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Hotel Paraiso del Oso
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cerocahui
San Francisco, California
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“Really Uncomfortable”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

There was nothing wrong with the lodging or the food but the owner Diego made inappropriate remarks that made me feel really uncomfortable, which is a shame b/c his adopted son Hugo was so nice. Hugo came to pick my boyfriend and me up from the El Chepe train station straight to the hotel and was super friendly the whole way. He mentioned that Doug would be the one offering the tour to Copper Canyon instead of him. As we settled into our rooms we got a prompt knock on our door for some welcome drinks from Doug and decided to take him up for it due to the warm intro we got from Hugo. He was friendly but there were times he made some comments about my appearance and my ethnic background that seemed to be pushing it. I questioned my sensitivity on this but after having discussed with my boyfriend, he noticed it as well. So we decided the next day to walk to the town center in Cerocahui in search of a different tour guide to Copper Canyon rather than Doug. When we got there we had a drink at Hotel Mision and noticed that there were a lot more guests at this hotel and the service seemed pretty good. We also had lunch at Hotel Jade which is very close to Hotel Mision and noticed a lot of content customers there too. The lady who owned the place was great and the homemade food was good. She helped us get a tourguide for the next morning. We also booked our next night with her at Hotel Jade since we had to checkout of Paraiso del Oso first thing in the morning. When we arrived back to Paraiso del Oso for dinner Doug already knew that we booked another tour guide. Again, he made some more uncomfortable remarks about me and at that point I was looking forward to checking out. He did however offer to drive into town the next morning only to convince us along the way to simply go touring with him. I couldn't wait to get the hell out of that car.

It took me a while to write this review but as I have been touring the rest of Mexico and central America for the past 9 weeks, I've gained some perspective on other hotels that we stayed at. My experience with Doug was the worst I've had on this trip so far and is unacceptable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Three of us stayed at the Paraiso del Oso on a trip through Mexico in June 2013. We stayed with the Rhodes family for two nights and you could easily fill up a few more days there if you wanted to. The rooms are clean and comfortable but it's the atmosphere and warmth of Diego and his family that makes this place worth the trip. The family has incredibly close ties to the area and know it inside out. They put all their efforts into helping the local Tarahumara people through education and practical support and will go out of their way to give back to the community.

Paraiso del Oso will offer you excursions into the canyon, canoe trips, horseback riding experiences, you name it, they will make it happen. The food is fantastic as well, incredibly delicious. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included and all prepared on site by the family. We spent our evenings sitting talking to Diego over some very delicious Margaritas. Thanks to Diego's kindness we got to see parts of the area that we never expected as he went out of his way to show us a stunning part of Mexico that he clearly loves and is passionate about. You will leave Cerocahui feeling like you are part of the Rhodes family, we certainly did.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful spot in the world this is. And what a warm feeling the lodge has. We stayed with the Rhodes family for 2 nights which is the minimum anyone should stay in this spot. When you stay here you become part of the fa mily. The day we arrived, Diego's son, Hugo picked us up from Bahuichivo station to take us to the Lodge. There's a huge common area which is where we spent our free time, having Margaritas with host Diego and eating meals with Diego and Hugo, sharing stories. The place is decked out in historic knick knacks Diego has collected over time, giving it a rustic, fun feel. These guys are a wealth of knowledge on the area and will go above and beyond to make sure you get to know the area as much as you can in the time you have. We got particularly lucky and hitched a ride to our next stop with Diego. If you ask them nicely, they'll take you anywhere. Our journey led us off the beaten track via a stunning enchanted forest path to Areponapuchi. We would never have been able to see what we did that day, had it not been for Diego's offer to take us...and without a 4WD this is not a path to take.
The Canyon itself is one of the most breathtaking things I've ever seen. It's sheer size makes your jaw drop and any nature lovers should make this one of the top spots to see in the world.
The fact that the lodge was empty when we were there was a bonus for us as we had the family to ourselves and bombarded them with millions of questions about the area, but it was a big surprise. Clearly travellers are still concerned about the drug cartels that unfortunately give the impression that the area is unsafe. If you're not involved in the drug trade, this will not affect you in any way. We never felt unsafe at any time and to miss this area would be a bigger crime.

If you love getting to know the locals and really getting immersed into an area, whilst staying in a family oriented place, there's no other place than the Lodge to stay at. We loved it and say thank you, Diego and your family for the awesome stay we had with you.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

After a fun train trip from El Fuerte we arrived at the Bahuichivo station. We were met by Hugo who speaks excellent English and is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area on our ride to the lodge. Upon arrival we were met by the owner Diego and he made us feel right at home with his friendly demeanor. We checked into our room which was clean and simple. Those of you that must have 5 star accommodations shouldn't book this lodge. However, if you want to be somewhat adventurous and don't mind a little dust and bumpy roads this is a great place to stay. You can take day trips which are provided for a fee or you can relax and unwind with a book or just kick back and listen to the sound of silence. The food is good and served at a big table where all the guest can sit together and talk about their adventures. There are rocks on the hill above the lodge and one of them look's exactly like Yogi Bear and I do mean exactly.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I traveled northern Mexiko with the CHEPE train in the beginning of 2013 and bumped into the Paraiso del Oso Ranch close to Cerocahui by coincidence (Anas son gave me a lift from the train station in Bauhauichivo when the bus to Urique was already gone). The Ranch has clean comfy rooms with fire ovens for the cold nights and you can watch the horses from your bathroom window. The landscape around is rough, but beautiful and it`s a very quiet place, great to relax.

