This road with landscapes that will take your breath away, will make your hair stand on end
A trip on road can always be a solution to clear the mind, find those reflective spaces where each person is at peace with itself. However, there are some paths that can make a considerable difference.
Today we tell you about the Road of Death. He has earned that distinctive thanks to his ‘dramatic’ and ‘sinuous’ stroke that can produce a bit of fear and fascination, at the same time, for his landscapes.
What is the so-called Death Road like?
Batopilas is the name of a Magical Town in northern Mexico, in the state of Chihuahua. It is located in the bowels of the ravine of the same name, one of the deepest in the Sierra Tarahumara. It is part of the beautiful region of the Copper Canyon. The journey to get there is quite an adventure.
To get to Batopilas you can start from Creel, another of the three Magic Towns of the state and where there is a Chepe station, so you can organize a trip of two or three days to Batopilas and return to Creel to continue your journey.
The road trip to Batopilas is 3 to 4 hours, approximately, on one of the roads not only of the most spectacular, but also of the most dangerous in Mexico, and in the world argued by experts.
The road has two lanes for both directions (one going and one back). So, if you are looking to pass, you would practically be making an attempt on your own life. What takes your breath away are its multiple slopes, descents, and very tight and continuous curves.
There are increasingly sharp turns in blind corners culminating in the epic stretch of multi-kilometer curves. Because of these reasons, frequently it is assigned the nickname ” Road of Death ” because it is a place, narrow, bumpy and steep.
For this reason, the recommendation is to slow down.
If you are somewhat nervous or nervous, you will suffer it a bit, but the walk is worth it when you observe the majesty of the ravines with countless viewpoints that exceed 1,700 meters in height.
And all this trip is to get to Batopilas, a Magical Town that is located deep in the Copper Canyon, 1,828 meters below the rim of the canyon, says the Visit Mexico website.
You can travel by rental car, but we recommend hiring a transportation service, either by van or bus. Drivers know the road like the back of their hand. Ask about the best services available at your hotel, as well as the guided tours or tourist attractions that are in the surroundings.
Magical Town of Batopilas
The reason for traveling so many hours on a road that defies all fears and puts even the bravest to the test is to spend a few days in an old mining town founded at the bottom of the ravine, just over 400 meters above the level of the river. sea. You will be disconnected from everything; You can explore some ruins and natural sites in the company of friendly local guides. You will immediately notice the climate change: while it is cold in Creel, in Batopilas it is usually very hot.
Batopilas by Manuel Gómez Morín was formed on the slope of the river with the same name, which comes from a voice of Rarámuri origin that means “boxed river”.
Its origin dates back to 1632 when a band of explorers found rich veins of silver in this beautiful corner. It is known that there are more than 300 mines, which over more than three centuries have kept Batopilas on the map of the most important native silver deposits in America.
Rrámuris live in this town of Chihuahua -some still live in caves- so a few days’ getaway will give you an idea of what those corners of Mexico are like where ancestral uses and customs predominate over Western culture.
Among the attractive places to visit in this Magical Town, constituted in this way since 2012, is the Temple of the Virgen del Carmen, the Community Museum, the multiple viewpoints, the Barffuson, Cural, de Raya and Biggler houses with unique architecture and the Satevo mission, in addition to some natural landscapes.
If you wish, you can also hire the services of a tour operator, who will take you to further discover the culture and corners of Batopilas.