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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.
Experience The World Class Executive Chepe Express
The Executive Chepe Express offers services for travelers looking for unique experiences
The Chepe Express is a luxury train, composed of nine passenger cars, designed to make the landscapes of the areas an unparalleled experience with exceptional panoramic views, it has a terrace, a bar and a double-decker car that houses the restaurant Urike (in reference to the deepest canyon of the Sierra Tarahumara).
The onboard restaurant offers a proposal of Mexican cuisine with Frenchified touches as in the time of the Mexican railroad boom. The products like Mennonite dairy products, chiles and fruits are from the region.
In this space the chefs Daniel Ovadia and Salvador Orozco took on the task of looking for the most representative cuisine of Chihuahua and Sinaloa, in order to offer a menu that represents the flavors of the mountain region of the north of the country.
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.
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
The Copper Canyon is the homeland of four distinct indigenous groups. By far the largest group, estimated at about 50 000, is the Tarahumara, or Rarámuri, as they prefer to call themselves. They live in the canyons preserving a way of life that has changed little over time. Many Rarámuri reside in the cooler, mountainous regions during the hot summer months and migrate deeper into the canyons in the cooler winter months, where the climate is more temperate. Some dwell in natural shelters such as caves or rock overhangs, or small wood or stone cabins.
They are well known for their long distance running capabilities, in fact their name for themselves, Rarámuri means “those who run fast”. Some Tarahumara sell hand made baskets and other items to tourists at stops along the railway route to help support their families.
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
• CHEPE EXPRESS Executive Class Train tickets
• Three-course meal onboard CHEPE EXPRESS
• Transfers Airport – Hotel – Train Station – Hotel – Airport
• 6 Nights Hotel accommodation
• 1 Night in El Fuerte (1 breakfast included)
• 3 Night in Posada Barrancas (7 meals included)
• 2 Night in Chihuahua (2 breakfasts included)
• 11 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
• Entrance fee to Parque Aventura Barrancas del Cobre
• Walking tour in Divisadero
• El Zorro show
• El Fuerte museum
• Walking tour to the different lookouts
• Visit to a Tarahumara cave
• Visit to a Tarahumara family
• Tour to the Mennonite colonies and museum
• City tour in Chihuahua.
• Panchos Villa house
• Miguel Hidalgo prision
• Quinta Gameros
• And much more!!