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Barrancas del Cobre: The Grand Canyon of Mexico?

Barrancas del Cobre in Chihuahua, Mexico.

We are all familiar with the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Whether we’ve visited or not, we all know of it’s iconic burnt orange colored landscape and it’s grand beauty thanks to travel sites, Hollywood, and the many tours Vegas has to offer. After 34 years, I finally visited the famous canyon and yes, it was spectacular. The views are insane.

A few weeks after my trip, I was talking to friends about the mystical quality of the Grand Canyon and how many Joshua Trees you see on your drive there. Yes, Joshua Trees are cool, OK? All of a sudden, someone asked me if it was better than the Copper Canyon in Mexico. Sadly, I couldn’t do a proper comparison because I haven’t been to the Copper (a.k.a. Barrancas del Cobre).

The Grand Canyon of Mexico

Some people like to reference the Barrancas del Cobre as the Grand Canyon of Mexico because of its magnitude and beauty. Barrancas del Cobre are six canyons in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, Mexico. Instead of the vibrant color of the Grand Canyon, these barrancas are green with a copperish tone, hence the name of “del Cobre” or “Copper”.

The greenery, hiking trails and the visitor’s park offer ways to interact “responsibly” with this natural beauty. From zip lining through the longest stretch to hotels with crazy balcony views right at the edge of the canyons, Barrancas del Cobre continues to see a peak in tourism. Maybe, people do in fact, just want to see if this is the Mexico version of the Grand Canyon, or they want to compare which one of the canyons is the best? Not that there should be a competition, but getting to the Barrancas can be pretty cool if you take the El Chepe train while getting to the Grand Canyon is usually on a tour bus.

I’ll let Spanish and Go take you through their trip of the Chihuahua canyons so you can decide for yourself if this is in fact the Grand Canyon of Mexico. Take a look.


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