This starry-skied ex-mining village lies at the bottom of the deepest of all the canyons, the spectacular Barranca de Urique, measuring 1870m from rim to river. The trip there is nothing short of spectacular. The mostly unpaved road weaves through rolling pine forest before diving suddenly into the canyon proper. Just past the rim is Mirador Cerro del Gallego, one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Copper Canyon, with Urique town and river visible far below. From there, the narrow road winds down the nearly sheer canyon wall, a stomach-lurching 15km descent with more hairpin bends than straight sections.
While Urique is a charming and safe place, it is nevertheless known for significant marijuana and poppy cultivation. (That unusually wide street at the edge of town doubles as an airstrip, ostensibly for medical evacuations but handy for transportation of all kinds.) Most visitors won’t notice or experience anything unusual, though, especially if you stick to main routes and tours.