The Road From Creel to Hidalgo del Parral
I came to Copper Canyon after hearing about it last year when I was in Chihuahua filming for the documentary tv series I work on, Roadtrip Nation. I heard how beautiful the canyons were and about the people that live there.
Copper Canyon is a system of six canyons in the state of Chihuahua. Some parts of the canyon are deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
I was planning on making the trek from Creel to the town of Batopilas, a historic village at the bottom of the canyon. With the rain and fog not letting up I decided I’d skip it and go to Hidalgo del Parral to continue making my way south. I was looking forward to getting to the bottom of the canyon but I’ll come back with with a group of ADVRiders and really get lost. Plus the road from Creel to Parral might be my favorite stretch of riding yet.
The helpful staff at Amigo Trails gave me a few maps of the area with suggested stops to check out on my way south. 30km south of Creel I turned onto a rough dirt road for a few kilometers till a reached the Cusarare Mission and small village there.
The mission and museum next to it were closed when I got there and the rain started coming down again so I only took a few photos and was on my way.
The region is home to the Raramuri tribe of Indians. I stopped by the Amigo Trails shop in Creel and they have a wealth of information on the area and offer tours as well. Here’s a brief description about the Raramuri from Amigo Trails:
The Raramuri are believed to be the purest and best preserved ethnic group on the entire American continent. Their culture and spiritual values are a result of thousands of years of struggle, which has filled them with an intensity for life and a sense of harmony in human relations and in their relationship with nature, the likes of which our modern society, with all of its technological advancement, has been unable to understand or attain.
Thank you for sharing your adventure with all of us. I feel as though I am right behind you as you ride ahead to the next stop. Beautiful scenery and beautiful people. I am always intrigued by cultures of simplicity, and find that in little ways I attempt to create simple moments, even where our lives are engulfed by activity and technology. For example, most Saturdays we have a homemade breakfast at home and enjoy the cooking, the food, and even the clean-up with some music (okay, enter technology ;)
Brave by Sarah Bareilles is a family favorite for dancing around the kitchen :)
Sheena Souza says
Beautiful. Stay safe. So happy for you that you are doing this. Love your updates.
I loved reading about the people there – did a little further research as to their running ability and history. Beautiful children!