This Waterfall is the highest in Mexico, and it's on the top 10 around the world, it's located in Baseasachi town in the road that goes from Chihuahua to Hermosillo. It's inside a protected park where you can find food and cabins to stay. There are like 5 view points in the waterfall from the top, all of them have a beauty view of it. If you have good condition you can climb down to the bottom of the waterfall, where the views are great too. Be ready to speand at least 5 hours there if you go down, we did 1.5 hours to go down and 2.5 hours to go up again, plus the rest time above and below to relax. There is a view point from the top of the waterfall, where you can almost touch the falling water on the side.
Monk's Valley at Creel
This valley is the most expectacular near Creel, it isn't offered very offen by the tours around because it's farter than all other valleys and it's on the opossite direction, but it's very recomendable to visit it. The valley is formed by very high rock formations(like 30m high) and all of them have the shape of Monk's. We went at the sunset and the look was beautyfull, with all the rock towers in the landscape.
This waterfall is like 22Km from Creel, and it's worth to go there, even is not as tall or spectacular, it has its charm. To go there, you need to take the road to Cusarare town, once you passed the road to the town you will see signaling to the waterfall, you'll find a road to the right that goes to an hotel and to the waterfall, there is a parking lot near the waterfall and you must walk like 5 to 10 minutes to get to the waterfall, you can see it from the top or you can climb down to see it from the bottom.
Frogs and Mushroom Valley At Creel
This is a unique place where you can see rock formations in different shapes, some are like frogs and some like Mushrooms, the valley is like 5 minutes in car from Creel. And you can walk easily through it.
Walking around in Divisadero
The best way to enjoy the copper canyon is walking, even if you stay in one single point you can see the expectacular landscape. But i think is better to walk around, there are little forrests around the cliffs, and the views are very nice. You can see a lot of Tarahumara people in this place, all dressed with their traditional clothes, specially the women.
Scenic railway tour across Central Mexico
Chihuahua el Pacifico (CHEPE) railway. This is the most scenic railway trek in the western hemisphere. It goes all the way from Chihuahua in central Mexico to Los Mochis on the west coast, taking a full day (early till sometimes LATE!) for the full trip. We opted to stop in el Divisadero (halfway or so) and stay there. The train we were on had to stop in a small town that it usually doesn't stop in, and we had a few hours to kill there. Got to have a taste (figuratively and literally) of Mexico, and loved every minute. Fantastic scenery, and even more fantastic people. This is in the Copper Canyon, which is 4 times the size of the Grand Canyon, and 1.5 times as deep. Look over the cliff at Divisadero and you'll know... We took the train to Divisadero (kind of a touristy stop, but very small) and took the bus back to Chihuahua for around 1/3 the cost ($20 or so) and it was faster than the train! If you are just trying to get there, take the bus, but the train is DEFINATELY worth it. $60 for our route, around $120 to go the whole way. All train info available on website listed below. Plan for some time in the area, there's too much to see in a few days! (Economy train fares available, around half price. Cars in 1st class are VERY comfortable, excellent seats, not crowded, etc.)Related to:
At 15 kilometers of San Francisco de Conchos is located the so called Lago Colina that actually is a dam built in the decade of 1920 to control the Rio Conchos. The lake possesses great beauty and lightens the arid vision of the desert. It is nowadays a hotspot for tourism in the state. It offers various hotels, leisure centers, restaurants and other tourist services. In the lake the fishing of black bass, trout, catfish and other species can be practiced. Besides, this fish can be found in exquisite meals at the restaurants that are located at the shore. It is also possible to rent a motor boat and practice various water sports such as ski.
San Francisco de Conchos
20 kilometers west of Camargo by highway, this small community is located. A former religious mission, it still has its ancient temple in pristine condition. Built in a sober style, it is a good example of colonial art.
9 km away is located the community of La Boquilla which houses 1,500 inhabitants. It is placed at the foot of the La Boquilla Dam or Lago Toronto one of the great dams of Chihuahua built in the 20´s decade to generate electricity.
