Copper Canyon – Cusarare und Basaseachi
Arrival in Los Mochis. Welcome at the airport. You will be driven from Los Mochis to the colonial city of El Fuerte through one of the most fertile growing regions in northern Mexico.
El Fuerte is a picturesque colonial city in northern Sinaloa. Historically, it is one of the most important and interesting places in northern Mexico. The small town has an old town characterized by the Spanish colonial style and is firmly rooted in culture with Indigenous traditions.
The city was founded in 1564 by the Spanish Francisco de Ibarra. In 2010, El Fuerte was awarded the name of “Pueblo Mágico” for its beauty, culture and history. You will visit the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the government palace, the museum and some historical buildings.
Overnight in El Fuerte
Important note: this program can also start on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
The Chepe Express train has changed its schedule and no longer operates every day.
From 7:00 hours breakfast in the restaurant. The morning is free. There is much to discover at El Fuerte. Be sure to visit the viewpoint or the Miguel Ángel Morales Ibarra Community Museum. It shows clothing, masks and instruments used in traditional dances, as well as objects from the daily life of the Yoreme indigenous people. From the lookout you can see the blueberry plantations and the river in the distance.
Optional raft ride on the river. This tour includes a short walk to appreciate the rock carvings found on the hill of the mask.
At 14:40 hours, your driver will pick you up at the hotel reception and take you to the train station. Today the adventure train journey begins with the Chepe Express.
The train leaves Los Mochis at 13:00 hours and arrives in El Fuerte around 15:20 hours.
The adventure begins in El Fuerte with the Chepe Express through the Sierra Madre Occidental. Shortly after El Fuerte, the train crosses the longest bridge “Agua Caliente” on the route, which crosses the Río Fuerte at 499 m. The longest tunnel “El Descanso” is next soon after. Along the course of the Septentrion River, you ascend into the mountains. You can travel on the most spectacular section of the entire train route in daylight. Your target today is Divisadero.
Arrival at the train station in Divisadero around 21:15 hours, welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight with views to the Copper Canyon
Enjoy the sunrise from your balcony or the hotel terrace, a wonderful experience.
During the excursion to the “Piedra Volada”, a balancing rock, and the “Barrancas del Cobre” national park, you will visit several viewpoints, from which you can admire the unique mountainous landscape. Three of the largest canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental are found here in the distance: the “Urique”, “Cobre” and “Tararecua” canyons.
The “Barrancas del Cobre” National Park is located in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara, between the Posada Barrancas and Divisadero train stations. In addition to the majestic beauty of the landscape, you’ll find a restaurant with a glass-floor terrace, mountain bike tours for beginners, intermediates, and advanced riders in the national park.
In the National Park you can book and pay the following outdoor activities directly.
- Ride on the longest cable car in Mexico (2,750 meters long) that will take you to the heart of the Copper Canyon with a view of the Urique River.
- Zip Rider ride. A 2,550-meter route without intermediate towers.
- “Via Ferrata” with abseiling practice
- Zip lines with 7 stations
After these activities, you will be taken back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, then transfer by road through an impressive mountain landscape of the Copper Canyon to the Tarahumara settlement of Cusarare, 18 km from Creel.
On the way to Cusarare you will visit the lake “Arareco”, the mission “San Ignacio” and the valley of mushrooms, frogs and monks.
Overnight in Cusarare
Breakfast and guided walk to the waterfall “Cusarare” (only in the rainy season from June to October). Then the adventure begins from Cusarare to the magical town of Batopilas. You arrive at the valley of the Batopilas canyon through a very winding paved road.
From Cusarare you will pass through the old La Bufa mine. The La Bufa viewpoint, in the middle of a Tarahumara community called Quirare, has a fantastic view of the ravine and the Batopilas river.
Then drive approximately 1 hour on the historic Camino Real to the heart of the Copper Canyon. It will exceed a height difference of approximately 1836 m. Batopilas warm climate is ideal for tropical and semi-tropical vegetation. Here you will find orange, mango, avocado and papaya plants. Bougainvillea and Kapok trees can also be seen here in large numbers.
Batopilas is located in a valley through which the Batopilas River flows and is approximately 550 to 580 m high with an almost tropical climate surrounded by mountains in the highlands of northwestern Mexico (Sierra Madre Occidental). Arrival in Batopilas in the late afternoon.
During your tour of the colonial city, you will feel the serenity of the inhabitants, who enjoy their isolation in the Sierra Madre, without being disturbed by industry or tourism. Some of the ancient and traditional rarámuris settlements are located in the area, many of the indigenous men still wear their short skirts of “loincloths” of traditional clothing that are tied at the waist. Surely you can meet some in the main square. Stroll through the streets of this place and be part of the history of the discovery of silver deposits, which became world famous in the 18th century.
Overnight in Batopilas
Today you will visit the Satevo Mission, a triple cathedral from the 17th century. The mission is located 8 km south of Batopilas. You can also walk. The hike may be a bit long, but it has an incomparable view.
Before returning to Creel, visit the ruins of the San Miguel and Shepherd Haciendas. You will experience magical moments while admiring the squares, the rock bridges of Batopilas, the river and the beautiful 19th century aqueduct belonging to the “Ruta de la Plata”.
Listen to the stories and legends about the times of Porfirio Díaz and let them impress you, they relate the discovery of the most important mines in the region in 1708.
In the afternoon return to Creel. Arrival in Creel in the late evening.
Overnight in Creel
After breakfast, we will pick you up at the hotel reception. You’ll visit the regional museum and Creel main square before beginning your journey from Creel to Chihuahua.
During the trip you will visit the Basaseachi National Park, where you will find the second highest waterfall 246 m in Mexico.
The “Basaseachi” waterfall is created after the confluence of the two rivers “Arroyo del Durazno” and “Arroyo Basaseachi”. The rivers are in the high mountains and submerge together in the Candameña Canyon.
Until the discovery of the Balancing Rock “Piedra Volada” waterfall in 1994, the Basaseachi waterfall was considered the highest waterfall in Mexico. However, the Balancing Rock only flows during the rainy season, while the Basaseachi transports water throughout the year.
The Basaseachi area is known for its beauty and unique rock formations. The waterfall can be seen from several viewpoints on the race route. There is also the option of walking to the falling edge of the waterfall.
After this wonderful morning, continue to Cuauhtémoc, where you will stop at the Mennonits settlement. You will visit a Mennonite family and you will learn about the culture of this successful community, which has been in Mexico since 1920.
Another scenic experience is the road trip to Chihuahua. Arrival in Chihuahua late-night.
Overnight in Chihuahua
Breakfast followed by a tour of the city of Chihuahua: through the “Zócalo”, surrounded by several colonial buildings, to other impressive places such as the Pancho Villa Museum “Hero of the Mexican Revolution”. Visit the cathedral in the city center, the governor’s palace with the impressive murals by Aaron Piña Mora about the history of Chihuahua.
Finally, transfer to the airport.