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Valley of the Monks
Valley of the Monks

Valley of the Monks

Located in the heart of the Alta Sierra Tarahumara, 15 kilometers from Creel lies Bisabirachi, also known as the Valley of the Gods or the Monks.

Composed of elongated rocks that look like giants, or monks, hence its name.

The passage of time and the action of the atmospheric elements has created, in numerous occasions and in different places of the planet, incredible landscapes of great beauty and peculiarity.

These unique and old rocks are of sedimentary origin, but its exterior is limestone. The extreme climate of the area, especially rainwater and strong winds, are responsible for slowly crumbling the outer limestone of the rocks. Thus, the rocks have been acquiring capricious and pointed forms, until one of the most strange landscapes on the planet.

It is said that the Valley of the Monks were carved by the original inhabitants 20 million years ago when the stones were still malleable after the creation of the world.

Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide
Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide

Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide

Info of the canyons that comprise the copper canyon


Did you know that the Copper Canyon is roughly four times the size of the Grand Canyon? Over millions of years, nine main canyons form from volcanic and plate tectonic movement. Copper canyon spans over 25,000 square miles.

  • Firstly, the Serpentine Canyon is the main canyon that the Chepe train runs through. It is 1,600 feet above sea level on the Serpentine River.
  • Probably the most well-known canyon is Urique. It is the deepest canyon in Mexico 1,640 feet above sea level. It can be seen from Divisadero, Posada Barrancas, and Gallego Mountain. Within the valley of Urique, tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and avocado grow.
  • Near Guachochi, the Sinforosa Canyon is known as “the queen of the canyons”.
  • Batopilas canyon is home to the valley town of Batopilas. Get there from Creel and Urique. This valley is one of the most inhabited by the native Tarahumaran community.
  • In addition, Candamena canyon is home to the two highest waterfall drops in Mexico. These are Bassaseachi Falls and Barranca de Cascadas.
  • Since Huapoca canyon is the most northern canyon in the Sierra Tarahumaras, near the town of Madera, many archeological sites from the Paquime culture.
  • Due to remoteness, Chinipas canyon is lesser known. It has the tributary rivers of the Rio Fuerte and Chinipas river.
  • In the passage between the towns of Maguarchi and Uruachi, Oteros canyon cuts through the northern mountain range.
  •  Noteworthy, the Copper Canyon this is one of the most serene canyons of all. It is between La Bufa and Creel, Chihuahua.

Ultimately, there are many sub-canyons within the Copper Canyon. Each offers a distinctive variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Ask us about exploring the vast land and canyons of Copper Canyon.

Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel
Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

Copper Canyon is a world famous destination. It is known for its awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife, renowned train route, and native culture. The Copper Canyon’s name derives from the greenish/copper color of the canyon walls was formed between 30-40 million years ago.  From the collapse of land, following a volcanic eruption, and seduction of the Farallon Plate. Six rivers carved the canyons that comprise the Copper Canyon.  It is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Not to mention, a train running through it!
The terrain varies from the high altitude Madrean Conifer Forest to sub-tropical forests in the valleys. Mexico’s second largest waterfall, Basaseachic Falls, is also located here in the Candemena Canyon. Copper Canyon has something to offer for every nature lover!Getting Here- Copper Canyon info
There are many options available for planning your trip to the Copper Canyon.
Tours can begin in Cabo San Lucas, where you have the option to take a one hour flight on You may
take the ferry from Baja Sur’s capitol city, La Paz to Los Mochis.
Transportation from Los Mochis to El Fuerte is available. El Fuerte is a prime location to start the tour.  It is a Pueblo Magico, plus you will enjoy more time in the morning before the train arrives!
Trips are also available from Chihuahua, but more scenic from the Sea of Cortez.

The Train- Copper Canyon info

El Chepe is the Chihuahua- Pacific railway of Copper Canyon. It began production in 1900, but due to terrain and expenses was not completed until 1961. The train runs among majestic landscapes of the Sierra Tarahumara area. Much of this area features the rich history and folklore of the indigenous Tarahumara culture. El Chepe climbs a seven degree grade and 2,400 meters above sea level. Copper Canyon is approximately four times as large as the Grand Canyon. It runs daily from Los Mochis to Chihuahua through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels.



