San Ignacio de Arareco
Just a few kilometres from the town of Creel is a 20,000-hectare piece of land run by a Rarámuri community. Here you can visit some of the natural wonders which make Creel a popular tourist spot, as well as learn a bit about Rarámuri life. There is a $20 MXP fee per person to enter the area and additional fees for some of the sights. The money goes directly to the Rarámuri community.
The first sight you’ll have an opportunity to visit is San Sebastian cave, approximately 3.4 km from Creel. It’s a simple but typical Rarámuri dwelling where you can take a look around and purchase handmade crafts. There’s no entrance fee but a small donation is greatly appreciated.
About 5 km from Creel you’ll find the Valley of the Mushrooms (Valle de los Hongos) and the Valley of the Frogs (Valle de las Ranas). Both are a series of natural rock formations closely resembling mushrooms and frogs.
Close to the mushroom and frog rocks you’ll see San Ignacio Mission, an 18th-century Jesuit-built church still used by the local Rarámuri on Sundays.
To see more odd rock formations head a few kilometres up the road to the Valley of the Monks (Valle de los Monjes). It’s roughly 11 km from Creel and there’s an additional $15 MXP fee per person to reach this site.
About 10 km from Creel is Lake Arareco, a great place to snap some photos, have a picnic or rent a paddle boat depending on the season.
How to see San Ignacio de Arareco
(not inc. Valley of the Monks)
(entrance fee only)
||$100 (2 people)
|Horseback riding tour*
||$150 (4 people)
*For horseback riding tours we recommend El Aventurero as their horses are well cared for and their tours are very professional.