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All Aboard! Through the Copper Canyon, part 1

  Rain poured down and the wind howled all night on the little mountaintop village of Creel. And in the morning… “No hay luz. No hay agua,” said the young manager. No hay nothing–anywhere in town. It’s easy to live without lights, even on winter nights when darkness falls at 5:30, but water is another […]

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A ride with the boss-man. Back from Batopilas (con’t.)

  I snuck a sideways glance at the dark, craggy man in the driver’s seat. There was nothing reassuring about his appearance, nor about the rattletrap truck that I now occupied a corner of. But I didn’t have many options for getting out of the canyon, nor did I have much time to fret. A […]

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What goes down…I come back from Batopilas

  “The bus only returns to Creel twice a week. If you don’t catch it tomorrow, it won’t come again until Friday.” Manuel, a local guide, and I had just spent an enormously pleasant day hiking beside the Urique River to the church at Satevo. Then, we walked through a nearby village and beyond to […]

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Bottom of the world–Barrancas del Cobre

  El Barranca del Cobre–the Copper Canyon–is an expanse of wilderness in the Sierra Madre mountains in northern Mexico that is deeper and larger by many times than the Grand Canyon. It is inhabited by thousands of indigenous Tarahumara, a people known for their ability to run long distances, usually in sandals, and who often […]

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