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Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico

Mexico's Copper Canyon

A 'Soft Adventure' trip to the rim of Copper Canyon by Train.

Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico

Photos by Carl Morrison


I took some Posada Station images (above) before the train arrived.  We rode back westbound on the train through San Rafael to Bahuichivo where we detrained and boarded a school bus for a 45-minute, bumpy, back-road ride to the very small town of Cerocahui. We visited the Tarahumara Indian girls boarding school next to the hotel and left our school supplies, motel soaps, and money donations since the school is not state supported.  The children sang songs for us and then asked us to sing and we complied with, "Mary had a little lamb."

I picked up an English language brochure at the school and read:   Loss of a child is an everyday occurrence in Mexico's Copper Canyon.  Help us save a child's life.  Upwards of 50% of Tarahumara children die before age 5.  

For 60 years, the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor have labored tirelessly to protect, educate and change the lives of Mexico's neediest and most defenseless children.  The Tarahumara children living in the Sierra Madre Mountains meet that criteria, and they urgently need your help.  

A near-decade pattern of drought has upset the precarious balance in this agrarian culture of 60,000.  The Tarahumaras, who still live much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago, depend on the land for their livelihood.  Devastating crop failures in recent times have led to an increased malnutrition:  as many as 80% of the children are affected.  

Some say the drought has killed more than 3,000 Tarahumaras, mostly children under five.  The resulting economic crisis has also led to increased unemployment, alcoholism and drug addiction.  It is a situation the sisters are working hard to change.

The Virgin of Guadalupe School ('Tewecado') provides food, shelter and education to 70 Tarahumara girls ages four to 12 and classroom instruction for almost 250 day students.  

Many are brought to the school suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, parasites or intestinal disorders.  Unable to care for them, their parents turn to the sisters for help.

Many Tarahumara Indians still live in caves and have no running water or electricity.  The families have no way to pay for their children's education or care.  Cash is a limited commodity in this culture.

Your tax-deductible donation will make a difference in their lives.  Mail your gift to:

Tewecado Trust, Inc.
P. O. Box 36078
Tucson, AZ  85740
For more information, please visit our web site:


The End, of an adventurous day.

After finding our one-diamond rated Hotel Mision rooms in the quaint, ancient hotel next to the mission church, we enjoyed a young peoples dance group performing Folklorico dances (right and below) before dinner.



During dinner, we watched another nice sunset from our hotel, past the cross in the front yard of the mission church at Cerocahui.
Our purpose in this town was to go to distant viewpoints and pier into the deepest canyon in the system, Urique Canyon.


I cannot remember standing in clear weather looking down through clouds to rivers and towns below.


Day 5 - September 8, 2003 - Trip to Urique Canyon overlook and train back to Los Mochis.

For my wife, Sue, I bought the 3 small green meshed baskets sitting in front of this overlook basket weaver.  I liked her workspace.  Note her Apache pine needles soaking in the natural rock rainwater basin.  The baskets I bought are made from  fresh green needles and smell so nice.  We were not sure what type of beads were used in the neclace (along the upper left edge of the photo above), coffee? They were light brown with speckles of darker brown.

How did this rooster, who crowed all night outside our hotel, get all the way up here from El Fuerte?!


We stopped at a 'typical Tarahumara Indian ranchero.'


Traveling partner, Pastor Don, and I had time to 'reflect' on the church and its impact on the nationals of Mexico.

The church and the lobby windows in our hotel beyond, through which I took last night's sunset pictures.


Church maintenance takes place worldwide.



A local passes one of the two general stores on the plaza after loading his burros with goods.  Later I spotted the burros from the  train station heading up the trail toward home.


Scenes while waiting at the Bahuichivo Station for the train back to Los Mochis for our flight home:

'Steppin out at the Depot'

 and unloading flour.

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