The Copper Canyon

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This dramatic canyon, four times the volume of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, offers one of the world’s most stunning scenic rail journeys, jaw-dropping panoramas and is home to a shy indigenous group.

The Copper Canyon offers some of Mexico’s most dramatic desert scenery stretching from Los Mochis to Chihuahua and criss-crossed by the rail track of the famous ‘Chepe’ that winds through its gorges and valleys. Old colonial towns, such as El Fuerte, and tiny villages on the edge of the canyon rim make perfect stopping-off points along the railroad journey to admire the breath-taking panoramas and look out for parrots, raccoons, foxes and eagles. Then get off the train and journey deep into the canyon itself to Batopilas either hiking or by 4x4 down a road that only opened as late as 1970, to meet the shy Tarahumara Indians, famed for their long-distance running abilities. The Tarahumara moved into these remote and inaccessible canyons over 500 years ago to avoid working for the Spaniards in their silver mines and their Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) rituals and processions are especially fascinating.

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