Are you in Chihuahua and looking for things to do in Guachochi?
Located in Northern Mexico, Guachochi is a region that is seldom visited compared to other, more popular areas in the country.
As we explore this mysterious territory, you’ll see there is an abundance of stunning nature and cultural traditions.
In this guide, we’ll cover the best things to do in Guachochi, how you can get here, the best time to visit as well as where you can stay.
Things to do in Guachochi
If you are visiting as part of the Copper Canyon tour and looking to get inspired by my favorite stop on the ride, you’re in the right place.
However, if you only reading about Guachochi for the first time let’s see why you’d visit this region of Mexico and what’s in store for you.
Why Visit Guachochi?
Whilst there are more popular destinations in Mexico, Guachochi offers a very authentic experience.
Now you’re off the gringo trail you’ll find this region is famous for the Tarahumara tribe, who are warm people and are great to get to know.
Once inhabiting much of Chihuahua state, this ancient tribe reduced in size due to the arrival of Spanish colonizers in the 16th century.
The Tarahumara now occupy small territories throughout the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range.
Also known as the Rarámuri, this tribe is some of the world’s best long-distance runners, covering up to 200 miles over the space of a few days!
Did you know that Rarámuri translates to “runners on foot” in their native language?
Guachochi is also home to some really stunning nature and vistas, such as Cusárare Falls, which we’ll cover later in this guide.
How to get to Guachochi
As with any smaller region, there are no airports here. This means you’ll have to work a little harder to reach this gem.
You can either rent a car and drive or take a direct bus (Rápidos Cuauhtémoc makes this journey on a daily schedule) from Chihuahua City. Both take around four to five hours to arrive.
Another way of getting here is by taking a private tour from Creel, which is perfect if looking to visit here as well as the Copper Canyon.
See these things to do in Creel before heading out here. You can even find several private tour companies who make the journey.
You’ll be in a 4×4 which makes an off-grid journey all the way to the region, where you’ll see the best bits and the town as well.
Best things to do in Guachochi
Let’s take a closer look below at what you can do in Guachochi:
These stunning waterfalls are one of the best natural spectacles in all of Northern Mexico, in my opinion!
Located in the Cusárare Canyon, the waterfall has a drop of over 100ft. The water crashes down to join up with emerald pools below which then form the Urique River.
The surrounding pine forest makes it one of the most spectacular views in the region. A must-see for those looking to take great photos.
You can drive from Guachochi, however, I’d use a tour provider instead. Both take the same amount of time to reach (roughly 3 hours).
However, with the tour, you’ll be able to explore lesser-known gems along the way. Not to mention you’ll have local connections to the Rarámuri people who are indigenous to the area.
Barrancas de Sinforosa
With Guachochi surrounded by mountains and nature, the area is great to explore on foot.
The lookout (also known as Mirador in Spanish) houses some impressive views of the nearby barrancas. It’s quite easy to reach.
You simply need to head to the west of the town, where you’ll pass an Oxxo. You simply keep heading straight until you reach the mirador.
The Hotel Mirador Posada Barranca is one of the most popular here.
Fancy a rural and rugged experience? Camp at Los Aguajes camping site, it’s only a couple of hundred feet from the striking viewpoint.
This is a spectacular area for those who love the outdoors. There are endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
There are many hiking trails to explore the Guachochi region, with one of the best being the Cascada – Lago Las Truchas.
Around 8km in length, this route will take you to the El Salto Waterfall, as well as visiting two lakes – Lago las Garzas and Lago las Truchas.
This route actually double backs on itself, so you can get there and back without going too far out of the way.
The hike itself only takes 1-2 hours, and there are plenty of worthwhile stops – so make sure you factor time in for these too.
Guachochi Travel Tips
See this list of travel tips for Guachochi that will ensure you have a satisfying stay whether you are on vacation, backpacking, traveling with friends, or just looking for new cultural gems to visit in the region.
If you are interested in going deeper into the history of Guachochi. Be sure to visit Museo Norawa which showcases exhibits all about Guachochi’s past history, including the Rarámuri.
Dan’s Travel Tips For Guachochi:
- Consider visiting Lago de las Garzas (Lake of the Herons) which is perfect for bird enthusiasts.
- Carry lightweight gear for the day and see these for clothes for hot climates if you’ve not packed anything yet.
- Art lovers may want to check out La Casa Del Lago for a more hands-on experience. Here you’ll find an art gallery, handcrafted goods for sale as well as the local Tejuino drink.
- If heading to the viewpoint at Sinforosa Canyon this is also a good place to go hiking so you may want to plan more time at this location.
- Look out for Kokoyame Eco Park which has amazing views over the town and serves up the most delicious grilled Trout and Avocado on offer.
- Remember to carry cash here. Although there is one ATM in Guachochi I wouldn’t rely on it solely for withdrawing all your trip’s daily expenditure.
- There are direct buses for getting to Guachochi from Chihuahua if you are not visiting via the Copper Canyon train route.
Map of Guachochi, Mexico
See this map of Guachochi to get a better idea of the surrounding area:
Remember to try Tejuino the traditional drink prepared by the local indigenous people. You’ll find La Casa Del Lago is the best place to try your hand at preparing and learning the process. Also, it’s a great place to pick up other souvenirs and local crafts from this town/region.
If you are backpacking Mexico Guachochi gives you another chance to add more unique crafts to your growing collection of souvenirs.
Best Time to Visit Guachochi
Guachochi is best described as a seasonal destination, with summer months being the warmest (peaks of around 88°F in June and July).
However, these months also generally have a lot more rain, with the most falling in July with 540mm (historically, it has recorded precipitation here almost every day for this month!).
Visiting in the cooler months of Winter and Autumn will see less rain, however, temperatures can drop off, with snow occasionally falling from December to February.
If you’re looking for good reliable weather, then overall, the best months to visit Guachochi would be the shoulder months of March, April, May, and October.
The average temperature is still hot during these months. However, it avoids the large amount of rain that falls in the summer.
Travel Insurance for Guachochi
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Where to Stay in Guachochi
Guachochi is full of budget and boutique hotels, so you can easily find some relatively inexpensive options here to stay.
If you prefer more rustic accommodation options you’ll find most are located in the El Centro region, which is in the heart of the small city.
A great place to stay in Hotel Melina, which again is quite an inexpensive option. Also check out La Roca if space is full, with both of them having good internet and free parking included.
Things to do in Guachochi
Did you find this Guachochi travel guide useful? As a relatively unknown gem compared to others in the Copper Canyon region, Guachochi is great for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience.
In this guide, we’ve covered the best things to do and see, such as witnessing the roaring Cusárare falls as well as breathing in the spectacular views over the Barrancas de Sinforosa.
We have also looked at the best times of year to explore, as well as some starting points for where you should stay.
For most travelers here it is best to do this town visit as part of the Copper Canyon express train experience whilst in Mexico.
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