I love Juarez–the much maligned sister of El Paso. As I have walked the streets there numerous times over the past few years (yes, during the “worst of times”) I have come to find it friendly, relaxed, developing and very welcoming to gringos like me.
So last year in October- actually on my birthday- I had a group of writers and bloggers there. They were hugely surprised as everyone I take there is at how safe it seems and is. So anyway I took the opportunity to run in the marathon there–actually a half for me. It was such a cool experience running along the border.
So I am planning a trip there for anyone who wants to run the marathon or half.
Here is the plan: Arrive El Paso and cross to Juarez. Overnight at the lovely Hotel Lucerna. Then spend the day exploring Juarez–the cool cafes, over to the border, relax by the pool and a big prerace dinner.
Then the marathon on the morning of October 20, some postrace festivities, clean up and off to Chihuahua City for the evening.
The next day we will embark toward the Copper Canyon area and spend 5 nights up and down the canyons, then out toward the border through Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz.
Approximate cost will be $1700 with most expenses included.