Las Barrancas de Cobre (Copper Cañon)
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. I´m finally experiencing Mexico as I´ve imagined it. Right now I´m 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 cañon. The ride was magnificent. We cruised along the trails used by the Tarahumara people and stopped several times to take in the view. I´ve never seen such a thing. Soon I´ll 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 cañon than we explored today. We´re hoping to stay with the Tarahumaras and learn a bit about their culture and language. Photos and crazy stories to follow.