La Barranca del Cobre, located deep in the Sierra Madre Occidental, is actually a series of 20 cannons deployed grandeur a four times higher than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but is different in nature, but narrow, more deep and thick vegetation. Home to the Tarahumara Indians (Rarámuri), the Sierra Madre is rich in history and legends, haunted by the relentless shadows of fallen warriors, martyred Jesuits and Pancho Villa for the hosts.
La Barranca del Cobre certainly qualifies to be considered an ecological reserve and national park and world heritage site. This famous system of canyons is one of the natural wonders, cultural and historical Mexico.
Located amidst the mountains of the legendary Sierra Madre in the state of Chihuahua, this immense series of canyons and ridges covers an area of 60,000 square kilometers of rugged territory. The rivers originating in the high forests have carved a maze of 16,000 miles of spectacular canyons in the volcanic rock. And so, standing on the edge of the ravine surrounded by pines and oaks, can observe and 1500 meters below the bottom of the colossal canyons, cactus and many large tropical trees.
All trips to the Canyon are made at the historic Chihuahua al Pacífico Railroad. The train winds from the Pacific Ocean to the great heights this wonderful scenic splendor. Built over a period of 90 years, this world-famous railway is a masterpiece of engineering. Has been called “the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere.”
Most tours cover the most exciting part of the route, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa at sea level, to the highest portions of the track in Creel, Chihuahua. Here located very near the top, almost 2500 meters. The train reaches the city of Chihuahua.
“Canyon” or “Copper Canyon” is the name usually used by visitors and tourists to refer to the total system of canyons, which covers 60,000 square kilometers.
Barranca de Cobre is becoming more accessible due to the advance mileage of the road network and rail andalusia pride that, for many years, runs one of the more spectacular routes on the planet.
In this place of beauty incontrovertible, is also up on plane from the city of Chihuahua, the state capital. The flight can save several hours of travel (about 10), but deprives the traveler a close look at the stunning scenery of the gorge.
Below more details on access routes.
By train, the best way to arrive at the Sierra Tarahumara, where the Barranca de Cobre. The Chihuahua-Pacific railroad from the state capital, and concludes his “pilgrimage” in Los Mochis (Sinaloa). During the trip was crossing 87 bridges and 35 tunnels and there are the old towns of Creel, Divisadero, and Bahuichivo Cerocahui, among others. The railway has two daily services: First Express and Economic Class. The fundamental difference is the number of stops they make in the route.
The Express 12 hours delay and stops on the tourist resorts of Cuauhtemoc, Creel, Divisadero (a reasonable time to observe the surrounding landscape), Posada Barrancas, Bahuichivo and El Fuerte.
Additionally, to facilitate the travel of passengers by the people of the canyons, they can stay one or two days in a given locality, and then back to the train without making an extra payment. The maximum levels allowed per passenger is three per address. The second service is also known as the local train. The trip takes approximately 16 hours. Perform 25 stops and other stations in more flags (61 in total) if the passenger demand.
On land, the city of Chihuahua, capital of the state of the same name, travelers can choose from several ground transportation companies that are to the people of the Barranca de Cobre. These units are an economical alternative to visit the magnificent Sierra Tarahumara.
One of the main destinations is the town of Creel, the gateway to the Copper Canyon. Located 264 miles from Chihuahua, distance covered in 4 hours or so.
There are also buses to the town of Guachochi, 344 km from the state capital. The trip takes 6 hours, approximately, on a dirt roads. This town is 16 kilometers from the Barranca de Sinforosa, another famous hollow.
Air is not a very used road, although in the towns of Barranca de Cobre several airfields. One is in Guachochi. Chihuahua from the plane in flight for nearly an hour.
Facilities to reach the site are other advantages!
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