More Copper Canyon

The Copper Canyon, or Baranca del Cobre, is actually a network of nearly a score of connected canyons formed by a half dozen different rivers. At more than triple its volume, it dwarfs the size of our own Grand Canyon. It is home to one of Mexico's largest remaining pure indigenous peoples the Rarámuri. Although the land these famed long distance runners call home is some of the most remote and inaccessible in all of Mexico, they are threatened on all sides by groups as diverse as forestry and mining developers, drug traffickers, and of course tourists. Here are a handful more images.

A view of the Baranca just as we begin our descent.

The tiny Misión Santos Cinco Señores church at the village of Cusárare that has been preserved by a priest who has founded the Loyola Museum here dedicated to the preservation of a vast treasury of religious art found in this state's many remote missions.

Lake Arareko near Creel. While I snap photos, young salespeople (below) zero in on their mark.


Some are harder to resist than others.

Also just outside of Creel near the Valle de las Ranas is tiny Misión San Ignacio.

Cascada Basaseachi is around 140 kilometers northwest of Creel. Now, all but around 30 kilometers of the road there are paved. This classic view of the falls is taken from about a mile away across the canyon. It is about 15 kilometers by road to the other side, where you can park and walk 800 meters in to the very spot where the water goes over (below left). Below right, you can see how the water has sculpted the rock on its approach, and how high the water must be following the rainy season.

A local resident sits inches away from the drop-off wondering what all of the fuss is about.