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Our Lodges in Copper Canyon: Noritari

I love food and little neat places that are out of the way enchant me. So Norítari is a favorite of mine… and of our guests as well. It sits up in the pines above the little town of San Juanito in one of the highest altitude places we visit on the Copper Canyon train trip. […]

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Its not groups…its groupitos

Group size? <12: And its not a trip…its an experience. Like the experience this grupito had on a recent train trip to Copper Canyon. We watched as this Tarahumara lady wove a basket and chattered quietly to he son in the Indian dialect in the tiny town of Areponápuchi. This is not an escorted bus […]

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Our Team in Copper Canyon: Carlos Vega

I was on CHEPE one day headed for El Fuerte when in the cafe car I met a portly affable Mexican named Carlos Vega. One cannot help but be befriended by this guy and he soon volunteered to do some shopping for me for a certain necklace at the upcoming Divisadero market. He explained in […]

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Tiny Copper Canyon towns no one overnights in: Cusarare

Cusárare is one of those places that some people visit but very few experience overnight. This is a Tarahumara town and the local culture is awash in the distant Indian ways. People speak but are quiet and reserved. Colors are brilliant. Kids are smiley. We often visit this little village and usually stay overnight. Very […]

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Celso at Don Cuco Sotol

Celso Jaquez and his family are the 4th generation at their hacianda near Janos (north of Copper Canyon) to be distilling sotol under the name “Don Cuco“. Most people are not familiar with sotol, but it is truly THE drink of Chihuahua, being made from the sotol plants that grow in this high desert. As […]

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Rafael with a Medicinal Plant for Toothache

Rafael (an Ocolome Indian) is a walking encyclopedia of medicinal plants. He has one for every need. While birdwatching on the river near El Fuerte, he often spots a plants of medicinal value. In this case he is explaining to us that the vinorama tree leaves can be use as a toothache remedy. Just crush up […]

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Our Lodges in Copper Canyon: Real de Carapoa

El Fuerte is awash in colonial charm and that laid back Mexican pace…I love this place and so do our guests. There are many fine places to lodge here, but my hands down fave is Real de Carapoa. A converted mansion and the handiwork of “Billy”, an architect fromLos Mochis, it features large rooms with […]

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Our Lodges in Copper Canyon: San Felipe el Real

There are several truly unique and memorable lodging places in Chihuahua…and San Felipe el Real is certainly one of them. This place is a restored Terrazas mansion and it deserves every bit of praise it may get. San Felipe el Real is the work of Santiago Gil Belda ( a Spanish native) and his wife […]

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Our Team in Copper Canyon: Chico Villasenor

Several years ago I met a young man at the El Fuerte train station (on the CHEPE line that runs through Copper Canyon– the station is 3 miles east of town). His name was Sergio and he went on and on about his dad, who he described as an experienced fishing guide. A few weeks […]

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Our team in Copper Canyon: Alfredo Murillo

Only a few times in life do you associate with someone you trust and like and look forward to working with. Alfredo is this one of those people for me and he is my right hand on the ground in Chihuahua. Alfredo and his wife Norma live in Chihuahua City with their two kids. He […]

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