Copper Canyon – Sierra Tarahumara
Arrival at the Chihuahua airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel in the city center. In the afternoon: Guided walk through the city of Chihuahua. You will experience the colorful atmosphere of this city, which was shaped by the great silver mines and cattle farms.
During the Mexican Revolution, Chihuahua was the seat of the popular hero and general Pancho Villa. You will visit the cathedral, the government palace with the impressive murals by Aaron Piña that describe the history of Chihuahua.
Overnight in Chihuahua
Important note: This program can only start in Chihuahua on Saturdays, Thursday, and Mondays only in high season. The Chepe Express train has changed its schedule and no longer operates daily.
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at the hotel reception to start the tour to Creel. After two hours you will make a stop in the Mennonite community in Cuauhtémoc to visit a Mennonite family. Then you continue to the lumber town of Creel, the gateway to the Copper Canyon.
In the afternoon: Guided tour around Creel. Visit to the Arareco lake, Mission San Ignacio and the Valley of the Monks. In a short walk, you can discover the interesting and enigmatic rock formations up to 50 meters high.
Overnight in Creel
Today you can enjoy the famous views of the Sierra Tarahumara. After breakfast, the guide will wait for you at the hotel reception to begin the transfer from Creel to the heart of the Copper Canyon. You will visit the viewpoint of Divisadero and “Piedra Volada”. In the local market you can find a lot of handicrafts and souvenirs made by the Rarámuris. Later visit to the National Park, where you can do various adventure activities:
- Ride on the longest cable car in Mexico (2,750 meters)
- Zip-rider ride over the dizzying canyons
- “Via Ferrata” / Rappel
- 7-station Zip lines
After these activities full of pure adrenaline you will be transferred back to the hotel for lunch.
Free afternoon for optional walks along the rim of the Copper Canyon. Visit a Tarahumara cave, where the Rarámuris women offer travelers various handicrafts: weaving baskets, dolls or ceramics. With your purchase you support the Raramuri families.
After dinner, enjoy the serene night and the starry sky from the hotel’s balcony or terrace.
Overnight in the Copper Canyon
From 8:00 am breakfast in the Hotel restaurant. At 9:00 am transfer on behalf of the hotel to the train station in Divisadero.
The train departs from Divisadero, at an altitude of 2,400 m to the coastal plain. The steep descent to El Fuerte begins after the Temoris train station. The route is surrounded by agricultural settlements and high mountains, whose cliffs shine imposingly in the sunlight.
At El Fuerte train station you will be met by our driver who will take you to the hotel in El Fuerte.
El Fuerte was founded in 1564 by the Spanish conquerors and was an important commercial center due to the gold and silver mines that existed at that time. Even today you can feel the ancient wealth of the colonial city.
The legend says that Diego de la Vega, better known as “El Zorro”, was born in El Fuerte. Don’t miss the live show “El Zorro” that is offered to tourists in the afternoon at the Posada del Hidalgo hotel.
Overnight in El Fuerte
The colonial city of El Fuerte is located on the banks of “El Fuerte” river, it has an old town characterized by the Spanish colonial style and is culturally rooted with indigenous traditions. In the morning optional excursion to the community of “Capomos” where you will learn about the traditions of the indigenous Mayo-Yoreme. You will see how Mexican corn “tortillas” are prepared, how local ceramics are made as well as the presentation of the dances of the “Venado” and “Pascola”, very popular dances in the celebrations of the Yoreme-Mayos ethnic group.
You can also take a walk on your own visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the museum and some historical buildings.
Finally transfer from El Fuerte to Los Mochis airport. You will drive through one of the most fertile growing regions in northern Mexico. Potatoes, corn, wheat, beans and other vegetables are grown. You can also see mango orchards, avocados, oranges and many other fruits.
On the way to Los Mochis we also suggest making a stop to try “empanadas or coricos”. These are typical cookies of the region freshly baked based on corn flour
The Copper Canyon program ends with this transfer.