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Rarámuri Villages

Batopilas

The indigenous culture as a link to our ancestral past is discovered in the most remote communities of the Sierra Madre. Batopilas is the last untamed corner of the Rarámuri ethnic group, where it is possible to visit three villages: Munerachi, Coyachique and Guimaybo.

It takes at least one or two full days to do this activity, since most of the time you have to walk up to 12 kilometers ( 8 miles) to find one of the settlements. It may sound like a short distance, but can you imagine doing it through the ravines, where everything is up and down in places where there are no marked paths or signs?

The villages are not recreation centers, they are really villages that still preserve their customs and among the raramuris, at least, few travelers are welcome. In fact, most of the tours are done in the company of guides who have been previously accepted by the community, like those of Copper Canyon Expeditions, who have been doing these experiences for more than 26 years.

Here you should keep an open mind, since you will be interacting with the common activities of the villagers, such as walking for a couple of hours to collect fruits and vegetables, in total silence. You can also witness rituals or games, such as the rarajípari, recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The rite consists of throwing a ball of 10 centimeters ( 3 inches ) in diameter, made of strawberry wood, so that the rival team goes for it and turns, the amount of turns is agreed upon before the beginning, some games can have up to 15 and last from two to three days.

In some expeditions you have the opportunity to see how they make violins and handicrafts with natural fibers, even sleeping in their houses and sharing food. Many of the activities depend on how much confidence the Raramuri have in the visitor. At first, it is difficult to hear them, as they usually whisper when they are in front of a stranger, for fear that their secrets will be revealed.

The indigenous culture as a link to our ancestral past is discovered in the most remote communities of the Sierra Madre. Batopilas is the last untamed corner of the Rarámuri ethnic group, where it is possible to visit three villages: Munerachi, Coyachique and Guimaybo.

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It takes at least one or two full days to do this activity, since most of the time you have to walk up to 12 kilometers ( 8 miles) to find one of the settlements. It may sound like a short distance, but can you imagine doing it through the ravines, where everything is up and down in places where there are no marked paths or signs?

The villages are not recreation centers, they are really villages that still preserve their customs and among the raramuris, at least, few travelers are welcome. In fact, most of the tours are done in the company of guides who have been previously accepted by the community, like those of Copper Canyon Expeditions, who have been doing these experiences for more than 26 years.

Here you should keep an open mind, since you will be interacting with the common activities of the villagers, such as walking for a couple of hours to collect fruits and vegetables, in total silence. You can also witness rituals or games, such as the rarajípari, recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The rite consists of throwing a ball of 10 centimeters ( 3 inches ) in diameter, made of strawberry wood, so that the rival team goes for it and turns, the amount of turns is agreed upon before the beginning, some games can have up to 15 and last from two to three days.

In some expeditions you have the opportunity to see how they make violins and handicrafts with natural fibers, even sleeping in their houses and sharing food. Many of the activities depend on how much confidence the Raramuri have in the visitor. At first, it is difficult to hear them, as they usually whisper when they are in front of a stranger, for fear that their secrets will be revealed.

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