Sunday, October 7, 2012

Easy Hikes In Copper Canyon

Hikes In The Copper Canyon, Easy, Day-Hikes

 There are several easy,  day hikes in the Copper Canyon area that can be done from the village of Creel.  Bus service from Chihuahua can get you to Creel where you can find taxi, lodging, tour agencies, and a Copper Canyon Train stop.  this makes Creel a good base for hiking and biking the Copper Canyon.

Copper Canyon view
 from  Divisidero
  • Divisadero, Adventure Park
Divisadero is the site of a new (2010) adventure park built by the Mexican Government.  The park includes a teleferico, (cable car)  a zipline setup down in the canyon with a lengthy ride between two hills.  There is also  a rappelling experience offered which goes over the cliff edge with all the equipment including hard hat.  Nearby there is a restaurant with great views into the canyons.  
You can hike on a trail along the edge of the canyon that leads from the Divisadero, Copper Canyon Train stop to the Adventure Park,  Parque De Aventura.  The hiking trail along the edge of the canyons from the Divisadero bus and train stop is paved in places and offers a three miles round trip.  Two miles beyond the Teleferico you find the Areponapuchi train stop and the inns along the cliff edge. 

  • Transportation to Divisadero, Bus
Bus service reaches Divisadero from Creel via the Noroeste Bus.  The first bus leaves at 10:30 am from the small bus station just across from the Chepe, (Copper Canyon) Train Station in Creel.
Train stop in Divisadero 
The bus fare is 60 Pesos one way for the 29 mile trip (44km) over good paved roads.  After hiking, the return to Creel can be by the same bus line.  The last bus of the day from Divisadero to Creel is at 5:00 pm.  Afternoon buses: 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 pm.  Pay on the bus when returning.
Lodging is available in Divisadero at the Hotel Divisadero Barrancas del Cobre just below the train station. There is also lodging two miles southwest of the Teleferico at the  Areponapuchi train stop where inns line the cliff edge.  
Estrella Blanca to Creel from Chihuahua

  •               Transportation to Divisadero, Train

    • The Copper Canyon Train will arrive at Creel on its way west from Chihuahua at about 11:30 am.  You can take the second class train to Divisadero from Creel for 240 Pesos.  (400 Pesos first class)
      The train will arrive, however, later in the day at Divisadero and could cut the day hiking short.
      Lodging at the cliff edge 
      in Divisadero, Hotel 
      Divisadero Barrancas
      Taking the train for a return to Creel from Divisadero can also present problems because the train's arrival at Divisadero from the west end, Pacific Coast town of Los Mochis can vary by an hour or two.  It is best to ask the vendors at the station if the train has arrived yet.  If it has passed, there is the bus option for a return to Creel.  The train from the west usually arrives at Divisadero between 1:30 and 3:30 and on certain days there are two trains, a first class and a second class, economy train.  On other days, the first and second class trains are combined into one train.  (this can change with demand)
      Lodging in Divisadero at Hotel Divisadero Barrancas is always an option.  

      • Day Hike, Cusarare Falls.
      Another good day hike in the Copper Canyon area can be done from Creel, a hike to Cusarare Falls.

      ·        From Creel
      Regional dance performance in Creel
      There is a shuttle from Creel that makes a regular run the 14 miles to Cusarare.  The shuttle starts from the road just across from the train station near the small, Estrella Blanca Bus station.
      Take the shuttle bus down to the vicinity of Cusarare Cascade and hike in the cascade area.
       Start a hike back and hail the shuttle along the way or pre-arange a taxi pickup at the end of the day. Cabs are available in the center of Creel.
       A map is needed in this area as there are many dirt roads and trails.  The main trail out of Creel follows 
      the road, however, as it runs down past the lake and into Cusarare.  
      Lodging in Cusarare, Sierra Lodge,    360-588-1290
      Reserve inn advance to be sure of lodging

      Tour agency in Creel offers rentals and tours, maps and guides
      ·        Tours to Cusarare
      Check with the "Three Amigos" tour agency on the man street of Creel for transportation options, maps, vehicle rentals, bike rental,  etc.  
      Check also with the Posada Margarita next to the church in Creel Center for tour options to Cusarare.

      Train Fares from the Village of Creel.  The fares are in Pesos.  See exchange rates 

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