Multi-Day Tour

Copper Canyon Hiking Tour (9 days)

Journey Mexico

Los Mochis, Mexico To Creel, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099


Day 1
Los Mochis, Mexico
None None

Arrival Day: Home/Los Mochis, Mexico/El Fuerte. Transfer to the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon, El Fuerte. Check in to our beautiful historic lodge and then roam the cobble stone streets for a taste of old Mexico. Relax and wander this quaint and historical city. (no meals) Meet guide at 9:00 PM in hotel lobby for details on next day’s departure. (Overnight Hotel El Fuerte or equivalent)

Day 2
El Fuerte, Mexico
None Breakfast, Dinner

El Fuerte / CHEPE / Areponapuchic. All aboard the world famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train trip into the Sierra Madre Mountains. This comfortable first class train leads us through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view. Lunch is on your own at the restaurant car. We arrive in the early afternoon to Posada Rancho (7,260 ft.). It’s a short 15 minute transfer to the rustic and comfortable community cabins in Areponapuchic where we will spend the night. We will take a short hike around the area depending on our arrival time. B,D (Overnight: Community Cabins Areponapuchic)

Day 3
El Fuerte, Mexico
None None

(Trek Day One): Areponapuchic / San Rafael / Guitayvo. After breakfast we load up the vehicles and transfer to the trail head in San Rafael (7,425 ft). We then load up the mules and begin our walk through the rolling hills of the high sierra. We come to a school and a church in the indigenous village of San Alonso and follow the rolling hills of the high Sierra Tarahumara. We arrive to Guitayvo 7,590 ft.) in the mid-afternoon. We arrive to the community eco-cabins in Guitayvo. We will spend the night in this simple yet charming shelter. B,Snacks,L,D (Overnight: Eco-cabins Guitayvo) Full day hike (4.5-6 hours) Altitude gain / loss: 1,716 /1320 ft.

Day 4
El Fuerte, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

(Trek Day Two) Today we will begin our hiking adventure. We continue navigating around the mesa of Guitayvo and we drop down through an arroyo (river bed) and then we climb gradually up the side of a canyon. The mystical tranquility of this alpine region is reinforced by the wind whistling through the pine needles. We arrive to the small ranch of Huemachi (6,620 ft.) in the late aftrernoon. B,Snacks,L,D (Overnight: Wild Camping) Full day hike (6-8 hours) Altitude gain / loss: 690 /1650 ft.

Day 5
El Fuerte, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

(Trek Day Three)Today our descent continues as we connect with the Urique Canyon. Our trail affords us stupendous views and we really hit our stride as we walk along the ridge that spills down into the incredible Copper Canyon. We arrive to the small ranch of Chiruhuerabo (7,720 ft.) in the late aftrernoon. B,Snacks,L,D (Overnight: Wild Camping) Full day hike (6-8 hours) Altitude gain / loss: 1320 /142 ft.

Day 6
El Fuerte, Mexico
None None

(Trek Day Four)We now enter the Urique canyon proper through a side canyon. The views from the ridge looking down are spectacular and we carefully navigate the steep descent with plenty of stops to observe the quickly changing vegetation. We make our way towards Naranjo (3,894 ft.), where we are greeted by the friendly people that live there. After some time to chat with the locals, we will load our gear into the vehicle and head down to the town of Urique with time to check out this wildwest mining outpost. In the afternoon, we will climb out of the town of Urique by vehicle up impressive switchback road to the high sierra and our own private lodge at Cerocahui where our clean clothes and a hot fire are waiting for us! B,L,D (Overnight: Cerocahui Hiking Lodge) Full day hike (6-8 hours) Altitude gain / loss: 132/ 3,826 ft.

Day 7
Creel, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cerocahui/Creel. After breakfast we will to our destination at Creel by road stopping to see the Cerocahui Mission, and some of the most impressive view points along the road from Cerocahui to Creel. You will eat lunch along the way before arriving to the frontier logging outpost turned tourist center for the Copper Canyon, Creel. Diner in our cozy hotel. B,L,D (Overnight Plaza Mexicana)

Day 8
Creel, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Creel/Chihuahua. Breakfast and a chance for to explore a bit more before our mid-morning transfer to Chihuahua where we will check into our comfortable accommodation. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or site seeing at the interesting museums and historical sites of this important cultural and economic center of Northwestern Mexico. Night on the town for our farewell fiesta. B,L,D (Overnight Hotel San Francisco)

Day 9
Creel, Mexico
None None

Departure: Chihuahua Mexico/Home. Transfer to Airport for onward flights. (No meals)

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This Copper Canyon hiking 9 day expedition is a rugged adventure through the awesome canyons of Northern Mexico. It is ideal for active travelers wanting to combine remote Copper Canyon hiking in pristine wilderness settings and wildlife viewing opportunities with visits to local villages and towns very much off the beaten path.


Hiking through the deepest section of the biggest canyon of the immense Copper Canyon network.

Wild campsites near remote indigenous family compounds perched on canyon walls with mule and walking access only.

Visits to remote settlements of native Tarahumara and sharing the canyon trails with indigenous farmers and ranchers.

Overnights in the 200 years old frontier settlements of Creel and Cerocahui.

Train journey on the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad. This train ride is a highlight in itself and this spectacular trip is a natural transition between the dazzling Sea of Cortez and the arid canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara.

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Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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Family Trip

By: Deni170

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry
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Journese is no bargain

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.


By: kerri

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins



Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud

Mexico City and Oaxaca

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Great tour operator!. Everything worked like clock work. Everyone from airport greeters, to drivers, to guides were gracious, friendly and knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed our Oaxacan guide, Gabriel. Warm, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable, he made our two day tour of Oaxaca an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience. We have every intention of returning to Mexico City and visiting Puebla. We will definitely seek out Journey Mexico for that trip!
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien