Copper Canyon – Three Cultures

Copper Canyon – Three Cultures

YOREME - TARAHUMARA – MENNONITS LOS MOCHIS - EL FUERTE - URIQUE – COPPER CANYON - CREEL - BASASEACHI - MENONNITES – CHIHUAHUA

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8 Days & 7 Nights Traditions Chepe Express

Get to know three cultures on a trip to the Copper Canyon

The starting point of the tour Copper Canyon three cultures is the third largest natural port in the world "Topolobampo" and the beautiful colonial city "El Fuerte", founded in 1564. From here you can experience the adventurous journey on the legendary CHEPE EXPRESS train that will take you between impressive ravines until reaching the home of the Rarámuris indians: "La Sierra Tarahumara". This train route is considered one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. El Chepe will take you from sea level to over 2400 m, through deep canyons and cliffs, passing through diverse vegetation and a series of impressive waterfalls. On this tour you will also experience the traditions of the Yoreme-Mayo, Tarahumara Indians and you will know a Mennonite settlement.

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Day 1

Wednesday: Arrival to Los Mochis

Welcome at Los Mochis airport and transfer to the hotel.

a boat ride through the third largest natural seaport in the world: the “Topolobampo” bay. In addition to numerous seabirds (cormorants, magnificent frigates, blue-legged birds, terns, pelicans, flamingos, and seagulls), you will most likely also see dolphins.

In the afternoon enjoy a beautiful sunset tasting a margarita on the Malecon de Topolobampo

Overnight in  Topolobampo

Important note: This program can also start  on Saturday.

Day 2

Thursday: Transfer by road from Los Mochis to the "Magic Town" of El Fuerte

After breakfast,  transfer to the Magic Town of El Fuerte. On the way to El Fuerte, you will make a short stop at the Botanical Garden of Los Mochis. The city of Los Mochis is 15 kilometeers from the Pacific coast and is one of the most fertile growing regions in northern Mexico.

El Fuerte is the oldest colonial city in Sinaloa and is located approximately 80 km northeast of Los Mochis. The small town is located picturesquely on the banks of the “Rio Fuerte”, has an old town shaped by the Spanish colonial style and is firmly rooted in culture with indigenous Yoreme traditions. The city was founded in 1564 by the Spaniard Francisco de Ibarra and received the title of “Magical Town” in 2010 for its beauty and culture.

In the afternoon, optional tour to the indian village of “Capomos” to experience up close the culture of the Yoreme-Mayo indians. You will learn how to make Mexican corn tortillas and make pottery. The dances “Baile del Venado” and “Pascola”, very popular in the Yoreme-Mayo celebrations, will be presented.

In el Fuerte minning town you can also hike on your own by visiting the kiosk, the Government Palace, the museum and some historical buildings.

The legend says that Diego de la Vega, better known as “El Zorro”, was born in El Fuerte. Don’t miss the life show “El Zorro” that is offered to tourists at the Posada del Hidalgo Hotel .

Overnight in El Fuerte

Day 3

Friday: Train ride with the Chepe Express from El Fuerte to Bahuichivo

Mexican breakfast in the hotel and free time.

An optional river raft tour ist available. This ride includes a short hike to the petroglyphs situated close to the river.

At 9:30 hours transfer to the train station. Your adventure on the Chepe Express begins today.

The train leaves Los Mochis at 8:00 hours and arrives in El Fuerte around 10:20 hours

As soon as you leave El Fuerte, the train crosses the “Agua Caliente” bridge, the longest on the route, which crosses El Fuerte River at 499 m., Immediately crosses the longest tunnel “El Descanso”. Along the Septentrion River the train ascends between the mountains, entering the Sierra Madre. Throughout the journey, CHEPE crosses 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. Canyons, high cliffs, diverse vegetation and a series of waterfalls enrich the entire train route. The section from El Fuerte to Divisadero is the most spectacular section of the entire railway route. Your destination today is the Bahuichivo station.

Around 14:25 hours, arrival at the Bahuichivo train station, welcome and transfer to the hotel in Cerocahui.

