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Indigenous-led Ecotourism in the Sierra Tarahumara

The Sierra Tarahumara region of Chihuahua, Mexico, is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich places on the planet. This mountain landscape, also known as the Sierra Madre Occidental, is home to the Rarámuri, Mountain Pima, Tepehuan and Mayo peoples, and hosts the largest complex system of canyons in the world, comprised of the Copper, Sinforosa, and Urique canyonlands. In order to preserve their culture, landscape and natural resources, the Rarámuri community has worked with partners to establish a unique network of eco-lodges throughout the region. The Hostales Tarahumaras offer visitors the opportunity to explore waterfalls and canyons; to relax or engage in extreme sports, and participate in cultural festivals. These kinds of projects aim to provide an alternative to industrial tourism development in the region.