Copper Canyon, Mexico
8-day Special Tour
This exciting trip is similar to our 7-day Classic Tour but adds the adventure of traveling from Creel down to the village of Batopilas in the canyon bottom. During our two-night stay in Batopilas, we hike or ride to the “Lost Cathedral” and explore the many sights of this unique little town where time seems to have stopped in the 19th century.
1st Day: We arrive at the city of Los Mochis, then travel to the small colonial city of El Fuerte, where we spend the night and begin our Copper Canyon Adventure.
2nd Day: In the morning we board the Copper Canyon train and travel up into the Sierra Madre Mountains, passing through 86 tunnels and crossing 37 bridges. This is one of the most spectacular train rides in the Western Hemisphere. After lunch we arrive at Divisadero and stay at a picturesque lodge located right on the edge of the canyon. Here we make our first contacts with the cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians. Spend the afternoon hiking or relaxing, either way taking in the magnificent views. Optional aerial tram rides and zip-line adventures are available. Dinner is at the lodge’s dining room, with its majestic view of the canyon.
3rd Day: After breakfast we hike to Tarahumara caves and spectacular canyon views. Usually our guides can make arrangements with the Indians to put on demonstrations of their famous foot races and folk dances. In the afternoon we board the train for the ride to Creel, a lumber town high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, where we spend the night.
4th Day: We travel from Creel to the little town of Batopilas. We pass through mountains and valleys, and after reaching the Tarahumara community of Kirare we head down the long, winding dirt road that leads to the bottom of the canyon. We spend the next two nights in a charming little Mexican hotel in this village that seems suspended in time somewhere in the nineteenth century.
5th Day: We hike or ride to the “Lost Cathedral" of Satevo and explore the area surrounding Batopilas.
6th Day: Today we return to Creel. En route we hike to Cusarare Falls and a cave with petroglyphs.
7th Day: Traveling to the city of Chihuahua, we stop at a Mennonite settlement for a homemade lunch, arriving in the afternoon at our deluxe hotel. After checking in we tour the city of Chihuahua—the State Capital with its murals, the State Museum and the home of Pancho Villa. This evening we enjoy our traditional farewell banquet.
8th Day: Today we transfer to the Chihuahua airport for your flight home, sad to leave but taking along wonderful memories of this remote area of Mexico and the unique people who make it their home.
What’s included: These trips are fully escorted by our experienced bilingual guides. The price includes transportation; accommodations: one night in El Fuerte, one night in Divisadero, two nights in Creel, two nights in Batopilas and one night in Chihuahua; excursions; tips and most meals.
*Note: Prices subject to change without notice.
**Our Easter, Christmas and New Year's Trips have a special itinerary where we'll celebrate the holidays at the Hotel Paraiso del Oso and visit the town of Urique at the bottom of the canyon. Contact us for details.