The most comprehensive 8 day itinerary
in the Copper Canyon!
* Roundtrip, first-class passage on Chihuahua al Pacifico train, to see the best part of the rail scenery--twice!
* One night on the canyon rim at Areponapuchic
* The Cusarare Waterfall
* Descent into the Batopilas Canyon
* Two nights in Batopilas
* The Cathedral at Satevo
* 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
"Two BIG Canyons"
An exclusive Copper Canyon Adventures Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
You will be met at the airport in Los Mochis by your bilingual Copper Canyon Adventures guide and taken to colonial El Fuerte, a charming, historical city where you can still see old Mexico at every turn.
On arrival in El Fuerte, you will settle in at the Hotel El Fuerte, a charming hotel known for its personal service and great food. This hotel is uniquely located for exploring our adopted "hometown".
Following dinner, you will enjoy a folkloric dance show highlighting Sinaloan dance, including the Yaqui/Mayo Indian "Deer Dance", and dances from other regions of Mexico.
To complement this wonderful hotel, take a stroll to the "Plazuela" of El Fuerte, a short distance away. This wonderfully maintained central plaza is indicative of both the pride of El Fuerte's citizens and the richness of their history.
Welcome to Mexico-Enjoy!
ON (Overnight)@ Hotel El Fuerte (or equivalent)
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad
You have reserved seats on the Copper Canyon train after breakfast today, enjoying tremendous views from one of the most scenic train rides in the world. The three-level loop at Temoris is especially photogenic.
You will arrive at Posada Barrancas, the station serving the small community of Areponapuchic. Close to Divisadero and located just below the canyon rim, Areponapuchic is ideally situated for great excursions and unique views. At 7200' (2200m), take your time until you get acclimated to the higher elevation.
Your lodging tonight is the Mansion Tarahumara, a small hotel nestled in the trees right on the canyon rim. Quiet and natural, the Mansion is a wonderful place to stay in a beautiful area.
ON@ Hotel Mansion Tarahumara
Meals included: BLD
Day 3: Three Canyons and by private transfer to Creel
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).
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: After lunch you will go in a private vehicle transfer for the short trip to Creel, where you will stay at the Hotel Best Western Spa and Lodge at Creel, a fine hotel located in the center of town.
You will have some time free to wander through town at your leisure—you will find it to be the "urban" center of the Rarámuri Indians. If you are interested, let us show you the best place to buy Rarámuri Indian handicrafts--where the proceeds of every sale go to improve medical care for the tribe.
ON@ Hotel Best Western Spa and Lodge at Creel
Meals included: BL
Day 4: Creel to Batopilas
You will be met at your hotel for your private transportation to the entrance to the Cusarare Waterfalls. A 20-minute walk will bring you to the falls. After, return to the van for transfer to Batopilas, an old silver town considered by some to be one of the most remote towns in North America. After five hours on an incredibly scenic road, you will probably agree!
You will stay at the Hotel Real de Minas in Batopilas, a quaint colonial hotel in the center of town.
ON@ Hotel Real de Minas
Meals included: BD
Day 5: Exploring Batopilas and beyond
Today you explore and enjoy the atmosphere and history of Batopilas. Some included options include a vehicle trip to the Cathedral at Satevo, a nice walk to the home of silver magnate Alexander Shepherd or a more rigorous hike to the El Peñasquito mine, formerly one of the most prosperous silver mines in the world--or maybe all three trips in one day--the choice is yours!
ON@ Hotel Real de Minas
Meals included: BLD
Day 6: Return to Creel and by train to Bahuichivo
You return to Creel today after your Batopilas adventure, arriving early enough to catch your train to Bahuichivo.
You will arrive at Bahuichivo (5400’/1645m), the station serving Cerocahui and the Paraiso del Oso Ranch, your hosts tonight. Members of the ranch will meet you at the station.
Tranquil and refreshing, I am sure you will enjoy the warm, comfortable rooms at the Paraiso del Oso-with kerosene lamps (leftover from when they was no electricity), plush comforters and pillows, you will certainly feel pampered.
If you are interested, this afternoon you will have time for a short hike to the "Cave of the Crosses", once the home of Rarámuri (Rarámuri) Indians. Well-preserved and striking, this cave will give you an idea of one way the indigenous peoples of this area live.
Dinner will be an ideal setting for enjoying both the mountain atmosphere and great hospitality of your hosts, Doug and Ana Rhodes. In addition, if you like stargazing, this is a great place for it, and the ranch has a professional telescope at your disposal.
ON@ Hotel Paraiso del Oso
Meals included: BLD
Day 7: Cerocahui and Cerro Gallegos
After breakfast you will travel to Cerocahui, one of the oldest mountain communities in the Sierra. Cerocahui is also home to one of the oldest (and prettiest) churches in the region—a church with a surprising Asian connection. There is also a lovely Rarámuri children’s boarding school that you can visit while there.
From Cerocahui, you will travel past the Mesa del Arturo before enjoying great views of both the Palestine and Urique Canyons, and Rarámuri homesteads from Cerro Gallegos. The views of the Urique canyon from Cerro Gallegos are truly epic and justifiably famous—most consider them the best views in the Copper Canyon.
After enjoying your morning in the canyon atmosphere you will return to the Oso for lunch and to get back on the train for the return trip 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.
Your lodging will be at the Hotel El Fuerte, your home away from home in the Copper Canyon region.
ON@ Hotel El Fuerte (or equivalent)
Meals included: BLD
Day 8: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport in Los Mochis for your flight, and there assisted with checking in.
Meals included: B
Trip Price Includes:
The services of a personal bilingual guide for the entire trip,
Round-trip first-class travel on multiple segments of the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, considered one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world,
Most meals as noted (BLD),
All excursions (including the Three Canyons canyon rim and cultural excursion in Areponapuchi, the visit to the waterfall at Cusarare, guided exploration in Batopilas and the Cerocahui and the Cerro Gallegos history and canyon rim excursion),
All airport/train/hotel transfers upon your arrival in Los Mochis (including the private transfer to and from Batopilas).
A detailed trip information package with maps and supporting documentation.
Trip Price (based on final group size and arriving and departing on the same flight):
Accompanied by a personal bilingual guide throughout the trip
For one person: available on request
Two persons: $ 2235 per person, double occupancy.
Three persons: $ 1820 per person, triple occupancy.
Four persons: $ 1615 per person, double occupancy.
Six persons: $ 1495 per person, double occupancy.
(discounts are available for larger groups--please inquire)
Independent (unguided) trips also available on request
Trip Price Does NOT Include:
Airfare to and from Los Mochis, Mexico (airport code LMM), where the trip begins,
Personal purchases such as souvenirs, handicrafts, snacks and alcoholic beverages,
Mexico tourist card ($22 per person; normally included in the price of your airline ticket),
Tips for trip guide, baggage handling, hotel staff, drivers, musicians, dancers, etc. (can be included at your request for convenience sake)