Our trips are like the big boys (REI and Natl Geographic– go check em out and you will see how we compare) with two differences. Not only are we way way less expensive (like at least $1000 cheaper), but our trips have that special cultural edge:
1. Authentic Copper Canyon gives you much more of a local, connect with the people type of experience. One way we do this is by using an array of skilled, bilingual, local guides. These are folks who live in the little towns along the canyon areas and know it well. One great example of this is Gustavo Lozano. Gus actually lives right in Areponapuchi- near the huge views at Divisadero and Mirador Hotel. Their home is a warm place and our guests always enjoy Gus’s insight and humor.
2.We also often stay at little local ranches or small hotels. This lets you actually interact with local people and eat the delicious truly local norteno food. Contrast this to the larger corporate hotels- they are fine but the staff tends to be more tourist savvy- like lots of English and a bit od cynicism. One great example of this is the little Cabanas Diaz in Areponapuchi. Great food, no English, gracious Chihuahua hospitality- and there is always a horse or two available if you want to explore the area that way.