Our trip around the Copper Canyon region in Northern Mexico ended by a day rich in beautiful discoveries. We made the most of the time we had left in Creel and explored the natural sites that are close to the little town. In the afternoon we hopped back into the train, heading towards Chihuahua.
DISCOVERING THE NATURAL SITES AROUND CREEL
We were impressed by the amount of sites that we were able to discover very close the Creel and in such a short period of time. For this excursion, we reached out to the same agency that had taken us to the Basaseachi waterfall the day before and they gave us a good price.
After eating a delicious breakfast offered by our hotel, we were ready to go and explore the sites around Creel. Our guide picked us up at 9:00 a.m. and gave us the program of our excurion. We were lucky to have a private tour for a reasonable price.
ENCOUNTER WITH THE TARAHUMARAS
We were first taken to a troglodyte house, that is to say a house built directly in the rock. This cave is inhabited by an old lady from the Tarahumara community, a native community that has been living in the regions for hundreds of years and that has managed to maintain their culture. “This lady was born here, and her parents before her, and her grand parents before them”, pur guide explains. When I tell him that I don’t feel very comfortable entering someone’s house like that, he tells me that the lady is very famous and that people come from far away to visit her house. I am not very convinced by his answer and don’t feel like taking pictures. This lady’s whole life is piled up in this little cave where she modestly lives. We didn’t stay very long and continued our exploration.
EXPLORING THE CUSARARE WATERFALL
We then reached the Cusarare waterfall. This place was beautiful and we were delighted not to be on a tour with many people to be able to stay there as long as we wanted to. Once again, our guide explained that this site looked very different during the rain season. As we were in dry season, we were able to go very close to the waterfall by car, which would not be possible during the rain season as the river becomes larger and blocks the way. We followed a little path and were quiet shaken on our way to the waterfall. We even crossed the little river with the SUV. Our guide was in his early twenties but it looked as if he had done this all his life. We were impressed by his maturity. We understood that crossing there could not be possible all year long.
We walked a few meters and then reached this breathtaking view. This waterfall made me think about the beautiful landscapes that can be seen in the movie “the last of the Mohicans”.
We decided to walk down to the foot of the waterfall. This was nothing in comparison to the hike of the previous day. There were even steps. But we realized our legs were quiet sore from the previous day.
Once again, a little trickly of water was going down the rock but the place still looked grandiose to us. We thought that it would be nice to come back one day during the rain season to see the difference.
We then walked back up and started exploring the “top” part of the waterfall.
STROLLING BY THE ARARECO LAKE
Our guide then took us to the Arareco lake, one of the must-see places of the region. We walked by the lake, in the shade of the pine trees and admired the strange rock formations all around the lake. We thought it would be a perfect place for a picnic.
WALKING AROUND THE MONK VALLEY
We then reached the place that most impressed us that day in Creel: el Valle de los Monjes (the monk valley). These strange rock formations were carved by the elements over millions of years and raise some 30 to 40 meters to the sky.
DISCOVERING THE SAN IGNACIO CHURCH AT LUNCH TIME
We then reached the little San Ignacio church. It was Sunday and the bells were ringing as the Mass was about to begin. We walked closer and we discovered a dark and almost empty room. Two benches were placed by the walls : one for men and one for women.
WALKING AROUND THE MUSHROOM VALLEY
We ended our excurions with the visit of the Mushroom Valley. The name of the valley comes from the strange shape of the rocks that are scattered around.
BACK ON THE TRAIN
That’s how our excursion in the Creel region ended. Our guide then took us back to the little town. We had enough time to grab something to eat before taking the train back, heading to Chihuahua. The train was supposed to arrive at 15h38 but it arrived some 45 minutes later, with no explanation whatsoever. We then started the last part of the train ride.
ARRIVING IN CHIHUAHUA
We were exhausted when we arrived in Chihuahua at about 10pm. We jumped into a taxi that took us to our hotel. We didn’t see much of Chihuahua but the city looked beautiful, with lovely colorful buildings. We will have to go back! The next day we woke up early to take a plane back to Mexico City.
#4 Creel to Chihuahua