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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