News about the Copper Canyon

News about Copper Canyon, the Chepe Express Train and information about air connectivity in Mexico especially to Chihuahua and Los Mochis. In this section we will keep you updated with the latest news about Copper Canyon. Current schedules of the Chepe Express train and new flights that operate especially to Chihuahua and Los Mochis. We invite you to visit Chihuahua and get to know the Sierra Tarahumara¡ We Invite you to visit Chihuahua and know the Sierra Tarahumara!

This is paid if you enter Mexico under the condition of staying as a visitor without permission to carry out paid activities (tourism).

If you travel by air, you must pay the DNR when purchasing your plane ticket. If you do it by land or sea, you must pay it at any bank branch in Mexico or in the place where you enter the country. In exchange, you must receive proof of corresponding immigration rights, always presenting your passport and the multiple immigration form (FMM). that your reason for traveling is tourism or business, or others.

If you are Mexican and reside abroad, you will be exempt from payment only if you present any of the following Mexican accreditation documents.

■ Citizen identification card

■ Certified copy of birth certificate

■ Consular registration

■ Naturalization letter

■ Certificate of Mexican nationality


You will also be exempt if

  1. You enter Mexico by land and your stay will be less than seven days.
  2. Foreigners who carry a valid and current Mexican visa that certifies any condition of stay, other than that of a visitor without permission to carry out paid activities.
  3. Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence in Mexico who have a current immigration form, formerly FM2 or FM3.
  4. Foreigners who are diplomatic or have an official service visa.
  5. Children under 2 years old.

Miguel Torruco Marqués, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, confirms the participation of 136 Magical Towns from 24 Mexican states in this tourism event to be held from 22 to 24 September 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
In addition, artisans, traditional cooks and chefs will participate and during three days of festivities will bring the magic, colour and flavour of Mexico’s Magical Towns to an event held for the first time in this city of California.
This second edition of the Tianguis Internacional de Pueblos Mágicos will be held at The Shrine Expo Hall, a 5,000 square metre venue located in downtown Los Angeles.
We invite you to visit the Chihuahua stand during this event and to get to know the news that this great state of Mexico has to offer.

León (BJX)

Mazatlán (MZT)

Departure 14/01/2024

León (BJX)

La Paz (LAP)

Departure 18/11/2023

Monterrey (MTY)

La Paz (LAP)

Departure 17/08/2023

Mexicali (MXL)

Los Cabos (SJD)

Departure 04/01/2024

Mexicali (MXL)

Los Mochis (LMM)

Departure  23/08/2023

Los Mochis (LMM)

Mexicali (MXL)

Departure  30/08/2023

Mexicali (MXL)

Chihuahua (CUU)

Departure 18/08/2023

Chihuahua (CUU)

Mexicali (MXL)

Departure 09/08/2023

Guadalajara (GDL)

Loreto (LTO)

Departure  16/12/2023

Querétaro (QRO)

Los Cabos (SJD)

Departure 06/11/2023

  • From Cancun or Hermosillo

Cancun-Hermosillo Departure 14:59, Arrival 16:59. Frequencies: Thursday and Sunday

Hermosillo Cancun Departure 08:36, Arrival 14:20. Frequencies: Thursday and Sunday

  • From Guadalajara or Loreto

Guadalajara-Loreto Departure 09:37, Arrival 10:35. Frequencies: Tuesday and Saturday

Loreto-Guadalajara Departure 11:05, Arrival 14:10. Frequencies: Tuesday and Saturday

  • From Mexicali or San José del Cabo

Mexicali-San José del Cabo Departure 16:47, Arrival 18:48. Frequencies: Thursday and Sunday

San José del Cabo-Mexicali Departure 13:44, Arrival 15:46. Frequencies: Thursday and Sunday

  • From Querétaro or San José del Cabo

Querétaro-San José del Cabo Departure 14:00, Arrival 15:00. Frequencies: Monday and Wednesday

San José del Cabo- Querétaro Departure 10:46, Arrival 13:30. Frequencies: Friday and Sunday

During the 5th The “Best of Mexico” edition of the magazine México Desconocido awarded 17 awards. These awards recognize the best experiences, routes and destinations in our country. Three of these prizes were awarded to the state of Chihuahua:

  1. The Cañones Ultra Marathon competition: It is the award for Best Destination for Sporting Event in an amazing setting
  2. The best state to live ecotourism experiences due to the great variety of adventure activities that the state of Chihuahua offers
  3. Posthumous recognition to Don Juan Quezada Celado for his vision and artistic vocation for the reinvention of the ceramic production technique produced in the town of Mata Ortiz. This ceramic is inspired by the ancient designs of the Paquimé culture in large houses.

vite you to visit the “Big” state of Chihuahua and live unique and different experiences.

