Copper Canyon Adventure

March 23 – April 1, 2013

Trip Leaders:
Arlene Same, President & Founder One Heart World-Wide
Marsilio Gabuardi (Mexico Program Administrator)

Travel to the Copper Canyon during Easter and experience the celebrations to welcome a new agricultural season hosted by the Tarahumara indigenous people. Here you will be able to see one of the most important celebrations of each year, during which the Tarahumara paint themselves in white, in representation of the Pharisees. These dances symbolize the struggles that the indigenous people faced during the arrival of conquistadors and the syncretism of their religious beliefs and the Christian beliefs of the Spaniards.

The Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Cobre) is one of several canyons in the Sierra Madre. It is 1,500 feet deeper and five times the area of the Grand Canyon. It is a beautiful terrain with incredible vistas and untouched rural beauty. It is an extremely remote area with very few paved roads.

The Tarahumaras (or Rarámuri as they call themselves) are renowned for their long-distance running ability, and live in the most remote, rural areas of the Canyon. Most of them have very limited access to healthcare and as a result, many mothers deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant. Since 2009, One Heart World-Wide has been working with the local Tarahumara communities to improve access to care for pregnant women and to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Copper Canyon.

One Heart World-Wide works with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon to reduce the typically high rates maternal and neonatal mortality. This is a once in a lifetime experience where you will discover a fascinating culture and understand the amazing challenges that the Tarahumara face on a daily basis. You will also be able to meet our local team and see firsthand how One Heart World-Wide works with the local communities to help the mothers and infants in need. You will have the opportunity to visit Urique and meet some of the community members and local OHW volunteers.

OHW is a 501©3 organization committed to saving the lives of mothers and infants in some of the most remote areas of the world. Current program sites are located in Mexico and Nepal.

Trip cost:

For reservations:
Call Marsilio Gabuardi
Office: 415 379 4762
Cell: 510 816 3692

Trip Itinerary (March 23rd-April 1st)

March 23rd – Arrival to Chihuahua, MX

Transportation is arranged to take you to the Quality Inn San Francisco in Chihuahua.

March 24th

We will be picked up from the hotel to go to the train station.

Arrive at CHEPE train station in Chihuahua to travel to Bahuichivo

Arrive at Bahuichivo station and begin descent to the town of Urique. There is a 4-hour car ride from Bahuichivo to Urique.

Hotel: Estrella del Rio, 3 nights

March 25th– Walk around town and its surroundings

March 26th– Visit one of the communities where One Heart works and meet the volunteers and some of the pregnant women benefited by the project in that area

March 27th– Transportation from Urique to Bahuichivo, continuing on by train from Bahuichivo to Creel

Hotel: Best Western The Lodge at Creel, 4 nights

March 28th– Visit Lake de Arareko, followed by Divisadero to admire Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon) and Cuevas Tarahumaras (caves) and if time allows, the Jesuit Mission

March 29th– Travel to Panachi to witness Holy Week’s traditional ceremony

March 30th– Visit Panachi again to observe the ceremony and revelation of Holy Saturday

March 31st– Resurrection Sunday morning celebration in Creel

Transportation by train from Creel to Chihuahua

Hotel: Quality Inn San Francisco, 1 night

April 1st– Transportation from hotel to airport

Trip Instructions

For reservations please call Marsilio Gabuardi

Office: 415 379 4762

Cell: 510 816 3692

Included in the Trip

– All lodging arrangements as noted in itinerary

– Sightseeing as noted in itinerary

– OHW leadership

– Three meals per day

– Non alcoholic beverage with meals

– Gratuities for guides

– All transportation related to the trip

– $500 donation to One Heart World-Wide for Mexico programs

– All group airport, train station and town transfers as noted in itinerary

Not Included

– International airfare to Chihuahua

– Travel insurance to cover cancellation, medical, baggage, money, and emergency evacuation to cover your return home in case of emergency (Travelex Insurance is recommended., 800-228-9792, mention the OCSC SAILING “Location Number” 05-8663) (we require you to purchase travel insurance of at least $50,000 for emergency medical benefits which include evacuation)

– Personal expenses such as laundry, baggage handling, excess baggage fees, excess weight fees, communications charges, cost of passport or visa, airport departure taxes and airfares, any sightseeing, beverages or meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities.

– Alcoholic beverages

– Tips to porters, bellmen, drivers, cooks

Payment Policy

At time of reservation: $500 to reserve your space

February 15th: $2,000

Cancelation Policy

Deposits and payments are non-refundable, but fully transferable to someone else taking your spot on the trip, less a 10% fee.

If we find someone to replace your spot, refund will be given less %15


A valid passport is required to travel to Mexico (with at least six months validity before expiration date). No visa is required for U.S. passport holders & visitors are allowed to stay up to 90 days. Please enquire with your Mexican embassy or consulate if an entry visa is required.

Estimated Airfare Package

SFO/CUU $700- 900 economy class (United) ($679, quoted 12/12/2012)

SFO/CUU $2000- $2,500, Mixed (first class/economy) (United)

Sample Flight Itinerary



March 23 10:38am (SFO)

March 23 4:20pm (IAH)

UA# 4569

March 23 6:20pm (IAH)

March 23 6:31pm (CUU) (this flight only offers economy)


UA# 4105

Apr. 1 7:20a (CUU)

Apr. 1 11:20am (IAH)

UA# 795

Apr. 1 12:58pm (IAH)

Apr. 1 3:20pm (SFO)