See the highlights of the Copper Canyon
in only seven days!
* Round-trip, first-class travel on Chihuahua al Pacifico train, renowned as one of the world's great train journeys (and see the best part of the rail scenery two times!)
* Two nights on the canyon rim at Areponapuchic (near Divisadero)
* The Fuerte River float trip to the enigmatic Cerro de la Mascara petroglyphs
* Our exclusive riverside lunch, featuring traditional family cuisine
* The overlook at Cerro Gallegos, considered by many to be the best vantage point in the Copper Canyon
* The village of Cerocahui, featuring the mission church and the Raramuri (aka Tarahumara) boarding school
* Time at the "Copper Canyon Adventure Park" (if desired), which features one of the longest zip-lines in the world, plus a tram over the canyon and the "via ferrata" obstacle course
* Three nights in colonial El Fuerte, a designated "Pueblo Magico" (Magic Town), by the Mexican Government
* Available either fully guided or as an independent journey
*Start dates year-round, whenever you want! (subject to availability)
*Available for 1 - 16 travelers
"Copper Canyon Panorama"
An exclusive Copper Canyon Adventures Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival – El Fuerte
You will be met at the airport in Los Mochis by a representative of CCA and driven to colonial El Fuerte, about 1 1⁄2 hours away. There you will settle in at the Hotel Mansion El Serrano, a lovely hotel very close to the central plaza. Welcome!
Overnight (ON) @ Hotel Mansion El Serrano (or equivalent)
Meals included: none
Day 2: Float on Fuerte River with Lunch
After breakfast, you will take a river trip and short hike to the "Cerro de la Mascara" (Mask Hill), a little-known petroglyph site featuring carvings anywhere from 800-2000 years old-their exact age is unknown. Little else is known about these carvings, but they are incredibly interesting and thought provoking.
The exclusive Copper Canyon Adventures riverside lunch on the Fuerte River will be a special treat, combining great nature watching and a chance to examine the flora and fauna on the Fuerte River at Ocolomito with traditional cuisine served in a scenic riverside setting.
ON@ Hotel Mansion El Serrano
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (BL)
Day 3: The world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train - Areponapuchi
First-class "Chepe" train to Posada 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 Hotel Mansion Tarahumara, located right on the canyon rim for great walks and exploration.
ON @ Hotel Mansion Tarahumara – Rim Rooms
Meals included: BD
Day 4: Free Day on the Rim
You will have all day for exploring. There are a variety of hikes or horseback rides available, if you wish, or perhaps a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi would be your preference. You may wish to do the Copper Canyon Adventure Park in order to be able to do all the activities by spending the entire day.
This evening would be a lovely time to include a quiet and private walk along the rim. We are sure your day at the edge of the canyon will be special.
ON @ Hotel Mansion Tarahumara – RIM rooms.
Meals included: BLD
Day 5: Three Canyons vehicle excursion – Chepe to Cerocahui
AM: This morning you enjoy great vistas at the Copper Canyon Adventure Park, of three canyons-Urique, Copper and Tararecua-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.
At the Copper Canyon Adventure Park you can take a tram ride for a bird’s eye view of the canyon and the river below (on your own for about $25 round trip).
If you prefer more adventure, the park also has the second longest zip-line in the world. In this half-day excursion you will traverse several side canyons in 7 stations and walk over 2 swinging bridges. With the longest of the lines over a kilometer long with a depth of over 1000 feet, you are sure to never forget this trip! Of course, you are in good hands with specially trained adventure guides and state of the art equipment. (on your own for about $60 including the tram return).
Longest zipline in the world, the new “Zip-Rider” is a thrilling zipline, which enables people who don’t want to take the time nor the energy for the 7 stations, to still get a birds eye view of the canyon. You are harnessed into a special seat where you sit overlooking the canyon on a 2,545 meters (8,350 feet) long zipline, lasting 2 minutes and 20 seconds. You reach the velocity of at least 104Km/Hour (64 miles/Hour), the incline is 17% with a descent of 450 meters (1476 feet). At the end you walk up a short distance to take the tram airway back. You will experience thrill and an amazing panoramic view of the canyons. (on your own for $50, including the tram return)
In addition, there is the “Via Ferrata”, an obstacle course with rappelling, rock climbing and horizontal traverses that is an amazing test of outdoor skill, once again with the latest in safety equipment. (on your own for $45)
PM: This afternoon, you will take the first-class train to Bahuichivo. Once there, you will stay at the Hotel Paraiso del Oso, located in a lovely mountain valley in the Cerocahui region. Time permitting, take a walk to the “Cave of the Crosses”, an interesting and significant former Raramuri cave dwelling.
ON @ Hotel Paraiso del Oso
Meals included: BLD
Day 6: The Cerro Gallegos overlook – Train to El Fuerte Second Time
AM: Half-day excursion to Cerocahui, home to one of the prettiest churches in the Sierra and Cerro Gallegos, perhaps the finest overlook in the Copper Canyon--the nearly 360 degree views are amazing! We can also stop at a Raramuri boarding school, and a one-room schoolhouse high in the mountains if you wish.
The timing of your return trip should provide some great photo opportunities, as you will be seeing the most dramatic part of the trip in the late-afternoon sun. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Mansion Serrano, your home away from home in the Copper Canyon.
ON @ Hotel Mansion Serrano
Meals included: BL
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Los Mochis airport and departure.
Trip price includes:
Round-trip first-class travel on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, considered one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world,
Most meals, as noted, including our exclusive Riverside Lunch,
All excursions (including the Fuerte River trip to the Cerro de la Mascara petroglyphs, the Three Canyons cultural and canyon rim tour at Areponapuchic, and the half-day cultural and canyon rim tour of Cerocahui and Cerro Gallegos),
All train station/hotel transfers upon your arrival and departure in Los Mochis
A detailed trip information package with maps and supporting documentation.
Trip Price (all prices are in US Dollars, arriving and departing on the same flight)
Accompanied by a professional bilingual guide throughout the trip:
One adult traveling: $2870, single occupancy
Two adults traveling: $1495, per person, double occupancy
Four adults traveling: $1125, per person, double occupancy
Six adults traveling: $975, per person, double occupancy
Eight adults traveling: $925, per person, double occupancy
(discounts are available for larger groups--please inquire)
Independent trips; where we make all the arrangements and provide complete instructions and ticketing, but do not travel with you on the trip:
One adult traveling: $1720, single occupancy
Two adults traveling: $1190, per person, double occupancy
Four adults traveling: $1080, per person, double occupancy
Six or more adults traveling: $1025, per person, double occupancy
Trip price does NOT include:
Transportation to and from Los Mochis, where the trip begins and ends (but we can help you with airfare tips)
Tips for trip guides, drivers, servers, hotel staff, etc.
Personal purchases such as souvenirs, handicrafts, snacks and alcoholic beverages.
Optional activities in the Copper Canyon Adventure Park
Mexico tourist card ($20-23 per person; normally added into the price of your airline ticket).