It’s not just about publishing and advertising tobacco and tobacco products.

It is prohibited, smoking is no longer allowed in public spaces. This also applies to tourists. Inform your customers that smoking is prohibited. On public transport, on beaches, in parks, in archaeological zones, in hotels, in restaurants and much more. Infringement can be punished by a penalty fee or imprisonment. The Federal Foreign Office (Germany) has also updated its information in this regard (February 23, 2023).

We will be waiting for your visits at the Chihuahua stand to inform you of news in our company and present our new product catalog.
We will show you interesting programs as well as clarify any doubts you have about the destination.

Adventure Park received this recognition in the city of Querétaro at the Misión Grand Juiriquilla hotel. Copper Canyon is considered the best destination without the most visited beach in the country. The park has 5 activities such as the 2,554-meter Zip Rider considered the longest in America and the second in the world. Circuit of 7 zip lines with 5 kilometers in length between seven jumps and two hanging bridges. Via Ferrata with a 48-meter rappel descent, five suspension bridges, Tarzan jump and ends with the Cable Car. It also has bicycle rental activities, horseback riding, hiking, and Raramuris experience activities, etc.

On December 20th, 2022, the World Tourism Organization granted a worldwide appointment to Creel and El Fuerte, as part of the Best Tourism Villages of the World 2022 (Best Towns for Tourism)
This appointment was made from a selection of 136 destinations from 57 countries, of which only 32 were able to list.
This appointment will be delivered on February 27th and 28th, 2023, in Saudi Arabia.

At the recent FITUR 2023 Tourism Fair, Amapa Tours collaborated with the Chihuahua State Government, the Ministry of Tourism and the Fideicomiso ah Chihuahua Directorate to promote the attractions that Chihuahua has to offer. We presented the tourism and adventure activities, culture, hotels and gastronomy. In addition to our new tourism programs, where wine tourism and astrological tourism received the most interest.
We invite you to read the press release published by the Government of the State of Chihuahua about the important participation of the state in FITUR MADRID 2023.

If you would like more information about astronomy tourism, please contact us.

If you want to take advantage of the fair to arrange a meeting with us (or say hello!) we will be delighted to meet you, explain our services in detail and show you what’s new in Copper Canyon personally.

We will be at Fitur in the Mexico pavilion at stand 3E01 working at tables 38 and 45 under the name of Chihuahua.

We will wait for you.

We are pleased to inform you that services to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza can now be booked.

It is important to notify all our clients and wholesale operators of the reopening and that they can now book this and other services to the state of Yucatan with us.

The archaeological site of Chichén Itzá is currently blocked by local Mayan groups from the surrounding towns and cannot be visited. We are waiting for a quick solution. The conflict has been going on for many years between hundreds of local merchants for the archaeological site who are inhabitants of the surrounding towns who make a living selling handicrafts and the interest of the INAH (Archaeological Institute of Mexico) and Yucatan to protect the archaeological sites and to free them and keep them free from merchants.

Access to the Hacienda Chichén, Chichén and Villas Arqueológicas hotels have only been blocked once in recent days. As an alternative to Chichén Itzá, we recommend visiting Mayapán, the last Mayan capital of the Yucatán peninsula.

We have good news to start this year!!!

Volaris starts operations with a new direct route Culiacan – Cancun – Culiacan.

The inauguration of the flight is the 1st of April 2022: CUL CUN in direct flight, with a very good schedule and an excellent fare.

We share the information with you:

The days of operation are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  


3:01 PM – 8:09 PM


12:58 PM – 3:16 PM 

We invite you to extend your stay in Cancun to Los Mochis, Sinaloa and from there to the COPPER CANYON destination  to travel aboard the Chepe Express train. 

The Chihuahua State Tourism Board officially presented the Safe Travels Seal to Amapa Tours as a company that complies with the regulations set forth by the World Travel and Tourism Council to correctly apply the hygiene and sanitation measures established in its protocols.

