The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature in San Ignacio de Arareko

Valle de los Monjes

Around 7km east of San Ignacio's town center, through verdant farmland, is the Valle de los Monjes. A spectacular outcrop of vertical red rock formations that inspire its Tarahumara name Bisabírachi, meaning ‘Valley…
Viewpoint in The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

Mirador La Bufa

Along the scenic drive to Batopilas, about 100km south of Creel, is one of the region's most spectacular views: La Bufa canyon. Dropping 1800m, it's deep and verdant, with the Batopilas river rushing through its mid…
Lake in San Ignacio de Arareko

Lago Arareko

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$50) for exploring and finding good swimm…
Waterfall in The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

Cascada de Basaseachi

Few natural sites in Mexico boast the exquisitely pristine beauty of the country’s highest full-time waterfall, Cascada de Basaseachi, where a plume of water tumbles 246m to swimmable pools below. Basaseachi is 140k…
Museum in Cusárare

Museo Loyola

Sitting alongside the Cusárare Mission church, this museum holds an exceptional collection of colonial religious paintings, representing 13 scenes from the Virgin Mary's life. The paintings, created by Miguel Correa…
Church in Cusárare

Misión Cusárare

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 Franciscan friars added side altars, a choir loft and an adobe bel…
Forest in El Fuerte

Bosque Secreto

Five hundred years ago, over 550,000 sq km of dry tropical forest stretched down the coast from northern Mexico to Panama. Much of the remaining 10% is around El Fuerte, an area known as Bosque Secreto. The delightf…
Natural Feature in San Ignacio de Arareko

Valle de las Ranas y los Hongos

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 and thin-but-big-headed rhyolite rocks. A soft type of rock, …
Church in San Ignacio de Arareko

Misión San Ignacio

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 time. A long, narrow church with white-washed walls, there a…
Museum in Batopilas

Museo de Batopilas

Offers a good overview of the town’s history with a mock-up of a silver mine and some interesting photos and artifacts. English-speaking director Rafael Ruelas guides visitors through the exhibits, embellishing proc…