The Copper Canyon is a hikers dream,
and our "Great Day Hiking" itinerary is a hit!
Nine days of some of the best hiking
in the Copper Canyon
* Roundtrip, first-class passage on Chihuahua al Pacifico train, to see the best part of the rail scenery--twice!
* Two nights on the canyon rim at Areponapuchic
* The Cusarare Waterfall
* Full day guided hikes around Areponapuchic, Cusarare and Cerocahui
* Two nights in Cusarare
* The overlook at Cerro Gallegos, considered by many 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)
* Two nights in Colonial El Fuerte
* Available either fully guided or as an independent journey
"Great Day Hiking"
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, a charming, historical city, 450 and counting years young! It is 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.
Don’t forget to visit the plaza tonight—it is the place to see and be seen in traditional Mexican society!
Overnight (ON) @ Hotel Mansion El Serrano. (or equivalent) Meals included: None
Day 2: The world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train – Areponapuchi
First-class 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: Breakfast, Dinner (BD)
Day 3: Hike Three Canyons Area (horseback riding available for additional charge)
You have a variety of hiking options available in the “Three Canyons” area today, from mild to strenuous:
Easy/Divisadero: Hike along the rim northwest, visiting great overlooks at the Copper Canyon Adventure Park at Piedra Volada before arriving at Divisadero, perhaps the most famous of all the overlooks in the Copper Canyon. To spice this hike up, go to the “Cueva del Diablo” (Devil’s Cave) and crawl around for a while! (3-5 hours)
Note: Can take the tram across the canyon on this hike.
Moderate/El Puerto: Follow the rim southeast past Raramuri dwellings and fields before arriving at El Puerto, a little-known but fabulous overlook that makes a great place for lunch. From there, explore further along the rim before returning to the hotel. (4-5 hours) (this can also be done on horseback)
Strenuous/ Bakajipare (also Wakajipare): Descend about halfway down the canyon to the small Raramuri village of Bakajipare, a world far removed from the canyon rim. If you really want a workout today, descend to the village, then ascend to the Wakajipare overlook, above the village—this makes for a full day, and an elevation change of about 2400’/750m! (6-9 hours)
Note: You may return the same way you came or hike up to the tram and return
by tram over the canyon and hike along the rim back to the hotel. You will need to take peso cash with you to pay the local trail fee to the Raramuri of Bakajipare and for half of the tram ticket. You get onto the tram and pay for the ticket back at the loading station. (They may just let you ride for free)
ON @ Mansion Tarahumara - Rim Rooms
Meals included: BLD
Day 4: Three Canyons - Cusarare
AM: This morning you enjoy great vistas 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).
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)
After lunch, you will transfer to Cusarare, taking time to see the Tarahumara (Raramuri) Museum, Raramuri cave dwellings, and the historic San Ignacio Mission You will stay at Cusarare Riverside Sierra Lodge, rustic luxury at its finest.
ON @ Cusarare Riverside Sierra Lodge
Meals included: BLD
Day 5: Hiking Cusarare
Cusarare is blessed with a great variety of trails that allow access to not only natural beauty, but a chance to better see the lifestyles of the Raramuri who live in this area. As such, you will have a better chance to have “real” (non-touristy) interactions with Raramuri than is possible for those who don’t leave the beaten path.
Easy/Cusarare Mission: Ramble thru Raramuri country following Cusarare stream before arriving at the Cusarare Mission, one of the oldest in the area, with fascinating architecture and decorations, a bell tower you can actually climb, and perhaps the best museum in the area, Loyola Religious Art Museum, exhibiting an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century religious paintings. After visiting the mission swing by the “Cueva Pintada” (Painted Cave) and see enigmatic cave paintings of unknown origin and age. (3-4 hours plus time at the museum)
Moderate/Cusarare Waterfall: There are a variety of routes to see the beautiful waterfalls at Cusarare—the shortest track takes only 45 minutes from Cusarare, but returning via a nearby mesa can extend this. In addition, you will probably want to take a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the base of the falls—a lovely place to linger. (3-5 hours)
Strenuous/Basirecota Hot Springs: A classic hike in Raramuri country, this walk talks your over a nearby mesa before descending steeply in a side canyon to arrive at the wonderful hot springs at Basirecota. Enjoy the waters, have lunch and explore nearby cave dwellings before returning to the lodge via the Cusarare waterfall. A hike of great diversity and relaxation! (7-9 hours walking, includes soak time!)
