Festival Schedule

Sunday, November 21, 2021

You will arrive in Chihuahua (international airport code CUU and capital of the Mexican state of the same name) on this day. Chihuahua, the city, was the home of the legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, who made it his capital during the brief time that Chihuahua was an independent state. You will spend the night at the modern and comfortable Best Western Airport, due to its proximity to the airport, which is useful due to early departure the next day.

Monday, November 22, 2021

You will fly to the festival with Aero Coconor, an airline with an outstanding safety record. Please plan to arrive at the Aero Coconor hangar no later than 6:40 a.m. The hangar is NOT located in the main airport building: it is just past it, if you continue to your left as you face the main building of the airport.

You will take off at 7:00 a.m. in a small plane with about 6 total seats. You will be permitted no more than 10 kilograms of luggage for your safety. The 80-minute flight will afford you stunning views as you gradually progress from the large, modern city of Chihuahua, to the countryside, to the dramatic landscape of the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range. 

You will land at the airstrip to be greeted by CiH founder William Harvey. Following a light breakfast, you will receive a tour of all the Key Places and choose your living quarters. Before or after lunch (your choice), you will have the option of going on a hike led by an experienced Rarámuri guide. 

In the afternoon of your first day, you will enjoy a concert of music for solo violin and viola by Bach, Paganini, the Mexican composer Mario Lavista, and more in the Bell Garden, directly in front of the view of the canyon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Your days at the festival will include guided meditation, hiking, contemplation, and conversation.

In the evening, along with a fine Mexican wine or beer, you will experience the first concert of the Festival Sierra Tarahumara: world-class musicians performing Rarámuri music and music by Bach, Beethoven, and Kodaly in the Eagle’s Nest, backed by the unparalleled panorama of Batopilas Canyon as the sun sets. You will enjoy dinner with the musicians after the concert. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Another spectacular evening concert will feature music by Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, William Harvey, and Felipe Perez Santiago next to Rarámuri music.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Today (Thanksgiving in the USA) is the day of the traditional Rarámuri party! You will also enjoy a small handicraft market prepared by the townspeople. You will learn about all the elements of the party, including why the violinist must drink first. At the party, you will enjoy the traditional tesguino (alcoholic beverage made from corn) and goat stew, as well as traditional music and dancing.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Alas, the day of your departure from paradise has arrived. The planes from Aero Coconor will arrive between 8 and 9 in the morning to take you back to Chihuahua. We suggest you schedule your departure from Chihuahua no earlier than 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Optional Chihuahua Tourism

Should your flight from Chihuahua to the festival or the return to Chihuahua be delayed due to weather, the festival can recommend a full day of tourism in Chihuahua city including the Historical Museum of the Mexican Revolution (a highlight of which is the car in which Pancho Villa was shot), the stunning Quinta Gameros mansion, a walk around the downtown, and meals at first-rate restaurants such as the exquisitely creative El Poeta, the elegant La Casona, or the rich and generously portioned traditional plates at Enrizo’s