Copper Canyon is one of several gorges that make up one of the world’s most beautiful canyon systems in Northern Mexico. Many tourists visit for a day trip, hiking along the upper rim of the gorge and hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s wildlife. More adventurous travelers seeking a trek off the beaten path can travel down into the canyon. A wide variety of flora and fauna abounds in the tropical forests below. Fill up on supplies in the town of Creel before setting out on a journey, and make sure to be prepared for the drastic temperature differences between the high mountainous rim regions and the forested valley floors below. A native people, the Tarahumara, still live among the cliffs and caves of the canyons, and maintain their own language and their traditional religion. Tarahumara women can frequently be seen selling their beautiful handmade cloth along the canyon paths. Camping isn’t your thing? A number of ecolodges and environmentally-conscious tour outfits are now springing up in the little towns nearby, too. If you don’t have time for a prolonged stay, even a train ride through the canyons on your way to elsewhere offer spectacular views of the forests, rivers, and waterfalls that cascade throughout the area.