Copper Canyon – Three Cultures


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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 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 ravines 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. The city of Los Mochis is 15 kilometers from the Pacific coast and is one of the most fertile and northern growing regions of Mexico.

In the afternoon visit to the city of Los Mochis. You will visit the botanical garden, followed by 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.

Overnight in Los Mochis or Topolobampo

Important note: This program can also start in Los Mochis on Wednesday. The Chepe Express train has changed its schedule and no longer operates every day.

Day 2

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

After breakfast, they will be waiting for you at the hotel reception and take you to the Magic Town of El Fuerte. They will drive through 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 town of “Capomos” to experience up close the culture of the Yoreme-Mayo indigenous people. 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.

You can also hike on your own by visiting the kiosk, the Government Palace, the museum and some historical buildings.

Legend has it that Diego de la Vega, better known by his nickname “El Zorro”, was born in El Fuerte. Don’t miss the lively show “El Zorro” that is offered to tourists at the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo.

Overnight in El Fuerte

Day 3

Friday: travel on the Chepe Express train from El Fuerte to Bahuichivo

As from 7:00 hours, breakfast in the hotel restaurant with handmade corn “tortillas”.

The morning is free. Optional raft ride on the river. This includes a short hike to the petroglyphs on the river bank.

At 14:45 hours, your driver will be waiting for you at the hotel reception and will take you to the train station. Your adventure on the Chepe Express begins today.

The train leaves Los Mochis at 13:00 hours and arrives in El Fuerte around 15:20.

Shortly after 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 19:25 hours, arrival at the Bahuichivo train station, welcome and transfer to the hotel in Cerocahui. Dinner awaits you at the hotel.

Overnight in Cerocahui

Day 4

Saturday: transfer by road from Cerocahui to Copper Canyon

Today you will visit the impressive Urique Canyon. Your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel reception after breakfast.

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

Then visit a small cave where the Tarahumaras Indigenous 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 down a partially unpaved slope, to the surroundings are houses of the locals, surrounded by a fascinating landscape.

The rest of the day is free to observe nature, the wonderful views offered by the mountainous landscape, take a walk or 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 on the banks of the ravine

Day 5

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

We recommend consulting the reception about sunrise time so you don’t miss out on this 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, Cooper and Tararecua canyons.

You will visit the “Copper Canyon National Park, which is located in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara, between the Posada Barrancas and Divisadero train stations. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the landscape from the terrace of the glass-floor restaurant. For active people the mountain bike routes are available for beginners, intermediate and advanced,

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

  1. Ride on the longest cable car in Mexico (2,750 m)
  2. Zip Rider ride over dizzying 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 bank of the ravine. 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 you have the morning free to enjoy the tranquility of the place or take a horseback ride or walk around.

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 walk around Creel. Mission San Ignacio 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 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 various viewpoints along the hiking trails you have an unforgettable view of the waterfall. If time permits, you can go hiking until you reach the highest point.

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 walk 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.

Our services end 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 itinerary so that you can visit the Magical Town of Batopilas or the archaeological zone of Paquimé in Casas Grandes!

Program: Copper Canyon "Three Cultures"

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