This organisation represents and supports tourism companies in the private sector in order to recover tourism worldwide, while taking care of the health and safety of employees and visitors.

Travel safe to Chihuahua, Copper Canyon and Mexico with Amapa Tours.

Safe Travel Certification

The traditional tourism fair ITB Berlin NOW 2021 is just around the corner and we think it’s a shame that we won’t meet in person this year. Amapa Tours will be present virtually and we would be happy if we could see each other in this way.

As part of the international tourism fair, we would like to cordially invite you to the presentation of the destination “Copper Gorges”, the Chepe Express train and our services in this impressive region.

The event will take place on March 9th at 5:00 p.m.

In this presentation we introduce:

  • The new deluxe Chepe Express train
  • The culture of the Raramuri
  • The outdoor activities with the longest cable car in Mexico
    Insider tips on gastronomy, wines and artisanal beer from the region
  • The “Pueblos Magicos” that you will find along the Sierra Tarahumara Route

We also talk about the current health and safety measures implemented by the local authorities so that tourists can enjoy their trip without worries.

Follow-up tours to the travel destinations Baja California, the most beautiful colonial cities in central Mexico and the temples and pyramids in southern Mexico, especially in Palenque, Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, are also presented.

We look forward to your participation.–ed_569

As part of the celebrations for the 6th anniversary of Amapa Tours foundation, we are holding various promotional events and one of them is a series of interviews for the program “Tu vida en lo Alto” ​​which is a broadcast live by Radio Tentación in Madrid, Spain. During these broadcasts we will have the opportunity to provide the Spanish audience with information on the natural, cultural, gastronomic and adventure attractions offered by the Copper Canyon region in Chihuahua.

On February 27, 2021 we talked about the attractions of the Magic Town of Creel in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Creel is located 257 km south of Chihuahua and is considered “The Gateway to the Copper Canyon”. All tourists with an adventurous spirit can:

  • practice extreme outdoor adventure activities
  • know the customs and traditions of the indigenous Tarahumara or Rarámuris.
  • Enjoy in the sightseeing tours the impressive rock formations of its valleys and much more …

During the program we gave some tips about the hotel industry, activities to do in the surroundings, as well as the gastronomic richness that this picturesque place has to offer.

Just click on the following link to listen to the Podcast:

We can organize your next trip to this spectacular destination.

A new year has started and we want to look forward with optimism and confidence to what we hope will be a much better new year.

While we in Europe are all preparing for the resumption of tourism operations for the 2021 season, the Copper Canyon region continues to train all service personnel who look after our customers on site.

The Chepe train,the hotels and the National Park Barrancas del Cobre continue operating at around 50% of their capacity. Health and safety measures are implemented and monitored by the local health authorities, supported by the Chihuahua Tourist Offices, so that the tourists visiting the region can enjoy their trip without worries.

Important and good news for the destination is that the Chepe Express train operates with new departure times since January 11th. The new timetable offers to the passengers more convenient departure and arrival times in the Copper Canyon and in Creel.

Los Mochis-Creel: Departure 8:00 a.m. Arrival 5:40 p.m. (Monday and Friday)

Creel – Los Mochis: Departure 8:00 a.m. Arrival 5:40 p.m. (Tuesday and Sunday)

1. First class Chepe Express: This is the highest category (96 passengers). This category allows access to the Domo “Urike” restaurant, a meal on board is included, which can be lunch, dinner or breakfast, as well as a snack and a national non-alcoholic drink. It allows access to the bar and has exclusive access to the terrace bar with panoramic view and sliding windows.

Viaja abordo del tren Chepe Express

2. Executive Chepe Express: This category offers seats for 240 passengers. Access to the Domo “Urike” restaurant is allowed only on the ground floor. It does not include food. It offers access to the executive bar which has panoramic windows.

Viaje comodamente en el tren lounge del tren Chepe Express

3. Tourist Chepe Express: This is the new category with capacity for 192 passengers. Access to the exclusive restaurant for tourist class. It does not include food. It does not allow access to the executive bar, the lounges or the terrace bar.

Viaje con el tren Chepe por la Barranca del Cobre Chihuahua México

We invite you to experience the trip on board the new Chepe Express train and enjoy the natural beauty of the Copper Canyon. A destination known for its location and its outdoor activities that also guarantee unique and unforgettable travel experiences. Book trip with your travel specialist.

