Combo Tour

Valley of the Monks

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Duration: 6 hours – Private Tour

Flat Price: $129USD (1-4 people)

Per Person Price: $32.25USD (5 People Or More)

Highlights: Valley’s area, 2 Missions, Lake, Cusarare Waterfall


Discover the magnificent wilderness outside Creel on a 6 hour private tour of the Valley of the Mushrooms, Frogs and Monks, Lake Arareko, San Ignacio Mission, Cusarare Waterfall, and Cusarare Mission.


  • Explore the Cusarare and Creel areas of the Chihuahua–Pacific Railway
  • Buy unique souvenir gifts from the native Raramuri Indians
  • Go to the San Ignacio Jesuit Mission
  • Discover the unusual rock formations in the Valley of the Mushrooms, Frogs and Monks
  • Visit the Cusarare Mission (if open)
  • Enjoy a cool dip in the Cusarare Waterfall


Visit the Valley of the Mushrooms, Frogs & Monks, San Ignacio Mission, Cusarare Mission, Lake Arareko and Cusarare Waterfall. This 6 hour private tour of the Creel and Cusarare vicinity in the Copper Canyon of Chihuahua is ideal for those who are short of time, but still want a great half day tour in the Sierra Madre.

We highly recommend you choose one of the full day tours instead if you have the entire day and are sleeping again in Creel at the end of the day. This will allow you to maximize your time best so you can see and do more with your full day. The Copper Canyon tour includes everything on this Combo Tour, but also drives you through 3 canyons. The 4 Canyons & More tour is all about canyons so it shows you the Cusarare area plus 4 different canyons, including Batopilas Canyon. The Basaseachi Falls tour is in Candamena Canyon and allows for several hours of hiking. 

You can walk to our Creel offices on the main street in Creel or we can pick you up at your Creel Hotel if you prefer. We’ll start off today with a visit to the Valley of the Mushrooms, and the Valley of the Frogs and Monks in the nearby Raramuri Indian Ejido. 

Look out for Raramuri Indians walking along dirt roads in the valley, herding goats, or washing their clothes in nearby streams, which they then hang out to dry in ribbons of bright colors on neighborhood fences.

Pause at the San Ignacio Mission, in the middle of the San Ignacio Ejido, and continue to the Valley of the Monks to look at the large rock formations that resemble monks wearing hoods. This area is actually the fertility valley for the Sisoguichi Ejido and their name for it is ‘Bisibirachi’. 

Then it is on to Lake Arareko, approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside of Creel. Taking its name from the Raramuri word for “horseshoe,” the beautiful man-made lake was originally a reservoir. Today, it is mainly used for fishing by the locals and camping on the weekends. It is also an excellent spot for a picnic. Spend a few pesos on some souvenirs of the Raramuri Indians, who gather around the lake to sell their hand-made crafts.

Continue to Cusarare Mission (if open), in the Cusarare Ejido, about 30 minutes drive from Creel. Jesuit Missionaries built the mission in the early 18th-Century, while the neighboring Loyola Museum was constructed to house art collections from all missions within the Copper Canyon. Unfortunately the Museum is no longer open due to funding cuts by the Chihuahua State government. 

If you’ve chosen to add in our Amigo Perfect Picnic for your outing today, then you’ll enjoy your picnic lunch with table and chairs somewhere along the way at a nice spot. Your driver will find a place that is perfect for dining and viewing at the lake or a perhaps a nearby forest or stream. Or you may prefer a more simple, but still wholesome lunch with our Box Lunch instead. Choose to add in either option during the check-out process.

End your private tour at the 100-foot-high (30 meter) Cusarare Waterfall on the Cusarare Raramuri Ejido. Enjoy the lovely overlooks, and walk down the man-made steps to enjoy a cool dip in the pools at the bottom. If you like to walk, your guide can arrange to allow you to walk along a trail through the woods  to get to the waterfall, rather than using the nearby parking lot. Just let him know you enjoy walking and he’ll allow you to take advantage of that as much as possible on this tour. 

Note: This tour requires one to be capable of walking 500 meters from the parking area to the waterfall and back again over uneven trails and going up and down several sets of stairs along the trail. 

Duration: 6 hours – Private

Start location: Creel, Chihuahua

End location: Creel, Chihuahua


• Clean, well maintained and private vehicle

• Professional, local, private guide

* Cold water

* 16% Mexican tax

NOT included:

• Meals – Perfect Picnic and Box Lunch available. Please include either of these lunches as an 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.


• Please wear comfortable walking shoes

• Bring a bottle of water

• Bring small change, or small bills, to purchase hand-made crafts and souvenirs from the Raramuri Indians, as well as for the tolls and entrance fees if you do not wish to include this convenience in your reservation

• Please bring sunblock and a hat as you will be above 7,000 feet and can burn easily at this altitude

• Please note that this private  tour has a base price of 1-4 people. If you do not have 4 people in your traveling party, you will simply pay the base rate that is listed on the overview tab.

• Please see our Cancellation Policy before booking.

The 3 Amigos recommends you buy Travel Insurance

The 3 Amigos does not include Travel Insurance on any of its day tours or rentals 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, 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.

It is the full responisibility of the trip participant to purchase and provide his/her own trip insurance at a level that makes him/her feel comfortable. If you are concerned about having to cancel your tour, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancelation insurance to cover your vacation investment.

Cover Your Adventure travel insurance is designed for adventurous travellers, with cover for emergency overseas medical assistance and evacuation if you’re in an accident or seriously injured while participating in a range of adventure sports and activities.

Exactly which adventures they will and won’t cover varies, depending on your country of permanent residence. Check their A to Z guide to adventure, to make sure all of activities you’re planning to do on your trip are covered.

Be aware, participation in any professional sports or any activity where you purposefully put your life at risk are generally excluded and, depending on your country of permanent residence, there may be restrictions or upgrades on coverage for certain activities.

Do read the fine print in the policy description of cover carefully, to make sure the travel insurance is right for you and you understand what you’re covered for (and not). Contact if you have specific questions about their adventure sport coverage.

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