Introducing Areponápuchi (Posada Barrancas)
About 4km southwest of Divisadero, Posada Barrancas station is next to Areponápuchi, the only village on the train line right by the rim of the canyon. ‘Arepo’ – just a couple of dozen houses, a tiny church and a few inns – is where it all comes together for the first time, with spectacular views of the canyon dangling precariously under the patios of a couple of hotels here.
The mega new attraction nearby is the Parque de Aventuras Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon Adventure Park), where activities include formidable zip-lines that whoosh you over precipitous 1500m-plus canyon drops. For more traditional excursions, Arepo accommodations can organize canyon trips from hikes along the rim to horseback rides or overnight camping treks right down to the river.
An easy path with several good viewpoints runs along the canyon rim to the left (north) of Hotel Posada Barrancas Mirador, and several lookouts (as well as the adventure park) lie short distances off the road between here and Divisadero.