Valley of the Monks
Valley of the Monks
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Gary Y
Toronto, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a very interesting place. Fantastic views especially if you take the hike through the woods to the canyon. Our tour operator had a young boy take us to the cliff edge. Not for the faint of heart or those with limited mobility. We felt we had to tip him extra for danger pay :)
Written 4 April 2021
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Hilario A
Chihuahua, Mexico93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
Natures always give us some surprises, this fallic stone formations were called "fallic valley" by the Tarahumaras (in their native language) , when Spanish arrived, the rename them as monk valley.
here are also more interesting rock formations nearby.
Written 23 November 2017
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Wavefarmer
Ensenada, Mexico79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
This is one enchanting area -- from the verdant valley floor with its grazing cattle to the fantastic pillars and rock formations that warrant time to be still and listen. Making a journey by mountain bike (a very easy ride on dirt road .... unless you aren't acclimated to elevation) or by moped (ideal so you can get it all in) and you get to step back into time on an actual "reservation" where the Tarahumara families still reside and eek out an existence. From the cave dwelling homes to simple clapboard style homes you will witness a people untouched by time. Imagine visiting the Pensylvania countryside and the Amish communities as work. A very similar experience. But tread lightly in the communities ... this is their home of which we must pay a few to visit.

Be aware that there are two areas to collect donation for right to pass. The first is an official toll booth just past Creel's cemetary and the other about 1km from the opening to the Valley of the Monks. The fees are around $20p per adult .... trust me it's worth every penny.

Bring tons of small bills so you can buy trinkets at the various sites ... or at least bring gum or suckers for the kiddos standing near some of the attractions. Yes, it's kinda sad you can't see it in pristine form ... but this is their form of income. And since we went when no school was in session, and since we were traveling as a younger family, many of the kids wanted to hear our story.

You could easily see Valley of Monks, Frogs and Mushrooms along with Lake Arakara in a day by bicycle and about 4 hours via moped.

Be sure to ask about the family living in the cave just beyond the official toll booth. They invite you into their cave home, leave a small donation, take some pics, and if you are lucky there would have been rain the night before so water falls down the center of the cave. Epic pic and dwelling shot. But be very respectful of their culture and don't barge up the hill into the cave. Wait at the small transtion area about 75 yards away. If a women comes out from the mouth of cave and make eye contact you are golden to come over for a visit. No woman No go. Just a suggestion.
Written 26 August 2013
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rosazazueta
Hermosillo, Mexico68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
We arrived there in a motorcycle tour. Excellent tour, you get to see a lot of sites and the trails are incredible. You can hike around. If you get on a tour you will only have half an hour or so in the site. But you can easily get a tour that can let you have a snack there. The views are incredible. Try to get there early to avoid crowds. We were there at about 9am.
Written 16 September 2017
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pamelapal
Gilbert, AZ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
We drove a 4 wheel drive on many roads in the back country, including all the way to the Valley of the Monks. The indians are an interesting group but not friendly at all. They don't like their pictures taken, are very private. But there is lots to see if you like nature. See my review of Batopilas for more info. But don't let that keep you away. It is worth seeing and be sure to go down the road to Basaseachi and Cusamare Falls. Not sure how they are in the dry season but when we went the water was flowing and they were tremendous!
Written 2 November 2014
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marcain
Washington DC, DC214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We stopped here for a short stop on a driving tour, it's an easy bike-ride from Creel if you're younger than we are (70). Lots of stuff to see on the way here from Creel, and worth an hour or so stop on a bike ride.
Written 28 February 2020
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Bill C
Reno, NV22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The rock formations were very interesting. The area was well kept and entry was reasonably priced. We would return.
Written 21 December 2018
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Rosa I
San Antonio, TX181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Yeahhh we did it !!! we reached the top, it was very impressive rock formation , It was one of my favorite places in Creel . Valle de los Monjes impresionante atracción en Creel .
Written 26 July 2018
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2love2bike
Oshkosh, WI162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This was our first hike in the Copper Canyon region. Get a ride out from the town of Creel and then hike up and around, eventually finding a lookout over the beginning of the canyon. The hiking isn't too difficult (unless, of course, you've just arrived from sea level). We hiked near dusk, and the light was fantastic!
Written 1 April 2018
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Patricia A
Mexico City, Mexico44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Amazing place to visit, it's hard to believe the shapes of the stones were not man made. Nature at it's best!
Written 31 May 2017
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