Creel Magical Town
The small town of Creel is the most popular place to start your trip in the Copper Canyon area. Creel is the most popular station of the Chihuahua-Pacific railroad. This magic town is peaceful, life runs slow, its main avenue has numerous arts and crafts shops, look for baskets, drums, bracelets and earrings, clay bowls, violins, belts and much more.
The town offers hotel for all budgets, restaurants and tour companies offering package deals for high end, traditional and adventure tourism. Look for hiking excursions to the nearby valleys, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing.
The valleys are filled with unique natural rock formations, highlighting singular figures. A visit to the Valley of the Monks, the Fungi and the Frogs will allow you to appreciate what erosion sculpted for centuries.
Arareko is a small crystal-clear waters lake that reflect the landscape. It is surrounded by pine-oak forest. To fully enjoy the place, the natives offer lodging in log cabins and paddle and pedal boats rentals are available.
Batopilas Magical Town
It was recognized as Pueblo Mágico for its beauty and history. Its spectacular paved road, amazing scenarios and its people, make it a must-see on your trip through the Copper Canyon. It is located only 3 hours south of Creel. We recommend you reserve at least two nights to fully enjoy this little paradise.
In just 9 miles, you will descend five thousand feet to find yourself in a completely different ecosystem. We find most convenient to note that this is a low speed road, with many look out points. Drive it by day so you will not miss the most incredible views at Copper Canyon.
For being located in the depths of the Batopilas canyon, at a height of 1,600 ft., its climate is subtropical; one will find abundant birds and flowers, citrus fruits such as guavas, oranges and limes, as well as bananas, papayas and avocados.
Batopilas was considered the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and the wealth of its mines made it the first town in the country, after Mexico City, to have electricity. One of its tours takes you to visit the ruins of Alexander Shepherd mansion, he was known as “The Silver Magnate”. Next to the Municipal building is the museum “Entraña de Plata”, its enthusiastic director will explain everything you need to know, he will tell you about the fascinating history of those who once gave life to this town. Another suggestion is to walk 4 miles downstream to Satevó, to find one of the most beautiful Jesuit Missions in Copper Canyon. If you like to hike, there are plenty of gorgeous viewpoints; some mansions have been restored and now serve as boutique hotels; local cuisine will amaze you. The guides will be very proud to share their legends and a piece of their history.
Casas Grandes Magical Town
The set of buildings with several floors that the first Hispanic explorers saw when they visited these lands received the name of Paquime; a Zuni word meaning “Big Houses”. The archaeological zone that the conquistador Francisco de Ibarra found during his first expedition extends to over 50 hectares, that up to this day, have not been totally explored. When observing the multi-story buildings or their ceremonial enclosures, the functional hydraulic networks, as well as their squares, it is concluded that the city was urbanized by experts in the art and science fields.
On 1998 UNESCO recognized this site as a World Heritage Site. The magnificent museum of Northern Cultures is annexed to the archaeological site, exhibiting objects from the cultures that flourished in the vast valleys of Arid-America. Now, Casas Grandes also bears the title of “Pueblo Mágico”, the truth is that the entire area, both, the archaeological site and the museum, the nearby potter’s village of Mata Ortiz house of Master Juan Quezada and Colonia Juárez, largely populated by Mormon immigrants, for centuries have created a peculiar magic. At any time of the year, take some time to enjoy this wonderful Heritage Site and its surroundings.
Visit the galleries, enjoy learning about the area’s glorious past, guided by a local expert; savor the new culinary creations with a mixture of the ancient ingredients and stay in their boutique hotels, it will be more than rewarding.