Las Barrancas de Cobre (Copper Cañon)

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Las Margaritas Hostel

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

On leaving Chihuahua my friend Gusano wished me a good voyage on his radio program. A great start to a great journey. The bus ride was excellent. Beautiful scenery and the guy sitting next to me played his guitar and sang the whole way. Im finally experiencing Mexico as Ive imagined it. Right now Im sitting in an internet cafe in Creel, reflecting on an amazing day. Along with an English guy, a German, and a Swiss girl, we rented mountain bikes from the hostel and rode 25km through the mountains to the base of a nearby caon. The ride was magnificent. We cruised along the trails used by the Tarahumara people and stopped several times to take in the view. Ive never seen such a thing. Soon Ill upload some photos, but until then, I suggest a google image search for "barrancas de cobre". Beautiful. At the bottom are thermal pools that spill into the river below. We spent an hour or so jumping from a ledge into the water and swimming in the river before we realized that we were facing 25km of uphill riding in very hot weather. It was a tough ride and the cervezas we enjoyed back at the hostel were well deserved.  Tomorrow Rich, the English guy, and I are going to hitchhike to a small pueblo called Urique which sits at the base of an even deeper caon than we explored today. Were hoping to stay with the Tarahumaras and learn a bit about their culture and language. Photos and crazy stories to follow.
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