Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

Copper Canyon info

A look at Copper Canyon info

Copper Canyon is a world famous destination. It is known for its awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife, renowned train route, and native culture. The Copper Canyon’s name derives from the greenish/copper color of the canyon walls was formed between 30-40 million years ago.  From the collapse of land, following a volcanic eruption, and seduction of the Farallon Plate. Six rivers carved the canyons that comprise the Copper Canyon.  It is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Not to mention, a train running through it!
The terrain varies from the high altitude Madrean Conifer Forest to sub-tropical forests in the valleys. Mexico’s second largest waterfall, Basaseachic Falls, is also located here in the Candemena Canyon. Copper Canyon has something to offer for every nature lover!

Getting Here- Copper Canyon info
There are many options available for planning your trip to the Copper Canyon.
Tours can begin in Cabo San Lucas, where you have the option to take a one hour flight on  www.calafiaairlines.com You may
take the ferry from Baja Sur’s capitol city, La Paz www.bajaferries.com to Los Mochis.
Transportation from Los Mochis to El Fuerte is available. El Fuerte is a prime location to start the tour.  It is a Pueblo Magico, plus you will enjoy more time in the morning before the train arrives!
Trips are also available from Chihuahua, but more scenic from the Sea of Cortez.


The Train- Copper Canyon info

El Chepe is the Chihuahua- Pacific railway of Copper Canyon. It began production in 1900, but due to terrain and expenses was not completed until 1961. The train runs among majestic landscapes of the Sierra Tarahumara area. Much of this area features the rich history and folklore of the indigenous Tarahumara culture. El Chepe climbs a seven degree grade and 2,400 meters above sea level. Copper Canyon is approximately four times as large as the Grand Canyon. It runs daily from Los Mochis to Chihuahua through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels.

 

 

birdwatching diversity in Copper Canyon

birdwatching diversity in Copper Canyon

Birdwatching diversity in Copper Canyon

 

Birdwatching is incredible! If you are not a “birder”, you may become one after visiting Copper Canyon.

“Birdwatching is my favorite activity, as there are over 120 species of rare birds. This includes Soldier Macaws, Cowacowa Eagles, all manner of parrots, and the elusive Vermillion Fly Catcher. The bird that will take your breath away is the Caracara. The male is a bad ass, but the female is the killer. If anything gets near her babies, they die. She has no predators other than man. Snakes that get near her eggs get a mile high ride and then are dropped in flight and when they have an unfortunate landing…she eats the pieces. She looks like she got out of a beauty parlour….he looks like he just walked out a bar looking for a fight. I have seen them both covered in blood.

The Military Macaws are impressive too…especially when they are in a school.

I have seen a whole flock of them take off from a river tree and it looks like a flying rainbow”.
    ~Mondo

 

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Within Copper Canyon, you will enjoy remarkable experiences and unusual sightings of the nearly 300 species of indigenous and migratory birds. Visit El Fuerte’s, “Mamot Alley”, a deep ravine that homes Russet-crowned Motmot.  Also check out Divisadero’s “vista” and the deepest parts of the valleys.

Around 7,000 ft., in the mountainous coolness, Woodpeckers, Tufted Flycatchers, and hummingbirds have been seen. Fellow travelers have reported a flock of endangered thick-billed parrots have been spotted flying into the canyon below. You may even see the national emblem of Mexico, the Crested Caracares. Other birds you may encounter are the Vermillion Flycatchers, white winged Doves, Brush Finches, Five Striped Sparrows, and Black Hawks.

Expect the unexpected. This biological diverse area hosts two distinct environmental climates. It ranges from mountainous Mandrean Conifer forests to sub-tropical valleys. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna within the four different biotic communities. Of the many species, many are not found in the United States. Birdwatching will enable you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Your guides will be able to point out species by sight and sound. Even if you are not a birder, this adventure may change your mind!

Videos of Canyon Travel You Tube channel of el Chepe and Copper Canyon

Videos of Canyon Travel You Tube channel of el Chepe and Copper Canyon

Have you seen our YouTube channel? We have videos of El Chepe train and diverse landscapes of Copper Canyon. Check us out today, or submit your Copper Canyon video for us to add to the channel.

Check out our videos of the Copper Canyon.

