Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico

Copper CanyonToday, I present another post in my "Places You've Never Heard Of" series.

If your group consists of executives who are adventure enthusiasts and they've seen and done it all, where can you take them to hit your next executive retreat out of the park?

Chihuahua's Copper Canyon: It's 4 times as large as the Grand Canyon and it is home to the longest zipline in the world. The best news is that you don't have to head to the other side of the world to get there. It's only 200 miles from El Paso, Texas.

Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon in English) in Chihuahua, Mexico is a network of 20 canyons and ridges covering a 60,000 square miles. In this rugged area with breathtaking views you'll find Urique, Mexico's deepest canyon as well as its highest waterfalls: Basaseachic Volada, cascading from a height of 246 meters.

To cross the area, groups board the Chihuahua al Pacifico train, also known as Chepe. Luxury First Express service will ensure that they travel in comfort as they pass through tunnels and over a network of suspension bridges.

A 60-passenger aerial tram (similar to cable car) crosses a 2.8 meter canyon and 

Cross-cultural Exchanges

The area is inhabited by:  

  • Raramuris, an indigenous tribe (called Tarahumara by outsiders) that has preserved its pre-Columbian lifestyle and culture
  • Mennonites of Dutch and German descent, who located to the area from the U.S. and Canada in the 1920s. They speak High German and they have also maintained their traditional lifestyle.


At Copper Canyon Adventure Park, adventure enthusiasts can enjoy ziplining, rock climbing, and rappeling They can also test their skill on a via ferreta.

Places to Stay

Mansion Tarahumara has 70 rooms and a medieval-style castle onsite that is used for meeting and event space. Amenities include a gym, heated pool, sauna, and a Jacuzzi.

Posada Barrancas Mirador sits on a ledge at 7,775 feet high in the Sierra Madres Mountains. The decor of the hotel's 70 rooms is inspired by the culture of the Raramuris. The rooms have balconies that provide panoramic views of the canyon below.

Hotel Mirador, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico

For more help in planning your trip, consult the Cvent Copper Canyon, Mexico Meeting Planning Guide.

More places for retreats and incentive trips that you've never heard of: Vanuatu, Ljubljana, Reunion, Midi-Pyrenees, France , and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Photo Credits: Mansion Tarahumara, Posada Barrancas Mirador

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