Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Around Creel

January 29th to 31st

Creel is a great place to explore the Copper Canyon area. It comes as a bit of a shock after several days outside civilisation with it's paved streets, shops and restaurants. There are even a couple of "Adventure Tourism" companies where you can organise jeep tours and hire guides.

Taking the DIY route, we hike to the Valley of the Monks, or as indigenous Raramuri Indians prefer to call it Valley of the Erect Penises. It’s not all phallic though.

There are Roman Centurions…



Odin - Head honcho Norse God…



Aztec Chieftains....



Mushrooms....



And Frogs....



But some definitely look a bit erect and penis like….



Nice hike past the San Ignacio Mission where a galloping posse of 6 horsemen overtake us, completing the perfect film set look….



We decide to take it easy for a day at "Rekowate" a local natural spa . This being Mexico, it turns out not as easy as planned. 8kms on road, 8kms on a nasty section of dirt then a grinding 3km hike down 500m to the bottom of a steep sided canyon….



But it's all very, very worth it as warm water flows down the canyon sides and is collected in a series of hot pools. It’s an awesome setting and a fine way to spend an afternoon…



The rest of our time here is just wasted exploring amongst beautiful pine forest trails and around crystal watered Arereko Lake….

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