“All aboard el Chepe” videos

El Chepe train climbs a seven-degree grade, a mile high fro Los Mochis to Chihuahua. It passes small remote pueblos along the way, each one distinct in charm and environments. El Chepe passes over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels. With the rivers, waterfalls, mountain peaks and mastered engineering, Nat Geo calls this the most dramatic train ride in the Northern Hemisphere.

“the loop near Creel, Chihuahua

Between Creel and Posada Barrancas is where the train turns 180 degrees into the mountain tunnel, an engineering feet.

 

Reviews of Canyon Travel in Copper Canyon, Mexico

Reviews of Canyon Travel in Copper Canyon, Mexico

Check out our recent client reviews of Copper Canyon.

“Meant to write sooner….we are still raving about the Copper Canyon trip you and Mike arranged for us. Everything about it worked perfectly….smooth operation you have going there and we loved every minute of our time both in Cabo and on the train trip.
We greatly appreciated your patience with our travel needs, and could not believe all the TLC you both lavished on us.
Thanks for making lasting memories!”
Best in the New Year, Fran and Bernie, Chicago

 

“JUST A SHORT NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW ARE EXPERIENCE WITH CANYON TRAVEL. SHARON AND I BOTH ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH. WE FOUND THE ARRANGEMENTS THAT YOU SET UP TO BE VERY TIMELY AND THE ACCOMODATIONS TO BE JUST WHAT WE HAD VISIONED. IF YOU WANT A TRUE EXPERIENCE OF MEXICO I THINK THIS IS IT! THE COPPER CANYON WAS A MORE WOW FACTOR THAN I HAD IMAGINED AND YOUR PLANNING WAS RIGHT ON ! THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK.”

JOHN & SHARON, SOUTH DAKOTA

 

Our experience was mostly good, great at times, with some exceptions.

Copper Canyon is unbelievably spectacular, the train was better than I expected, a classy, comfortable ride, and the track is an engineering marvel. Thanks for getting us seats on the canyon side for all legs!

Starting the trip on the day of our choice was awesome, a distinct difference from what I saw available from other companies.

Rio Vista is a gem, of location and service. Nacho is one delightful human being, so accommodating. We rolled in off the train and caught the last 3 innings of game 6 of the World Series, and because he knew how important it was to us, he brought dinner to our room. And then the next night, for the deciding game 7, we asked him if we could do that again and we’d go get it from him. And it was the best food of the trip. The man can cook. One of the best moles I’ve ever had, Felipe was also a pleasure, and wonderfully knowledgeable about birds, which we also love, and the raft trip was excellent.

The room at Mansion Tarahumara was w/o a doubt the best view we’ve ever had from a hotel. We looked for hours. Thanks for getting that for us!

The connections for rides at the stations were all excellent, so no wondering where we were going or how to get there. Thanks again!

Mario is a great guy, we liked him and he answered our every question and need, but the answers were often only one word, or a short phrase, occasionally a sentence or two. He volunteered little and was preoccupied with other business, mainly organizing a race right after we left. That’s cool, but we felt like afterthoughts much of the time. The canyon excursion, which just I took, was good, but a long ride under those circumstances. This, and the absence of much else in particular to do made 2 days at the ranch seem rather long, especially the hours between dinner and breakfast. We don’t mind decompressing from normal busyness, but it shouldn’t be by the absence of any other choice. Also, I don’t think I am in the minority of tourists who like good coffee early. I get up ~6, coffee was promised at 7, but wasn’t ready either morning until 7:45. Local customs are one thing, but if a business depends on tourism, it has to accommodate for the needs of its clients. The food at Rancho Ysidro was very ordinary.

 

All of this made 2 days in Creel too much also. We actually like settling into a place more than one night, rather than moving from place to place continually, but only if there’s enough attractive enough to support it. Creel doesn’t have it.

The food at Mansion Tarahumara was also very ordinary, though slightly better than the other places. I appreciate that all the food was included in the trip cost, and that this is how people seem to eat in northern Mexico, but gawd, no wonder so many of them look depressed.

I realize you guys did your best, so I’m not faulting you for the downsides, just reporting what we experienced. The area itself has limitations which you must deal with too, and our informed choices make us responsible for things too.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give our trip a 7.5.

Thank you for facilitating our exploration of a truly amazing part of the world. We enjoyed it!

Perfection is often boring, probably like the insulated experience many tour companies offer. Jan and I look at those large groups and say to one another, “Let’s go the other way!” No refund necessary. I’m a stickler for unadorned honesty, and so wanted to be clear, not only for you, to make any improvements you can, but for myself. The trip was totally worthwhile, we’re glad we picked Canyon Travel, and you guys are cool.

