A new concept in Cross Country competition, that will reach international rank with the World Cross Country Rally Championship, starts in Mexico. The race will join Ciudad Juárez with Chihuahua, Capital City of the Big State from 1st to the 4th of may of evry year.
There are two participation types: Cross Country and Orientation Trial. The first one, according to international norm for Cross Country Rallies in Cars, Motorcycles and Quads. The second one, only for 4x4 vehicles equipped with GPS and Winch, like in the formula popularized by the Cup 180, although with an important innovation: the team is formed by only one car.
The Cross Country Rallies are carried out on daily stages with a maximum of 800 km (500 miles) of pure speed timed sections, eventually combined with regularity sections. They are run through dirt roads and tracks, at times of great technical difficulty, which makes it necessary to race in very tough cars with exceptional off-road qualities.
The route is secret, making it impossible for racers to practice and the only official route is the one that is described in the race’s Road-Book. In this Road-Book there are detailed schemes (changes in direction, road incidences, hazardous spots, nearby settlements and other references), total and partial distances and useful comments. Sometimes navigation data as GPS coordinates or directions are provided.
Admitted vehicles on the Cross Country Rally mode of the ¡ah, Chihuahua! Rally TT are Motorcycles, Quads, and Cars (some African races also take Heavy Trucks).
Orientation Trial mode will have the same starting and finish line as in Rally mode. Both races will share checkpoints, although in this mode the route is not established, but contestants will necessarily have to go through the checkpoints and accomplish each stage in a maximum time.
The competition will consist of localization of waypoints given by GPS coordinates and very difficult and technically demanding Trial Special Stages.
In 1922, at the invitation of President Alvaro Obreg?n, 20,000 Mennonites came to Mexico from Canada to settle on 247,000 acres of land in Chihuahua's San Antonio Valley.
The immigration was profitable for both Mexico and the Mennonites. In Canada there had been friction between the Mennonites and the Canadian government?the Mennonites do not believe in educating their children past the sixth grade, else they become too worldly and stray from their religion, and they do not believe in serving in the military. The Mexican government was seeking farmers to settle the land which had previously been owned by William Randolph Hearst, who had been expelled from the country along with the other foreign landowners, following the Mexican Revolution. The two parties made an agreement whereby the Mennonites would purchase the land from the Mexican government and their children would be forever exempted from the educational laws of Mexico and from serving in its armed forces. In addition, the Mennonites were exempted from paying taxes for fifty years.
Today, there are around 50,000 Mennonites living in the vicinity of the city of Cuauht?moc, which is located about sixty-five miles west of the capital city of Chihuahua. They are known throughout Mexico for the fine cheeses they produce and for the wheat, corn, and oats which they grow.
However, for raw canyon rim drama, nothing beats a stop at Divisadero. Guided walking and horseback trips deep into the valleys are spectacular, but so is just sitting on your motel-style bedroom balcony at the Hotel Divisadero Barrancas, perched at the junction of two of the world's grandest canyons. From mid-summer on, brooding storm clouds most afternoons engulf the area in a fast-paced thunder and lightning show guaranteed to have every camera working itself into a nervous breakdown. Front row seats like that turn the most unlikely people into budding meteorologists!
In their own right, the flora, fauna, geology, and dramatic weather systems are worthy of a journey into this rare natural environment. However, it is the hardy, reclusive indigenous folk that add human color, history and spiritual interest to any visit. Roughly 50,000 Tarahumara, or Rar?muri as they call themselves, survive today in scattered family units working tiny agricultural plots on ridge tops and in deep valleys. They are Amerindian descendants of those who fled into this inaccessible region to avoid Spanish rule some 450 years ago. Though always marginal agriculturalists in a challenging terrain, their enviable lung capacity and endurance allow men, women and children to tackle steep rocky paths at a run with only leather thongs on their feet. Many of today's fastest cross-country runners are Tarahumara from the Copper Canyon.
A Tarahumara festival.
Chihuahua State Tourism
A colorful mural at Divisadero's Posada Mirador Hotel honors the Tarahumara people.The Easter Week (Semana Santa) festival is a particularly colorful and moving celebration that the Tarahumara graciously share with visitors who demonstrate respect for this solemn spiritual occasion spread over a number of days. They do not share many of their ceremonies, so this is indeed a privilege to be cherished. A new interest in such quickly-disappearing customs and spiritual traditions and a growing interest in this still-pristine wilderness have encouraged small-scale tourism operators and lodgings to spring up in the past decade. Both small group tours and independent travel require advance planning because accommodations and English-speaking guides are still relatively limited.
Every summer, during the months of July an August, we celebrate an Adventure Sports Festival in the most beautiful natural scenarios in Chihuahua. Events take place in picturesque small mountain towns like Guachochi and Creel in the Tarahumara land, and in the white dunes of Samalayuca near ciudad Juarez. Competitors are also challenged in the Chihuahua Desert, near the border city of Ojinaga and by the oasis of Coyame.
Competitions are: mountain biking, triathlon, ultra marathon in 63 and 100 km. Categories, sand biking, sand boarding, rappel, and rock climbing.
World class competitors such Patricio Cabrera second place in the Sky Marathon, Jack Smith sand boarding master, Ray Molina, the sand bike inventor and the world famous Tarahumara runners are the ones to defeat.
Unos 25 km al suroeste de Creel, por la carretera que va a Guachochi, se encuentra la comunidad tarahumar de Cusárare. Famosa sobre todo por su hermosa cascada de 30 m de caída. Para llegar a la cascada hay que caminar por una agradable vereda de dos kilómetros; es un sencillo recorrido por el bosque, que forma parte del atractivo. La cascada es tipo catarata y una de las más bonitas de la Tarahumara.
Es interesante, caminar por las calles, y por la Sierra de Creel y ver a los Taraomaras, civilizaciones que han conservado su cultura y sus raíces por miles de años, ver su artesanía, estilo de vida....llenos de color
La Sierra Taraomara es uno de los principales atractivos del Edo. de Chihuahua. El estado más grande de México.
Allí encontrarás gran cantidad de lugares bendecidos por la naturaleza.
Es un lugar para respirar aire puro y disfrutar de la naturaleza
Estre tren llamado "Chihuahua Pacífico" hace un recorrido, por distintos puntos del Edo.de Chihuahua.
Este tren atraviesa distintos puntos de la Sierra Taraomara y da un espectaculo visual sin competencia. Puedes ver cosas increíbles a través de los rieles.
Ave Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Creel, Chihuahua, 33200, Mexico
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Perif De La Juventud 6100, Chihuahua, Chih., 31236
Good for: Families
Paseo Triunfo de la Republica 3745, Circuito Pronaf, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 32310, Mexico
Good for: Couples