Thursday, April 24, 2008

Copper Canyon - Divisadero, Chih.
Greatest Boondocking In The Canyon

El Divisadero is located 50 Kms from Creel and is one of the most important train stations on the Chepe route. It has some of the best views of the canyons with well-built and modern walkouts over the canyon. Some even have glass floors so that you can see the canyon down below. It is said that the panoramic view extends up to 160 Kms. and you can see the Copper Canyon as well as Tararecua and Urique. There is the famous hotel which you saw in the picture yesterday morning with views overlooking the edge of the canyon.
From your hotel room you can see Tarahumara living in their cabins in the canyon and in the caves along the canyon edge. I strongly suggest that you have your binoculars with you so you can appreciate all the views.

The train tracks are not far from the canyon. From the parking area you cross the street and walk up a set of steps. Along these steps are vendors selling trinkets, goods made by the Tarahumara, souvenirs of Creel, Divisadero and Chihuahua.
At the top of the stairs along the railroad tracks is a Mexican-food eaters delight. The food was so good that we stopped back by after our canyon train tour.

From Divisadero hotel and rail station, you take the parking lot road up the hill and you'll see this sign.This road is actually a dirt landing strip. You follow the sign to the "mirador" and you will arrive at a new lookout with a couple of parking spots.
During the day, there are a few women there selling their wares along with their kids. They are quiet though and there is no music or noise. Not many people come to this lookout. There is room for a Class B, small TT and TV, or you can park on the road in the woods along the way. This is a very safe area. I mentioned yesterday that you don't see many Tarahumara men or teenage boys working in the open. It is said that after 14 years of age, they stay at home with the fathers while the women and kids work. At this lookout a Tarahumara would bring his wife and her wares in his truck about 8 a.m. He would then sit on a rock high up on the other side of where we were and keep an eye on things during the day. At night, he would return and pick her up.This boondocking site is easy to find, easy to get to, safe and most of all away from the crowds. It is quiet during the day and even more so at night. One night we were able to hear drums coming from a celebration being held by the Tarahumara. The sunsets and sunrises are incredible. We stayed two days here before moving on to San Rafael where we boondocked one night, dropped the rig and hopped on the train for a ride of a lifetime through the Copper Canyon arriving in El Fuerte to spend the night.

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1 comment:

  1. What a GREAT story!
    We want to go there!!!
    Thanks for sharing.