Salud,
Steve, Oregon

Canyon Travel reviews of Copper Canyon

Canyon Travel reviews of Copper Canyon

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Testimonial for Copper Canyon Tours

My wife María de Lourdes, who was born in Chihuahua, and I have traveled all over Mexico for more than 40 years, visiting Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Yucatán, etc. and think we know Mexico pretty well. Strangely enough, we had never visited Copper Canyon. We made up for lost time in November 2016 when we were extremely fortunate to come across the Canyon Travel website. Thanks to the guidance of Michael “Mondo” Mondini and Carla Brown, we thoroughly enjoyed our 8-day trip on the picturesque El Chepe railroad stretching from Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the Pacific coast. Along the way we visited Creel, Barrancas, Bahuichivo, Cerrocahui and El Fuerte and experienced the beauty and charm of Copper Canyon, whose size and magnificence makes the Grand Canyon pale in comparison. Beyond the spectacular scenery, we were privileged to learn about the culture of the Tarahumara, or the Raramuris, as they prefer to be called, whose impressive resilience in the face of conquest by the Spaniards and subsequent virtual enslavement remains evident in their dispersed settlements, proud customs and practice of self-sufficient agriculture. Mondo and Carla have established strong links with hotels and lodges such as the Mansión Tarahumara or the San Isidro ranch run by the Muñoz family, whose home-cooked meals rustic cabañas warmed by wood-burning stoves were a particular delight. At each stop along the way we were met by local indigenous guides such as Mario, Jesús and Felipe, whose knowledge of the people, historical petroglyphs, and of course the canyons themselves made the trip really something special. And of course there was the chance to experience the world’s longest zipline at Barrancas Adventure Park, which as especially “exciting” for us senior citizens! After our Copper Canyon adventure, we fly to Los Cabos for a few days, where we had dinner with Mondo and were regaled with stories of his amazing life. We are grateful to him and to Carla for their expertise and impeccable organization of the logistics and the handling of our bookings, transfers, meals and local tours; I have organized many study-abroad educational programs in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil for University of Miami students and know how challenging their work truly is. We enthusiastically recommend Canyon Tours to anyone wishing to experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and the intriguing culture of the people who inhibit the region.

William C. Smith
Senior Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
Editor Emeritus, Latin American Politics and Society
Chihuahua to El Fuerte, November 16-23, 2016
“Scott and I really appreciated your ongoing contact before and during the trip. You did an excellent job!”

Sincerely

Julie and Scott, Portland, OR

weather update for Cerocahui at Bahuchivo Station Feb 11, 2017

Weather update for Cerocahui at Bahuchivo Station for the week of Feb 11, 2017. There’s possible rain at Posada Barrancas, and looks to be sunny with clouds at Cerocahui. Although you may think, “rain, ugh?”, there are chances of incredible rainbows and instant waterfalls through the train ride.

January and February are generally the older months in the Copper Canyon. The first time I went to Creel, it was snowing. I guess I didn’t relate snow to Mexico. This year has been warmer than usual, the biggest snow was in early December. There are less insects in El Fuerte at this time of the year, but still be safe to have repellent.

March through May are popular months to visit Cerocahui and Urique for the weather and the Semana Santa ten day holiday. The annual event is celebrated throughout Copper Canyon, but is a center hub for the final celebration night in Urique Canyon.

we will keep you updated with occasional weather updates in the Copper Canyon region.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/mx/cerocahui/232243/weather-forecast/232243

Planning for Copper Canyon

Planning for Copper Canyon

Are you getting excited to travel to Copper Canyon?

Planning for Copper Canyon will benefit your overall experience.

Before heading out to the airport,be ready. Before traveling abroad, do a little research, keep up on current events, and let others know of your plans, (like your bank and phone provider).

Even for those seasoned travelers, sometimes you need a check list or tips for traveling abroad.

  1. get trip insurance
  2. copies of your legal documents
  3. contact your bank
  4. contact your cell phone provider
  5. immigration tourist visas and drivers permissions
  6. safe place for monies

 

Get trip Insurance. We cannot say it enough. It can come in handy for flight delays, cancellations, and emergencies. You never know, and it can save time and money. We suggest https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com Check with your home owner or credit card plans. You may already have trip insurance options.

