SIERRA TARAHUMARA CULTURE & CULINARY TOUR
8 Day Trip, leaving by van from Tucson, AZ (7 nights Hotel/Guesthouse)
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Our trip starts at the Riverpark Inn in Tucson. This centrally located hotel has easy access to downtown, 4th Avenue nightlife, and I-10 access. We'll meet at the van at 6am the day after your arrival, and have breakfast en route to the border. Keep your passport handy- you'll need it for your visa at the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora. We arrive at Cascada Basaseachi late afternoon/early evening.
Day TwoShort, easy walking at Cascada Basaseachi from the spectacular lookout to the pouroff (2 miles, 2 hours). Allow an extra hour to hike down to the plunge pool. Long day hiking option available to view Mexico's highest waterfall Piedra Volada (5-7 hrs, 4 miles, a bit strenuous, and good balance required).
Day ThreeMidday we arrive at "Cabanas en Bosque", charming little resort tucked in a picturesque pocket of the vast Chihuahuan forest - and the highlight of our trip. Enjoy Gormandizing with Sol. Hopefully, we'll be invited into her kitchen, not just the restaurant. Her resort Noritari is the unofficial home to the annual Sierra Mushroom Festival, and our hostess is a recognized culinary master. Good hiking, birding, and mushroom collecting opportunities in the forest before dinner, and throughout your stay. Expect rain!
Day FourWe will pack a picnic basket for lunch at nearby lake. Enjoy birding, relaxing, mushroom hunting, and a visit to the festival in town.
Day FiveNo trip to the sierras is complete without a visit to the heart of Copper Canyon. To enhance your visit to the Sierra Madre, we'll take a road trip to Creel, only an hour away. A Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant with great regional food is our lunch stop. Great Tarahumaran crafts, books, music, and topographic maps of the area are available at the Mission Store, whose profits fund the Jesuit's Mission Hospital benefitting the local Tarahumara. We finish up for the night at the canyon rim in Divisadero.
DISFRUTA LA COMIDA DE LA SIERRA- "PROVECHO!"
Day SixHighlights include easy hiking to a nearby Tarahumara rancho, an opportunity to ride the cable car with breathtaking views of the Barranca Urique or the world's longest zipline (as of 2014), and tasty street food- local and cooked slowly, but served fast. Eat with gusto!
ANDALE PUES, MAS COSAS A VER
Day SevenWe'll start on our way to Nuevas Casas Grandes, the Mennonite colonias, the ruins of Paquime, and the pottery village of Mata Ortiz. Our hosts in Mata Ortiz will give us a condensed demonstration of the stages in pottery making from clay gathering, preparing, to throwing, firing and decorating.
Day EightLeave early from Mata Ortiz for Tucson.
Day NineIf you didn't drive, Fly Home