The Copper Canyon Railway
A stunning piece of engineering achievement. Opened in 1961 after decades of construction, the railway was designed to connect the Pacific Ocean with Mexico’s central desert territory and Chihuahua. The route continues to be a major freight connection between Chihuahua and the Pacific coast.
The railway line is over 390 miles (650 km) in length, crosses 39 bridges (the longest bridge is over 500 meters long) and 86 tunnels (the longest over 1,500 meters long).
The track starts at sea level at Los Mochis, and will rise to an altitude of around 8,000 ft (2,500 m) before descending into Chihuahua City which lies at around 2,500 ft (800 m) altitude. The line crosses some of Mexico’s most rugged terrain; hugging the edge of mountains and crossing deep ravines on its bridges. The scenery it travels through is truly breathtaking.
Barranca del Cobre, Copper Canyon
Is a region in the desert of Northwest Mexico that hosts some of the most spectacular and stunning natural scenery in Mexico’s inland territory.
The area known as Copper Canyon is actually a series of 20 canyons, formed over the years by six rivers. The area is sometimes compared to Arizona’s Grand Canyon, although the Copper Canyon region is at least seven times the size, and has different topography, flora and fauna to the Grand Canyon.
The Copper Canyon is in Mexico’s wilderness. The Rarámuris or Tarahumaras Native American people, still live a simple life in these canyons, as they have done for thousands of years. Today, they also sell their crafts and food to visitors who take the Copper Canyon Train Ride or stay in the villages along the Canyon
One of the most beautiful colonial towns in Sinaloa’s northwestern region.
For centuries it was a major trading post for gold and silver miners. Some lovely colonial mansions line the cobblestone streets leading to a central Plaza de Armas, that comes alive in the evenings.
El Fuerte was founded in 1564 by Spanish conquistador Don Francisco de Ibarra, the first explorer in the treasures of the Western Sierra Madre mountains. In 1610 a fort was built to ward off the fierce Zuaque and Tehueco Indians, who constantly harassed the Spaniards. El Fuerte became a major trading post for silver miners and gold seekers from the Urique, Batopilas and Rain of gold mines in the nearby Sierra Madre.
In 1824, El Fuerte became the capitol of what is now the states of Sonora, Sinaloa and a part of Arizona. It remained for several years. There is much rich history in and around El Fuerte. You can be sure that a historical walk around this picturesque colonial city of about 30,000 people is a very rewarding experience. El Fuerte is also famous for being the legendary birthplace of Senor Diego de la Vega, also known as El Zorro.
A wonderful virgin landscape setting in the middle of the mysterious Tarahumara
Indian country. The charming village of Cerocahui is located at the edge of Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon in the western Sierra Madre system. This “ejido” (government-established community cooperative) is dedicated to forestry. Previously the town was involved in mining at “Sangre de Cristo” which closed down in 1963 and now ranching and farming predominates.
Posada Barrancas / Divisadero
About 4km southwest of Divisadero, Posada Barrancas train station is next to Areponapuchi, the only village on the train line right by the rim of the canyon, it is where it all comes together for the first time, with spectacular views of the canyon.
The mega new attraction nearby is the Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon Adventure Park), where activities include the formidable Tram Ride and Zip-Lines that whoosh you over precipitous 1500m-plus canyon drops.
An easy path with several good viewpoints runs along the canyon rim to the left (north) of Posada Barrancas, and several lookouts (as well as the adventure park) lie short distances off the road between here and Divisadero
Creel The Heart of the Sierra Tarahumara
Also known as Creel Station because it was a major railroad stop – is in the heart of the Western Sierra Madre. Until the 1960s the train that we now know as the Chihuahua-Pacific ended its route at this Magical Town, the only one in Chihuahua. In addition to being a picturesque town evocative of the far west and bygone eras, Creel is also an excellent jumping-off point for visiting the Sierra Tarahumara, traveling in El Chepe, and adventuring about Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre).
The largest mennonite community in México
Very close to the capital of the state of Chihuahua, in the city of Cuauhtemoc, we will find the community of Mennonites from all over Mexico. Upon arriving at this city, we will be able to feel their presence through the wide apple orchards and the austere wooden houses with tiled roofs. And especially, when you see the billboards advertising the sale of cheese.
We wll visit the Mennonite Museum to learn a little more about the culture and way of life of these people who are so uniquely different from our lifestyle.
The City of Chihuahua
is located in the largest state of México that shares the same name and shares border with the U.S. states of Texas and New Mexico. The state is known for its desert landscapes and the Sierra Tarahumara Mountains.
Chihuahua’s famous Copper Canyons is one of the largest canyon systems in the world.
The capital city of Chihuahua is Chihuahua, and is an elegant colonial town built during the mining boom in the 19th century. Visitors can find museums, quaint plazas and many recreational activities.
This museum is dedicated to Pancho Villa and his important role in the Revolution. It was opened in 1983 after being renovated and is filled with objects, guns, hotographs and documents from the Revolution. The car that Pancho Villa was assassinated in, in Hidalgo de Parral, is on display here as well. You can see the bullet holes that iddled the vehicle and ultimately claimed the life of this hero of the Revolution.
The Chihuahua state capitol was built 1881-92; Inside are enormous archways, a large central patio and first-floor walls covered with noteworthy murals depicting the state’s history. It was here that Father Miguel Hidalgo was executed by firing squad in 1811 during the War of Independence. The Nation’s Altar (Altar de la Patria) on the ground floor marks the exact spot where he died. The Hidalgo Museum has a re-creation of the church facade in Dolores Hidalgo from which the priest turned freedom fighter issued his call for independence, while the Gallery of Arms displays an impressive array of weapons.
• Round trip airfare from/to Guadalajara
• All the transfers from/to Ajijic
• First class train tickets Chihuahua-Pacifico (CHEPE)
• Transportation from Creel to Chihuahua
• 6 Nights Hotel accommodation
• 1 Night in El Fuerte (breakfast included)
• 1 Breakfast on board the train.
• 1 Night in Cerocahui (3 meals included)
• 2 Night in Posada Barrancas (6 meals included)
• 1 Night in Creel (breakfast included)
• 1 Night in Chihuahua (breakfast included)
• 12 Meals included
• Specialized guide throughout the tour.
• Entrance fees to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
• Tips for bell boys, maids and waiters.
• 16% Government taxes
• Walking tour in El Fuerte
• Walking tour in Cerocahui
• Visit to the Tarahumara girls boarding school
• Tour to the Gallego hill, viewpoint of the Urique canyon
• Walking tour in Divisadero
• Walking tour in Creel
• Valley of the mushrooms and frogs, rock formations
• Arareko lake
• Visit to San Ignacio Mission
• Visit to a Tarahumara cave
• Tour to the Mennonite colonies and museum
• City tour in Chihuahua.
• Pancho Villa house
• Miguel Hidalgo prision
• Quinta Gameros
• And much more!!