published: September 2001
The information below is very important for anyone planning an overland trip to and from Creel, which is fast becoming the epicenter of Copper Canyon tourism. Unlike central and southern Mexico, buses dont run as frequently in the Sierra, so having a reasonably accurate schedule can be very important.
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Buses to Basaseachic Waterfall
Youll be hearing a lot more from me about the Baseaseachic region (a spectacular waterfall!), and its tremendous potential for tourism and hiking. But, with just three Estrella Blanca buses a day to Basaseachic from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, getting there isnt yet easy. (These buses depart Ciudad Cuauhtemoc at 08:00, 13:00, and 17:00.)
If youre trying to get to Basaseachic from Creel, youll have to take the Creel-to-Cuauhtemoc bus, and then get off at the San Pedro intersection, where youll catch the next bus from Cuidad Cuauhtemoc to Basaseachic.
Sounds simple, but theres a wrinkle: youve got to time your arrival at the San Pedro intersection to coincide with one of the three buses that runs from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc to Basaseachic.
The San Pedro T intersection is 92 km/57 miles from Creel at the junction of the highway from Cuauhtemoc to Basaseachic. Theres nothing but a small cafe at this rather barren intersection, so be prepared. This is Mexico, not Switzerland. Mexican buses arent always late, however. In fact, sometimes theyre even early. In this case, if the last Cuauhtemoc bus reaches San Pedro a few minutes early, and the Creel bus is late, youll be out of luck until the next morning. The San Pedro intersection is not a good place to camp, so youll have to continue on to Cuauhtemoc for the night, or catch a bus back to San Juanito in order to find a place to stay.
Buses from Creel headed for Chihuahua or Cuauhtemoc will reach San Pedro about 2 hours after leaving Creel. Estrella Blanca has departures from Creel to Chihuahua throughout the day. It is important to keep in mind, however, that in order to connect with a Basaseachic-bound bus from Cuauhtemoc at the San Pedro intersection, youll need to take a bus that departs at least two hours earlier from Creel.
That means youll need to take one of these Creel departures (approximate arrival times at San Pedro are in parenthesis): 07:00 am (09:00), 10:30 (12:30 pm), 12:00 (14:00/2 pm), 14:00 (16:00/4 pm), 15:15 (17:15/5:15 pm).
(Complete bus schedules for Creel to Chihuahua are listed below)
The bus from Cuauhtemoc to Basaseachic stops very briefly at San Pedro at the approximate times listed here, depending on traffic, passenger load, weather, etc.: between 09:00 - 10:00 am; 14:00 (2 p.m.); and 18:00 (6 p.m.)
Full Estrella Blanca schedule, Creel to Chihuahua City
Estrella Blanca, Creel to Chihuahua departures:
07:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:15, 16:15, 17:30
There are also three, non-stop, Directo departures from Creel to Chihuahua: 10:30, 14:00, 17:30
Fares from Creel: to Chihuahua City (150p), to Cuauhtemoc (98p), to La Junta (70p), to San Juanito (23p), to Bocoyna (13p).
Estrella Blanca also offers a direct bus from Creel to Ciudad Juarez at 08:15 for 358 pesos.
Creel to San Rafael
If youre traveling deeper into the Sierra, from Creel to Divisadero, Areponapuchic, and San Rafael (points along the Urique Canyon), there are these buses:
Estrella Blanca, Creel to San Rafael departures (via Divisadero, 36 pesos, spring 2001):
depart Creel: 06:45, returns to Creel: 08:30; departs 12:00, returns 15:30
San Rafael to Creel and Chihuahua
Estrella Blanca, San Rafael to Chihuahua departures (via Creel): 07:00; 08:30; 12:30; 15:30
Buses from Creel to Guachochi (43 p) and Parral (89 p) depart at 12:00 and 17:30.
This is a relatively new bus line in the Sierra. They dont have many departures but their buses are comfortable and service is good.
Noroeste departs from San Rafael to Chihuahua at 07:30 and 14:00. The 7:30 a.m. bus arrives at the entronque (intersection) near Divisadero at about 08:00, but if youre picking up the bus at the intersection, be there early, just in case. Buses to and from San Rafael also pause at the intersection on the edge of Areponapuchic. The distance between these two intersections is just four or five miles, so plan accordingly.
From Creel, the Noroeste bus departs for Chihuahua at 09:00 and 15:30. Theres a bus to San Rafael at 10:30 and 18:15. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday theres an additional departure at 13:30. Unfortunately they dont specify whether this bus goes to Chihuahua or San Rafael, but Ill get this info on my next trip....
Their telephone number is 411-57-83
The Noroeste terminal is a tiny building east of the train station, on the opposite side of the train tracks. It isnt much, so look carefully.