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Batopilas

Gleaming landscapes

The magic of Batopilas begins long before reaching the town, with the trip through different climates, vegetation and landscapes. To get to this place in the southwest of Chihuahua, you have three options: from Creel to the north, from Hidalgo del Parral to the east and, for the more adventurous, from El Fuerte, Sinaloa, to the west, but the latter only with four by four vehicle.

In the heart of the Copper Canyon, one discovers churches, mansions and haciendas, bridges, tunnels, ditches and a beautiful aqueduct, which are witnesses of the glorious past of this Magical Town. The views over the ravine will leave you speechless, landscapes that seem to be here since the beginning of time.

In the town, visit the birthplace of Manuel Gómez Morín, the founder of the "Partido Acción Nacional", also rector of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and one of the Seven Sages who founded the Society of Conferences and Concerts in 1916; and Hacienda San Miguel, which was remodeled and enlarged in the 19th century by the silver tycoon, an American named Alexander Robert Shepherd.

Here, the paths for mountain biking are exceptional. You can also ride a horse or motorcycle, and obviously walk along rivers, streams and trails that take you to missions and mining towns that keep beautiful secrets. For example, going through the old mining town of Cerro Colorado means witnessing some truly breathtaking natural settings.

Gastronomy in Batopilas is perceived primarily northern, with the stew and cuts of meat, plus a drink called tesgüino, a liquor made from corn, typical of the region and sacred to the Tarahumara.

With its indigenous and mining past still beating in its ruins and roads, Batopilas remembers that it was one of the few places that gave one of the purest plants in the world, to now offer you a pure visit in enjoyment.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Manuel Gomez Morin’s House This widely respected politician founded the Party of National Action (PAN, by its Spanish initials), and he was also rector of the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM, by its Spanish initials.)
  • Town Hall Building constructed in 1890.
  • San Miguel Hacienda His owner was Robert Shepherd, "the Lord of the Silver."
  • The Baffurson House
  • Temple of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Built in the seventeenth century, this church holds a rich collection of paintings.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Viejas Minas You can visit the Old Mines that are currently abandoned.
  • Batopilas River where you can enjoy amazing landscapes, while camping, mountain cycling, moto-crossing or, even, you can admire this beautiful scenery in a 4x4 vehicle.
  • Easter Week For the Tarahumara people, this is one of the most important celebrations. During this week, you can admire pre-Hispanic dances, painting of pascolas, and the popular tradition of "Burning up Judas the mestizo."
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Broth with jerky beef
  • Cuts of meat
  • Milk candies
  • Tesgüino or Sugui, an alcoholic beverage made with corn
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The name Batopilas means in Tarahumara language "canalized river."
  • After Mexico City, Batopilas was one of the first communities in Mexico that counted with electric power due its important mining activity.
  • During the mining splendor, this town reached a population of more than 50 thousand inhabitants.

Popular Craft

  • Carved Wood
  • Tarahumara handicrafts, such as backpacks, bags, pots, violins, bows and drums
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