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Discover the Copper Canyon


This adventurous trip includes hiking in the Copper Canyon and a spectacular train journey through the mountains.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrival in El Fuerte
Arrive into Los Mochis regional airport where you will be met by a local representative holding a sign board. You will be assisted to the vehicle for your private scenic transfer to your accommodation in El Fuerte. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Hotel Posada Del Hidalgo

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Posada Del Hidalgo

Day 2 – Chihuahua al Pacific Train El Fuerte Station to Divisadero Station
Ahead of your rail journey, you will be transferred from your accommodation to El Fuerte Train Station to connect with your departing train.

Travel by world famous Chihuahua al Pacific express train from via the Sierra Madre Mountains from El Fuerte to Divisadero Station. The journey is 185.79 miles and takes approximately 5 hours 55 minutes. This comfortable first class train leads passengers through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view. Lunch is available in the restaurant car for your own account.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Mirador (B)

Day 3 – Excursion to Copper Canyon with Cable Car
Spend the entire day exploring the dramatic area of the canyon, one of the last undiscovered treasures of North America. Learn about Otero Canyon which is 4,987 feet in depth while enjoying amazing views. Hear about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon. You will also spend time with the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon’s caves for thousands of years, and gain insight into their timeless traditions and culture. Later today experience the crossing of the canyon in a spectacular cable car ride (one of the highest in the world) to a breathtaking viewpoint from where you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including the Copper Canyon itself - affording magnificent views of Tarahumara Indian Ranchos in this expansive canyon system.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Mirador (B)

Day 4 – Transfer Posada Baracans to Batopilas
Today you leave Posada Barancas and travel overland by private vehicle to Batopilas which is approximately 6 hours drive. Descend the rugged switchbacks into the depths of the Batopilas Canyon passing through the Copper and La Bufa Canyons. You will come to know firsthand why the road to Batopilas was only completed at the end of the 20th Century! Arriving at Batopilas, check into our charming hotel, a perfect place to explore this historic mining outpost. Please be in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to pick-up time to ensure adequate time to load luggage.

Starting Accommodation: Riverside Lodge (B)

Day 5 – Day at Leisure
Today you have a full day at leisure to enjoy this incredible town. Soaking in the history of an era lost in time, you can laze by the river, choose from a number of day hikes, or take a trip to visit the “Lost Cathedral of Satevo.” Its grandeur and magnitude attest to the importance of this town and the riches that it produced at the turn of the 20th century.

Optional activities in Batopilas:
Visit “Los Cathedral of Satevo” – Its grandeur and magnitude attest to the importance of this town and the riches that it produced at the turn of the 20th century. Just 5 miles beyond the town of Batopilas is Satevo where you will find the Lost Cathedral. The Jesuits built this mission in the 18th century. Shortly after this, they were expelled from the Spaniard colonies and the Franciscans took over and converted it into a monastery. It is interesting to note that the architecture and the materials used in construction of this cathedral were unusual for the area. Most churches, cathedrals and missions in this time period in the new territories of the colony used adobe or rocks and not bricks like in this cathedral. The dimensions of this cathedral are amazing to see as well. It is charming to say the least, and along with the ruins of Hacienda San Miguel, it too will be a scheduled part of your tour to Batopilas. Hiking time is approximately 1 hours 30 minutes one way. After touring the site it is normally suggested to return in vehicle to Batopilas, but it is optional the hike back as well (1 hours 30 minutes). Estimated duration 4 hours. ideally from 9 am to 1 pm. Hike along the old Aqueduct to get a great overall view of the area around Batopilas and to enjoy sightings of the tropical birds that nest near the water such as the Mot Mot, Squirrel Cuckoo and the Military Macaws. The trail is upriver and you can hike up to 14 miles along it, depending on your hiking ability, but most people opt for a few miles only and then return. / our suggested time to hike this journey is from 2 hour and up to 4 hours depending on client’s hiking experiences and physical conditions.

Visit to Hacienda San Miguel, stroll upriver through town, about 30 minutes, crossing the bridge to the other side. Once inside, one can see the area in about 1 hour. The vestiges of a past of opulence, times of mining bonanzas, are revealed in the heart of the Sierra Madre in the ruins of the Hacienda San Miguel. Its walls tell stories and whisper secrets; naked and exposed they stand the test of time and bear witness to the effort and work, end the fearless character of those pioneer miners of the Canyons. Distance 1.5 miles and approximately 30 minutes one way walk from town, 1 hour explore. (2 hours experience, light walk). Silver mine called Penasquito. You can walk upright and there are many interesting sights such as the enormous beams that hold up sections of the off shoot tunnels. This mine can be seen along a lovely 3 hour hike that gives you great views of the village from above and the surrounding countryside.

Bird watching experience, The Camuchin Mine Ranch is 3.5 miles away and is a nice walk where one can see some lovely birds and soak up the atmosphere. Recommended to go in the early morning when it is cool and the birds are out in full force. It is a moderate climb – approximately 3 hour experience.

The Batopilas Museum features articles from the silver mining days and a beautiful photo exhibit of the annual reenactment of the Siver Trail Ride. The entrance is unique in itself as it has been created to look like you are entering an old mine.

Starting Accommodation: Riverside Lodge (B)

Day 6 – Transfer Tour Batopilas to Creel
Early this morning set out by vehicle as you climb the Batopilas Canyon up a spectacular array of switchbacks continuing to Creel. Once you arrive into Creel you will have the afternoon to relax or explore town.

Starting Accommodation: Best Western Plus The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa (B)

Day 7 – Valley of the Monks, Valley of the Mushrooms and Lake Araceco
This morning set out for a full day of exploring the surrounding areas. First you will visit the Valley of Monks where natural rock formations look like monks before heading to the Valley of Mushrooms with natural rock formations that look like mushrooms. Your guide will explain how erosion of the volcanic rock created these interestingly shaped creations. Having explored the rocks you will head to Lake Arareco, a U-shaped lake, surrounded by pine trees, before continuing on to the Church of San Ignacio, a simple looking, Jesuit mission built in the 1700s. Upon completion of your visit you will be driven back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Best Western Plus The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa (B)

Day 8 – Chihuahua al Pacific Train - Creel Station to El Fuerte Station
Ahead of your rail journey, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Creel Train Station to connect with your departing train.

Travel by world famous Chihuahua al Pacific express train from Creel to El Fuerte Station. The journey is 193.2 miles and takes approximately 7 hours 35 minutes. This comfortable first class train leads passengers through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view. Lunch is available in the restaurant car for your own account.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Posada Del Hidalgo (B)

Day 9 – Depart El Fuerte
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Los Mochis International Airport to connect with your departing flight.

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
El Fuerte
Deluxe:
Hotel Posada Del Hidalgo
Barrancas
Deluxe:
Hotel Mirador
Batopilas
Deluxe:
Riverside Lodge
Bocoyna
Deluxe:
Best Western Plus The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa
El Fuerte
Deluxe:
Hotel Posada Del Hidalgo


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Deluxe:
$2,870
Single Traveler
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Deluxe:
$4,735


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms