Copper Canyon, Mexico
9-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 two nights at the Paraiso del Oso Lodge, near the village of Cerocahui. It can begin in either Los Mochis or Chihuahua. The following itinerary is an example of our 9-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. At the Bahuichivo station you’ll be met by our representative and driven to a ranch-style lodge located in a beautiful valley a couple of miles from the little village of Cerocahui.
3rd Day: Today you may want to arrange for a trip to the town of Urique, at the bottom of the canyon, or spend the day further exploring the area around Cerocahui.
4th Day: You’ll be transferred from the lodge to the train station for the short ride to Creel, a lumber town high in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Tonight you’ll spend the night at a comfortable lodge.
5th 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.
6th 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.
7th 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.
8th Day: You will board the train for the return trip to El Fuerte. You’ll be met at the El Fuerte train station and driven to the hotel to spend a final night.
9th 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, two nights in Cerocahui, and two nights in Batopilas; 11 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.