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Kilometers guide in Copper Canyon

Kilometers guide in Copper Canyon

Kilometers guide in Copper Canyon

This is the kilometer guide to Copper Canyon from Chihuahua to Los Mochis. Learn about the train route and it’s rich history here.

267.5 km Chihuahua City, capital of Chihuahua.
elevation 4,600 ft.
About an hour away in the mountains where the some of the first battles in the Mexican revolution were fought.
You will then pass San Andres, where Pancho Villa was born.
303.3 km Palomas
319 km General Trias, formerly known as Santa Isabel de Tarahumaras was renamed in 1932 after the General that expelled the French soldiers in Mexico.
321.5 km Santa Isabel
345.7 km Tunnel #1 (400 ft. long)
346.3 km Tunnel #2 (367 ft. long)
349.2 km San Andres
359.7 km Bridge “Viaduco Aldena (330 ft. long)
381.1 km Anahuac, initially named Charco Largo.
382 Bustillos Lake ( on the right).
400 km Mennonite Country. They settled in this area in the early 1920’s .
400.5 km Cuacuhtemoc. Named after the last Aztec Emperor, a hub for the Mennonites.
420 km first Continental Divide
426 km Pedernales
451.1 km Lopez Mateos Station ( La Junta). This is about three hours from Chihuahua.
477 km Bridge “Rio San Pedro” (295 ft. long)
485.5 km Terrero
503 km Pichachic, founded by Jesuit Missionaries
513.5 km Ataros
522.6 km Trevino. Second Continental Divide
533 km San Juanito. The coldest Mexican town with an elevation of 8,000 ft.
555.8 km Tunnel #3 (982 ft long)
561.8 km Tunnel #4 is the second longest tunnel of 4,134 ft. It also crosses the Continental Divide for the third time.
564.1 km Creel, a center for the Tarahumarans.
583 km Los Ojitos is the highest point of the railroad with an elevation of 8,071 ft.
585km El Lazo. This area is known as “the loop” where the railway makes a complete circle.
602.3 km Pitorreal
621.6 km Divisadero. The train stops here for 15 minutes in each direction.
626 km Posada Barrancas Station
636.1 km San Rafael is used at times for a train crew change.
638.5 km Tunnel #17 La Laja (1,512 ft. long)
639.1 km La Laja bridge ( 695 ft.) It makes for a good picture from the left side.
656.8- 649 km lots of tunnels pass through here.
662.5 Cuiteco, established in 1684. You will see apple orchards here.
668.7 km Bahuchivo Station is a lumber town, known for the historic town of Cerrocahui and Urique Canyon.
692.6 Tunnel 38 Jesus Christ face
695.8- 662.6 km There are many bridges and tunnels between here ranging from 220- 1,102 ft.
701.1 km Tunnel # 43 ( 384 ft.)
701.3 km La Papa bridge
701.6 Tunnel #44 (479) ft.

701.7 km tunnel #45 (662) ft.

702 km Tunnel #48

703.2 km Placa Conmeemorativa. The dedication spot of the Chihuahua al Pacifico on Nov. 24, 1961

704.7 km La Perra. Tunnel #49 (3,074 feet long) and shaped like a horse shoe.

707.6 km Temoris. 3,365 feet above sea level. From this point, you can see the development of the train line on three levels.

707.8 km Santa Barbara Bridge (714) ft. over the Rio Mina Plata

709.6 km Tunnel #50 (413 ft.)

710.4 km Tunnel # 51 (1,143 feet)

710.8 km Mina Plata Bridge (384 ft.)

711 km Tunnels 53-63

717 km Tunnels 64 and 65

719 km Banana tree waterfall

721.3 km Tunnels 66-70

722 km Julio Ornelas, where avacados, mangoes, and papayas grow

722.4 km Tunnels 71-78

728 km Tacuina. To the right, you can see a tree growing out of a rock.

736.5 km Santo Nino. Railroad camp with boxcars from WWII

739 km Tunnels 72-82

748.4 km Chinipas Bridge, the biggest bridge  about 335 feet above the ground.

754.6 km Tunnels 86 this is the last and longest tunnel of 5, 980.97 feet long.

779.5 km Agua Caliente Bridge over the Rio Fuerte. This is the longest bridge of 1,637 feet long.

838.8 km El Fuerte Station, a “pueblo magico” town

882.7 km San Blas station. This station links to the line going to Nogales and Guadalajara.

920.6 km Los Mochis. In Mayo Indian language this means, place of the turtles. It was established as plantations for sugar.

 

 

Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel

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.

 

 

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.

 

Chepe Train Map

Chepe Train Map

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Chepe map of Copper Canyon
Visit one of the world’s last pristine wildernesses on an incredible train adventure through Mexico’s Copper Canyon on the Chepe train. Ths map will give you an idea of destinations and points of interest.
 The train runs daily from Chihuahua and Los Mochis through Copper Canyon. It climbs altitudes of 200 meters to 2,400 meters, over a mile high. It passes through 86 tunnels, 37 tunnels, and turns in a 180-degree turn, an engineering feet.

Arrive at the train station early. Though the train runs on “train time”, you will want to ensure your ride and seat. Train tickets are sold by dates and destinations, so missing a ride costs a fine.

Print your tickets prior to the adventure.

There is a restaurant car, and occasionally a bar car.

