We left Creel on a school bus to see Tarahumara villages and houses around the village of Creel. We visited a family that lives in a cave during the cold months because it is easier to heat the rocks than to heat a log cabin home that isn’t insulated. We visited a mission or church where the men sit on benches along the sides of the church while the women sit on the floor in the center. We saw the valley of the mushrooms and the valley of the frogs, so named because of the rock formation shapes.
After going back to the hotel in Creel for a potty break, we made our way to Divisadero. That is where the train stopped on the way up and we were allowed to get out for a bit. We stopped at a roadside (picture rocky dirt road) picnic area to see the edge of a canyon and there were Tarahumara there to sell us baskets and other handicrafts. They were everywhere we stopped! Sometimes I gave in and bought a basket and twice I bought musical instruments! Geez – I had to get rid of the collection I had when I owned a house, why am I starting to collect them again??
We had the privilege of going on a gondola ride from the rim to a point in the Copper Canyon to see where three canyons came together. Our guide was Lupi (real name Guadalupe) who was a young man but very knowledgeable in both English and the facts about the canyon compared to the Grand Canyon in the USA. It is impossible to capture the grandeur of this place in pictures or even in the video. After I took the video which was before the ride, the batteries in my camera suddenly died and my extra ones were in the bus, so I am showing pictures by my good new friends of being on the gondola and at the end point on top a mountain in the middle of the canyon! Thanks Dee and Jane and Mara!
After lunch at a castle, a few of us went uphill to the rim to see more great views. Then we went on to Divisadero. This time I walked up to the park and across the suspension bridge just because it was there. Jane went with me and took a great photo of me attempting to fly free over the canyon.
Once we got to the plush Hotel Mirador, a few of us walked the upper rim near sunset to look at the view again – it is just too stupendous for words. We enjoyed happy hour where they served beer or local liquor at 2 for 1 prices. Dinner was at 7 and was chicken again. Most of us donated most of our chicken to a “doggie bag” that will be fed to the hungry dogs in the area. There are plenty of them wherever we go!