Batopilas 10 days

Includes: All accommodation on a full board basis starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10, all tours and entrance fees (except those mentioned below), all riding and equipment. Staff comprising: 1 English speaking riding guide, 1 driver, 1 or 2 arrieros.  Mules or pack horses.

This adventure will begin in Chihuahua before travelling on to Creel. From there we head to Cusarare where we mount our horses and head deeper awayfrom civilization into the dizzying canyons del Cobre. The ride takes us through the deepest canyons of this remote area: Urique (1870m), Batopilas and Sinforosa (1800m) on sure footed and well cared for horses, riding for up to 8 hours per day and camping under the stars.

This is an exceptional horse riding holiday into a landscape of ethereal splendour; a trip where everyone takes their part and reaps the great personal rewards of having witnessed and ridden through one of the most mysterious landscapes on earth.

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Day 1:

Creel Welcome dinner with typical Mexican food, and chat about the riding plan. Overnight.

Day 2: Creel – Cusarare – El Tejaban

After breakfast, transportation of horses and riders to Cusarare. Our journey heads to the rim of Copper Canyon at El Tejaban, located at the ridge of the Copper Canyon where impressive views of the Canyon, Urique river and its steepness can be seen. Camp overnight. 6 hours of riding.

Day 3: El Tejaban – Barranca Del Cobre – Cumbre de Guaycavo

Our first canyon descent by the Camino Real (Colonial trail which connected Batoplias with Chihuahua city) to the ruins of Barranca del Cobre and its river Urique (3 hours). Visit the abandoned mines from where the canyon took its name and swim in the nearby river. Ascent to Guacayvo, a peaceful village nestled in a very narrow canyon. The diversity of flora and fauna of the high sierra and the bottom of the canyon is evident. Camp overnight. 5 hours of riding.

Day 4: Cumbre de Guaycavo – El Cebollin – La Renga

We continue our ascent to El Cebollin (sawmill) where we´ll have our first Canyon´s crossing completed. At this point we will be able to see our first camp site, not far at all on a straight line, but with a canyon of 1100 meters deep below our horses hooves. Then ride by the sierra to La Renga, a strategically located valley lined with apple trees where vehicle support can meet us. Camp overnight. 5 hours of riding.

Day 5: La Renga – Teboreachi

This riding day we incorporate to Camino de la Plata, historical Silver Trail in the Sierra Madre. During three centuries of mining, silver was extracted and sent to Chihuahua city to be sold. Transportation of this mineral was a real

challenge, not only due to the distance (385km), but also the rugged terrain to be traversed. We will ride on paths once trodden by countless brave mules. Camping at the old Teboreachi Station, these shelters were built with sandstone bricks and were distributed at regular intervals along the road to allow mules to rest and eat. 6 hours of riding.

Day 6: Teboreachi – Santa Rita

A second day of riding on the Silver Trail. Our horses will take us onto to edge of the Sierra Alta, where we will view a spectacular trail which offers views of the two valleys on either side (Munerachi and Batopilas). Our tough down hill in Munerachi Canyon starts and make Camp at the Indian village of Santa Rita. 7 hours of riding.

Day 7: Santa Rita – Batopilas

Last day on horseback. Ride down hill to Cerro Colorado (an old mining town) along Munerachi river then continue following the river to Batopilas (500m above sea level) where a cold beer is always very welcome. Accommodation overnight. 6 hours of riding.

Day 8: Batopilas

Could be a “day off” for all of us and the horses before being transported back to Creel. We will visit Hacienda de San Miguel, built by Alexander Shepherd, “the Silver Magnet” at the end of the XIX century. By car visit the “Lost Mission” of Satevo, a Jesuit Mission built in XVII century or swim with the horses at the river. Accommodation overnight.

Day 9: Transportation back to Creel

Farewell dinner.

Day 10: Creel

Breakfast.