Copper Canyon

Jennifer and I just got back from a train ride up Copper Canyon, Mexico’s Grand Canyon. It’s almost as deep and wide, with the added feature of a stunning ride up through the canyon on the El Chepe railroad.

On our way to and from Copper Canyon, we stopped at the colonial town of El Fuerte, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), founded in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Ibarra. That’s over 40 years before the founding of Quebec. We stayed in the Posada Del Hidalgo, a magnificent hacienda, said to be where the Diego de la Vega alias ” El Zorro ” was born. If it was the birthplace of an El Zorro, it seems highly unlikely it would have been the legendary one. But they did put on a highly entertaining Zorro show, and the Posada was as enchanting as any hotel I have ever stayed at.

We stayed for two nights right on the rim, hiked below the rim, and took an excursion to the Tarahumara town of Creel. Our tour group visited several other destinations in the area, including the Valley of the Monks and the San Ignacio Mission, both near Creel, and the Mission residential school in Cerocahui.