May 4, 2016
Choosing to hike the Copper Canyon with Eco-AlterNative Tours and with Chunel as my guide afforded me a perspective I otherwise would not have been able to have from tourist-saturated Divisadero. We took the road South from Creel and on entering the Rarámuri community got to experience Chunel’s amazing off-roading skills. All the while we traveled, Chunel provided his first hand accounts of the history and beauty of the region; of the encroaching logging and mining industries; and the resistance of the Rarámuri to maintain their traditional way of life. Chunel showed me around the community and explained the agricultural, social and spiritual life of the region. We stopped by several outlooks on the edge of the canyon that Chunel explained are important places of ceremony for the Rarámuri and also provided seemingly endless vistas of the canyon. We arrived at one of these promontories nearing sunset and watched as the orange and yellow light shifted shadows across the faces of the canyon walls. You will leave the canyon with a truly memorable experience and a greater understanding of the Rarámuri.