Multi-Day Tour

Copper Canyon Hiking Adventure (9 days)

Journey Mexico

Los Mochis, Mexico To Chihuahua, Mexico


Day 1
Los Mochis, Mexico
Hotel El Fuerte 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
Community Cabins Areponapuchic 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
Eco-Cabins Guitayvo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

(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
Cabanas San Isidro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

(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: Cabañas San Isidro)

 Full day hike (6-8 hours)

 Altitude gain / loss: 132/ 3,826  ft.

Day 7
Creel, Mexico
Plaza Mexicana 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
Chihuahua, Mexico
Hotel San Francisco 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
Chihuahua, Mexico
None None

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

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Copper Canyon Hiking Highlights

Copper Canyon Hiking departures start in Los Mochis unless a Chihuahua departure is indicated.  Both of these cities are located in the northwest of Mexico. These gateway cities may require internal flights, which are easily coordinated and can usually be done the same day arriving from abroad. There are direct flights from Los Angeles, Tucson, El Paso and other U.S. cities as well as from Mexico City, La Paz, Chihuahua, Merida, Guadalajara and other Mexican cities to Chihuahua and Los Mochis several times a day. The trip ends in the city of Chihuahua unless Los Mochis (El Fuerte) is indicated, from which there are also several daily flights to the aforementioned U.S. and Mexican cities.

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

2011-2012 Departure Dates (9 Days)

October 22 2011

November 19 2011

December 17 2011

January 28 2012

February 11 2012

April 24 2012

October 20 2012

November 17 2012

December 15 2012

Important Summary Notes:  The Copper Canyon crossing runs for a full nine days, which includes the arrival and departure day. There will be 2 nights in rustic community cabins and 2 nights camping /4 days walking with one night at moderately high altitude (approximately 7,500 ft.)  While very few clients will experience effects of this moderate altitude, night time temperatures often drop below freezing.  Please follow the included packing list closely.  Arrival transfers will be included on arrival day and we reserve the right to have clients wait up to: 30 minutes for fellow travelers.  Please indicate arrival time at time of booking. We will be happy to arrange arrival transfers not on Day 1 of the trip for which there will be a $150 charge for up to 6 clients.  While we have not included an extra day on the beginning of this trip, we encourage our clients to arrive one day early in order to safeguard against luggage loss / delay and or missed flights / connections.  We will gladly arrange extra night’s accommodations upon request.

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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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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.
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By: Ginger

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
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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.

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By: mh123

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

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Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

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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

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By: Rita

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

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By: Partridge Travels

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

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