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Urique, Mexico

April 2nd: With the arrival of the next day's El Chepe and the help of Richard Grant, an Englishman with far better Spanish skills, I was a passenger in a small van eventually packed with 15 people. At first we crossed the high altitude mesas, but then came to the Urique canyon.

As I think back to my emotions on seeing this canyon, I am left without adequate words. I could see the town and river of same names over a mile down there as measured vertically. We got back into the van and descended, hanging onto the cliff by miracles and driver skill. Everything in Urique comes down or came down this road - even the gasoline!

After the "hotel" room of the last night, the hotel is Urique was wonderful - and only $10.

Richard knew a lot about the area, and he was a great companion. We sampled the beers at several locations, and I can report there was no difference in taste!

The next morning I caught the van back up to Bahuichivo.

BTW, although the horizontal difference between the two towns is only sixteen miles, it's a two hour trip. You do the switchback math.
2399 Schoolgirls in van to Urique.jpg
2399 Schoolgirls in van to Urique.jpg
2403 Urique River, 6300' straight down.jpg
2403 Urique River, 6300' straight down.jpg
2404 Urique Canyon.jpg
2404 Urique Canyon.jpg
2405 Canyon View.jpg
2405 Canyon View.jpg
2406 Fifteen in the little van.jpg
2406 Fifteen in the little van.jpg
2407 Urique Canyon.jpg
2407 Urique Canyon.jpg
2408 Urique River and Canyon.jpg
2408 Urique River and Canyon.jpg
2410 Urique Canyon.jpg
2410 Urique Canyon.jpg
2411 The Road.jpg
2411 The Road.jpg
2412 Cliff.jpg
2412 Cliff.jpg
2413 Urique Canyon, River, Paul.jpg
2413 Urique Canyon, River, Paul.jpg
2414 Urique Canyon, River, Paul 2.jpg
2414 Urique Canyon, River, Paul 2.jpg
2415 We are in the clouds.jpg
2415 We are in the clouds.jpg
2416 Water seep and religious creche.jpg
2416 Water seep and religious creche.jpg
2417 Hotel Canon Urique.jpg
2417 Hotel Canon Urique.jpg
2418 Paul and Hotel.jpg
2418 Paul and Hotel.jpg
2419 Paul, Hotel, Cigar.jpg
2419 Paul, Hotel, Cigar.jpg
2420 Urique street scene, night.jpg
2420 Urique street scene, night.jpg
2422 Urique Streets at night.jpg
2422 Urique Streets at night.jpg
2423 Urique Street Scene, night.jpg
2423 Urique Street Scene, night.jpg
2424 Taillights on Urique Night Street.jpg
2424 Taillights on Urique Night Street.jpg
2425 Richard Grant.jpg
2425 Richard Grant.jpg
2426 Morning Light on the walls.jpg
2426 Morning Light on the walls.jpg
2427 No sunlight yet in Urique.jpg
2427 No sunlight yet in Urique.jpg
2428 Urique morning street.jpg
2428 Urique morning street.jpg
2429 Urique River, 7AM.jpg
2429 Urique River, 7AM.jpg
2430 Wire bridge across the Urique.jpg
2430 Wire bridge across the Urique.jpg
2431 Morning in Urique.jpg
2431 Morning in Urique.jpg
2432 Urique morning street.jpg
2432 Urique morning street.jpg
2433 Boo-row.jpg
2433 Boo-row.jpg
2434 Yes, there are smaller towns, dogs on right.jpg
2434 Yes, there are smaller towns, dogs on right.jpg
2435 End of street, Urique.jpg
2435 End of street, Urique.jpg
2436 Urique Creche.jpg
2436 Urique Creche.jpg
2437 Horse grazing by river.jpg
2437 Horse grazing by river.jpg
2438 Public Library.jpg
2438 Public Library.jpg
2439 Urique Church.jpg
2439 Urique Church.jpg
2440 Don't Piss on Me.jpg
2440 Don't Piss on Me.jpg
2441 Leaving Urique.jpg
2441 Leaving Urique.jpg
2442 Bienvendios in rear window.jpg
2442 Bienvendios in rear window.jpg
2443 Slab of meat on bone in van.jpg
2443 Slab of meat on bone in van.jpg
2444 View.jpg
2444 View.jpg
2445 Narrow road.jpg
2445 Narrow road.jpg
2446 Up from there.jpg
2446 Up from there.jpg
2447 Road.jpg
2447 Road.jpg
2448 Road.jpg
2448 Road.jpg
2449 Up and Up.jpg
2449 Up and Up.jpg
2450 Looking out.jpg
2450 Looking out.jpg
2451 Where we are headed.jpg
2451 Where we are headed.jpg
2452 View.jpg
2452 View.jpg
2453 Road where we just were.jpg
2453 Road where we just were.jpg
2454 Urique fading.jpg
2454 Urique fading.jpg
2455 Narrow road.jpg
2455 Narrow road.jpg
2456 Bridge over creek, side canyon.jpg
2456 Bridge over creek, side canyon.jpg
2457 Edge of road, Urique.jpg
2457 Edge of road, Urique.jpg
2458 Urique and river.jpg
2458 Urique and river.jpg
2460 Cliffs.jpg
2460 Cliffs.jpg
2461 Looking back.jpg
2461 Looking back.jpg
2462 Looking forward.jpg
2462 Looking forward.jpg
2463 Scene.jpg
2463 Scene.jpg
2464 Can you find the Indian house.jpg
2464 Can you find the Indian house.jpg
2465 Same question.jpg
2465 Same question.jpg
2466 Paul at Urique Overlook.jpg
2466 Paul at Urique Overlook.jpg
2467 Looking down on clouds, Urique.jpg
2467 Looking down on clouds, Urique.jpg
2468 My driver, my hero.jpg
2468 My driver, my hero.jpg
2469 Indian home.jpg
2469 Indian home.jpg
2470 The van during pit stop.jpg
2470 The van during pit stop.jpg
2471 A Nissan product.jpg
2471 A Nissan product.jpg
2472 Baby is that you.jpg
2472 Baby is that you.jpg
2473 Dang, its not.jpg
2473 Dang, its not.jpg
2474 Mesa yard.jpg
2474 Mesa yard.jpg
2475 Nope, no camper roof.jpg
2475 Nope, no camper roof.jpg
2476 Mesa de Arturo.jpg
2476 Mesa de Arturo.jpg
2477 Looking at Cerocahui.jpg
2477 Looking at Cerocahui.jpg
2478 Passengers.jpg
2478 Passengers.jpg
2480 Boy next to me.jpg
2480 Boy next to me.jpg
2481 Driving cattle the old fashioned way.jpg
2481 Driving cattle the old fashioned way.jpg
2482 Cattle drive.jpg
2482 Cattle drive.jpg
2483 Easter spruce-up for Bahuichivo.jpg
2483 Easter spruce-up for Bahuichivo.jpg
2484 Looks like a diploma mill to me.jpg
2484 Looks like a diploma mill to me.jpg
2485 Jeep that took a shortcut down the canyon.jpg
2485 Jeep that took a shortcut down the canyon.jpg
2486 Bahuichivo church.jpg
2486 Bahuichivo church.jpg
2487 Bahuichivo church.jpg
2487 Bahuichivo church.jpg