Born to run

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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.

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