The most comprehensive nine day itinerary

in the Copper Canyon!

Features

* 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

* Descents into the Batopilas and Urique Canyons

* 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

* Two nights in Cerocahui area

* Time at the "Copper Canyon Adventure Park" (if desired)

* Two nights in Colonial El Fuerte

* Available either fully guided or as an independent journey

Can’t tell you how much the four of us enjoyed the Two Big Canyons trip. It was fantastic. Cristina is a national treasure. People knew her wherever we went and treated us royally. She is also very knowledgeable, very caring and a lot of fun to be with. Meantime I’m showing pictures and telling everyone about the great trip. Thanks again.

— Bernice, from Sausalito, CA

The spectacular descent into the Batopilas Canyon

Next scheduled departure: October 12-20, 2018

Click here for our complete calendar of scheduled trips (or choose your own dates)

(NOTE: TRIP MUST START EITHER ON A MONDAY OR A SATURDAY TO FIT WITH THE NEW REGIONAL TRAIN SCHEDULE)

 

"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 Mansion Serrano, a lovely hotel very close to the central plaza known for its personal service and great food.  El Fuerte, our adopted hometown, is a charming, historical city, and was founded in 1564 as El Fuerte de los Montesclaros. It is a designated “Pueblo Magico” (Magic Town) for it’s lovely architecture, aesthetics and friendly people.

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 Mansion Serrano

Meals included: None
    

Day 2: The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad

Today you will take the unforgettable Chihuahua al Pacifico (Chepe) first-class train to Posada Barrancas, featuring the most spectacular portion of the train ride, including the dramatic Septentrion Gorge and the three-level loops at Temoris.

As you cross 37 bridges and pass through 86 tunnels in dramatic mountain scenery, you will see for yourself why Chepe has been named one of the top rail journeys in the world. Enjoy lunch on the train (on your own) with some of the best rail scenery in the world outside your window.


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 with rooms right on the rim.

ON@ Hotel Mansion Tarahumara - Rim Rooms

Meals included: BD

  Piedra Volada "Balancing Rock"  Be careful!

Piedra Volada "Balancing Rock"  Be careful!

Day 3: Three Canyons/Copper Canyon Adventure Park vehicle excursion and private transfer to Creel

You will enjoy a vehicle excursion to the Copper Canyon Adventure Park and 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 $40 including the tram return).

The longest zipline in the world, the new “Zip-Rider” is a thrilling adventure, 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)

NOTE:  The Adventure Park accepts credit cards, and they give discounts when you buy 2 or more activities. (Via Ferrata, Seven ziplines, Aerial Tram or Zip Rider)   

PM: After lunch you will have a private transfer for the short trip to Creel and its surrounding historical, cultural and natural sites.  The ride there allows you to see the Oteros canyon overlook and some of the areas you can visit today include the Tarahumara (Raramuri) Museum, Raramuri cave dwellings, Valley of the Mushrooms, Valley of the Frogs, lovely Lake Arareko, and the historic San Ignacio Mission, one of the oldest in the Sierra.  

You will stay at the Hotel Best Western Lodge and Spa in Creel, a fine hotel located in the center of town.
 
You will also 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 Lodge and Spa in Creel

Meals included: BL

The Batopilas Canyon

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: B

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: None

The Shepherd Hacienda, at one time headquarters of the largest silver mine in the world.

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 San Isidrio Lodge, your hosts tonight. On arrival there you will be transferred to the San Isidrio Lodge. On the way to your hotel, you will visit the historic church at Cerocahui, considered by many the prettiest church in the Sierra.

Construction of the gold-domed church at Cerocahui began shortly after the arrival of the Jesuits in 1679, but after the order was expelled by the Spanish King in 1767, the church fell into disrepair and ruin  It was not until 1939 that rebuilding of the church began, and it now is one of the most dramatic churches in the Copper Canyon region.  The stained glass there is particularly interesting, as it has an unusual Asian connection that your guide will explain to you.

After setting in at the hotel, there will be time for a short hike in the afternoon, to help you get to know the local area.

ON @ San Isidro Lodge

Meals included: D

Looking into the Urique Canyon, deeper than the Grand Canyon, from near Cerro Gallegos

Day 7: Vehicle trip to the Cerro Gallegos overlook, and to the bottom of the canyon at Urique

Full-day excursion to Cerro Gallegos, perhaps the finest overlook in the Copper Canyon-- and to the bottom of the Urique Canyon--even deeper than the Grand Canyon. The views, and the drive, are amazing!  

This unique full-day tour features what is widely considered the best overlook in the Copper Canyon at Cerro Gallegos, and the historic gold and copper mining town of Urique, founded in 1690 in the bottom of the Urique Canyon.

In addition to these great sites, you will also lunch at our favorite restaurant, and have some time to explore this historic town, before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.

You will also have time to explore this historic town on your own, before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.

ON @ San Isidro Lodge

Meals included: BLD

Day 8: Raramuri family visit and return train to El Fuerte

AM: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before leaving the lodge enroute to the Bahuchivo train station. Along the way you will have a brief visit with a Raramuri family in the area.  This will be a nice opportunity to learn more about their life and culture.

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

Meals included: BL


Day 9: 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,

All lodging

Most meals as noted (BLD),

All excursions (including including the Three Canyons canyon rim and cultural excursion in Areponapuchi, the visti to Creel sites, the private transfer to Batopilas with a stop at the Cusarare waterfall, including excursions to the Shepherd Hacienda and the church at Satevo, the cultural tour of Cerocahui, the full-day canyon rim and canyon bottom tour of Cerro Gallegos and Urique, and the visit to the Raramuri family),

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:  $2225 per person, double occupancy.

Four persons:  $1565 per person, double occupancy.

Six persons:     $1385 per person, double occupancy.

Eight persons:  $1270 per person, double occupancy.

(discounts are available for larger groups--please inquire)

 

Single supplement additional:  $280, single occupancy.

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 and ends,

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

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),

Trip Insurance

Click here for our Calendar for scheduled dates (or choose your own).