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!

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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  1. Kimberly Rogers February 6, 2017 | Reply
    I have several of my friends, myself and my husband who would love to explore the Cooper Canyon and surrounding areas. There are a couple of us who are not able to hike more than a couple of miles per day. Can you recommend a way that we could still experience the local culture first hand? None of us likes the typical tourist traps. We all live full time in La Paz so will be coming across on Baja Ferries. Also is it safe at this time to stay in Chihuahua?
    • Hi, I think we're the perfect fit! Email us at and/or check our day and stay tour pages. We also offer week-long itineraries that we'd be glad to send over to you to check out!

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