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Semana Santa festivities

Semana Santa dancers

Trip Highlights

Day 1 Fly to Los Mochis; transfer to El Fuerte...Day 2 Birdwatching on Rio El Fuerte; walking tour of town...Day 3 Train ride through Sierra Madre to Creel...Day 4 Transfer to Norogachi; beginning of Samana Santa...Days 5-6 Crafts visits; pottery village; mule ride...Day 7 Hike and bread baking; lighting of the bonfires...Day 8 Private dance; korima; Stations of the Cross...Day 9 Ceremony, dancing, Arrival of Judas...Day 10 Battle with Judas, Good Regained; Departure to Chihuahua...Day 11 Fly home

Accommodations: 9 nights lodging

Copper Canyon

Semana Santa Festival with the Tarahumara People

Copper Canyon is the undiscovered "Nepal of the West." The Tarahumara people live in this rugged country in much the same way they have lived for hundreds of years, and the surroundings will probably make you feel as if you are in another time and far away from the United States—yet Copper Canyon is so close—and a safe place to visit as well.

The most important ceremony of the Tarahumara calendar is Semana Santa, the week leading to Easter Sunday. Bonfires are lit on the mesas and coming in from distant ranchos will be hundreds of traditionally dressed and painted dancers who will gather in the plaza to drum and dance and celebrate this important ritual of renewal.

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  • Activity:
    Hiking Light
  • Date: March 29 - April 8, 2007
  • Rating: Easy
  • Cost: $2,550
  • Deposit: $500
  • Note: Price subject to change until your deposit is made.

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