Multi-Day Tour

Copper Canyon Railroad Adventure (8 days)

Journey Mexico

El Fuerte, Mexico To Chihuahua, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
El Fuerte, Mexico
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Arrival to 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.

Day 2
Chihuahua, Mexico
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Chihuahua al Pacific El Chepe

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.  It’s a short 15 minute transfer to this incredible hotel, the only hotel that offers sweeping views of the canyon from each and every room. In the afternoon, there will be time for walks around the countryside to enjoy the rugged canyon terrain. A Mexican dinner awaits and then you are free to enjoy your comfortable en-suite lodge accommodation.

Day 3
Creel, Mexico
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Creel

Back onto the train and on to Creel, the frontier logging and mining town turned tourism center of the Copper Canyon. Check into our cozy lodging at Margaritas Plaza Mexicana. Afternoon arrival will give you time to wander the many gift shops; make sure to try and buy directly from the Tarahumara indigenous people who are usually selling their crafts on the main plaza. Alternately, the crafts cooperative contributes to the local communities.

Day 4
Batopilas, Mexico
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Batopilas

Today, we descend the rugged switchbacks into the depths of the Batopilas Canyon passing through the Copper and La Bufa Canyons. We come to know first hand why the road to Batopilas was only completed at the end of the 20th Century! Arriving at Batopilas, we check into our gorgeous Hacienda, a perfect place to explore this historic mining outpost. Our rooms look out onto the Batopilas River, and we can walk into town to have a look at the ruins of the Sheppard Hacienda, admire the vestiges of colonial architecture, or perhaps a beer with the locals at the Swinging Bridge Bar.

Day 5
Batopilas, Mexico
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Batopilas

Today, we have a full day to enjoy this incredible town. Soaking in the history of an era lost in time, we 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. Return to the tranquility of our comfortable hacienda for a lovely dinner.

Day 6
Batopilas, Mexico
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Batopilas to Creel

After an early breakfast, we find ourselves setting out on the incredible climb, by van, out of the Batopilas Canyon up a spectacular array of switchbacks back to Creel, where we will have the afternoon free to relax or explore town. You may choose to visit the local crafts cooperative or an optional visit to the nearby hot springs. Optional tours to Lake Arareko or the Cusarare Mision are also possible. You spend the night in this frontier logging outpost turned tourism center of the Copper Canyon.

Day 7
Chihuahua, Mexico
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Chihuahua

We start the day with breakfast and a chance for souvenir shopping in the local crafts shops before our mid-morning transfer to Chihuahua, where we will check into our comfortable accommodation. The 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. You’ll spend the night on the town for our farewell fiesta.

Day 8
Chihuahua, Mexico
None None

Departure Day

Transfer to the airport for onward flights home.

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Description

Explore your adventurous side on the Copper Canyon Railroad Trip, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys and explore towns off the beaten path.

Chepe Train Copper Canyon ChihuahuaThis trip is a fantastic adventure taking in the awesome canyons of Northern Mexico. It is ideal for travelers wanting to combine the world famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train journey from the Sea Cortes up into the Sierra Tarahumara, with visits to local villages and towns very much off the beaten path. The rail journey abord the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico whisks you over 36 bridges and through 87 tunnels along its 655km length. Connecting the mountainous arid interior of northern Mexico with the Pacific coast, the railway line passes through landscapes that include sheer canyon walls, waterfalls and high desert plains offering unbelievable photo opportunities.

About Us

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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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

Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

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

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


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!

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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.

attentive

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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By: DSL


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

Perfect

By: KZB


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