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2022-10-30  
Las Barrancas del Cobre La Escuela Route, CH
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Las Barrancas del Cobre La Escuela Route, CH 
Las Barrancas del Cobre La Escuela Route, CH
 
Hiking5.63 Miles 1,885 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.52 mph
1,885 ft AEG
 
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So I decided to do a thing. I drove from Phoenix to Creel Mexico and then went to Las Barrancas del Cobre or Copper Canyon. If you don't know what this is, it is basically the Grand Canyon of Mexico and it is incredible!

While there I did a couple hikes with a member of the Rarámuri tribe. They are the indigenous people that live in the Canyon and are known for being able to run amazing distances. My guides name was Barnabé and thankfully he spoke Spanish. I am not 100% fluent yet but I am well on my way. During the hike we had a great conversation and he took me by some of the homes in the canyon. They all grow corn, beans, and have fruit trees such as apples, lemons, peaches and oranges. The also had goats and some cows for milk, cheese and meat. The weather was perfect and the hike was a real honor for me.

They will not let you hike without a guide in the main part of the Park since there are too many trails from the tribe and it would be easy to get off track. This route was called "La Escuela" since it passes by what use to be the main school for the Tarahumara. The school is now much bigger and is situated up on the top of the canyon. There is a tram that goes down into the canyon and the tram or Teleférico is free to use for the Tarahumara or Rarámuri as they call themselves.

Las Barrancas del Cobre is so immense that you you could spend a month here and not see and do everything. My hope is to go back next year and explore some more.
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