We were prepared for the non-electric facilities and did enjoy the change from city locations. I did add some new birds to my list, so that made me happy. My husband would have liked to be able to read once darkness fell at 7-8 pm. and some of the more efficient kerosene lamps available now would have helped. For me no power does limit the time to stay to the extent of back up batteries for my camera.
It is easy to see why there are such differing views on the food -one meal was a lovely breast of chicken on julienned veggies. But in 3 days there we were served the same thing three times- tomato soup broth with tiny noodles and lovely fresh made tortillas-great the first time...but for the $180 per night not what I would expect..
The Tarahumara guide, Monserat, who walked with me to the falls and tried to call out Mountain Trogans was patient with my Spanish, and explained many examples of his culture and beliefs. He showed me peyote plants, pictographs and stone formations..He said the lodge is still owned by Skip Williams, but I would feel better about staying on leased Ejido (Tarahumara) land if they were part owners or got a share of the profit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge is a beautiful log lodge hotel situated in the high country Sierra, just about 18 miles from Creel. No electricity, no internet, just rustic lodging with first class amenities such as private tiled baths, comfortable, clean beds with cotton blankets, lanterns and wood burning stoves. Meals are included in the daily rate - and are served family style in the large dining room with fireplace and bar. Enjoy a cold margarita before dinner, complimentary of course! Endless hiking possibilities right from the front door! Elias is your consummate host and can help arrange for a guide, for a small guide fee. Hike to Cusarare waterfalls, the mission village of Cusarare and hike into the remote canyons. ... more less