When I told people we were starting our trip in the Copper Canyon in Mexico, most people gazed off into the distance, cocked their head to one side and said, “Which beach is that?”
It seems that almost no one has heard of the Copper Canyon, which is a shame because the region in Chihuahua rivals any national park in the southwest USA, but was great for us because we had it to ourselves.
Most people who have heard of the Copper Canyon are aware of the train from Chihuahua to Los Mochis, which is incredible, but for us the best part was hiking and exploring the area on foot. We hiked along the canyon rim from Divisadero to the adventure park (Parque de Aventuras Barrancas del Cobre), where my crazy wife and friends took the longest zipline in the world, and I met them at the bottom by using the cable car. From there, we hiked through the forest and along the rim – and through a thunderstorm! – to Areponápuchi, where we took refuge at a luxury hotel.
My advice to you: next time you are planning a trip to Mexico, stop off at the Copper Canyon for a little adventure first. That beach will be even more inviting after a week of exploration first.
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