Mexico Copper Canyon Tour
Copper Canyon in northern Mexico is a series of canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. It’s geographically larger and at times deeper than the Grand Canyon of neighbouring USA. Copper Canyon plays host to a wide variety of flora and fauna such as mountain lions and wolf that occupies the upper regions. The indigenous people of the area can be traced back to the Aztec Indians, and are a quiet and reserved people.
This tour begins in Mexico City. Transfer to the colonial city of Chihuahua on the northern part of Mexico, then ride the famed ‘Chepe – the popular railroad system that traverses the Copper Canyon and journey through the spectacular scenery of the Sierra Tarahumara. Take optional excursions around Creel and Cerocahui area, such as the Urique Canyon, overlooking the deepest point of the Canyon (1,879 m). Continue your ride to El Fuerte town and Los Mochis.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY MEXICO COPPER CANYON TOUR…And, experience one of the world’s great rail journeys.
The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change planes somewhere.
If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
Mexico Copper Canyon Tour
Chihuahua, Creel, Bahuichivo, Los Mochis
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Arrival Mexico City Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Regente
Day 2 – City Tour
Mexico City Explore the huge Mexico City. Visit the downtown area of the Zocalo and many places of interest.
Overnight at Hotel Regente (B )
Day 3 – Transfer
Chihuahua Transfer to the airport for your flight to the colonial city of Chihuahua, on the northern part of Mexico. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Best Western Mirador (B)
Day 4 – By Train
Creel After a very early call in the morning, you will be transferred to the railway station to begin your adventure. You will board the “Chihuahua-Pacifico” train better known as “Chepe”, which offers unsurpassed views of beautiful landscapes en-route. Your first destination will be Divisadero, which overlooks the magnificent Copper Canyon. Upon arrival to Creel station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, you will have free time to explore the area.
Overnight at The Lodge at Creel (B)
Day 5 – By Train
Posada Barrancas You will have the opportunity during the morning to take part in optional excursions (e.g. Arareko Lake, Tarahumara Caves and San Ignacio Mission). Later, you will be transferred to Creel train station, and travel to Posada (Barrancas) station, where a driver will meet you and drive you to your selected hotel.
Overnight at Posada Barrancas Rancho (B)
Day 6 – By Train
Cerocahui This morning enjoy some free time and explore the area or partake in one of the optional excursions to a nearby site (for example the Balancing Rock). We will later transfer you to the train station to ride to Bahuichivo, another station of the “Chepe”. There you will be picked up to and taken to your hotel in the old mission community of Cerocahui.
Overnight at Mision Cerocahui (B, D).
Day 7 – By Train
El Fuerte During the morning you will have free time to take part in one of the optional excursions around the area, such as the Urique Canyon excursion, overlooking the deepest point of the Canyon (1,879 m deep). Later, return to the train station and continue your ride to El Fuerte town which was an important mining centre in the 19th century and now has turned into a preferred region for boutique hotels.
Overnight at Posada del Hidalgo (B, L)
Day 8 – Depart
Los Mochis After breakfast transfer from the hotel to Los Mochis airport for your flight out, either to Mexico City or to your next destination.
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.
The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!
Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.
South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.
East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.
January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.
June to October: Beginning in June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.
Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.
Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.
Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.