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Its a neat little town nestled in the mountains, a great base for exploring the Canyons.
Over whelming hotel hawkers at train station!
In a nutshell
A Great Base for Enchanting Excursions in the Copper Canyon
You can buy lovely handmade crafts here both in the little shops and in the stands on the town square in which local Tarahumara Inidans sell the crafts they made themselves or with their families.
What to buy: Popular things to buy were baskets (from tiny to huge, all ornate and well made; I still use mine) pottery, sweaters and other knitted goods, handmade dolls, such as tall ones made with wood, straw and fabric which looked like Tarahumara Inidans and small ones with little fabric dresses that little girls would love.
Written Oct 7, 2006
This Warning Tip is about driving, and before giving my recommendation I will say that I have grown up driving in the narrow and winding streets of Southern Italy, I have driven ever since in three continents, in every weather conditions, and almost every types of vehicle; bottom line I am generally not afraid of driving anywhere. Said that, I disrecommend doing yourself if you are planning to drive into and at the bottom of the Canyon (Batopilas for instance) and recommend hiring a local driver instead. Roads winding into the canyon are dirt, narrow, crooked and with no protection on the side. A wrong turn in the wrong curve may result you falling into the canyon with little to no chance of surviving. Sometimes two vehicles cross their path and need to maneuver in challenging conditions. You need not only to know the roads and the pitfalls on the way, but also master the vehicle you are driving and have experience of the driving of the others. The driver of the guided tour we hired drove very cautiously and told us he used to do that drive twice a week many weeks a year. Per how I started, I would not be afraid doing the drive but I wouldn't do it as a safety concern and I do not recommend doing it to others who are not experienced with the place.
Updated Mar 30, 2008
This is a 40 minute walk down to hot springs near the river. Yeah right!! This was at least an hour hike. We first had to have permission to enter the Tarahumara lands and pay a small fee. Our guide choose to wait in the truck at the top for us.
Off we went down a newly constructed rock and cement road that is 3 kilometers long. When they built this they destroyed some caves that were being used. We walk across 2 huge recently occupied caves. This hike is well worth it but the thought of hiking up with the 9 year old was weighing heavy on my shoulders.
Great Luck and hard working local man and his 4X4 saved the day. He gives rides back up for 50mx each. After arranging the future ride back up I was able to really relax and enjoy the warm, not quite hot soothing water.
Written Jul 2, 2006