Copper Canyon destinations and outdoor activities
Copper Canyon destinations and outdoor activities

Copper Canyon destinations and outdoor activities

There are many options for the trip in Copper Canyon as far as destinations, hotel choices, and outdoor activities. Learn more about the destinations, to create your custom adventure.
Here is some information to review that will help us customize your adventure.
The train stops in Los Mochis- EL Fuerte- Bahuchivo Station- Posada Barrancas- Creel- Chihuahua.
Fitrstly, we begin the adventure in El Fuerte, a charming “Pueblo Magico”, known for the architecture, history and migratory birds on the Rio Fuerte. The hotels are steps away from the town center, museum, and church.
In our opinion, it is a must!
The second stop is at Bahuchivo Station. The small town of Cerrocaui is about 30-45 min away. We like to use the family run lodge of San Isidro, but also Hotel Mission in Cerocahui. Cerrocaui is home to the 300 yr. old Jesuit Mission, Tarahumarans Girl’s school, waterfalls and vineyards.
Gallego Mountain tour will take you to overlook Urique Canyon. It is the deepest canyon in the Copper Canyon system.
The descent to Urique is approximately a four-hour tour down a bumpy road.
There is an option to stay the night at the bottom of Urique, but most people like San Isidro Lodge.
The next stop is at the “eye” of the canyon, Posada Barrancas. The hotel is set on the edge of the cliff. There are valley view rooms available for those who don’t want to take a lot of stairs.
Most guests will say that this is the best view hotel from the top.
Divisadero is 5 min away by shuttle. You will see incredible views of the canyons, outdoor market, and the Copper Canyon Adventure Park.
The adventure park has gondolas across the canyons, the world’s longest zip line, rock repelling, hiking and more.
These activities are a la cart.
Hotel Mansion Tarahumara  includes a guided walking tour to the cliff dwellings on the first day. The shuttle is included if you stay a second night in Posada Barrancas.
This is the highest elevation with mile high views.
If you are traveling in the winter, consider that it can snow in Posada Barrancas and Creel.
Creel is another “Pueblo Magico” town and gateway to the Copper Canyon from the Chihuahua side. The landscape is very cool and different here.
Lake Arareko, Valley of Mushrooms, Monks, And Frogs, Cusarare Falls are the most popular outdoor places to visit. Mexico’s second largest waterfall is also there, or other 9 hour tours to La Bufa.
  If you want to go to Creel, you will need at least two days there due to the train schedule.
Chihuahua is the last stop on the train. A lot of the trip is through the Sonoran Desert. Most guest will go to Chihuahua if they are arriving or departing from the city. There is a lot of Mexican culture to experience. For example, museums, cathedrals, and caves outside of town.

Samples of custom itineraries


Check out some of our samples of custom itineraries.
We aim to please, and create samples of custom itineraries that suit your interests, destinations, and budget!
While you may begin the journey in Chihuahua, we recommend either beginning from the Los Mochis airport, or Cabo San Lucas.The train route is more scenic from west to east, and the right side of the train offers a better view of the climb into the canyons.





Adventure 1 samples of custom itineraries

Day 1 Arrive at the Los Mochis airport. Your driver will transport you to El Fuerte, about an hour and a half away. Your hotel overlooks the Rio Fuerte and is just steps away from the town center.

Day 2 7:30 am train departure for Bahuchivo Station, arriving around 11am. Hotel Mision in historic Cerocahui is very close to the train station, and is beautifully set in the town.

Day 4 mid morning train departure (11 ish) to Posada Barrancas, arriving around 1pm to Hotel Mansion Tarahumara. A guided walking tour is included to see Tarahumaran cliff dwellings.

Day 5 Spend a second day at the canoyn peaks. Sit back and relax, go shopping in Divisadero, or ride the cable car across the canyons. A shuttle will take you to the Copper Canyon Adventure Park.

Day 6 Board train 1pm to El Fuerte, arriving around 7:30 pm. A taxi will take you to the Hotel.

Day 7 In the morning, float on the Rio Fuerte, birdwatch, and hike to the Nahautl petroglyphs (2 hours). If you get tired, know that you may return as you wish. Pack up and transfer to the airport in Los Mochis.



Adventure 2 Samples of custom itineraries

Day 1 Fly from Cabo to Los Mochis.  It’s a quick, one hour flight. Your driver will pick you up and transport you to El Fuerte at the Lodge. Unpack, relax, and take a walk to the town center. You may take the river float to the petroglyphs or visit the local Mayo community to experience a demonstration of the native dances preformed during holiday celebrations.

