While many travelers are flocking to Mexico’s pristine coastal destinations, there are many awesome places in the country that fly under the radar.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with booking a beach vacation. Mexico is one of the best places in the world for that type of trip.
But that’s not all this beautiful country has to offer. Some of the top destinations in Mexico are inland, away from the beach.
That would be like only going to Florida when you could experience the Grand Canyon. In fact, the northern state of Chihuahua has its own version of the Grand Canyon.
One of many reasons why travelers should have this underrated region of Mexico on their travel radar.
The Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon)
Have you heard of the Barrancas del Cobre, otherwise known as Copper Canyon? Probably not. It doesn’t have the claim to fame that the Grand Canyon does in the States.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. It’s actually quite magnificent and should be a major draw to travelers willing to go off-the-beaten-path in Mexico.
While the state of Chihuahua borders the U.S., Copper Canyon runs deep into Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara mountains.
But the journey is well worth it, as this amazing site has 6 distinct canyons that would engulf one of America’s top attractions.
It is 4 times as long and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Those with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the wonders of nature will absolutely love this place!
One major reason this region of Chihuahua should be on your radar is the fact a new airport will begin operating in October.
It’s been 13 years in the making and will finally open its door this Fall. There is no official word of U.S. airlines flying here.
If there is any truth to the rumors being spread then there may be at least 5 cities flying direct here in the near future.
Those would be:
- El Paso
Connections From Popular Mexican Destinations
Time will tell if U.S. airlines come here. Unless American travelers are up for a long road trip, then connecting through Mexico might be your best bet.
Of course, travelers can always fly into Chihuahua and then arrange transportation to this site. The Chihuahua Airport (CUU) is approximately 2 hours away.
It would also be worth making an extended vacation by flying out of other popular travel hotspots in Mexico.
These domestic routes have been confirmed:
- Mexico City
- Los Cabos
- Puerto Vallarta
The Scenic El Chepe Express
If you have heard of Copper Canyon before today, then you may already know of its most famed attraction.
The El Chepe Express is a scenic train taking tourists through its breathtaking canyons for an unforgettable ride up to 220 miles.
Many travelers are anxiously waiting for the opening of the Maya Train, but El Chepe is the O.G. of Mexico’s tourist trains.
Travelers can book a trip anywhere from 3 – 7 days exploring amazing sites through Chihuahua and Sinaloa, even stopping in charming magical towns.
Experience Local Culture
Travelers who take the train will have a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the largest indigenous community in the region.
The Rarámuri share territory amongst other native communities as well, but tourists can book reservations to immerse themselves in their culture.
Those who take part will leave with a better understanding of how they communicate, spend their time, how they take care of themselves, and many other factors into their fascinating culture.
Visitors can even take classes learning how to make crafts with indigenous women and their children, as long as taking part in dancing and other traditions.
A Sense Of Adventure
Chihuahua offers many fun activities for the outdoors, but those with a high sense of adventure will love exploring Copper Canyon.
Simply viewing its massive size and appreciating its beauty by cable car or one of the many hanging bridges is one way to visit.
But going for a hike or other outdoor activities might make you appreciate it even more. There are plenty of ways to access the canyon for a scenic hike, or those with an adventurous spirit might want to take part in whitewater rafting or mountain climbing.
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