Mexico's Silver Trail Trek
- A spectacular 100-mile trek into the Copper Canyon
- Hiking through dramatic canyon landscapes
- The amazing Tarahumara Indians
- Trek into the 1800 metre deep Batopilas Canyon
- A unique Mexico adventure trekking holiday
Several deeply-cut valleys combine to form the Copper Canyon, which is a part of the Sierra Madre in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and the centre of our walking holiday in the Copper Canyon. At the heart of this rugged region, the silver mines at Batopilas (begun by the Spanish in the early 18th century) were accessed via a 100-mile trail from the town of Carachic. Although still used by the indigenous Tarahumara Indians, a reclusive people famed for their long distance running exploits, this trail has now all but disappeared. Long-forgotten, this 'Silver Trail' provides the basis of our 9-day trek through this vast and almost roadless area. With mule support, we hike across forested ridges, climb to high mesas and drop into deep gorges, stopping off at isolated Indian settlements, riverside camps and welcome hot springs. This ancient route to Batopilas provides us with a superb and historically fascinating trek.
Is this holiday for you?
Over the course of 9 days hiking, we will be covering a distance of approximately 100 miles / 160 kilometres. We trek for 5 days, then meet up with our support vehicles for a short transfer, to avoid the least exciting part of the Silver Trail. A further 4 days of trekking takes us to journey's end in Batopilas. We will walk for 5 or 6 hours on most of the days, following a good trail most of the time. There will, however, be sections with rougher underfoot conditions - scree, bare rock and river crossings. We will be accompanied by mules which will carry our trek bags and the group's communal gear, tents, food etc. Group members will carry just a daysack with essentials for the day's walk. We camp for 8 nights. Temperatures we might encounter can be up to 28°C.