Day 1 Fly from Cabo to Los Mochis.  It’s a quick, one hour flight. Your driver will pick you up and transport you to El Fuerte at the Lodge. Unpack, relax, and take a walk to the town center. You may take the river float to the petroglyphs or visit the local Mayo community to experience a demonstration of the native dances preformed during holiday celebrations.

Day 2  Board the train around 7:30 am to Bahuchivo Station, arriving between 11-1pm. Your driver will take you to the San Isidro Lodge. Visit the historical town of Cerocahui and the 300-year-old Jesuit mission.

Day 3 8:30 am-3pm This is a real adventure on a bumpy road with a view! Drive to Gallego mountain, or descend into Urique, the deepest canyon structure in the Copper Canyon! You will stop along the way to take photographs.

Day 4 mid morning (10ish) board the train for Posada Barrancas.  The Hotel Mansion Tarahumara is literally on the edge of the canyon. The rim rooms offer mile high vistas of the canyons below. A walking tour to the vistas and Divisadero is included.  There are extra activities that you may like. For example: cable car ride across the canyons ($25USD per person) world class zip line ($50USD per person), local shopping from the Tarahumarans, atv rentals, etc..

Day 5 Between 1-3 pm, the train departs for Chihuahua. At Divisadero, the train will stop for about 20 minutes for another photo opportunity.

You will arrive in Chihuahua around 10:30 pm. A taxi will drive your group to the Holiday Inn.

Day 6 Enjoy your final day in Chihuahua. It is a capitol city with a lot to see. Don’t miss the cathedral! Pack up for your departure.




Bass Fishing/Duck and Dove hunting
Bass Fishing/Duck and Dove hunting

Bass Fishing/Duck and Dove hunting


Hey, hunting enthusiasts! Want to go Bass fishing in El Fuerte? It’s easy and fun, just 12 km from beautiful El Fuerte are local dams filled with bass. Ask about our adventure packages! We have all the gear, and our chef can cook a great bass.

Do you like Duck and Dove hunting??
This first class sportsman adventure annually attracts millions of waterfowl to the scenic, warm environments of Mexico. Due to the warmer climate, hunters can take advantage of up to three extra months to hunt in Sinoloa, Mexico.

Enjoy your time at decoyed wooden platforms, 80 blinds built with platforms to keep hunters dry.
The selection of birdlife may include: Black bellied whistling ducks, Green winged and blue winged teal, Cinnamon, Redheads, Fulvous whistling ducks, canvas Blacks, Mottled ducks, Widgeons, Pintails, Mallards, and Shorelers.Seven airboats are available to cover the 70,000  acres of marshlands.


Los Mochis is a small city near the beaches of the Sea of Cortez, an hour away from Cabo San Lucas. Also, the Los Mochis airport has service to Mexico City and surrounding areas. Ask us for more information about either of these popular hunting adventures. 



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Urique Canyon
Urique Canyon

Urique Canyon


Urique Canyon, located in Copper Canyon, near Bahuchivo Station, is one of the deepest canyons in North America. The town of Urique is home to the indigenous people, the Tarahumara, or Raramuri.
Their name comes from their word “Uli” meaning “hot land,” which was later changed by the Spanish settlers to Urique.
The climate of Urique ranges from tropical during the winter months and can reach up to over 100 degrees during the summer months.
It offers exceptional hiking, especially in the fall and spring time months.

It offers exceptional hiking, especially in the fall and spring time months.The agriculture in this area consists largely of grapefruit, peanut, mango, orange, papaya, lime, avocado, guava, plums, guamuchil seeds and pitaya cactus fruits.

According to historical records, Juan Maria Salvaterra, who had arrived in Urique Canyon in 1684, became one of the first white men to arrive.
Very soon after, Spainard, Juan Tarango Vallejo arrived and is credited with the founding of Urique on January 12, 1690. In the same year, he also claimed gold deposits in the neighboring town of Cusihuiriachi, which continued administering claims until 1731.
In the mid 1800’s, during the Farcical Pastry War, Urique was the only battle between French and Mexican troops.

Here is a photo of Tarahumarans preparing for Semana Santa rituals.

