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Mexico's Copper Canyon

Mexico's Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America is home to the least acculturated Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The "Train Ride in the Sky" is one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere, as it travels through 86 tunnels and 37 trestles.

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Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America is home to the least acculturated Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The "Train Ride in the Sky" is one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere, as it travels through 86 tunnels and 37 trestles.

Mexico's Copper Canyon

A journey through the Copper Canyon is truly a must for all passionate travelers. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the area while you travel through the most beautiful towns of northern Mexico. Combining riveting adventure with a reprieve from the demands of the modern world, the Copper Canyons offer a gorgeous setting for a marvelous escape.

Carved from the legendary Sierra Madre mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, a colossal network of six interweaving canyons make up what is known as the Copper Canyons, or Barrancas del Cobre in Spanish. Some of these canyons run deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon by a margin of over 1,000 feet. While the Copper Canyon seems to lack the status of the Grand Canyon, this Mexican treasure suffers no shortage of natural beauty. It is simply pristine. Teeming with wildlife, much of this striking landscape is virtually unexplored and unexploited.

 

Inclusions:

  • Deluxe motorcoach round trip from Phoenix / Tucson

  • Pre-tour briefing in Phoenix hotel

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Paquime

  • Rail journey on the "Chihuahua al Pacífico"

  • Fully escorted and narrated

  • Marine excursion of the Sea of Cortez

  • Aerial Tramway in the Canyon

  • Folkloric and Educational Programs

  • Sightseeing in Hermosillo, Álamos, El Fuerte, Copper Canyon, and Casas Grandes

  • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

  • Taxes and Gratuities (Driver & Escort are not included)

  • Mexican Visa entry fee

  • 7 nights hotel accommodations

  • ALL MEALS INCLUDED (7 breakfast, 8 lunches, 7 dinners)

 

Single Supplement Price $2,325.00

 

** Travelex Group Insurance is Only offered on the 4/20-23/2023 Tour Departure. All other tours are recommend to purchase travel insurance on own (link available when booking).



Day One

Phoenix- Tucson - San Carlos
Morning departure from Phoenix/ Tucson, AZ. Crossing the border into Mexico at Nogales. After a short drive, we arrive at Santa Ana for lunch. From there, we are on our way to Hermosillo, where we visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace to view the famous murals depicting the history of Sonora. Arrival in San Carlos Bay is by sunset at our hotel for the night, the Marinaterra Resort. Welcome to Mexico reception hosted by your Tour Director before dinner.

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Day Two

San Carlos
After relaxed breakfast we board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortes - keep a look for dolphins, seals and possible whales, also exotic birds as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After we return we will visit a scenic lookout point rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 in the world. Lunch pool side at the hotel. Time to relax and visit the Marina shops. This afternoon we depart for our seaside, sunset dinner.

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Day Three

Alamos
We will depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Guaymas Pearl farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, here you will learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next we travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre arriving to the quaint city of Alamos. A living museum, the city cobblestones streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions. This evening immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional customs.

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Day Four

El Fuerte
After breakfast take a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets, visiting some fabled mansions that have been restored to their original glory. The city of Alamos has been declared a national historic landmark by the government. Lunch today is at the hotel. Depart to El Fuerte arriving at Hotel Torres del Fuerte by early afternoon. Dinner and a great entertainment at the hotel.

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Day Five

Posada Barrancas
Early in morning, we transfer to the train station, boarding at 8:00 a.m. for the most spectacular train ride in North America, lunch on board the train, we will be arriving at Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Mirador. Tarahumara Indians culture presentation.

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Day Six

Posada Barrancas
Today we have time to view and interpret Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts, visit the rim of the canyon and enjoy the surroundings and the opportunity to board the new Copper Canyon aerial tramway, allowing us to descend to the Canyons and experience great views. There is time today for some optional activities: hiking, horseback riding or just relaxing.

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Day Seven

Chihuahua
After breakfast, on board our motorcoach we will transfer through Creel as we descend from the mountains onto the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Chihuahua, the Capital of the State. Tonight we have dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day Eight

Casas Grandes
After breakfast, on board our motorcoach we will transfer to Creel via Oteros Canyon. After lunch in Guerrero, we descend from the mountains onto the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes. Tonight we have Mata Ortiz pottery demonstration and our farewell dinner.

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Day Nine

Tucson/ Phoenix
Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes, we visit Mexico's northernmost archeological site at Paquime, where the ancient Grand Chichimeca civilization erected their truncated pyramids and adobe multistory apartments. We travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the USA at Douglas, AZ. Arriving in Phoenix around 7:00 p.m.

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FB=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

How the Copper Canyon got its Name

Named for the color of its walls, this geological wonder spans a massive area. Consequently, much of this magnificent canyon is solely accessible by the Copper Canyon Railway. This feature alone earns the trip through the canyon a reputation as the world’s most scenic train ride. Because it covers a distance of over 400 miles, the trip takes 16 hours one way and is broken up into overnight stops along the route.

 

The Copper Canyon Railroad History

This railroad line was built in 1870 and runs from Kansas to Texas. Then, it continues across the border to Chihuahua and Los Mochis. Finally, the line reaches Topolobambo, one of the largest natural harbors in North America. Ninety-one years later the railroad became complete, as the tracks were joined at Temoris Station on the southwestern edge of the canyon. This is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. Today’s route through the Copper Canyon takes passengers from sea level to over 8,000 feet in elevation. It traverses through 86 tunnels, and across 39 bridges. The longest tunnel on the course measures nearly 6,000 feet, while the highest bridge towers 340 feet over the Chinipas River. Join us aboard the CHEPE Express traveling in 1st class and exclusive access to the all-new Terrace car.

 

Suggested Packing

-Casual Clothing that can be mixed and layered

-Comfortable walking shoes

-Hat and Sunscreen

-Cash and Credit Cards (Only those needed)

-Medicine and spare prescriptions

-Extra glasses and/or contacts

-Book, Word Search and/or Crossword Puzzle

-Binoculars

-Seat Cushions and/or Blanket (If attending a parade or show)

-Ear plugs and sleep mask

-Mini-Sewing Kit

-Toiletries and Tissues

-Chargers for devices (Cell phones, Tablets, etc.)

-Extra Memory Cards (Digital Cameras) or Extra Film

 

Average Temperature

Copper Canyon, MX

Febuary | 88 / 68°F

March | 94 / 74°F

April | 98 /  79°F

October | 78 / 57F

November | 67 / 47F

 

Activity Level 3

This travel experience is perfect for those who want to see everything their destination has to offer. With the ability to navigate hills and uneven ground (1-2 hours with little difficulty), as well as climb into various modes of transportation, you'll be able to explore every corner of your destination without missing a thing. Plus, with some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure, you'll have the perfect harmony of flexibility and exploration.

 

High Altitude | Many Stairs | No Elevators | Not Handicap Accessible

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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