Born to run
Copper Canyon, an arid region of Chihuahua, is not one but six steep-sided valleys more than 1,000m deep that drain a section of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Some of the most impressive scenery is near the town of Creel but visitors also come here to meet the Tarahumara, a native people famed for their ability in distance running. From an early age they practice running for hours non-stop, a trait made famous in the book ‘Born To Run’ by Christopher Mcdougall. While some of the more worldly Tarahumara trade with or even guide tourists, most of the population prefer to keep their distance from the outside world, intentionally living in places difficult to access. Among the many companies offering tours here are a few that have the locals’ trust including Eco-Alter Native Tours, www.ecoalternativetours.com, who promise an authentic connection with Tarahumara culture.