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Series: Copper Canyon, Mexico

An Adventure in Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon), Mexico, Chapter One

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

The 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…

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An Adventure in Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chapter Two – The Colonial Town of El Fuerte

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

Eager 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…

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An Adventure in Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chapter Three – Mayo Indian Danza del Venado

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

I 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…

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An Adventure in Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chapter Four – Riding the Famous El Chepe Train

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

I vividly remember the first time I heard about Copper Canyon. I was working in a chemical plant in east central Illinois and my boss casually mentioned that he had taken the train through Barrancas del Cobre. He described visiting reclusive Tarahumara Indians, the remoteness of the canyon, and its profound beauty. Something…

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An Adventure in Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chapter Five – Finding My Way to Urique

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

I had expected to be riding the bus to the village of Urique in Copper Canyon at this point, but instead I was headed up the mountain to the canyon rim. Soon after getting off the Copper Canyon train at Bahuichivo, I discovered the bus for Urique would not arrive for another three…

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An Adventure in Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chapter Six – I’ve Died and Gone to Heaven: Entre Amigos in Urique Canyon

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Copper Canyon, Mexico

My eyes popped open at the first hint of light. “No!” I groaned, still tired from 12 hours of traveling that had me arriving at Entre Amigos hostel well after dark the night before. I squeezed my eyes shut, hoping to fall back to sleep, but it was no use; my incessant curiosity…

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