5 days / 4 nights
Trip Highlights & Features
5 Nights lodging (1 night El Fuerte, 1 night Divisadero, 1 night Creel, 1 night Chihuahua).
First Class bus from Mazatlan to Los Mochis, Private transfer to El Fuerte, & 1st Class Train throughout.
All meals (B,L,D) in Divisadero
City tour of Creel – Mushroom Valley, the Mission, Indian Caves, and Lake Arareko.
Transfers between train depots, hotels and airport.
Mazatlan to El Fuerte This morning you will be picked up from your hotel or from the airport and driven to the bus station, where you will board a comfortable First Class bus for the interesting five hour trip to Los Mochies. Upon arriving, you will then be picked up by our private driver and driven to the historic town of El Fuerte for a relaxing and quiet evening in this fantastic colonial town. The transfer time is approximately 90 minutes.
El Fuerte to Divisadero Today you will depart El Fuerte at about 9am and start the amazing journey from sea level to over 7000 feet through the Sierra Madre Mountains to Divisadero which is located on the canyon's rim. Spectacular rivers, canyons, mountains, and towering cliffs abound in all directions. Upon arriving in Divisadero, you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening. The hotels in Divisadero all provide views which overlook the mighty Urique Canyon.
The views of the three Canyons that comprise Copper Canyon make Divisadero ("The Divide") an unforgettable stop on your trip across the mountains. This area is four times larger than the Grand Canyon and gives visitors many memorable vistas of this pristine mountain wilderness. This line took 111 years to complete due to the financial hurdles caused in part by mountainous terrain and rugged canyons. By the time the railroad was completed in 1961, more than 200 trestles/bridges and 87 tunnels were built.
Dinner is included at your hotel.
Divisadero to Creel Breakfast and Lunch are included before you re-board the ChePe train for a short ninety minute trip to Creel, the shopping and excursion center of the Copper Canyon. After checking in to your hotel you are free to relax or do some exploring on your own. Creel is the shopping center and trading center for the region, offering everything from handmade musical instruments to pottery and jewelry. Creel is also the tourism center of the region, with optional trips to the famous Cusarare waterfall, Basihuare Canyon, the Mission, La Bufa Canyon, Recohuata Thermal Springs, and the highly recommended two-day extension to Batopilas - a thrilling journey to the bottom of the canyon.
Note: If you are interested in extending your already magnificent journey by traveling to canyon floor please click here for information about the Batopilas Extension.
Creel to Chihuahua
This morning you will tour Arareko Lake, Mushroom Valley, the Mission, and Tarahumara cave dwellings. After your tour, your afternoon is free to explore the shops and museums of Creel before boarding the First Class ChePe train for your trip down the Eastern slope of the Sierra Madre Range.
Upon arriving in Chihuahua you will be transferred to your hotel for a night of relaxation and reflection.
Chihuahua The tour comes to a close as you are transferred to the airport or bus station (Buses leave every hour) for El Paso. Be sure to inquire about transfer options to El Paso if you do not want to fly home from Chihuahua.
Dates & Prices
This trip can be booked for any day depending upon availability, That being said, holiday and peak season dates tend to book up well in advance, so we recommend making your reservations six months or more in advance, if possible.
Information & Reservations
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Come join us on one of our unforgettable trips to the Copper Canyon region of Northern Mexico. Trips can be customized to fit any budget or schedule. With key dates in already booking up, we recommend making your 2012 reservations soon by calling us at 1-800-717-0108.