El Fuerte | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, MexicoI was still oohing and aahing over the town of El Fuerte when the owner of Rio Vista Hotel, Chal Gamez, invited me to join a group bound for a native dance performance by indigenous Mayo Indians. The hotel van jounced along a potholed asphalt road barely wide enough for two vehicles, passing through desolate scrub desert where everything was coated with a thick layer of dun-colored dust. Twenty minutes later we reached the tiny settlement…

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, MexicoEager to discover whether my decision to bypass Los Mochis and instead catch the Copper Canyon train from the colonial city of El Fuerte was a good one, I set out to explore the town. What had seemed a maze-like route between the bus station and Rio Vista Hotel the night before was an easy stroll by day; a quick hike down the hill and one block to the right and I was staring at what…

Can’t see the above YouTube video of the famous El Chepe train ride through Copper Canyon, Mexico? Click here.

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, MexicoThe first time my bus was pulled over by the Federal Police, the officer who boarded walked right by me without a glance. He asked the young man behind me where he was going and demanded to see his ID. All the way to the back, he questioned and checked the papers of young men. Five of them were eventually hauled off, lined up on the shoulder and patted down, following which their luggage was removed…

Can’t see the above YouTube video of a funeral procession in El Fuerte, Mexico? Click here.

Can’t see the above YouTube video of the Danza del Venado (Deer Dance) in Mexico? Click here.