tarahumara Village
2 Day Busure Tour
Starting at $390 Per person
2 Day Overnight Camp + Hike in Tarahumara Village
3 Day Busure Tour
Starting at $569 Per person
3 Day Overnight Camp + Hike in Tarahumara Village
BUWELA El Camino De Begnino
Full hiking tour hiking across the Copper Canyon
You start in a Tarahumara village and end (the last night) in a village. We hire a second Tarahumara guide (Benigno) and brings his donkey Shemina to carry your gear– he’s from this part of the canyon so you get stories and a unique perspective along the way.
If you are interested in taking this tour we highly recommend that you also take our El hechizo Day tour.
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Semana Santa Tour
Dive Into Another World
6 Days | 5 Nights
$1620 per person
You are invited to our biggest event of the year! The Semana Santa!
Includes hotel and accommodations, guides, local transportation, awesome nature and cultural excursions, most meals are rich and unique, a truly memorable experience!
The Semana Santa in Sierra Tarahumara is celebrated with rituals that mix the Rarámuri beliefs with the Chabochi costumes. During the whole week, you can hear the sound of the drums that do not stop until the Sunday of Ressurection.
The Semana Santa will take place next Spring between March 27th and April 1st. You'll be able to experience all the vibrancy of these celebrations and spend the week with the Tarahumara.
Tour designed by a Tarahumara Native and Cultural Anthropologist! Cost: $1620 per person, Deposit 500 by January 31st (non-refundable) Balance due by March 1st.
Join us for these festivities! Download your tour itinerary below and Book your tour today!
Week Long Adventures and Custom Tours
The Copper Canyon, its mountains, valleys, and lakes, and especially its native people, the Raramuri offer an experience of a lifetime…
With Eco-Alternative Tours, you can customize your staying experience, all with the Raramuri cultural aspect. From learning about the Raramuri athleticism featured in Born To Run (ask us about running with a raramuri), to focusing on the Raramuri traditional music and rituals, to hikes on exclusive paths for one-of-a-kind photos. You could select a vision quest and lunada camping or even a full hiking tour through the Copper Canyon. You make your tour, your way.
If you would like suggestions, contact us!We are happy to help!
Join us for your exclusive tour of the Sierra Tarahumara! This tour combines popular aspects from Eco-AlterNATIVE Tours El Hechizo and Busure (see above) and adds a scenic horseback riding tour through the canyon and camping at a Copper Canyon overlook with views of the stars at night and the sunrise over the canyon as you eat breakfast. Throughout the tour, Chunel provides the cultural experience of the Rarámuri and their simple way of life.
Travel TIP: A popular way to come into the area is by the El Chepe Train that comes in from Chihuahua City or Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
Fly into Chihuahua City and fly out of Los Mochis or reverse, if you have time to take the train in and out. You can purchase online by sending them an email (make sure you can see pop up screens). You should also be able to purchase the morning of directly from the train station at Chihuahua; if the ticket box is closed, they will charge you on the train. The train leaves from Chihuahua around 6:00 am from Chihuahua and arrives in Creel around 11:30 am. Buses run all day from Chihuahua City to Creel.
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
- Bug repellent
- A positive attitude and high energy!
Note: All camping materials are included in your booking so no need to worry about that!
Eco-alterNATIVE Tours is a small organization and so we ask that all reservations are booked and paid ahead of time. Same day reservations are subject to confirmation.
Tours are available in English and Spanish.