A Copper Canyon budget itinerary

When?  When you want it!

The world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train enters the Septentrion Gorge

We pride ourselves on creating great trips to experience the Copper Canyon for all age ranges, activity levels and budget preferences.

This itinerary is our way to offer the best of the Copper Canyon for the budget-minded.  It has a great price, but still has confirmed train tickets, lodging, and LOTS of great experiences too. The hotels are all budget hotels, small and sparse yet clean and sufficient. If you wish to upgrade hotels contact us for a revised price.

And, plenty of options so you can have exactly the trip you are looking for, at a budget you can afford. 

This itinerary is available year-round, and can start any Monday of the year, subject to hotel and train availability. 

The magnificent central plaza in colonial El Fuerte, a designated "Pueblo Magico" (Magic Town)

The magnificent central plaza in colonial El Fuerte, a designated "Pueblo Magico" (Magic Town)

Any Monday - Day 1: Your arrival to “Pueblo Magico” (Magic Town) El Fuerte  

The least expensive way to arrive El Fuerte from Los Mochis is by the frequent buses departing from the central bus terminal in Los Mochis.  Buses leave about every half hour during the day, and cost about 90 pesos (at current exchange rate $5 USD)

 The trip takes about two hours to El Fuerte. Arriving at the main bus stop, your hotel, the Posada Don Jose, is about three blocks away (we will give you directions).

If by chance you are driving to El Fuerte, we can give you directions, and arrange for secure parking of your car during your trip with us for a nominal fee.

Overnight (ON) @ Posada Don Jose (or equivalent)

Meals included: None (but we can give you recommendations for great food here!)

OPTION:  Spend extra days in El Fuerte before your trip to the Copper Canyon and enjoy the many opportunities here: river floats, hiking, birding, history tours, and great food, to mention just a few.

The "Chepe" enroute

The "Chepe" enroute

Day 2: The world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico (Chepe) train – Areponapuchi

First-class regional train to Barrancas, featuring the most spectacular portion of the train ride, including the Septentrion Gorge and the loops at Temoris.  

Enjoy lunch on the train (on your own) with some of the best rail scenery in the world outside your window.

On arrival, transfer to the Copper Canyon Trailhead Inn, a family-owned hotel an easy 15 minute walk from the canyon.

ON @ Copper Canyon Trailhead Inn

Meals included: none (but you can purchase tasty home-cooked meals from Rogelio and Monica, owners of the hotel)

Day 3:  Day free to explore the canyon rim (and the Copper Canyon Adventure park)

Enjoy your day on the rim, there are an abundance of great hikes and places to explore.

If you wish, we can arrange for a vehicle tour of the “Three Canyons” area, that is, the confluence of the Urique, Copper and Tararecua Canyons, from overlooks at "Piedra Volada" (Flying Rock), with its spectacular overlook and moving stone, and Divisadero, an amazing overlook, the halfway point of the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, and home to an open-air Raramuri Indian artisan's market.

This excursion will also give you the chance to enjoy the Copper Canyon Adventure Park, where there are tram rides, zip lines and even a vertical obstacle course (the "Via Ferrata" or Iron Trail).

ON @ Copper Canyon Trailhead Inn

Meals included: none

OPTION: Spend more days in Areponapuchic for more canyon rim exploration, hiking, horseback riding and cultural and history tours to Creel and Cusarare. 

Sunset View from near the canyon rim, Areponapuchic

Sunset View from near the canyon rim, Areponapuchic

Day 4: Morning free, afternoon train to El Fuerte

Enjoy the morning on the rim before returning on the first-class regional train to El Fuerte this afternoon, experience the best part of the train ride a second time and with the dramatic sun angles of the afternoon.

On arrival, transfer to the Posada Don Jose, your home away from home in the Copper Canyon. 

Overnight (ON) @ Posada Don Jose (or equivalent)

Meals included: None


Day 5: Departure

Depart at your leisure.  Please let us know if you need any tips for onward transportation, etc.   

Meals included: none

Thanks for experiencing the Copper Canyon with us!  We look forward to staying in touch.

The CCA team is here to make sure you have the best travel experience possible

The CCA team is here to make sure you have the best travel experience possible

Trip price includes:

Round-trip first-class travel on the regional Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, considered one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world,   

All lodging, 

All train station transfers, and  

A detailed trip information package with train tickets, trip vouchers and supporting documentation. 


Trip Price per person for the five-day/four-night package (all prices are in US Dollars)  

Where we take care of all the arrangements, but do not accompany you on the trip: 


One person, single occupancy:  $465

Two persons, double occupancy:  $365 

Three persons, triple occupancy: $340  

Four persons in double occupancy: $345

Four persons, quad occupancy (when available): $310


(Please inquire for trip extensions, excursion options and prices for other group sizes and fully-guided trips)


Not included in trip price:  

Transportation to and from El Fuerte, where the trip begins and ends (but can be arranged for additional cost, if desired). 

Personal purchases such as meals and other food, souvenirs, handicrafts, snacks and alcoholic beverages.   

Optional excursions and activities in Copper Canyon Adventure Park: tram, zip-line or via Ferrata.  

Trip Insurance

Mexico tourist card (about $28 per person; added into the price of your international airline ticket, or purchased at immigration checkpoints).




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