Mar 19, 2009, 9:41 AM
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Re: [LloydEwing] Where to Find Friends for Travel in Back Country
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Here is a trip outline below for a Sierre Madre Trek with "Wilderness Inquiry". Just an example of an alternative program that might be perfect for you. My wife and I have participated in a couple programs like this as we have traveled about. One HUGE benefit of a group that would be interested in such a trip is you get "folks" with shared values.......that's a big deal for me. REI had a trek trip in the Sierre Madres in the past, but I don't find it posted any longer. I don't know your budget or intended destination, but this might be a good start for exploring MX.
Bien viaje amigo...................
Join WI on a trip to Copper Canyon, a unique and diverse place that offers a fascinating combination of great natural beauty and interesting human history. Board the world-renowned Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad at El Fuerte and explore the best of this wilderness: six massive canyons, four times larger than the Grand Canyon. Cross 36 major bridges, pass through 87 tunnels, and gain 8000 feet of elevation in the Sierra Madres. Get off the train and descend into the canyon town of Batopilas to get an up-close view few people experience. Hike to the "lost" cathedral and ride a burro to a remote pueblo. Investigate the fascinating culture of the indigenous Raramuri people, and see the effects of missionaries, industrialists, and revolutionaries on the Copper Canyon area. Sample Itinerary
DAY 1: Fly into Los Mochis Federal Airport and meet your group in the evening at the Santa Anita Hotel. Discuss the trip with your guides and new traveling companions over dinner.
DAY 2: Shuttle to the historic Spanish colonial village of El Fuerte in the morning. See the village from on a river boat tour and experience your own Mexican-style welcoming fiesta at a beautiful hotel.
DAY 3: Board the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad in the early morning. Leave El Fuerte and begin the steep climb to 6,000 feet. This is not only a beautiful ride, but one of the engineering marvels of the world. Sit on the right side of the train for views of the canyon to the south. You will reach Divisadero station by mid-afternoon and get off the train for a hotel room perched right on the edge of the canyon. Here you'll meet Tarahumara vendors selling baskets and other traditional crafts.
DAY 4: The train leaves Divisidero for Creel around noon. Arrive in Creel mid-afternoon and check into your lodging. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the town and the crafts of the Tarahumara Indians. Get ready for the big descent the following day.
DAY 5: Take the dramatic descent to the bottom of the canyon to Batopilas, truly one of the most scenic and exciting drives on the planet. An old mining town nestled between a river and a canyon, Batopilas will serve as a base for further exploration. You will stay in a beautiful "Casa" near the town plaza. Visiting Batopilas is a bit like traveling back through time. Look at the slide show of this trip to see what we mean.
DAY 6: In the morning, take a shuttle and hike along the river to the "lost cathedral" of Satevo, built by the Jesuits two centuries ago to save local souls. In the afternoon, visit the Shephard mansion ruin, the remnants of a large silver mining operation owned by a renegade American who, in a former life, was the mayor of Washington DC!
DAY 7: Saddle up to ride burros to a remote pueblo called Cerro Colorado. Stop and have lunch along the river, swim in crystal clear water, and soak up the beauty of the area. Look for the abandoned gold mine at the base of Cerro Colorado and have a soda in this little village. This is real Mexico!
DAY 8: Early in the morning you'll begin the six-hour ascent to the top of the canyon, stopping for breakfast burritos in the very small pueblo of La Bufa. Once back in Creel, check into Creel Lodge and continue your exploration of the sights.
DAY 9: Spend the morning in Creel and then travel by van to Chihuahua City. Arrive in Chihuahua City in the afternoon. Visit the Revolutionary Museum, Pancho Villa's last residence, a fine arts museum, and the cathedral square. Enjoy a last banquet in Mexico with your new friends.
DAY 10: Pack up for your departure in the morning. Transfer to the Chihuahua Airport for the flight home. Travel, Terrain, Etc...
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: This is a more traditional touring style adventure than many of Wilderness Inquiry's trips. You'll travel by a variety of means, including train, bus, mule, and foot. Hikes will be a few hours in length. The mule ride is an all day affair, but you will stop and get off several times for breaks.
WEATHER: Temperatures during this season range from the 30s to the 80s. This area should be quite dry, but it is wise to plan for rainy days and pack accordingly.
LODGING/BATHROOM FACILITIES: You will be staying in hotels and villas or lodges. Bathroom facilities will be flush toilets. Showers are available at all of the accommodations. Most lodging will be on the first floor and relatively accessible, however certain amenities commonly found in the United States may be lacking (such as grab bars in rest rooms to assist persons with disabilities). All rooms are double occupancy.
GROUP SIZE: The group size will be approximately 10-12 participants, plus 1 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: If you are new to outdoor activities, you need not spend a lot of money on gear. A detailed equipment list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is needed to complete this trip. If you use a wheelchair, expect less accessible trails and accommodations than you may be accustomed to in the United States.
"NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST...."