Make copies of your legal documents. In a worst case scenario, you are going to want a copy of your passport, bank cards and identification. If you lose your articles, copies will help you in the short term.

Contact your bank and cell phone provider before traveling abroad. No one wants a surprise phone bill or restricted bank cards while traveling. Let them know you are planning to visit Copper Canyon, Mexico.

When you travel to Mexico, you will be issued a tourist visa for most parts of Mexico. If you are flying in, you will fill out the forms aboard the plane and file with customs as you arrive. If you are driving or taking a bus to Mexico, then you will need to visit the Immigration office to receive your important documents. Drivers will need to check on insurance or permissions needed before the trip.

Be smart about your money when traveling. Either keep a safe place for your money, on your person or a special place in your luggage. We suggest your documents and money be in separate places.

Planning ahead and learning about your destination is a good way to ensure a great adventure.

Copper Canyon destinations and outdoor activities

Copper Canyon destinations and outdoor activities

There are many options for the trip in Copper Canyon as far as destinations, hotel choices, and outdoor activities. Learn more about the destinations, to create your custom adventure.
Here is some information to review that will help us customize your adventure.
The train stops in Los Mochis- EL Fuerte- Bahuchivo Station- Posada Barrancas- Creel- Chihuahua.
Fitrstly, we begin the adventure in El Fuerte, a charming “Pueblo Magico”, known for the architecture, history and migratory birds on the Rio Fuerte. The hotels are steps away from the town center, museum, and church.
In our opinion, it is a must!
The second stop is at Bahuchivo Station. The small town of Cerrocaui is about 30-45 min away. We like to use the family run lodge of San Isidro, but also Hotel Mission in Cerocahui. Cerrocaui is home to the 300 yr. old Jesuit Mission, Tarahumarans Girl’s school, waterfalls and vineyards.
Gallego Mountain tour will take you to overlook Urique Canyon. It is the deepest canyon in the Copper Canyon system.
The descent to Urique is approximately a four-hour tour down a bumpy road.
There is an option to stay the night at the bottom of Urique, but most people like San Isidro Lodge.
The next stop is at the “eye” of the canyon, Posada Barrancas. The hotel is set on the edge of the cliff. There are valley view rooms available for those who don’t want to take a lot of stairs.
Most guests will say that this is the best view hotel from the top.
Divisadero is 5 min away by shuttle. You will see incredible views of the canyons, outdoor market, and the Copper Canyon Adventure Park.
The adventure park has gondolas across the canyons, the world’s longest zip line, rock repelling, hiking and more.
These activities are a la cart.
Hotel Mansion Tarahumara  includes a guided walking tour to the cliff dwellings on the first day. The shuttle is included if you stay a second night in Posada Barrancas.
This is the highest elevation with mile high views.
If you are traveling in the winter, consider that it can snow in Posada Barrancas and Creel.
Creel is another “Pueblo Magico” town and gateway to the Copper Canyon from the Chihuahua side. The landscape is very cool and different here.
Lake Arareko, Valley of Mushrooms, Monks, And Frogs, Cusarare Falls are the most popular outdoor places to visit. Mexico’s second largest waterfall is also there, or other 9 hour tours to La Bufa.
  If you want to go to Creel, you will need at least two days there due to the train schedule.
Chihuahua is the last stop on the train. A lot of the trip is through the Sonoran Desert. Most guest will go to Chihuahua if they are arriving or departing from the city. There is a lot of Mexican culture to experience. For example, museums, cathedrals, and caves outside of town.
Birdwatching in Copper Canyon

Birdwatching in Copper Canyon

Birds in Copper Canyon, a unique variety of life in a diverse environment.

Get out your bird checklist ready for Copper Canyon!

Since Mexico hosts 22 endemic birds, there is a lot to see. Only Brazil and Indonesia can top that. Within Copper Canyon, there is an average of 300 species birds.

It is a pristine wilderness, four times the size of the Grand Canyon. As a result, it is a land of distinct scenery and life.

  • subtropical forests
  • deciduous forests
  • desert grasslands.

The transitional range of environments within the Copper Canyon Region.

  Since habitats transition between two biomes, a diversity of life is possible to experience.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neotropical_realm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nearctic_realm

  The landscape changes from the Sonoran Desert to the Sinaloan transition tropical forest. Thus, creating a variety of birds found in Copper Canyon. 

