Adventure Life Offers Backpacking Tour in Mexico’s Copper Canyon
Adventure Life is offering a 10-day Mexico backpacking tour in Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America and nearly four times the volume of the Grand Canyon. The package takes trekkers on a hike along Copper Canyon's alpine upper rims and tropical canyon floors. The tour is designed for active travelers. Besides wilderness hiking in the Copper Canyon, the program also includes wildlife-viewing opportunities and visits to local villages.
CopperCanyon is in the Southwest corner of Chihuahua, Mexico, 350 miles from El Paso, Texas. It is the homeland of the Tarahumara Indians, who call themselves Raramuri -- the foot runners. Cutting deep into volcanic rhyolite and andesite are four barrancas more than a mile deep that constitute North America's largest canyon system. More than 60,000 Tarahumara live on isolated ranchos in extended family groups in the region, subsisting on corn, beans and squash and raising goats.
The trip begins with a boat trip on the El Fuerte River with opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing, followed by a historic tour of the city of El Fuerte. The next day, guests board the first-class El Chepe train of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway for a six-hour trip into the Sierra Madre Mountains. The train crosses 36 bridges and passes 87 tunnels along its 655-kilometer route from Mexico’s interior to the Pacific coast. Participants will hike extensively for several days through the hills of the high sierra to the indigenous village of San Alonso, through the high Sierra Tarahumara, Guitayvo, Urique Canyon and the Naranjo Village.