Batopilas 3-Day Tour

Batopilas Canyon

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Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights – Private Tour

Flat Price: $928USD (1-4 people)

Per Person Price: $232USD (5 People or More)

Highlights: Lost Cathedral of Satevo, Batopilas Village and more

 

Travel through unknown Mexico covering 350 kilometers on steep canyon roads and watch the amazing scenery unfold before you as you ‘step back in time’ when visiting this old silver mining village at the bottom of Batopilas Canyon on this fully guided and completely private 3-day tour. You’ll enjoy passing through 3 different climate zones, beginning in the upper sierra at over 7,000 feet, to end at the bottom of Batopilas Canyon at just above sea level. You’ll visit the Cusarare area en route and once in Batopilas, you’ll also visit the Lost Cathedral of Satevo, the ruins of Hacienda San Miguel and take a walk along the old aqueduct to see the tropical birds that nest there.

NOTE:

This 3-day private tour includes the Tour Only and you must provide for your own hotel, meals and entrance fees through the Raramuri Toll Booths that we’ll pass through en route during the trip. You can include your hotel, Indian entrance fees and picnic lunch on the way down to Batopilas as optional Add-Ons during the booking process if you like. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cusarare Mission
  • Cusarare Waterfall
  • Drive through Humira Canyon
  • Drive through Basihuare Canyon
  • Drive through Copper Canyon
  • Drive through Batopilas Canyon
  • The Lost Cathedral of Satevo outside Batopilas
  • Aqueduct hike in Batopilas
  • Ruins of Hacienda San Miguel in Batopilas (if open)
  • Sight the Mot Mot, Military Macaw, Trogan & the Squirrel Cuckoo in Batopilas
  • Batopilas History Museum – learn about the Silver Trail Ride
  • Time permitting on the way back up: Valley of the Mushrooms, Frogs, Monks, and Lake Arareko

You’ll experience real adventure as you travel the roads from Creel in the high sierra through 4 different canyons and to the bottom of Batopilas Canyon to the Magic Town of Batopilas itself. Starting out from Creel, you’ll wind your way along the highway to the Cusarare Ejido about 22kms from Creel where you’ll stop off for a look at the Cusarare Mission in Cusarare Village. The first church in Cusarare was built in 1741 by the Jesuit fathers. Originally it was much smaller than the church we see today. It was dedicated to the ‘Five major saints’; Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne and Joaquim who are represented in an original painting to the left of the altar.

Next you’ll be driven to visit the lovely Cusarare Waterfall that has a drop of about 30 meters with steps that go all the way to the bottom. Some walking is required to visit the waterfall so please be sure to let your driver know if you cannot or do not wish to walk and he can skip this stop for you.

Continue on through Basihuare & Humira Canyons and begin to catch glimpses of the amazing views to come as you pass into Copper Canyon, arriving at the bottom of it at Humira Bridge where you can get out and stroll across it and view Urique River just under the bridge.

After lunch the views get even better as you enter big canyon country and you begin your descent down the switchback roads to the Magic Town of Batopilas nestled by the river far below. These are the most amazing views and you’ll need your camera handy to convince others that you’ve really traversed this dramatic canyon.

Arriving in Batopilas, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel where you can shower and freshen up for a nice dinner of Tlapia fish at Carolina’s Restaurant. Your guide will help you make reservations as well as help you with ordering. All meals in Batopilas are on your own, unless you’ve chosen to stay at the Riverside Lodge where a continental breakfast is included with the room rate.

NOTE:

This 3-day private tour includes the Tour Only and you must provide for your own hotel, meals and entrance fees through the Raramuri Toll Booths that we’ll pass through en route during the trip. You can include a picnic lunch, box lunch, Batopilas hotel,  and/or Raramuri Indian entrance fees during the booking process. 

Duration: 3 days/2 nights – Private

Start location: Creel, Chihuahua

End location: Creel, Chihuahua

INCLUDED:

• Clean, well maintained and private vehicle

• Professional, local, private guide English/Spanish

• Ice chest filled with beverages

  • Sotol (type of tequila made only in Chihuahua) tasting and Lechuguia (a type of local distilled Mezcal) tasting upon availability

* 16% Mexican tax

NOT included:

• Meals

• Hotel in Batopilas – available as an optional Add-On (Please include this Add-On choice at time of booking if you’d like to include this)

• Any personal items

• Travel Insurance

• Tips

• Raramuri toll booth fees that are paid directly to the Indians. Please include this Add-On choice at time of booking if you’d like to include this.