 Noteworthy is the unique evolution of the canyons that create centers of life for birds and plants. For example, plant species range from Pine, Oak, Madrona, Willow, Alder, and Cottonwood trees. An average of 3,500 species of plants are found in Copper Canyon.

  In El Fuerte, on the Rio Fuerte, experience a variety of hummingbirds and water-loving birds. The river flourishes with life and creates an abundant habitat.

Since the towns of the Sierra Madre region are higher in elevation, they host a different variety of birds than the lowlands of Sinaloa.

 

Copper Canyon Birds in Sinaloa:

  • Black-vented Oriole,
  • Violet Crown hummingbirds,
  • Black Ching Costas,
  • Ruffus Hummingbirds,
  • Grey Crowned Woodpecker,
  • Mangrove Vireo,
  • Plain Caps,
  • Black Throat Hummingbirds,
  • Russet Crowned Motmots,
  • Colima Pygmy Owls,
  • Squirrel Cuckoo,
  • Caracaras,
  • Lesser Roadrunner,
  • Mexican Parrotiet,
  • Black Hawks,
  • Bare-throated,
  • Tiger Heron,
  • 26 varieties of Orioles,
  • Tufted Flycatchers,
  • Grey Hawks,
  • Acorn woodpeckers,
  • Xantos hummingbirds,
  • Blue Mockingbird,
  • Social Flycatcher,
  • Purplish-backed Jay,
  • Sinoloa Crow,

Copper Canyon Birds in the Sierra Madre region:

  • Red Tailed Hawks,
  • Soldier McCaws,
  • Mexican Jays,
  • Red Flickers,
  • Sharp-shinned Hawks,
  • Thick-billed Parrot,
  • White-eared Hummingbird,
  • Tufted Flycatcher,
  • Red-faced Warbler,
  • Brown-backed Solitare,
  • Mexican Chickadee,
  • American dipper,
  • Mountain Trogan,
  • Lilac Crowned Parrot,
  • Swainson’s Hawk,
  • Zon-tailed Hawk,
  • American Krestle,
  • Rufus Hummingbird,
  • Whiskered Screech Owl,
  • Red Tailed Hawk,
  • Acorn Woodpecker,
  • Hairy Steller’s Jay,
  • Chihuahua Raven,
  • Green-striped Brushfinch,
  •  Eared Queztal

Our bilingual guides help you find rare birds. Therefore, if you’re a birder, you are going to love the Copper Canyon! For new enthusiasts, birds of Copper canyon will win your heart.

Go ahead, inquire today!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Madre_Occidental

Copper Canyon annual temperatures

Copper Canyon annual temperatures

Copper Canyon annual temperatures and seasons, a closer look of what to expect.

Know when to go.

The Copper Canyon region covers over 25,000 miles with four distinct climates. Copper Canyon spans two large states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, Mexico. From the humid, foothills of Sinaloa to alpine canyon tops in Chihuahua, you will want to prepare for changes in temperatures.

Temperature change is not so drastic between environments in the fall and spring. As a result, Copper Canyon annual temperatures range from 70 degrees to lows of 40 degrees.

Precipitation averages about an inch per month during November through December. January can have up to three inches of precipitation, even snow at the canyon peaks.

Rainy season usually lasts from July to the beginning of September. Traveling at this time is more humid in El Fuerte, but there are a lot more waterfalls.

We suggest checking the weather before your adventure.

What to pack

We recommend packing layered clothing. Loose long sleeve shirts help prevent mosquito and bug bites in the fertile lowlands of El Fuerte. You will want a jacket or coat for the altitudes of the canyon rim. Comfortable and casual clothes are ideal. It is an outdoor adventure, so don’t forget comfortable walking shoes. Mosquito repellent is a must. While El Fuerte is so charming, you may not want the bug bites.

 

Seasons

  • due to the moderate change in temperatures, September through May are the most popular time to visit the Copper canyon.
  • Late August through October is the season to see the wildflowers blooming.
  • In October, take advantage of the weekend wine making festivals in Cerrocahui.
  • Novemeber is popular in Copper Canyon for Mexican holidays like November 20th.
    Decemeber through February are the coldest months for travel. You may see snow at the canyon rim! The holiday season and New Year are a busy time to visit.
  • March and April is a popular time to visit for the Semana Santa celebrations, exact dates of the Holy week change annually.
  • Late June- August marks the rainy season and especially humid weather in El Fuerte.

http://www.chepe.com.mx/mapas/clima.html