Lake Arareco near Creel, Norhtern Mexico, in the Copper Canyon area.

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Lago Arareko

The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

Meaning 'Horseshoe' in Rarámuri, the peaceful waters of this U-shaped lake reflect the surrounding pines and rock formations. Paddleboats can be rented along the lakeshore (M$100) for exploring and finding good swimming spots. Access to the lake is included in the San Ignacio admission cost (M$45); there are also viewpoints of the lake along the Creel–Cusárare highway. Located about 8km south of Creel.

A visit to this Lago Arareko can be easily combined with stops at Valle de las Ranas y Los Hongos as well as Valle de los Monjes – a perfect day trip.

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1. Valle de los Monjes


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2. Misión San Ignacio

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This simple stone church was built in the 18th century as a Jesuit mission, used to periodically give mass to, well, the masses. No priest lived here full…

3. Valle de las Ranas y los Hongos

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San Ignacio's main road leads into the Valle de las Ranas y los Hongos, 2km from the western edge of town and named for its respectively fat-and-squashed…

4. Museo de Arte Popular de Chihuahua

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Offers excellent exhibits with text in English on local history and Rarámuri culture and crafts. Here you’ll see gorgeous woven baskets, traditional…

5. Misión Cusárare

8.17 MILES

This mission was built by Jesuits in 1741 as a religious meeting place as well as a school to teach the locals Spanish and different trades. In 1826…

6. Museo Loyola


Sitting alongside the Cusárare Mission church, this museum holds an exceptional collection of colonial religious paintings.