Free afternoon to walk through this picturesque town surrounded by mountains or visit the Mission.

Overnight in Cerocahui

Day 4

Saturday: Auto Transfer from Cerocahui to Copper Canyon

Today you will visit the impressive Urique Canyon. 

We will take you to “Cerro del Gallego” lookout point, in the highest point of the canyon you will enjoy impressive views of the Urique town. In the distance you can see the river “Urique”, which flows into “El Fuerte”.

A visit to a small cave where the Tarahumaras ladies sell handicrafts and baskets traditionally woven with pine needles. On the way back we stop at several viewpoints to appreciate the landscape. You will be back at the hotel in time for lunch.

Around 15:00 hours we continue with the transfer from Cerocahui to the Copper Canyon. You drive a road surrounded by Raramuri Rancherias and fascinating landscapes.

The rest of the day is free to observe nature, the wonderful views or to take a walk. Relax from your balcony or from the hotel terrace.

At 19:00 hours, your dinner will be served in the restaurant.

Overnight in the Copper Canyon 

Day 5

Sunday: Visit to the "Barrancas del Cobre" National Park and surroundings

We recommend you to join the  sunrise, a wonderful experience.

At 9:00 hours, your guide will pick you up at the hotel reception to begin your guided excursion to “Piedra Volada” and several other glass platform viewpoints. Here are three of the largest canyons: the Urique, Copper and Tararecua canyons.

You will visit the “Copper Canyon National Park, which is located in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the landscape from the restaurant´s glass-floored terrace. Mountain bike routes are available for beginners, intermediate and advanced,

In the National Park you can pay directly for the following activities:

  1. Ride on the longest cable car in Mexico (2,750 m)
  2. Zip Rider ride over the canyons
  3. “Via Ferrata” / Rapel
  4. 7-station Zip lines

After these activities full of pure adrenaline you will be transferred back to the hotel for lunch, which is included in the program.

Free afternoon for hiking or horseback riding along the rim of the Copper Canyon. It is recommended to visit a Tarahumara cave where you can buy handmade crafts.

Dinner at the hotel included

Overnight in Copper Canyon

Day 6

Monday: train trip from Divisadero to Creel

Today leisure on your own to relax and  to enjoy the tranquility of this magic place.

After lunch transfer to the train station in Divisadero. Here you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the imposing Canyon as your journey continues towards the magical town of Creel.

In Creel optional tour to visit San Ignacio Mission and Lake Arareco. Enjoy the visit to the valley of the monks. In a short walk, you can discover the interesting rock formations up to 50 meters high.

Creel was founded in 1907, during the first stage in the construction of the Chihuahua al Pacífico railway. It has become a small city with around 5,100 inhabitants, it is the largest and most important Tarahumara settlement along the railway line.

Overnight in Creel

Day 7

Tuesday: Transfer from Creel to Chihuahua with visit to the Basaseachi National Park

After breakfast you will start the adventure towards the Candameña canyon. Here you will take some walks to various viewpoints that offer a splendid view of the 2nd highest waterfall in Mexico “Basaseachi”.

From different viewpoints along the hiking trails you have an unforgettable view of the waterfall. If time permits, you can hike until you reach the highest point. This place is specially also for bird whatching tours.

Your journey continues with a brief stop at a Mennonits settlement in Cuauhtémoc. Arrival in Chihuahua in the afternoon.

Overnight in Chihuahua

Day 8

Wednesday: Chihuahua city tour and departure flight

In the morning, guided tour through the city of Chihuahua: you will visit the zocalo, the cathedral surrounded by several colonial buildings and other historical places such as the Pancho Villa Museum, the hero of the Mexican Revolution. Finally visit the Quinta Gameros Museum.

The Copper Canyon three cultures program finish with the transfer from the hotel to the Chihuahua airport

Additional options

Request the supplement for the CHEPE EXPRESS FIRST CLASS that includes gourmet food on board the Urike Domo restaurant! We gladly extend the Copper Canyon three cultures itinerary so that you can visit the Magical Town of Batopilas or the archaeological zone of Paquimé in Casas Grandes!

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