We began our trip by bus, taking two buses the first day to El Fuerte, where we spent the night. This pretty, historic town, high over the river (though not high enough to thwart a major population of ravenous no-see-um's) is a stop on the Chepe (Chihuahua Pacific) Railroad, and we boarded the train the next morning.
|Someone's gotta yield here!|
|Cindi and Diana join in....."Let It Be" will never sound the same!!!|
We arrived in Bauhuichivo in early afternoon, and eventually found a bus heading to the bottom of the Canyon, in the town of Urique. The Copper Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America, and Urique is it's deepest point. The road from Bauhuichivo is some of the most dramatic bus travel anywhere, as the entire 54km dirt road is single lane, steep, and nearly non stop hairpin turns down into the canyon below.
|Our bus, work release style!!!|
|Guardrails??? We don't need no stinkin' guardrails!!!|
Taking nearly 4 hours, we stopped often seemingly in the middle of nowhere, to let out one of the native Tarahumara folk, who would then head off on foot, presumably for a village or home some distance away.
|Adam at the sleeping cabin.|
Although the main event evidently begins on Friday night, and involves a lot of alcohol and some peyote, we hiked up there on Saturday morning and things were still in relatively full swing. Actually we're not quite sure what "full swing" means!!!
But it was good if confused fun, and when it was over we happily hitched a ride with a vegetable truck back down to Urique rather than repeat the 6 mile trek as the temperature climbed over 100 degrees.
The next day we went for another hike to a "town", Naranja, around 6 miles up from Urique. The trail was steep, and again the temp climbed over 100. Finally reaching the top of the endless switchbacks, we found that the town was merely a settlement of perhaps six houses and a church...all extremely poor, with little in the way of thirst quenchers. (did I mention that the day was HOT???!!!)
|Panorama of Naranja|
In the next segment, we'll be going horse racing, Urique style, and will explore a bit more of the Canyon before making our way back to Mazatlan. ARRIBA!!!