Hotel Villa Mexicana at Creel
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... I decided to give it a try and see where the road lead. Worse case, I just admit defeat and turn around.
Turns out it was the road to Batopilas! It's paved for about 40kms, then turns into a dirt road. A segment of it is in the process of being paved, so expect the Batopilas adventure to be pretty tame is a few years. But luckily for me, at the moment it's after those first 40 clicks, it's pure dual sport territory!
Unfortunately, only an ...
... moved into when the weather changed. Most of the people live in little wooden or adobe houses but there are still many who live in caves.
We have noticed that almost all of the children have runny noses and are really, really dirty. I guess that it is hard to keep them clean in a such a dusty environment, where water is at a premium. I doubt that they have more than the dirty and smelly set of clothes that they were wearing. Everyone sits or sleeps on ...
... and football in the ruins. We saw the remains of a swimming pool and a round latrine built for 4 people. Lots of donkeys and cattle occupied the little rooms scattered around the site.
Alexander Shepherd really accomplished a lot in the 30 years that he lived in Batopilas. He built a modern silver mining operation that included an iron bridge (the scary one) across the river and a three mile aqueduct that continues to provide water for the town. Power generated by ...
... died after falling down from the tower. Lots of guesses but people really didn't seem to know much about this mysterious old church at the bottom of the canyon.
After taking a look around and playing with a few curious boys, we drove back to Batopilas and checked out the museum that was in town.
... some great photos. The train does not go very fast so we felt very safe.
The railway line crosses some of Mexico's most rugged terrain, hugging
the edge of the mountains and crossing some deep ravines on its bridges.
The scenery is truly amazing!
At 3 p.m., we off the train at Divisadero. The train stops here so that visitors can take see and take photos of the joining of three canyons - Urique, Copper and Tararecua. There are ...