Eco-alterNATIVE tours is a social enterprise that aims to give back to the local families and communities that help host tours as well as promote and protect the simplistic and natural lifestyle of the Raramuri people.
Tour revenue will be invested in the families that host tours and their villages, and the communities that collaborate with the tours, as well as operating costs.
Any day by appointment
2 days/2 nights
Adults, Families, Youth, Professionals, Active seniors, Children 5+
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
2 to 10
Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Sunscreen lotion, Water, Comfortable shoes for walking, Rain gear, Hat
Your daytime experience will take you through the heart and soul of the Copper Canyon and into a Raramuri village, where you will eat with a host family and experience their humble, spiritual, nature-based, culture first hand. You will taste corn tortillas made on a wood-burning stove from corn grown by the hands of the people and the grace of nature from seeds thousands of years old. You might learn to throw their Komakali (wooden ball), make artisan wares like baskets or sandals, or even work in their fields. You will gain a new appreciation for a population who, despite challenges, remains tied to their families and communities and has preserved their lifestyle.
You will hike along the Copper Canyon paths used by the Raramuri to walk and run with their children. Along these paths, your tour guide Chunel will tell stories of how the animals, plants, and other aspects of nature play a vital role in the lives of the Raramuri. As the sun sets, you can reflect on the significance of nature in all of our lives.
Each night is spent at a campsite around a fire and beneath a sky brimming with stars. The nighttime provides an opportunity to reflect on the culture you’ve experienced, rest your tired bones, and hear Chunel Palma’s first-hand stories of life in the Sierra Tarahumara.
Plaza Principal, Creel, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
From Chihuahua City, you can rent a car and drive through the Sierra Tarahumara forest to Creel (3 hours). You can also take the Estrella Blanca bus to Creel (5 hours). A third option is to take the Chepe train from Chihuahua to Creel (6 hours). The train departs at 6 AM.
To give back by partnering with the families who host tours, donating a portion of tour proceeds to the Raramuri community, and promoting the simplistic, nature-based worldview of the Raramuri, without negatively impacting their way of life.
Collaboration with the local community and their indigenous knowledge.
Creating a future plan to train indigenous guides.