• Meals – A Perfect Picnic with table and chairs, or Box Lunch to have en route during the tour down to Batopilas is available as an optional Add-On.  (Please include this Add-On choice at time of booking if you’d like to include this.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

• Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. A sweater for the mornings in Batopilas is recommended in spring, fall and winter

• We recommend you bring a bottle of water

• Bring small change or small bills so you can purchase hand-made crafts and souvenirs from the Raramuri people.

• Please bring sunblock and a hat for your stops outside the vehicle

• Please note that this private tour has a Base Price for 1-4 people. Per person pricing is based on the type of vehicle used and number of nights in Batopilas. A suburban holds 6 people comfortably and a van holds up to 12 people.

• Please see our Cancellation Policy before booking.

BASIC ITINERARY:

Day 1: Creel to Batopilas

You’ll depart Creel at 8am to visit the Cusarare area in route to Batopilas today, or the Valley’s area depending on weather conditions, timing and other factors. Please be ready and waiting at your hotel reception area 15 minutes before departure time so we can stay on schedule as there is much to see today and the drive will be long, though the views will inspire you. You’ll be descending today from over 7,500 feet to just above sea level when you arrive in Batopilas at 400 meters. If you do not wish to include one of the optional lunches today (see Add-Ons during check out), then you must bring your own lunch and snacks for the day as this is back canyon country and there is nowhere to stop en route for a meal.

Upon arrival in Batopilas, your guide will help you check-in to your chosen hotel and then walk with you to the nearby restaurant for dinner that he’ll help you arrange.

*You must pay for your own hotel and meals during this 3 day tour as well as any entrance fees required to go through Raramuri Indian land. A variety of hotels at all budget levels are available in Batopilas, or you can include one of the hotels we work with as an optional Add-On during the booking process.

Day 2: Batopilas

Morning drive to the Lost Cathedral of Satevo, just 8kms outside of Batopilas where you’ll hear about the history of this cathedral from your driver/guide. Afterwards, you’ll be driven onto the ruins of Hacienda San Miguel to see what is left of the great mining empire belonging to the American Alexander Shepherd who made his fortune in the mines of Batopilas.

You’ll be driven back to Batopilas to the hotel where you can enjoy some free time and have lunch on your own at one of the Batopilas Restaurant’s such as Carolina’s or Dona Mica’s on the small plaza. After lunch, your guide will take you on an optional walk along the old aqueduct where you’ll hear about how it was bulit to provide Batopilas, as the 2nd town in all of Mexico, with electricity.

After your walk, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy a visit through the Batopilas Museum where the operator there will tell you about the history of Batopilas, more about the Shepherd’s and you can see the permanent exhibit by Ivan Fernandez that depicts the annual reenactment of the Silver Trail Ride that was done to transport silver from the mines in Batopilas to the bank in Chihuahua City over a grueling 13 days.

*You must pay for your own hotel and meals during this 3 day tour as well as any entrance fees required to go through Raramuri Indian land. A variety of hotels at all budget levels are available in Batopilas, or you can include one of the hotels we work with as an optional Add-On during the booking process.

Day 3: Batopilas to Creel

Your guide will take you to have breakfast in town somewhere, then you’ll head back to Creel. You’ll visit whichever area you failed to see on the trip down the canyons. You should bring along some snacks with you today as arrival time in Creel will depend on how many stops we make en route for photos and sightseeing, but you should arrive in time for lunch (Mexico lunch time is 2-4pm so we’ll arrive between 3 and 4pm).

NOTE: Because the power grid in Batopilas is upset by wind, rain, too many people in town and possibly just the day of the week, be sure to bring along a headlamp, flashlight or other way to light your path should the electric go out during your visit. All tourist restaurants and hotels are equipped with kerosene lanterns as well as electric lights for just such an occasion, however, the streets will be pitch black so a flashlight is needed to move about town, go to dinner, etc…should such a circumstance arise.


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The 3 Amigos does not include Travel Insurance on any of its day tours or renals and assumes no financial responsibility for personal injury, emergency evacuation or equipment that has been lost or damaged in anyway. However, we have partnered with WorldNomads.com, a Travel Insurance provider to keep you traveling safely. Click on one of the links below to go straight to the World Nomads website, or just look to your right in the sidebar to see where you can get an instant quote.

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