Visit the town and its historic center
You will find many shops along the main street offering mostly Raramuri handicrafts. Local transport companies offer tours of the surrounding areas and here you will find the best hotels and restaurants. Visit the Templo de Cristo Rey, the Plaza de Armas, and the old train station.
Duration Approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour
Tip: Free, although the local museums charge an admission fee
Hike through the valleys
Just 7 kilometers (4.5 miles) south of Creel you will find numerous rock formations through valleys, where a hike along the paths will surround you with the fragrances of the forest.
The rocks here take the form of mushrooms, frogs and monks.
Visit by van, ATV, on horseback or hiking.
Duration 1 to 2 hours, approximately
Tip: Admission to the valleys is $40 adults and $20 children
Visit Arareko Lake
Just 7 kilometers (4.5 miles) from Creel is San Ignacio Arareko, a Raramuri community with a small lake, where you can enjoy various water activities. You can rent a boat to explore this beautiful site.
Duration Approximately 40 minutes roundtrip and 30 minutes to 1 hour if you choose to participate in any water activities.
Tip: Ask about prices in the store.
Cusarare waterfall hike
The Cusarare waterfall is 30 meters (100 feet) high and is surrounded by a pine-oak forest, best explored on foot or by bike. The views from the lookout point are impressive and you can walk down the 280 steps to the river
Duration Approximately 2 hours to get there and back. Add another hour if you go down to the base of the waterfall.
Tip: The local tourism board charges $25 pesos per person
Visit the National Park and the Basaseachi and Piedra Volada waterfalls
For its unparalleled scenery and home to two of the highest waterfalls in Mexico, we recommend taking a few days to visit Basaseachi, just 1 ½ hours from Creel. The Candameña, better known as Waterfall Canyon, is another jewel within the Copper Canyons. Situated in a national park, Basaseachi is the highest continuous waterfall in Mexico at 256 meters (840 feet). During the rainy season, 3 kilometers (2 miles) down river, another waterfall springs to life, the 456 meter (1,500 foot) Piedra Volada. Both waterfalls offer the most beautiful postcards of the Sierra Tarahumara, and together with this wonder is the Peña del Gigante, an 890 meter (3,000 foot) mountain that is a paradise for climbers, campers and experienced rappelling enthusiasts.
Duration Basaseachi has various trails to reach the waterfall. The hike is recommended only for people in good physical condition, for experienced campers and is not appropriate for amateurs. Consult the local guides for options about visiting the lookout points. Hiring a local guide is a must to visit the Piedra Volada and Peña del Gigante lookout points because the trails are not well marked. The extraordinary views are worth the effort.
Tip: The SEMARNAT charges an admission fee of $80 for the National Park. The local guides charge reasonable rates. Ask at the entrance to the National Park or in the town of Basaseachi.