Close to La Boquilla is located an impressive thermal spring named Los Filtros, throughout which a system of swimming resorts has been built. The spring emerges of a rocky front named El Nacimiento and forms a creek of warm water that runs for a kilometer before losing itself in the Conchos river. Throughout this kilometer is the series of swimming resorts that offer all necessary services for an outdoors party: BBQ grills, camping areas, grocery stores, bathrooms, etc.
To the north of Ciudad Madera, 50 kilometers by the highway that leads to La Norteña is located another archeological site of first importance in the region and one of the most visited, second only to Paquime. Its name is Cuarenta Casas, built inside of the Cueva de la Ventana (the window cave) also by the inhabitants of Paquime culture.
The cave is at the middle of a cliff at the gorge of the Arroyo del Garabato and to get to it an hour walk through a path that descends to the creek and goes back up is necessary.
The whole site consists of 15 houses, some of them two stories high. All of them are built in earth brick and date back to the XIII century, when Paquime was at its peak. The rooms have been restored and arranged to receive visitors without altering their archeological value
La Zona del Silencio (the silence zone)
Chihuahuas mysterious, magical zona del silencio--the Zone of Silence, just four hundred miles away from El Paso, Texas. Deserts are often considered to be mysterious enough without the added weirdness that this patch of earth some four hundred miles from El Paso has to offer. It is a place which gobbles up radio and TV signals, and which has of late been asociated with the UFO phenomenon.
Very little information is available about the area before 1970, but there are stories of farmers in the area reporting that "hot pebbles" falling from a clear sky pelted their land.
The area also has a reputation for attracting meteorites. The Museum of Mineralogy of the University of Rome has a sample of a type of meteorite known as a hexahedrite from the Bolson de Mapimi. This meteorite has been known since 1837 and it weighed at least 2064 kg.
The Zone's modern notoriety can be traced to July, 1970, when the U.S. base at Green River, Utah test fired an Athena missile. The missile was supposed to land on the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico, but the missile mysteriously overshot White Sands and continued south until it finally crashed into the Bolson de Mapimi. The U.S. went into the area to retrieve its missile with exaggerated secrecy precautions that served more to attract attention to the search than anything. After three weeks of searching, they found it stuck nose-first into a sand dune. They built an airstrip and a spur from the nearest railroad to the site and hauled off their property.
Supposedly, a few years later, an upper stage from one of the Saturn boosters used on the Apollo project broke up over the very same area.
Since de la Pena's visit, the Mexican government built a research facility in the Bolson de Mapimi that has become known as the "Biosphere." The facility has attracted scientists from all over the world, mainly to study the geology and flora and fauna of the area.
In Paraiso Peñitas, the peaceful waters of the Peñitas dam reflect the beauty of this mountainous landscape captured by an iridescent mountain range. This is the setting for the Hostales Paraiso Madera Peñitas tourist compound which expands six hectareas.
This tourist center is managed by 43 women who own this land. It has 11 rustic comfortable and spacious cabins with two full-sized beds each, a small living room and a fireplace. These two-level wooden cabins are strategically located around the dam.
The visitor can enjoy the view, surrounded by pine trees and healthy climate as well as go fishing for trout, carp or other fish on the dam, or walk the streets of the town of Madera which is only 10 kilometers away from this complex.
This picturesque town is at the beginning of the mountain range west of Chihuahua City and 364 kilometers from the state capital. Time has stopped in this town full of magical history. Madera used to be a sawmill center that presently combines the old west architecture with a colonial aura. The beautiful San Pedro Cathedral is just one of the attractions here. There are also restaurants with exquisite local food, discotheques, handicraft stores and museum.
