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Reviewed 16 January 2016

Proprietor Mario Lopez picked us up from the El Chepe train at Barahuicivi for two nights at his Lodge/farm. We were put into a very wonderful log cabin, full of local art murals and hand made furniture (comfortable beds!) equipped with a fine bathroom and shower. They obviously really want people to be happy there. Most surprisingly, there was even a bathrobe and toiletries provided and someone had even arranged the ends of toilet paper rolls into a pretty flower pocket, There was a wood stove in the room which was lit at night for us and kept us snug at bedtime, but in early January, the winter climate is quite nippy and the room was too cold to stay in during the day. We would have preferred at least a heater in the bathroom. Stained glass windows made of bottles in two of the three windows were very attractive.
We were given a tour of the property which included a building for visitors' meals and relaxation (fireplace, books, CD player), a craft shop, the family dwelling, farm and several other service outbuildings, about 14 cabins, mostly in the central compound, but also two rooms in a beautiful isolated, no electricity ridge cabin, and on the route - a sweat lodge. Mario is a quiet, fairly reserved man, as is his family, but was quite enthusiastic about the mental, physical and spiritual merits of the sweat lodge and showed us the herbs used to scent the structure. We did not take him up on a trial, instead were content to wander around to look at the countryside, birds, livestock, collections of memorabilia and be entertained by a very young nephew running to try to lasoo one of the calves. There are several and varied pleasant dogs, lots of chickens, turkeys and roosters (making themselves apparent about 4am), a few cats, goats and cows.
Homemade meals made by Mario's sister-in-law were quite plentiful and tasty, most especially the soups - best tortilla soup we have ever encountered.
We did not try the famous Margueritas as we only drink beer for alcohol. We suspect Mario did a late clandestine trip into town to pick some up as the second day beer was offered at meals.
There is really not a great deal to do in the immediate vicinity unless you are really into hiking or nature communing. We went for the optional 1800 peso tour to Urique and really felt it was well worth it. Mario, three nephews and we two drove in an unusual van equipped with outside overhead seats, to a cave dwelling and a couple of lookouts over Urique - we were told it is the highest mountain and lowest canyon in the Copper Canyon system, and the views were probably the most magnificent of our whole visit. We noted a fine hairpin turn, single lane road way way in the distance that snaked down the steep slopes to the tropical town of Urique nestled at the bottom. Indeed, that was the path we lurchingly followed, occasionally meeting other vehicles, even an ambulance. Exciting ride full of bumps and churns. Mario says he has to change tires (maybe brakes, suspension too?) every 6 months. We could believe it.
At the town of Urique, Mario let us loose to visit the small sleepy town and river, suspension bridge on our own, then took us to his brother's house on the river for a sandwich lunch and bathroom break. Then back up the mountain road - we did not have the courage to try the outside seats so Mario picked up some hitchhiking neighbour girls
To occupy those seats with much giggling, and back we went. Next day Mario took us back early towards the train so we would have time to walk around his home town (and winter residence) of Cerocahui. Nice little town with mission church, school, small town square and a comfortable pretty Mirador hotel. We thought that hotel was strangely upscale for the area, and though admirable, we were happy to have opted for the farm experience. Mario made sure we got back to the train and safely aboard then picked up his next contingent of 5 and back to the farm.

Room Tip: If available,opt for cabin vs rows of rooms. No matter where you are you will still hear roosters early.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jean R
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

Our Canyontravel.com tour guide, Mario, met us at the Bauichivo train station, which is along the Copper Canyon train route, and took us by van to his family's lodge high above the mountains of Cerocauhi. We were shown to our cabin, which was complete with a beautiful wine bottle window! The amazing thing I spotted was an original Amado Pena painting high up on the wall. We walked to a love seat swing and awaited supper, when we were suddenly treated to a beautiful campfire,expertly and quickly lit by Mario's brother. We received a wonderful welcome Margarita and the most delicious enchilada supper! We sat with Mario at a candlelit table and talked of baseball and the Tarahumara Indian racers. We went back to the beautiful, blazing, campfire and sat and watched the flames and embers and the stars before retiring for the night. The next morning after a huge breakfast, which included papaya and other fruit as the first course and mexican eggs and chiliquilles and bacon, as the second course, Mario took us to the deepest part of the Urique canyon. The tour was in his van over bouncy and steep mountain roads. The jewel of the tour was the holy water sanctuary alongside a mountain, which Mario introduced us to, and for which we will be eternally grateful for having experienced! Once at the Urique Canyon rim, there are wonderful walkways, bridges with see-through floors, the most awesome air, birds flying at top speed and making the most amazing in-flight noises. We took so many photos and are so thankful to Mario for this experience. Sidenote: The previous day after he picked us up at the Bauichivo train station, he took us into Cerocauhi for a short walking tour of the beautiful mission church, which was preparing for a church service, a visit inside the Hotel Mision, and a visit to the Tarahumara Girls School. All in all an amazing visit to the San Isidro Lodge. Another sidenote: We were handed a very substantial packed lunch as we got ready for the trip back to the train station! Last sidenote: There is a meditation cabin at the outskirts of the family's property that we read from another review that indicated it had no electricity, but an incredible view of the village of Cerocauhi below. If you book a room yourself or go through a tour organizer, perhaps ask about this cabin if this is of interest. We went with canyontravel.com and they booked us in. The lodge has lots of animals and the roosters will wake you in the morning, as they did us throughout our trip to the Copper Canyon. It's rustic and worth it.

Room Tip: Ask about the meditation cabin. Also not sure if king size is available. We slept on two separate full size beds.
  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank highdesert95
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We staid two nights in the San Isidro Lodge and Mario, the owner, was our tour guide for two days.
We enjoyed staying there in a quiet and nice ambience in the middle of the Forrest on the top of the mountain.
The nights are fabulous and the hospitality do not have frontiers. When we left our cabañas to have dinner in the main house, Mario were waiting for us with margaritas and an open fire. During breakfast , lunch and dinner we enjoyed listening to his stories about this area and his connection with the nature and Tarahumaras. He knows a lot about that area, you only need to ask him. The day trips with him very really well organized, interesting and enjoyable.
We would come back !
Great hospitality in the woods !

Stayed: April 2014
Thank beitgugb
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

This hotel is isolated in the woods, near Cerocahui and very calm. Rooms are pretty.
The owner is very nice, he'll get you at the train station in Bahuichivo if you need, he also offers tours to the barrancas de Urique. Last but not least, the hotel has a typical Mexican spa, with a ceremony.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Ben_RC2013
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We loved staying here despite the state of the roads in the area. I am certainly glad it was not my car on those roads.There were huge electrical storms and we had no power the whole time we were there, just the one night unfortunately. Mario and family provided a wonderful meal and we sat and drunk margaritas by candel light and were serenaded by our guide. If you are happy to go somewhere different and rustic then do yourself a favour.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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