Today, Thursday December 17, the airline Viva Aerobús inaugurated the first flight from Los Mochis to Mexico City which will be operating twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays and has a capacity of 180 passengers.

This flight offers greater air connectivity to Los Mochis and allows access to the Copper Canyon. Additionally, Viva Aerobús operates two flights a week to Monterrey: Monday and Friday.

We invite you to take advantage of the offers offered by Viva Aerobus and program your trip to the spectacular destination of Copper Canyon.

Contact us for more information: / /0052 6681 705619

On September 23rd and 24th 2020, the first Digital Tourist Tianguis was held in Mexico and Amapa Tours was present promoting the attractions of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua and the Chepe Express train. 

It was a digital meeting held as an effective and innovative alternative that has implemented a new strategy allowing the entire tourism sector in Mexico and its many destinations, without exception, have a virtual space to carry out the dissemination, promotion and marketing of our products and regional attractions. 

This new promotion modality has opened a window of opportunity for us to do very productive business and that without a doubt gave us the opportunity to contact new clients. This event is an example of innovation, creativity and adaptation, core elements to face the challenges imposed by the new reality and that contributes to make tourism a solid tool for social welfare.

Aeromexico increases international flight operations.

  • It will restart operations in six destinations from Mexico City and one from Guadalajara
  • It will increase frequencies to another seven destinations outside the country

For the month of October, Aeroméxico will operate about 30% more international flights compared to September. Thus, the company will have a presence in 28 destinations in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Restart of operations from Mexico City:

San José, Costa Rica – Guatemala, Guatemala – Lima, Peru, Medellin and Bogotá, Colombia – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From Guadalajara, it will restart towards:

San Francisco, United States.

Destinations with increased frequencies:

Seoul, South Korea – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Paris, France, Quito, Ecuador – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Miami and Sacramento, United States.

With these modifications, Aeroméxico will increase its offer of kilometer seats (ASK) by 31% compared to September, through almost 1,100 international flights.

Mexico’s leading airline estimates that it will serve around 70 national and international destinations in October, with more than 9,300 scheduled flights.

The company continues to apply the highest standards through its Health and Hygiene Management System, in all its operations.


Today the Guadalajara International Airport, operated by the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), celebrated the departure of the new flights that Aeroméxico will be operating from the Jalisco capital of Jalisco to Cancun and Los Cabos.

Aeroméxico will operate 7 weekly flights to and from Guadalajara on the Cancun route and 5 weekly flights on the Los Cabos route. Thanks to this, the airline will have an offer in this destination of more than 90 weekly flights, serving seven of the most important markets for the city of Guadalajara: Mexico City, Tijuana, Monterrey, Cancun, Los Cabos, Los Angeles and Chicago.

These new routes allow customers to extend their trip to Mexico from the city of tequila “Guadalajara” and the pearl of the Pacific “Los Cabos”. These destinations can be combined with your visit to the Copper Canyon.

TAR – Airline

TAR airline will start a new flight from Puerto Vallarta to Chihuahua on August 20, 2020.

TAR route:

  • CHIHUAHUA- PUERTO VALLARTA Thursdays and Sundays: departure at 08:25 am – arrival at 10:00 am
  • PUERTO VALLARTA – CHIHUAHUA Thursdays and Sundays: departure at 10:25 am – arrival at 11:55 am

This new air connection will allow you to extend your stay in Mexico and visit the state of Chihuahua and the Copper Canyon from Puerto Vallarta. We will be happy to help you with the reservation.

The Chepe Express train

Due to the changes we are experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Ferromex has made the decision to cut off-season train travel. Therefore, the Chepe train will stop offering services on Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 3 to December 1, 2020.

The Chepe Express train began operating again on July 17, 2020. We are prepared with special protection measures so that your train journey through the Copper Canyon is unforgettable.

The majestic Copper Canyon awaits you and Amapa Tours will help you organize your trip.

Contact us, we will be happy to advise you!

Dear clients and friends.

We thank everyone for their understanding and support in relation to these difficult times that we are living with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your positive feedback and for your willingness to postpone your trips. With each travel voucher you have accepted, you support us, as well as the northwest of Mexico and the inhabitants of the Copper Canyon, who currently have no income due to the lack of tourists.

We hope to see you again soon and plan your trip to Mexico.

Interested? We will gladly answer your questions