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Old 01-17-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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Up or Down thru Copper Canyon?

Anyone have a good argument for going one way or the other? I would like to do Baja first and then cross over and go up the Canyon, unless there is a compelling reason to do the reverse.

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Old 01-18-2008, 05:30 AM   #2
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Unless you have a ton of time, I suggest scrapping the ferry and just do one. And you get to do that one very well.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:49 PM   #3
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I have time - perhaps a month.
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:51 PM   #4
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If there's a chance of inclement weather affecting your return to Seattle, I'd chose CC first. otherwise, I don't see that it matters.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:22 PM   #5
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Time, weather, banditos etc. aside, is there any advantage to going one way or the other thru the Canyon. Some road are better travelled in one direction because of the scenery, or ?
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:35 PM   #6
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If you have a month, go both ways. It's not that far of a ride from Creel to Bato. You could stay in either or else go up and back in a day.

Actually, if you were going through, and backtracked either way you would end up riding that part three times.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:00 PM   #7
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Time, weather, banditos etc. aside, is there any advantage to going one way or the other thru the Canyon. Some road are better travelled in one direction because of the scenery, or ?
There's more than one route thu and within the canyons. You could play there for many weeks.

What route are you think of?
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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Let me start again. I want to take a trip that includes Baja and Copper Canyon. I can 1) start in Arizona, go down throught the Canyon, take the ferry, and go up through Baja. Or 2) I start in Calif, go down Baja, take the ferry, go up through the Canyon and exit Mexico into AZ.

So, in very general terms, is there any advantage to going one way or the other?

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Old 01-18-2008, 07:42 PM   #9
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I’ve suggested to some to do Baja first.
The only reason was for first timers in Mexico.
Baja is kind of like “Mexico Light”.
The roads are good, easy to navigate and most people speak and understand some English.
It gives you a chance to get your sea legs so to speak.

Also, if you are doing mostly street, Baja is a little less stimulating in my opinion, than the Mainland.
You can get the really long road portion over first.

Other than that it really doesn’t matter.
Drop me a note when you make it to LaPaz.

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Old 01-18-2008, 10:46 PM   #10
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The first view of the canyon at Rio Batopilas, coming from Creel, is quite spectacular. It would probably be less so, entering from the west (supposition, I have only gone in thru Creel.)

If you're leaving soon, weather could be an issue. I'm going that way in late Feb, and am doing Baja first, ferry, ride El Chepe, then back out and do Mazatlan, Durango, etc. By the time I head north, it will be mid March or later and Creel will be warmer. Maybe I can make it to Urique. Then the weather will decide on hwy 16 thru the mountains or north to New Mexico or Texas.
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