Let’s continue our trip in the heart of the Copper Canyon region, in northern Mexico. Today we will explore a majestic waterfall located about 2 hours from Creel: Basaseachi Waterfall.
ON OUR WAY TO THE WATERFALL
Our guide for this one-day excursion picked us up at our hotel at around 9:00. We then picked up our American friends as well as some other people and we headed to the waterfall. And then we started a very curvy two-hour ride. But the road was very good and the landscapes beautiful.
AS SOON AS WE ARRIVE WE ARE FASCINATED BY THE LANDSCAPE
As we reached the Basaseachi park, we took a few steps and were already fascinated by the beauty of this setting. There was a rainbow at the foot of the waterfall!
Exploring this waterfall that falls some 240 meters down was one of the reasons why we wanted to take this trip on board the Chepe train. During the dry season, the waterfall certainly wasn’t quite as impressive as it can be during the rain season, but it was totally worth a visit for the beauty of the setting!
We spent the whole day exploring each and every corner of the site….
GOING DOWN TO THE “MIRADORES”
We first walked down to the “miradores” or “view points”. There are 3 viewpoints: the first one is just a few steps away from the parking lot and the other two can be reached after a 30-minute walk. The little path going down to the 2 viewpoints was paved but the descent was very steep ! The way back up would not be easy… After about 20 minutes, we were facing this beautiful view on the waterfall.
And then, the way back up WAS hard indeed! It was very hot and we had forgotten to take some water with us! And we had no possibility to buy some. But we were lucky because our guide offered to go and buy some for us later…
GOING “ON TOP” OF THE WATERFALL
Our guide then told us that we would next go “on top” of the waterfall. He said we had two options to go, either go by car or on foot. As we wanted to make the most of our day at the waterfall, we decided to walk. The path was a bit harder but nothing we couldn’t handle and we didn’t regret our decision.
And then we arrived “on top” of the waterfall as our guide had said! We saw the strange shapes that the water has dug in the rock over thousands of years. The landscape was really surprising.
And then we met our guide who had gone to buy some water for us! Thank you!
GOING 420 METERS DOWN…
We were ready to continue exploring this extraordinary site. We would then walk down, to the feet of the waterfall. As a reminder, the waterfall is 420 meters high… and we would then have to walk back up. But we were scared of nothing (or a little reckless) so we went!
We followed a little path that went down the mountain side. The path was pleasant as we were walking in the shadow of pine trees but it was quiet steep. At each step we were taking, we were thinking that we would have to go back up.
After 30 minutes, we reached a place called “la ventana” (the window) that offered a clear view on the waterfall. We were half-way down. Just a few more efforts!
FEELING VERY SMALL AT THE FOOT OF THE WATERFALL
We reached the foot of the waterfall and we realized that going down really had been worth it. Once again we felt very small as we were facing this amazing natural show. The waterfall was so thin that the water was swinging with the wind.
LOOKING AT THE WATERFALL FROM DOWN THERE
We stayed about 45 minutes down there to admire this beautiful landscape and to rest before going back up. Here is what the waterfall looked like from where we were standing :
AND GOING BACK UP…
Going back up was hard indeed! But we finaly made it back to where we had started, “on top” of the waterfall. We just had to walk some 900 meters to reach the parking lot and we walked on a really cool bridge.
We were very hungry at that point and were happy to find a restaurant by the parking lot. It was 4pm, the Mexican time for lunch. We had some enchiladas that seemed to be incredibly delicious after going up and down the waterfall!
We then went back to the car to go back to Creel. Nobody spoke a word in the van as we were so tired but really happy with the amazing excursion of the day!
The visit of the surroundings of Creel with the Cusarare waterfall, the Arareco lake, el valle de los Monjes, etc.
#3 Basaseachi waterfall