ON @ Cusarare Riverside Sierra Lodge
Meals included: BLD
Day 6: Free morning – Transfer to train to Oso
Relax and enjoy your morning in Cusarare or take your transfer early to explore Creel. In Creel you will catch the morning westbound first-class train to Bahuichivo. There you will be met and taken to the Hotel Paraiso del Oso, a fine lodge situated in a picturesque mountain valley. (lunch on your own)
Time permitting; take a short hike to the “Cave of the Crosses” an interesting and anthropologically significant former Raramuri cave dwelling.
ON@ Hotel Paraiso del Oso
Meals included: BD
Day 7: Hiking the Cerocahui region (horseback riding available for additional charge)
Easy/Las Tortugas or Los Jinetes: Both one of these hikes is a gentle walk following mountain streams that pass by current and former Raramuri homesteads. (3-4 hours)
Moderate/The Cave Tour: A fascinating hike visiting four former Raramuri Cave dwellings—the Cave of the Crosses, the Cave of the Skull, Hidden Cave and the unnamed cave. (4-6 hours)
Hard/El Cajon to Rancho Victoriano and Durazno: A great hike that leads to the box canyon at El Cajon, then climbs steeply for a great overlook of Rancho Victoriano before dropping down to Durazno, home Dona Virginia and her family (sadly Don Ildefonso has passed away), Raramuri friends of ours. After a visit with them, enjoy the walk back to the hotel following rock faces and ridgelines. A very satisfying day! (5-7 hours)
Strenuous/Cerro Gallegos to Oso: This hike has it all—from epic canyon views at the start, to wanderings thru Raramuri villages, to tranquil mountain streams…long, but worth it! (8-9 hours)
ON @ Oso.
Meals included: BLD
Day 8: Free morning - train to El Fuerte
AM: Free to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, with time after to perhaps hike up nearby rock formations (or visit the overlook at Cerro Gallegos, if you did not go there yesterday).
PM: First-class train to El Fuerte. 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 (or equivalent)
Meals included: BL
Day 9: Depart
Transfer to Los Mochis airport, where you will be assisted in checking in.
Meals included: B
We look forward to hiking with you!
Trip price includes:
The services of a bilingual guide throughout your trip,
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,
All excursions and hiking (including the full-day hike and the Three Canyons cultural and canyon rim tour at Areponápuchi, the full-day cultural and canyon rim tour of Cerocahui, Cerro Gallegos and Urique, and hiking around both the Sierra Lodge and the Paraiso del Oso).
All airport/train station/hotel transfers upon your arrival in Los Mochis, and A detailed trip information package with maps and supporting documentation.
Trip Prices for Great Day Hiking: (based on final group size, arriving and departing on the same flight): all prices are in US Dollars
Accompanied by a personal bilingual guide throughout the trip:
One person: upon request, single occupancy.
Two persons: $2160 per person, double occupancy.
Three persons: $1795 per person, triple occupancy.
Four persons: $1650 per person, double occupancy.
Six persons: $1450 per person, double occupancy.
(Single supplement; $280)
(discounts are available for larger groups--please inquire)
Not included in trip price:
Airfare to and from Los Mochis, Mexico (airport code LMM), where the trip begins. (we can give you tips for your air)
Optional activities in the Copper Canyon Adventure Park
Tips for trip guides, drivers, hotel staff, etc.
Personal purchases such as souvenirs, handicrafts, snacks and alcoholic beverages
Mexico tourist card ($22 per person; normally added into the price of your airline ticket)