Urique 9 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.

Welcome to the deepest and most representative canyon of the whole complex ,
the one that conects several canyons and directs High Mountain’s water
to the pacific coast.

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Day 1: Creel

Check into Cabaña El Aventurero in Creel; meet guide and horseman Norberto Padilla.

Day 2: Creel – Churo

Depart by van to trailhead at San Raphael. Pack remaining personal gear and ride out. Trail follows old Tarahumara mountain trails that descend over 6,000 feet to the bottom of Urique Canyon. Camp tonight near the home of a Tarahumara family in Churo, a high-plateau village and home to a 17th Century mission. 6 hours riding.

Day 3: Churo – El Naranjo

After breakfast, break camp to visit old mission and begin ride down steep and winding trail to Naranjo located half way down in Urique canyon. Ride into Naranjo from the rim to our orchard camp under the fruit trees at Ambrosia Mancinas’ lovely adobe home perched on the ridge of the canyon leading down to Urique. Here we begin to feel the balmy warmth of Urique’s tropical air. Following a relaxing dinner and sleep, we saddle up next day for the ride down to Urique. 6 hours riding.

Day 4: El Naranjo – Urique

Ride the uncommonly beautiful trail down to Urique, generally following the river as it meanders over rocks, through small farms and orchards, and widens as it reaches the town of Urique. Here we ride into town along the main avenida, dogs barking at our horses’ heels, friendly townspeople waving from their storefronts, and children following our trail to what will be a delightful headquarters for the next three nights – hotel, hot showers, and plenty of great chow. 5 hours riding.

Day 5: Urique – Wapalayana – Urique

Ride the horses bareback to nearby village of Wuapalayna, hike about and down to the river, and return to our favorite swimming hole where horse and rider become dolphin! Don’t forget your cameras! 4 hours riding.

Day 6: Urique – Cerocahui

Fill up on a big breakfast, grab our lunch bag of burritos from Tita at the Plaza Restaurant, and ride out of town by way of the trail to Cerro Gallego. More opportunities for panoramic photos looking back onto Urique Canyon from along the trail. Once out of the canyon and back up in Sierra, ride the alpine forest to our Hotel close to Cerocahui. 6 hours riding.

Day 7: Cerocahui – Churo

Ride out of Cerocahui along a different trail leading us back to Churo for last night’s camping. Hike into the village, load up on snacks for the ride back to San Raphael, visit Tarahumara family or hike out to the cross on the rim. 6 hours riding.

Day 8: Churo – San Rafael/Creel

Break camp and ride leisurely to San Raphael where our truck and horse trailer will meet us for breaking down of gear and equipment, cold drinks at the local tienda and lots of back-slapping kudus for one another on a ride well executed. Arrive back in Creel by late afternoon. Farewell dinner back at Cabaña El Aventurero. 5 hours riding.

Day 9: Creel

Depart for home after breakfast for those traveling by auto. Mid-afternoon departure for those taking the train.

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