Tours of a Lifetime: Tarahumara Holy Week Trek

Our recently announced 2011 Tours of a Lifetime feature story highlights adventures guaranteed to get you out of the hotel and into an experience of a lifetime.  Journey Mexico‘sSemana Santa Copper Canyon Hiking Trip,” is one such tour: A ten-day expedition through Mexico’s Copper Canyon to visit the Tarahumara people during the Catholic holiday of Semana Santa.

Mainstream America was introduced to the Tarahumara in 2009, when Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run hit nonfiction bestseller lists.  The Tarahumara, it seems, have unlocked the secrets of long-distance running, passing down the techniques that allow them to chase down deer, outrun Olympians, and cover hundreds of miles without rest.

To visit the Tarahumara communities, travelers undertake five days of rugged hiking (not running) past waterfalls, abandoned mining towns, and ancient missions, while descending 5,000 feet from the High Sierra to the sub-tropical canyon below.  Along the way, guests are offered a rare glimpse into the culture of remote Tarahumara villages, tucked into the crags and under-hangings of the canyon, as the Tarahumara blend animist traditions with Catholic rituals in song and dance for Holy Week.

Semana Santa 2012 begins on March 30th and ends on April 8th.  Already have Semana Santa plans?  Journey Mexico offers similar trips throughout the year to visit the Tarahumara communities.

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Photo Courtesy of Journey Mexico



  1. Himalayan Planet Adventures
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    May 5, 2012, 2:37 am

    I suppose that you should visit once in Nepal Himalayas…………..a beauty of Nature…..

  2. Kenny Trujillo
    February 3, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Began experiencing Mexico 25 years ago… since then I haven’t stopped my visits there…looking forward to my next adventure. The people, the food , the music, the scenery, (the accessibilty). what an awesome place!

  3. jose luis la colla
    Bahia Blanca, Pcia de Buenos Aires Argentina
    November 11, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Me agradaria se publiquen paisajes y senderos del sistema de Ventania, en la Pcia de Buenos Aires,con el cerro tres picos,como el mas alto del sistema vale la pena conocer el Sur de America, LA PENINSULA PATAGONICA no tiene igual en el mundo. gracias.

  4. orlando versola
    October 23, 2011, 11:08 pm

    copper canyon is a beauty !

  5. Omotoso mary
    May 3, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I want to experience the beauty of mexico

  6. Maria Opett
    May 2, 2011, 2:24 pm

    I grew up with the beauty of the real Mexico!!!