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This also applies in Mexico! For example, the reaction in Mexico contrary to European customs, the "Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos" is a happy festival with music, special sweets and disguise. And while training here in expensive brand shoes and sophisticated equipment, the Raramuris run an ultramarathon in the Sierra Madre barefoot or in sandals. Even the ancient Mayans and Aztecs performed their rituals in a special way, such as at the equinox where, to this day, Chichén Itzá continues to amaze the public with this event. * We know when and where the most interesting events take place, let us take you to know theme!

Equinox

March 19, 20 and 21 (Spring equinox) September 22, 23 and 24 (Autumn equinox)

Experience the equinox at Chichén Itzá - the day when the feathered serpent crawls down. Equinox are the two days of the year on which day and night are exactly the same length and, thus, indicate the transition from winter to spring or from summer to autumn. The ruins of Chichén Itzá offer a very special spectacle to experience this moment. Every year, when the sun goes down around 4 p.m., the same show starts at the Kukulcán pyramid:

A play of light and shadow between the sun and the nine pyramid levels projects a bright zigzag band onto the outside of the pyramid stairs. It gradually migrates downwards and then unites for a brief moment with the stone snake head at the foot of the pyramid. This creates the visual impression that the snake would slide down the steps of the place of worship. * It is said that this moment releases energy and in fact many people fall on their knees and spread their arms to absorb as much energy as possible.

Day of the Dead in Mexico

October 30th to November 2nd

Day of the Dead “Día de Los Muertos” is one of the most important holidays in Mexico. According to legend, on the day of the dead, the angels of the deceased come to visit their relatives. The Day of the Dead is not a mourning event, but a colorful folk festival. It is celebrated with music, dance and good food. Each family builds an altar in their homes with flowers, photos and personal belongings of the deceased relatives. Their favorite dishes are prepared and their favorite music is listened to.

Offerings can be found not only in the home of relatives, but also in the cemeteries, where huge altars are built to honor famous people. In the cities, streets and shops are decorated with flowers as a symbol of permanence. Everywhere in the shop windows you can see skeletons and skulls made of chocolate, amaranth or marzipan. * In Mexico, death is not seen as the end of life, but as a transition phase to another phase of life.

Ultra Marathon “Caballo Blanco” (UMCB)

The 1st Sunday of March

This legendary Ultra Marathon goes over 80 kilometers along the bottom of the Urique Canyon and is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque marathons in the world. The start is in the town of Urique, which at the highest points extends up to 1,800 meters. This Canyon is the deepest and most extensive in the Sierra Tarahumara. Over 800 runners from various regions of Mexico and from all over the world gather at the Plaza in Urique to take an unforgettable adventure where they will run alongside the Rarámuris Indigenous, host of the event. Another important event is the UMCB children's race "La Carrera de los Caballitos" that takes place the day before the UMCB race. Many Tarahumara children take part in short races. This children's event is a wonderful tradition as the next generation of runners prepare for future marathons.

Rarámuri means “with light feet”: the name already shows that the Tarahumaras culture revolves around the joy of running. The mountains of the Sierra Madre have always forced the Rarámuris to walk a lot and over time they have developed endurance and the ability to travel very long distances in rugged places. Even today there are Rarámuris that run up to 170 km. The first “White Horse” Ultra Marathon was launched in March 2003 by Michael Randall Hickman better known to the Rarámuris as Micah True, Wich in the Rarámuri language means White Horse “Caballo Blanco”. Athletes from around the world who participate in the Ultra Marathon support local Rarámuris families. * The UMCB has an incredible history and is considered a marathon in which every athlete should participate.

Monarch Butterfly Walk - Butterflies

End of October to beginning of November

The Monarch Butterfly is a spectacular event that is repeated itself year after year: Millions of orange butterflies fly from the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, 4,500 kilometers away, to the forested Mexican highlands to hibernate. The beautiful monarch butterflies have an important function for ecological balance as pollinators and are characterized by a high life expectancy for butterflies: they reach the age of about 9 months. The wings have an easily recognizable orange-black pattern with a wingspan of 8 to 12 cm.

At dawn, Monarch butterflies gather in large flocks and rise like golden clouds in the sky. You can see them crossing freeways and fluttering up steep mountain slopes. They spend the hottest part of the day on the moist soils of the forest. The best time to see them is on a warm, sunny afternoon when they cover the floor like a shiny carpet. * Amapa Tours shows you the best places where you can experience this spectacle in the middle of beautiful nature. * The monarch butterfly biosphere reserve has been one of the four natural beauties of the recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

Sports events in the Sierra Tarahumara

Numerous sporting events take place in the Copper Canyon each year. The Marathons that are carried out with the indigenous Tarahumara in the spectacular landscape of the Copper Canyon are an unforgettable experience for each participant. Amapa Tours offers various trips to be part of one of these impressive events. Dates of the next events:

  • Ultramaraton of Canyons 10-12 July 2020

    Place: Guachochi

  • Villista Day 10-21 July 2020

    Place: Hidalgo del Parral

  • Villista Horseback Riding / Camino Real 12-19 July 2020

    Place: Hidalgo del Parral

  • Sierra Tarahumara Route (All terrain vehicle) July 29 - August 01, 2020

    Place: Copper Canyon

  • Balloon Festival 14-16 August 2020

    Place: Samalayuca

  • Apple Simposium 09-14 November 2020

    Place: Cuauhtémoc

  • White Horse Ultramaratón 2021 5th-8th March 2021

    Place: Urique

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29-10 / 06-11-2020

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