Visit the Cerro del Gallego Lookout Point
Seasoned travelers have called this lookout point unparalleled. At nearly 1,900 meters (6,230 feet) above sea level, this spot looks out over the town of Urique, the river and another small town at the end of the canyon, Huapalaina. Prepare yourself for a memory you will carry for life. Urique is home to the famous Caballo Blanco marathon, held every year at the beginning of February. If you are or you know a strong distance runner, invite them to measure up against the Raramuri runners in their natural environment. We also recommend stopping at the La Virgencita spring, one of the points with the best views. Continue on to the lookout point, where there is a platform that extends out over the canyon. Walk along the hanging bridge. You won’t be sorry!
Duration Approximately 1 ½ hours to get there and back and 1 hour at the lookout point.
Tip: there is an admission fee for the lookout point
Visit the Huicochi Waterfall
This is the ideal hike to enjoy nature along the edge of the creek that will take you to the waterfall at the end of the canyon.
Along the way, you will see many types of birds and as its Tarahumara name (Huicochi) says, you will enjoy all types of trees and the natural charm.
Duration Approximately 1 to 3 hours for the hike (depending on where you start)
Tip: We recommend hiring a local guide.
Visit the Vineyards
The Hotel Misión, member of the Balderrama chain, is home to a century-old vineyard. The Jesuits introduced the vines at the beginning of the 18th century. Try the house wine, which has produced high quality vintages.
The grapes are harvested in October and this event is accompanied by a large celebration that includes dances and concerts.
Duration Approximately 1 hour for the tour and 1 hour at the tasting
Tip: Approximately 1 hour for the tour and 1 hour at the tasting
Walk through the town, Francisco Javier Mission
The Mission Church was founded by Father Juan Maria de Salvatierra and continues to be the most important historical building in the town. It is across the street from the well-preserved main square. The locals boast that their church is the most beautiful and best preserved of the missions in the Sierra Tarahumara.
Here, you can visit the gardens and admire the pink quarry stone construction of this former Mission.
Duration Approximately 30 minutes (the town is small)
Tip: Admission free.
Visit the Tewekado School (boarding school for Raramuri girls):
This boarding school for indigenous girls is managed by a religious order and is situated beside the Hotel Misión. The mission of the school is to provide a quality learning environment for local girls, offering education, housing and meals for more than 300 girls from different communities in the area.
If you schedule your visit, you might get to hear the choir and the beautiful voices of the girls signing in their native language. If you are lucky, there may also be traditional dances.
Duration 1 hour, approximately
Tip: A generous donation is suggested to help cover the school’s expenses.