This ten-day event happens in late March or April for Holy Week. Imagine paganism meets Catholosim. The Semana Santa in Copper Canyon shows an intricate history of Spanish influence on the indigenous people. Deep in the valley of Urique is a meeting place for local and foreign travelers to celebrate. The last night of the event is likened to a rave and a story of good versus evil. Tarahumarans prepare corn beer, which is quite strong. During the days of Semana Santa, you can see a variety of rituals being preformed in Urique and throughout Copper Canyon.

Bahuchivo Station and Cerocahui

From the lush footlands ofEl Fuerte, your next stop is among Poderosa pines at Bahuchivo Station.
Cerocahui  is located in the valley, and is home to a 300 year old Jesuit mission. Cerocaui hosts a Tarahumaran girls school, vineyards, and local waterfalls. Nearly an hour away, by car, is Urique Canyon, the deepest gorge in the Copper Canyon system. Here a photo link from Gallego Mountain. Th e road descending into Urique valley is a bumpy one. You may choose to visit the overlook at Gallego Mountain.

Thank you, Ruth and Jim for the recent photo of Urique, the deepest canyon in the Copper Canyon system. #barrancasdelcobre, #urique, #coppercanyon, #mexico

Posted by Copper Canyon Mexico on Monday, November 7, 2016

 In the small historic village of Cerocahui lies one of the most impressive missions of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range. Juan Maria de Salvatierra, a Jesuit Priest, founded this church in 1680, a year after the first Jesuit arrived in this area. In 1767, Spanish King, Carlos the third, ordered the expulsion of this mission.  It was later restored under Padre Andreas Lara in 1939.  Lara also created a boarding school for the Raramuri Indians, called the Tehuecado Santa Maria Guadalupe.  This boarding school for girls still continues in operation today. Donations are gladly appreciated to support the school.
Along with the school, Padre Andreas Lara took care in building the first road to Bahuichivo in the 50’s, making it possible to travel through since 1976.  Previously, horses and mules were the only means of transportation. At one time, when the silver mines were in full swing, mining was one of the largest employers, however, since 1963 when the last mine closed, many inhabitants now rely on ranching, farming, and tourism.  In 1995, the first long distance telephone service was installed. In 2001 electricity was introduced to Cerocahui. Even with the introduction of electricity, this town still processes much of its original culture and individual charm.
Bahuchivo Station and Cerocahui have become a major tourist attraction during the holy week for the astounding festivities and a visible display of the combination of its indigenous and Spanish customs. The Ultra Marathon had become popular here for the annual run.



El Fuerte, Sinoloa


El Fuerte is acknowledged in Mexico as a “Pueblo Magico” town for it’s historical, architectural, and cultural contributions. You will enjoy the quaint cobblestone streets, gardens, town center, and plentiful natural environments. The locals are very proud of their town and show it in their hospitality.

In 1563, El Fuerte was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Ibarra.  In 1610, a fort was built to ward off the Native Americans in this area that consisted largely of the Zuaque and Tehueco. Although the fort is no longer standing, currently a replica museum stands near the town center.  El Fuerte was a very important city because it served as a passage to the frontiers of the northern territories of Mexico, Arizona, and California.  For almost three centuries, El Fuerte was one of the most important commercial and agricultural hubs of the Mexican northwest regions.  In addition, the geological location made it a hot spot as a trading post for silver miners and pioneers. Gold from the Urique and Batopilas mines of the Sierra Madre Mountains was transported by river. Today, the town is a hub for agriculture, especially for blueberries. The dams near El Fuerte are a local favorite for bass fishing. Tourism blooms in this quaint town and charming town center.

Along the El Fuerte river, you can also see petroglyphs carved into stone, which represent an earlier period of the Nahuatl Indians. Serpents, sun gods, and shamans are some of the many symbolic carvings that still remain.  Once located on the highest point in town, an earthquake shook these artifacts to the places they are currently located. Many petroglyphs scattered along Mask Hill and the banks of the El Fuerte River. nearby is the Mayo village. You may choose to meet a family and watch the elders preform the “deer dance”, the story of life”, performed for Semana Santa holidays.

Ride the world's longest zip line at Posada Barrancas.#zipline, #divisadero, #coppercanyon, #adventure

Posted by Copper Canyon Mexico on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Even in a military sense, El Fuerte is historically recognized.  In 1915, during the Mexican Revolution, it is said that here Pancho Villa was defeated by Venustiano Carranza.  Carranza was an important leader of the Mexican Revolution, who later became a Mexican president.