After leaving Urique (again via a rather rugged bus ride...several lost their tacos on the ride up out of the canyon!!) we headed by bus for the town of Posada Barancas. This is another stop on the CHEPE railroad, located at the canyon rim. We found a great guest house run by the Diaz family, and then set out to explore the dramatic cliffs in the area.
|Check out the guy sitting and meditating on the ledge near the top. Talk about exposure!!!|
The next morning we took a beautiful 6 mile hike down into the canyon, where we caught the tram back to the rim, and then the train back to El Fuerte. We backtracked our route to Mazatlan, where we got the boat ready for the 200 mile crossing to Baja.
|Tarahumara ranch passed on the trail|
|Cindi negotiating the "summit ladder"|
|Dramatic views through glass floor!|
|Mazatlan cliff diver...a steep learning curve!!!|
Here are a few parting photos of Mazatlan, before the four of us untied the lines in the morning to head across.
|Diver said he's been at it for around 6 months...kids, don't try this at home!|
|A bike with air bag, no worries!|
We had a great crossing, enjoying some excellent sailing the first day. That night the winds became light and variable, and we motor sailed much of the rest of the night and next day, as we made our way to Los Muertos, a pretty bay south of La Paz, arriving at around 5 pm.