The CCT Huts and Inns
Simply put, the huts and inns ensure preservation of the wilderness aesthetics. That said, they are very basic. They are simple local houses with several beds in one room and another room fitted out as a real bathroom. There is usually running water, a shower, hot if you know how to put firewood in the little boiler, and wood stove you can stoke for heat. There are good beds with blankets but not sheets. How they find enough water and engineer a septic system in these places is a remarkable mystery.
It seems pricey, but considering the cost to build, supply and maintain things this far out, it is not surprising. Besides, I really got used to busting my butt sweating over trails in the daytime, and finding a soft bed and a shower waiting at the end of the trail. We like to give ourselves excuses to spend several days at some huts.
The first and last nights, in Temoris and Chinipas, there are small-town hotels, with about the same amenities but with private rooms.
There are Two Methods of Travel
Backpack your stuff..... There are huts and inns with beds and food so you can get away with a lighter load.
Burro trekking..... my favorite. We like to hire a burro to carry our stuff and just carry a daypack with lunch, snacks, a sweatshirt, water, and sandals for the rivers. Sometimes I skip the daypack. The guides manage the burros.
Membership in the CCT
CCT Membership is for those that enjoy strenuous backcountry adventures in magnificent scenery with the simple luxury of a place to sleep out of the elements at days end. CCT Members enjoy the simple comforts of the three huts, Batosegachi, Wa'Chajuri, and Tepochique. Members also frequently enjoy running water. The huts, be they ever
so humble, are outfitted exclusively for members.
Membership serves our commitment to perserve the unique nature of the Copper Canyon Trail, its flora and fauna, maintain the huts, and extend the trail. As members, we practice wilderness etiquitte, staying in huts or camping only in hut areas, burying stuff and being square in our dealings with people of the sierra.
One month membership is $175 US each
One year membership is $225 US each
Membership is arranged ahead of your first trip. To join the CCT, call Sonia Estrada in the US at 470 685 1261 . She speaks excellent English. Note, it's a very good idea to also let her know of your trekking plans each time you go, as she can make sure you don't find the huts already full and let people know you are coming.
Costs paid on the Trail in Cash, Pesos
It is important to pay the folks for their services by the minimums established. They are not business people, but do it more out of a
sense of hosiptalty than anything else. They do depend on the income by providing services in their remote locations where their cost of
living is high. These are polite country folk who don't stick up for themselves, so we take pains to make sure we have fully paid them.
We have to especially remember to pay them for all the days away from home even when inactive. They often don't have change for big bills. These are the minimums you are expected to pay, though sometimes I pay more or leave as a tip something they may have admired like a knife or tool.
Guides ......................500 pesos a day for every day away from home.
Burros.......................250 pesos a day for every day away from home.
Meals.........................100 pesos per person per meal.
Packed lunches .....100 pesos per person per lunch.
Note: A burro can carry maximum four people's stuff within reason.
The CCT transverses the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Copper Canyon complex.
There are no roads nearby. The nearest seldom-traveled gravel road may be a days walk away. Evacuation in many areas is difficult or impossible. Because of the depth of the canyons, phone or radio communication is impossible in many areas.
If you get sick or injured, you may have to stay put for as long as it takes you to recuperate. I know. It happened to me. In retrospect, the extra 4 days in the cozy hut with the Senora bringing endless and varied home made teas wasn’t so bad. The CCT should be attempted only if you are really ready to be on your own. We travel the trail with local guides who know little or nothing of first aid.
Yes, as in the entire Copper Canyon area, there are poisionous critters.
You will need a little basic friendly Spanish as nobody in the back country speaks any English.
The huts are not communicated to the outside world by phone or radio.
There are however, tour companies who can organize the trip with English speaking guides trained for wilderness emergencies. Nevertheless, remember that CPR is only effective for about 20 minutes until the ambulance arrives and here there will be no ambulance.