The Copper Canyon’s main tourism centre, Creel is actually no more than a low-key highland town strung out along the railway line. It’s a very likable place, surrounded by pine forests and interesting rock formations and it boasts several good hotels and restaurants. The Tarahumara, in their multihued dress, are commonly seen about town, and there’s a consistent tourist presence here, mainly in the form of tour groups. Lonely Planet – México.
At an altitude of 2330M, Creel gets very cold at night (during the winter). On my first morning in town I woke up to a hard frost – the town was white over. Thankfully, once the sun came up, the temperature warmed up very quickly. Nevertheless, this cold climate was an unwelcome interlude in an otherwise warm/hot vacation.
Zip Lining across the canyons.
The astonishing Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre on the canyon rim between Areponápuchi and Divisadero includes Mexico’s longest series of tirolesas (zip-lines), suspended over some of the world’s most profound canyon scenery. The park’s seven lines take you from a height of 2400m to over halfway to the canyon floor and they include one single line that is an extraordinary 2.5km in length, the world’s longest.
A couple of heart-in-mouth wobbly bridges help you complete the cross-canyon odyssey. Safety standards are excellent: you’re always accompanied by a team of experienced zip-liners and all participants are decked out in full safety gear. Allow at least two and a half hours to descend to the spectacular viewpoint of Mesón de Bacajípare, as you have to travel in a group of around 15 people, meaning that there’s some waiting time as each person takes each line.
An early departure.
The cold temperature finally got to me. Hotel La Troje de Adobe was a great place to stay, my room was clean, spacious, had loads of blankets on the bed, and a small gas fire, which partially kept me warm. However, the lack of double glazing and any form of insulation meant that the room never actually got/stayed warm. After two nights (of a planned three) I had to move on to a warmer location – Chihuahua.