Other tourist attractions in the region are the archeological ruins of Cueva Grande, Cueva del Puente, Conjunto Anasazi, La Rancheria and Cuarenta Casas or Cueva de las Ventanas. The cave belonged to the "pinineos" (short indigenous people); its main attraction is the lollipop-shaped doors no more than a meter high. Another attraction is walking through the surrounding historic haciendas such as Sirupa or San Jose de Babicora, or visiting some of the areas natural beauties such as the El Salto waterfall, the Tes Lagoon, the Canyon of the Huapoca River or the Chinacas Mirador and going into the thermal waters of the Huapoca river is a must.
Coyame is located 142 km. from Chuihuahua City in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico by the federal highway 16.
Coyame is famous for its mineral springs, whose water is bottled for drinking.
1 km. south, by dirt road, you can visit the Coyame Caverns, with its 15 rooms with stalactites, stalagmites and crystallizations that only compare in beauty with the Cacahuamilpa caves in the State of Guerrero.
Nearby the town you can fish in the Conchos River and hunt at the surroundings; Thirty-one km. northeast, is situated the Peguis lookout over the canyon where the waters of the Conchos river fall forming a beautiful cascade.
Casas Grandes is the most important archaeological zone of the northern part of the country in Chihuahua, Mexico, also known as Paquime.
Casas Grandes is found in a valley without vegetation on a surface of more than 50 hectares; its buildings and ceremonial monuments were constructed with clay using a system of percolated mud.
Our curiosity is immediately aroused by the small, T-shaped doors; we don't know if they were made this way for security or for ceremonial purposes.
Aside from the living area, another unusual feature of this site, compared to others in the region, is the presence of a ceremonial center, a funeral mound, various ball courts and El Monticulo de la Cruz, a small hill with the cardinal points of the compass sculpted in raised adobe, showing the customary variation of 11 degrees from Magnetic North.
Beautiful ceramics with geometric patterns that were found on Paquime are currently on display at the museum, designed by the renowned architect Mario Schetinan, who won an international prize for its harmonious integration with the landscape.
Near Casas Grandes you can visit the Cueva de la Olla, where human rests and paintings were found.
San Ignacio de Arareko is located 8 km. south of Creel, on the road to Cusarare.
This prodigious area offers incredible beauty to the visitor: The Arareko lagoon, the Batosarachi waterfall, the Valley of the Gods, the Valley of the Mushrooms, the Barranca del Cobre mountain passages which are refuge four cougars and deers. But above all, Arareko is full of mysterious magnetism from the ceremonies and customs of the local raramuri people. People who love their land to such extent that they say their life has no meaning without the vital strength provided by the nature surrounding them.
In Arareko you can also hire horses, boats, bicycles and experienced guides.
For the person who wants to blend with nature, there is nothing like the more than 20 thousand hectareas (124,000 square miles) of woods in Arareko, right in the middle of the Tarahumara mountain range.
There is a beautiful lake with blue waters surrounded by grey rocks, oak and pine trees. You can rent boats, go fishing and engage in water sports.
Get to Know the Tarahumaras
Never conquered by the Aztecs and despite being defeated by Mexican armies, the Tarahumaras still consider themselves an independant nation. So strong is this conviction that in the Fifties they more than once took complaints directly to the United Nations. Perhaps the purest and most unmixed of any Indian tribe in Mexico, so little is known about them that their true name "Raramuri" was corrupted to "Tarahumara" by white men and never corrected.
Most of the world knows them only as long distance runners. Living in high altitudes, they have developed tremendous lung capacity and in more primitive times hunted deer and mountain goats, running them down on foot. In more modern times, they have run non-stop in relay teams from Chihuahua City to El Paso, a distance of 230 miles, to open the Pan-American Road Races.
However, this running ability is only one facet of their life style. The truly remarkable thing about them is an ancient religion which has bred into them a moral code so strict that they are unable to tell a lie.
Psychologists suggest that over the centuries this value system has actually caused physiological changes in their brain that preclude speaking anything but the truth. Nor can they cheat or fail to aid a fellow tribesman.
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