Lake Arareko (sometimes written as Lake Arareco) is one of the most popular places to visit just off the Copper Canyon Railroad route and can be easily accessed from the town of Creel, just like the small town of Cauchuchic, some absolutely spectacular waterfalls and, of course, the famous Valle de los Monjes.
You can also soak up some truly spectacular views from the train itself, especially on the stretch between El Fuerte (a popular start or end point amongst travellers who don’t fancy heading to Los Mochis) and Urique. However, if we’re being honest, most all of the route is gorgeous.
The numerous towns you can stop off at along the route are well worth exploring too, especially when you catch them in the right light. The church below in Cerocahui only proves that point, as does the lookout in Divisadero.
While in the Sierra Tarahumara, you can even invest in some of the crafts made by the local people of the region and support their continued survival in this ever-more touristy part of Chihuahua.
Convinced you should visit? You should be; after all, the Copper Canyon and its amazing breadth of scenic spots are waiting for you!