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January 21, 2009 / Greg Vaughn

Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon near Barrancas, Chihuahua, Mexico

Copper Canyon near Barrancas, Chihuahua, Mexico

The most famous of a series of canyons in the Sierra Madre mountains of northwestern Mexico is Copper Canyon or Barranca del Cobre. We traveled here via the “Chepe” (Chihuahua Pacific)  railroad, which winds it’s way from the coastal plains at Los Mochis up through a series of canyons to Barrancas and Divisidero on the rim of Copper Canyon. This canyon system is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon, and the views are truly spectacular. The photo above was taken from a trailside viewpoint not far from our hotel, Mansion Tarahumara, which is perched right on the rim of the canyon.

Alicia, a young Tarahumara girl at Copper Canyon

Alicia, a young Tarahumara girl at Copper Canyon

The barrancas (canyons) are also the home of the Tarahumara Indians, famed for their long distance running ability. Tarahumara men have been known to run for three days, and this is at 7,000 elevation and wearing the thin leather huaraches for shoes. At all the hotels, train stops and lookout points, Tarahumara women and children, dressed like this little girl, set out their weavings and baskets and other crafts to sell to the tourists.

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