Eco-alterNATIVE Tours: Mexico Camping Tour: Experience Indigenous Life Under the Stars

Mexico Camping Tour: Experience Indigenous Life Under the Stars

Chihuahua, Mexico

Eco-alterNATIVE Tours

Social Enterprise

2 days/1 night
From$355 USDPer person

100% of host revenue is invested back into the local community

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 Highlights

  • Camp overnight in Sierra Tarahumara on this “awakening” tour while giving back to the local Raramuri population.
  • Feel the heart and soul of the Copper Canyon and its native people with a host family that will provide an authentically spiritual and cultural experience.
  • Hike along the Copper Canyon and get a first-hand view of the animals and nature that are so important to the Raramuri culture.

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.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    10 AM

  • Duration

    2 days/1 night

  • Good For

    Adults, Children, Families, Youth, Professionals, Active seniors

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Sunscreen lotion, Water, Comfortable shoes for walking, Rain gear, Hat

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 10

Tour Description

If you have limited time in the Sierra but want an overnight camping experience, select the Busure, or the ‘awakening’ tour. Spend your days immersed in Raramuri life and your evenings sharing stories under the Copper Canyon moon. This tour will deeply connect you to the Sierra Tarahumara and its native population, the vibrant Raramuri.
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. The length of your stay creates provides the depth of your experience. For more sights and life in the village, extend your time.

1 Visitor Review

  • 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.

Tour Start Address

Plaza Principal, Creel, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

How To Get There

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.

More About Eco-alterNATIVE Tours

Mission

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.

Main Programs

  • Collaboration with the local community and their indigenous knowledge.

  • Creating a future plan to train indigenous guides.