The Amapa is a beautiful tree with spectacular pink, yellow, and white flowers. It is an endemic tree that grows in the states of Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua.
This tree grows to 15 meter in height and you can see them along the Chepe train route from El Fuerte to Temoris. They grow up to 1,100 meters above the sea level.
It is amazing to see how their brilliant blooms can be seen from great distances in the middle of the green foliage of the dry coastal forest called the “Selva baja”. The flowers are yellow, white and pink. The bloom is small and has five petals.
The inner bark of the Amapa tree is used by some local people to prepare tea to treat the urethra pain, a condition common in men in which they experience difficulty in urinating.
The wood is the preferred lumber to make vigas or roof beams to build houses, since it resists rot and termite infestation. Some Amapa woods were used to build some houses in el Fuerte. For example, in the Posada del Hidalgo Hotel you can find some of these vigas.
The Amapa tree blooms from December until March. Their beauty and usefulness have always fascinated me during my innumerable trips to the Copper Canyon. On my recent Copper Canyon trip in December 2014 the mountains were covered with this amazing floral display. I was so inspired that I decided to give this name to my company.
The Amapa tree is well adapted to the harsh, dry conditions of its environment, yet it is also beautiful and useful to humans. It is the hall mark tree of the Copper Canyon, the main destination for our tours to Mexico. We hope that our company will prosper and endure as does this magnificent tree.