Mazatlan to El Fuerte
Today you will be picked up from the airport or hotel and transfered to the bus station in Mazatlan, where you will board a comfortable First Class bus for your interesting five hour trip to Los Mochis. Upon arriving, you will be picked up by a private guide and driven to the historic town of El Fuerte, which takes approximately 90 minutes. Upon arriving, you will have time to explore and relax before your real adventure begins in the morning.
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 at the hotel before departing for the city of Creel. After a free morning in Divisadero, you will re-board the ChePe train for a short ninety minute trip to the amazing mountain town of Creel, the shopping and excursion center of the Copper Canyon offering everything from handmade musical instruments to pottery and jewelry. After checking in to your hotel you are free to relax and do some exploring on your own. Creel is the jump off point for the highly recommended two-day extension to Batopilas - a thrilling journey to the bottom of the canyon.
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 Cerocahui
This morning you will go on a tour of Creel, including such sites as Mushroom Valley, the Mission, Tarahumaran Indian Caves, and Lake Arareko before reboarding the ChePe train, this time headed for Cerocahui. This is an extremely scenic train ride that will end at the Bahuichivo train depot. From there you will transfer about 45 minutes to the most beautiful mountain village in the state, Cerocahui.
Upon arrival in Cerocahui you will transfer to the Mision Hotel, located in the heart of town. With the rooms nestled amongst the vineyard and a sparkling little pool beckoning you for a dip, you will feel like you are in paradise.
Dinner is included at the hotel.
Cerocahui to Los Mochis
Following breakfast at the hotel, you have a fantastic morning tour to the Gallego Lookout which includes stops at the highest overlook readily available to tourists, a cave home, a rancho, and the Virgencita Spring.. Enjoy lunch at the hotel before you re-board the ChePe for the incredible remainder of the trip down the mountain. This portion of the trip is some of the most scenic, as you descend nearly 5300 feet through rugged mountains and deep canyons. Keep your camera handy - you will need it.
Upon arrival in Los Mochis you will be transferred to your downtown hotel for the evening.
Los Mochis to Mazatlan
This morning, you will be picked up and driven to the bus station where you will board a First Class bus, bound for Mazatlan. Upon arriving, you will be met by one of our drivers and driven to your hotel, or the airport.