Mexico’s Copper Canyon

A Renowned Train Excursion & Captivating Culture

  • Date

    April 21-29, 2020 | Tues / Wed – 9 Days

  • Location

    Copper Canyon, Mexico

Overview

Nestled in the vast Sierra Madres, lies Mexico’s Copper Canyon — a series of canyons more vast than the Grand Canyon, and the rail that runs through it is an engineering marvel on par with the Panama Canal. Unique, and diverse, it offers a fascinating combination of natural beauty and compelling human history. Journey by motorcoach and train to ascend the highlands and explore the canyons. Visit Creel, a designated Pueblo Magico — a Mexican village with cultural and historical significance as well as magical, natural treasures. Linger in remote villages, and learn about the indigenous people. See rock formations at the Valley of the Mushrooms, and descend via gondola into the canyon for a 360-degree view of inspiring scenery! Board the world-renowned Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad at Divisadero, and take in breathtaking views as you cross tunnels and trestles, through the alpine wonderland to tropical El Fuerte, Sinaloa. Spend time with the region’s indigenous people and experience their traditional food, music, and dance. Surround yourself with the captivating culture, natural wonders, and historical treasures, then relax at a beach resort in Mazatlan.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Travel in first class aboard El Chepe (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway) from Divisadero to El Fuerte
  • Gondola ride into the canyon with inspiring views
  • Amazing Copper Canyon vistas from several sites
  • Stay at unique Hotel Mirador, perched on the canyon’s edge
  • Visit magical pueblos and villages
  • Discover Tarahumara and Mayo Indian culture
  • Visit Arareko Lake and the San Ignacio Mission in Creel
  • Learn about the Mennonite history in Chihuahua
  • Spend two relaxing nights at a beach resort in Mazatlan

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Chihuahua, Mexico and from Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Escorted
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Itinerary

Tue, Apr 21: Fly to Chihuahua, Mexico, your gateway to the Copper Canyon and important historically for the major role it played in the Mexican Revolution. Pancho Villa used Chihuahua as a base of operations, and the mansion that served as his home and headquarters has been converted into the Museo de la Revolucion Mexicana. Visit the museum and take a guided walk around the historic district before checking in to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with the group this evening. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Wed, Apr 22: After breakfast, depart by motorcoach traveling through the highlands of the state of Chihuahua to the agricultural Mennonite country. Visit the Mennonite Museum and learn about this religious group that arrived in Chihuahua in 1920, turning this land into a very productive farming area. Enjoy a traditional home-made Mennonite lunch. Continue your journey climbing the Sierra Madre Mountains and arrive in Creel, designated a Pueblo Magico, because of its cultural and historical significance, as well as the magical natural treasures in the region. Visit Arareko Lake, surrounded by a fragrant pine forest and see the interesting rock formations at the Valley of the Mushrooms. Nearby, tour the 18th-century Jesuit mission of San Ignacio before the day culminates with dinner and an overnight at your hotel in Creel. (B,L,D) 

Thu, Apr 23: Depart Creel and take a short drive via the Oteros Canyon, the home of the reclusive Tarahumara (Raramuri) people, to Divisadero. It is said that if a Raramuri smiles at you, a piece of your heart will stay in Sierra Tarahumara. Arrive in the small town of Divisadero, where the views over the “Barrancas del Cobre(Copper Canyon) are phenomenal. There are actually six canyons that comprise the Copper Canyon and from this side, you’ll be looking into the Urique Canyon. At 6,200 feet down, it is the deepest of them all. After lunch, enjoy a guided nature walk around the canyon rim with a presentation about the Tarahumara culture. Then check in to your hotel for the next two nights; the Hotel Mirador, poised like an eagle’s nest at the canyons edge where every room offers breathtaking canyon vistas. Dinner is included this evening. (B,L,D)

Fri, Apr 24: After breakfast, experience the Copper Canyon Adventure Park and admire the canyons from different vistas. Have an opportunity to travel down into the canyons on a gondola ride and admire the geology with a 360-degree view of inspiring scenery. After an included lunch at the park restaurant, the rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Explore other activities offered at the park or enjoy a visit with your local guide to a Tarahumara dwelling. Regroup at the hotel this evening for dinner. (B,L,D)

Sat, Apr 25: After a leisurely morning, head to the train station to board the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway (El Chepe). Sit in first class for the five-and-a-half-hour scenic rail journey to El Fuerte, located on the Western side of the Sierra Madres. Descend from the higher alpine elevation to the tropical lands of Sinaloa enjoying the best part of the train route, crossing several tunnels and trestles. After a fantastic ride, arrive in the evening in El Fuerte for dinner and to check in to your hotel for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Sun, Apr 26: Today is a day of discovery into the Mayo indigenous culture at the Village of Capomo. Experience their traditional music, dance, food, and fascination with natural medicine. Return to El Fuerte for a historical walking tour and an included dinner. (B,L,D)

Mon, Apr 27: Journey to the coast today, stopping for an included lunch on the way. Arrive in Mazatlan for some fun in the sun at El Cid Granada Hotel where you’ll spend the next two nights. Located on a quiet corner of the Golden Zone, El Cid Granada Hotel is the perfect place to wind down. Sunbathe around the pool, choose to visit the spa facilities, or take the connecting bridge to El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel, with guest access to the beach and even more pools and restaurants. (B,L)

Tue, Apr 28:  Following a leisurely breakfast, take a historical tour around Mazatlan with an included lunch and free time for shopping along the boardwalk. You may also choose to stay at the resort, have lunch on your own, and enjoy the amenities. Optional excursions such as fishing trips, snorkeling adventures and more are offered at the hotel. This evening, gather for a Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Wed, Apr 29: Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport in Mazatlan for your flights home. (B)

Hotel

Wingate by Wyndham, Chihuahau, Mexico. A short walk from Plaza del Sol shopping mall, this preferred locale offers cozy, quiet rooms with pleasing, modern décor and amenities. Highlights: pool • fitness center • bar/lounge • microwave • refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access.

Best Western Plus Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa. Located on the main street of the magic, woodsy town of Creel, the hotel offers wood cabins with fireplaces. Highlights: spa • restaurant • bar • complimentary WiFi Internet access • coffee/tea maker • fitness center • guest laundry.

Hotel Mirador, Divisadero. Perched on the canyons edge, this award-winning hotel offers luxury rooms, all with private terraces and breathtaking views. Highlights: restaurant • bar/lounge • lobby WiFi Internet access (fees apply) • activities desk • fitness center • spa.

Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, El Fuerte. Unique historical hotel in a restored 1890’s colonial mansion featuring the exquisite décor and colonial charm of Mexico’s past combined with the luxury of modern conveniences. Highlights: pool • restaurant • bar/lounge • spa • complimentary WiFi Internet access.

El Cid Granada Hotel & Country Club, Mazatlan. Ideally positioned on a quiet corner in the popular Golden Zone, this hotel is the perfect place for leisure and romance. Highlights: pool • 3 restaurants • 2 bar/lounge • fitness center • kitchenette • coffee maker • laundry facilities • spa.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $3,199
  • Triple P/P – $3,099
  • Single – $3,599
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P $2,459
  • Triple P/P – $2,359
  • Single – $2,859

Documents Required: Valid Passport

*Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge.

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