A land of forests, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and surreal-shaped rock formations, Creel is a popular overnight stop along the El Chepe railway and a great base for exploring the canyons on foot, on wheels or on horseback.
One of Mexico’s Pueblo Magico (Magic Towns), the delightful little village of Creel is one of the main tourist hubs in the Copper Canyon. Traditionally-dressed Tarahumara women sell handicrafts in the plaza and the main street is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and tour operators. There is an interesting Museum of Handicrafts, showcasing basketry, pottery, textiles, wood and leather goods from pre-Hispanic Mexican culture and the Jesuit mission church of San Ignacio, dating from the 18th century, houses an art gallery with 45 works of sacred art.
The area is famous for its huge rock formations: Valley of the Monks; Valley of the Mushrooms and Valley of the Frogs, some of which were formed over 20-million years ago. Lake Arareko is another highlight, just 5-kilometres from the town, the beautiful crystal-clear waters are encircled by verdant green forest, making it a great place for hiking. Visitors also can enjoy views of the Candmena Canyon, which some claim is the most attractive as it takes in the two highest waterfalls in Mexico: Cascada de Basaseachic and Cascada Piedra Volada. In fact, it is possible to take a day trip to Basaseachic Falls National Park, which is around a two-hour drive from Creel and a great place for abseiling and rock-climbing. Closer to home, guests may also wish to visit another lovely waterfall, Cascada de Cusarare just 24-kilometres away, or the hot springs at Recohuata, 15-kilometres southwest of Creel.
Surrounded by pine forests and interesting rock formations, this is an area rich in natural beauty best explored on foot or horseback. Dependent upon your interests we think a stay of one or two nights here will allow you to experience the beauty and thrills of this part of the canyon.