Copper Canyon, Mexico
8-day to the Bottom
This Copper Canyon adventure travels to the bottom of the canyon to visit the little town of Batopilas and also includes a night at Divisadero, on the rim of the canyon. It can begin in either Los Mochis or Chihuahua. The following itinerary is an example of our 8-day adventure beginning and ending in Los Mochis.
1st Day: You’ll transfer from Los Mochis to the colonial town of El Fuerte, where you’ll spend the night in a charming hotel.
2nd Day: In the morning you’ll board the first-class Copper Canyon train and travel up into the Sierra Madre Mountains, passing through 86 tunnels and crossing 37 bridges. This is one of the most spectacular train rides in the Western Hemisphere. Tonight you’ll stay in Creel, a lumber town high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, where you’ll spend the night at a comfortable lodge.
3rd Day: This morning you’ll travel by van from Creel to the remote town of Batopilas. You will pass through mountains and valleys, and after reaching the Tarahumara community of Kirare you’ll head down the long, winding dirt road that leads to the bottom of the canyon. You’ll spend the next two nights in a charming little Mexican hotel in this village that seems suspended in time somewhere in the nineteenth century.
4th Day: There is much to explore around Batopilas. You can take a hike to Satevo to see the “Lost Cathedral.” Back in Batopilas you can check out the “Old Hacienda,” located just across the river. These ruins were the mining headquarters, mill, reduction plant and home of Alexander Shepherd. There is also the Porfirio Diaz Tunnel, where a train ran into the mountain to haul out the silver ore.
5th Day: You’ll travel back up the canyon and return to Creel. You’ll stop en route for a hike to Cusarare Falls, visit caves and, if time permits, Cusarare Mission.
6th Day: Just before noon you’ll board the train for the ride to Divisadero, where you’ll stay at a picturesque lodge located right on the edge of the canyon. You can take a short hike along the canyon rim or just relax at the hotel—either way you’ll enjoy magnificent views.
7th Day: After lunch you will board the train for the return trip to El Fuerte, where you’ll be met at the train station and driven to the hotel to spend a final night.
8th Day: Today you’ll leave Copper Canyon, but you’ll take along wonderful memories of this remote area and the people who make it their home.
The trip includes accommodations: two nights in El Fuerte or Chihuahua, two nights in Creel, one night in Divisadero, and two nights in Batopilas; 8 meals; train tickets; transportation between Creel and Batopilas; transfers from train to hotels; transportation between Los Mochis and El Fuerte (when trip begins in Los Mochis).
Best Time: November thru early March
Minimum Number of Persons: Two
*Note: Prices subject to change without notice.