You`ll be easily adopted by Ana and Diego Rhodes and their extended familiy (childen, grandchildren and some tarahumara kids roaming around). I was interested in the culture of the local indigineous Tarahumaras so I visited a couple of their remote villages with Diego - he knows a lot of People there and often visits the Tarahumara and he`s also setting up a foundation supporting School Kids with scholarships and Laptops for School.

You can hike, visit Cerocahui or Urique, horseride or just relax, and once you succed to get there (makes sense to inform Diego Rhodes before your arrival that you`ll come so they can pick you up at the train Station) you don`t want to leave this place anymore.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Manteca, California, United States
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We were greeted at the train station in Cerocahui by Hugo who took us to the Pariso del Oso Lodge. On the ride from the train station we asked if there were bears ( el oso) in the area. Hugo laughed and said no. The name of the Lodge came from the rock formations looming over it.

There he was “Yogi Bear” clear as a bell watching over us from our room. This is totally a family run Lodge – built from scratch by Doug (Diego) Rhodes and his wife (parents of Hugo). It’s everything you would want a Lodge in the mountains to be!

With the rooms heated by wood burning stoves, the lobby by a huge fireplace and lighting in the bar by kerosene lantern, the atmosphere was rustic and very romantic.

Hugo and his sister, who did the cooking, treated us as royalty.

A MUST STOP ON YOUR TOUR OF COPPER CANYON!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2013

My husband and I recently made a Copper Canyon Trip, and just happened to luck out by staying at the Paraiso del Oso Lodge over Christmas Eve. First of all, we were met at the train station by Doug, aka Diego, who has a larger than life personality and immediately drew us in with his tall tales and down-to-earth charm. The Lodge itself is charming, with wood burning stoves in the rooms (don't worry if you aren't a "fire-starter," they provide a fool-proof kerosene soaked starter), and a great common room to eat meals and have a few margaritas or beers at night. On the first day, Diego took us on a road trip down to Urique, and we enjoyed the incredible views and bumpy dirt road. We also stopped by the Mission in Cerocahui, and got a chance to see the local kids go house to house looking for a manger. Afterwards, they returned to the Mission and brought out the traditional pinata. I was amazed at how the kids lined up, smallest to largest, boys on one side and girls on the other, and took only 3 swings each. There was a mixture of Mexican and Tarahumara children, and it was amazing to see the colorful dresses of the Tarahumara girls.

That night, Christmas Eve, groups of Tarahumara started showing up in the lodge, and sitting quietly, until there were more than 100 people inside the lodge. Diego assured us that they would be dancing, but they continued to sit quietly, until, with no warning, the dancing began. They donned "crowns' with flowers, and proceeded to dance the night away, literally, stopping only to go to the Mission for midnight Mass. I am relating this second hand, because there was no way I was going to go out in the cold of the middle of the night, and there was also no way that I was going to stay up until six am! In the morning, the lodge was still full, until it was announced that the Pinata was going up. My husband volunteered to go up on Diego's van to man the Pinata rope, and once again the kids lined up peacefully and took their turns (although, once it cracked open, pandemonium ensued). Afterwards, all the kids got to file into the lodge to get one present each. It was darling to see them coming out and cuddling their stuffed animals and toys. When everyone had received a gift, the different groups slowly started meandering away.

Thanks, Diego, for a chance to experience this wonderful Christmas Eve with you and your family. By the way, Diego's grandchildren were some of the most delightful, well-behaved kids around and I especially liked little "America," who shared one of her pinata lollipops with me!

Room Tip: All the rooms have beautiful views of the "Yogi the Bear" rock formation. We honestly did...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Paraiso del Oso
Address: KM 12 Camino Bahuichivo a Cerocahui, Cerocahui 31149, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Northern Mexico > Chihuahua > Cerocahui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cerocahui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Paraiso del Oso 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a beautiful and tranquil Huetoibo valle, 10 mnutes from Cerocahui, the Paraiso del Oso welcomes Copper Canyon visitors with great meals, a welcome Margarita and personalized service.There are neither telephones nor television to disturb your enjoyment of this magical place, instead you awaken to songs of wild birds and the view of the Yogi Bear look-alike rock formation overlooking the Hotel.Horse rides and nature hikes are available to Tarahumara cave archaeological sites, the Sangre de Cristo gold mine, and a nearby waterfall. Sightseeing vans offer tours to the Cerro Gallegos Canyon overlook and to the historic pueblo of Urique at the very bottom of the Canyon. All meals, free wireless Internet, and transfers from the Bahuichivo train station are included in your stay. The Paraiso del Oso has an extensive public service program that helps Tarahumara students and education in the region. ... more   less 
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