Hey guys ! This is my first post on advrider. I'm just coming back from a month trip in Mexico. Went down Baja, took the ferry to Los Mochis, down to Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and up Durango and Chihuahua through Copper Canyon. I thought I would tell you a little bit about my stay in the Canyon since everyone advised me not to go and I endend up having the best time. So, before leaving I phone the travel agency in Creel, Tres Amigos and they adviced me to travel on this particular route. From Guachochi I would take the road to Yoquivo and the down to Batopilas. That road was great, good gravel (a bit slipery) and a bit challenging especially the way down to Batopilas who took me about 2 hours. Make sure you have good brakes and good tires before going there. My XR650 had AVON Distanzia and I would not recommend them for this trip (although they are great on pavement). I slept in Yoquivo. The first house in the village (blue) is owned by Robyn wich was very friendly and had a few rooms to rent. The restaurant in front of the hotel/general store is very good too. From Batopilas I was told to take the route to Urique. This one was very hard to find. After the "mine" on the paved road, take the road on your left that is going toward the river. You'll cross a "dam" with water on top and the road will be in front of you after. Unfortunately that road was too steep with big sharp rocks and too chalenging for me so I had to turn around. If you are experienced off road rider, you'll be fine, but since I was riding alone, I didn't want any bad luck to happen. So I took the paved road to Creel from Batopilas. The road is close from 6 am to 6pm for work but they let the motorcycle go. It's still very challenging with loose and deep soft gravel and lots of rocks on the road. But it was gorgeous! From there I made it in Creel in about 4 hours. The next day from Creel, I want to Urique and back in the same day. About 300 km and 8 hours. The road down to Urique is much better and the scenery as good. Anywhere I saw or heard of the marijuana and opium harvest that Lonely Planet talks about and the people were very friendly. Once you are out of the canyon make sure to ride to Basaseachic cascada. Its beautiful and short ride. The reason I'm riding this travel log is because a lot of people in Creel told to write about my trip. The travel business in the copper canyon region are hurting. All the bad publicity Mexico is getting because of the cartel is killing a lot of hotel, restaurants and tourism agency. So if you are thinking of going, I strongly encourage you ! Make sure to give a call to Amigo trails & 3 amigos in Creel they have the best advice and can outfit you if you need. Here are the pictures of all my trip in Mexico. If you have any questions, feel free althought there are a lot of other thread about Copper Canyon.