The Mystery of the Tarahumara

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Tarahumara

Mexico offers color, magic and warmth. The magnificent Copper Canyon where the Raramuri or Tarahumara (Native American people) lives is located in the south-western part of the state Chihuahua in Mexico. The canyons are formed by six rivers, which merge into the Rio Fuertes and empty into the Sea of Cortez. The walls of the canyon are a striking copper and green combination. Put on your sturdy, but broken-in, hiking boots and explore the wonders of the canyon and experience the mystery of the Tarahumara culture.
The Tarahumara people live in the midst of the rugged wilderness of the Copper Canyon. The homes are caves along rivers or small log cabins on the canyon floor. You will find the Tarahumara women and children making belts, baskets and carving wood. You can buy pottery, ceramics, pine musical instruments (violins and guitars) and the most beautiful textiles from the women. The Tarahumara culture is notable in the handmade indigenous toys, such as clay or wooden dolls with colorful dresses, puzzles, toy trucks and bows and arrows.
The Tarahumara (those with nimble feet) is a hidden tribe of super athletes and is born to run. People here are encouraged to run from a very young age to hunt animals and are renowned for their long-distance running ability.
Music and dance are part of the Tarahumara culture. It is easy to get mesmerized by the awesome sounds of the violins, flutes, rattles, coyote howls and drums. You can enjoy a beer made of corn while the locals, dressed in colorful attires, take part in the peyote (traditional dance) around the fires.
Most meals in Mexico include beans and rice, and their cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. The Tarahumara people are well-known for their Pinole and Chia recipes. Make sure to try chia fresco, also called iskiate, a drink made with chia seeds, water and lemon or lime. A refreshing glass of chia fresco can boost your energy for a great hiking trail in the Copper Canyon or give you extra energy to explore more of the magic of Mexico.

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2 Responses to “The Mystery of the Tarahumara”

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