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Mexico's Copper Canyon


The Copper Canyon (Spanish: Cañon del Cobre) is a group of 6 distinct canyons in the Sierra Tarahumara in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The overall canyon system is larger and portions are deeper than the Grand Canyon. The canyons were formed by six rivers which merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Sea of Cortez. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color which is where the name originates.

Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona - Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Evening orientation.

Saguaro CactusDay 2 – Phoenix to Obregon, Mexico - Drive south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. On the way, we will see the rare Saguaro cactus, which can live up to 150 years. We will enter Mexico and enjoy lunch. Our journey takes us through the Sonoran Desert, home to 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, 100+ reptile species, 30 native fish species, over 1000 native bee species, and more than 2000 native plant species. The Sonoran Desert area near the Mexican border is vital habitat for the only population of Jaguars living within the United States. We arrive in Obregon for overnight. Enjoy dinner. BLD




El Fuerte Colonial TownDay 3 – Yaqui Indian Museum, El Fuerte
- This morning visit the Yaqui Indian Museum to learn about this unique tribe’s traditions, costumes, art, and the famous deer dance. Enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit a Mayo Indian Village. See the remains of the old Tehueco Mission, dating from 1650 and the neighboring church built in 1811. Arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564, with its plaza’s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, romantic atmosphere and festive shows. Enjoy dinner. BLD











View from the Divisadero stopDay 4 – Copper Canyon Train to Divisadero
- This morning, we board "Chepe", the nickname for the "Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacifico". This Copper Canyon train trip is considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. From sea level al El Fuerte we climb to 7,500 feet, passing through  86 tunnels and 37 bridges.  Journey through Temoris where you see three ascending levels of the railroad. Enjoy a box lunch. Your scheduled arrival is early afternoon at your hotel at the "Divisadero" or Continental Divide on the rim of Copper Canyon. See sweeping majestic views from your room directly overlooking the canyon. Enjoy dinner. BLD



Day 5 – Copper Canyon Train to El Fuerte - Morning at leisure to enjoy spectacular views of Copper Canyon from your hotel. Walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below, or mingle with the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel. After lunch, reboard your chartered train car for another thrilling train ride through the Canyon. As you descend from the top of the Sierra Madre, you may see cascading waterfalls. Sheer canyon walls give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. See palm, banana, papaya and mango trees. Copper Canyon sunsets are a delight. Dinner is in the dining car. Return to El Fuerte for a relaxing two night stay. BLD

Copper Canyon scenicDay 6 – El Fuerte, River Float Trip - On your El Fuerte River float trip this morning you may see parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfishers, doves, cormorants and other birds in their natural habitat (river and weather conditions permitting). Next, a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century cathedral and government palace. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to stroll the cobblestone streets and the charming plaza of El Fuerte, center of all social life. Before dinner, enjoy a colorful and festive Mexican ballet folklorico. BLD


Day 7 – Pottery Making, Hermosillo
- This morning, see a demonstration of Paquimé pottery-making, made famous by the Casas Grandes Indians. Then, drive north. After lunch, continue to Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora. Sightseeing drive of the government palace and Asuncion Cathedral. Visit Zaragoza plaza. Enjoy dinner. BLD




HermosilloDay 8 – Hermosillo to Phoenix, Arizona
- Drive north this morning through the vast Sonora Desert with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre. The Sonora’s ecosystem includes a unique variety of plants and animals. Box lunch. This afternoon, re-enter the United States at Nogales, Arizona. Arrive at your hotel in Phoenix. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often long delays crossing the border. BL




Day 9 – Phoenix - The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle for your flight home. B



Departure Dates - January through December

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