Limit baggage to two bags, 55lbs. or 25 KG.
Passenger cars are similar to Amtrack in the US.
Copper Canyon is busy during the holidays. Especially, during New Years and Semana Santa.
Reserve your dates early before travel.
Capacity can fill up quickly with local events or holidays. It is a good idea to plan in advance.
It is an unforgettable train journey. what will your adventure be?
Chepe destinations
  • Los Mochis: Initially, a sugar cane town in northern Sinaloa. The Chepe train leaves at 6:00 am. Topolobambo port has a ferry service to La Paz, BCS, near the beach. Los Mochis also has an airport for domestic flights. The town is a small city with a business center based downtown. Duck and Dove hunting are popular outdoor activities here.
  • El Fuerte: Charming gateway to the Copper Canyon, a “Pueblo Magico” town. Historically, it is known for silver deposits. The Rio Fuerte flows nearby the town center, and abundant in bird and animal life. There is a Mayo Village and a series od damns outside of town.
  • Bahuchivo Station: Welcome to the wilderness! Among Ponderosa Pines at an altitude of 1800 meters, or 1.1 mile high. Take a dirt road, about 30-45 minutes away to the hotel. It’s a bumpy road. There are hotels in historical Cerocahui, and  near the Gallego Mountain, overlooking Urique Canyon. Urique is the deepest gorge in the canyons. Waterfalls and horseback riding are popular outdoor activities. Visit the Mission de San Fransisco, Tarahumaran girls school and wine tour.
  • Posada Barrancas: “the eye of the canyon”, is the highest elevation of the Copper Canyon 1.49 miles high, or 2400 meters. The hotels have rim top views, or valley view rooms. Copper Canyon Adventure Park is about five minutes away by shuttle. The views od the canyons are incredible and humbling. For the adventurer, there are a ton of activities.
  • Creel: A “Pueblo Magico” town of the Sierra Tarahumara . Subsiquently, a hub for the Tarahumara community, and close town center to the Chepe train station. Points of interest include; Lake Arareko, Cusarare Falls, Basaseachi Falls, Valley of Mushrooms, Monks and Frogs, La Bufa and the road to Batopilas.
  • Chihuahua: A busy capital city of Chihuahua. Points of interest include; Quinta Gameros House, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chihuahua, museums, and Nombre de Dios caverns,

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrocarril_Chihuahua_al_Pac%C3%ADfico

Aboard El Chepe Train YouTube video

National Geographic calls El Chepe the most dramatic ride in the Northern Hemisphere. Aboard el Chepe train climbs at a seven-degree grade, a mile high from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas. You will see rivers, waterfalls, and mile high views from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas.

Aboard el Chepe, the train passes daily from both Los Mochis and Chihuahua. It spans the vast wilderness of Copper Canyon in both Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Be to the train early, though the train may be late. You’re in Mexico, embrace the spirit of “manana”. The trian stops from Los Mochis to El Fuerte. Then the next stop is Bahuchivo Station. At the top of the canyons, stay the night at Posada Barrancas and Divisadero. Climbing into the Sierra Tarahumara Mountians, you will get the other gateway to the Copper Canyon, Creel. The ultimate stop, after passing the Sonoran Desert is the capital city of Chihuahua. Along the route, pass 39 bridges and 86 tunnels.

Be to the train early, though the train may be late. You’re in Mexico, embrace the spirit of “manana”. The train stops from Los Mochis to El Fuerte. Then the next stop is Bahuchivo Station. At the top of the canyons, stay the night at Posada Barrancas and Divisadero. El Chepe climbs through the Sierra Tarahumara Mountains, you will get the other gateway to the Copper Canyon, Creel. Finally, after passing the Sonoran Desert is the capital city of Chihuahua.

The Copper Canyon is home to five indigenous groups including the largest, Tarahumaran and Yaqui. Due to the remote and vastness of the canyons and hidden canyons. These people were able to avoid contact with the Spanish and other foreigners until nearly WWII. The Tarahumarans are very shy, and you will sell handmade wares at train stops. They have a unique belief system of many souls and are interconnected with the land and stars. They work in a co-operative community, though they tend to be to themselves and migrate with the seasons.  Chia is a super food that the Tarahumarans have used for years in their diet. Their diet is thought to attribute to their strength and endurance. Scientists and runners have marveled at their ability to run barefoot with speed and agility across the canyons. Ultra marathons are becoming popular in Urique,over the last ten years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrocarril_Chihuahua_al_Pac%C3%ADfico

Copper Canyon: one of the best classic train adventures of the world

Copper Canyon: one of the best classic train adventures of the world

Are you ready for an adventure? Do you need a few days to disconnect? Are you a bird watcher? Do you love the great outdoors? Are you a train enthusiast? if your thinking, yes, then consider Copper Canyon for your next getaway.

Not only is this one of the last pristine wildernesses in the world, it is also priced fair for travelers of all ages and budgets. Our prices include ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, first-class railway tickets, selected activities, and bilingual guides, where available.

Compared to vacations in other parts of the world like Africa and Europe, Copper Canyon adventures are a deal. Mexico is also becoming a safe and top rated choice for international travel. We create custom itineraries to suit your activity level, destinations, hotel choice, travel dates, and budget. Prices start at $1,500 USD per person, with group discounts and promos available.

Lonely Planet magazine recently published an article about some of the most amazing classic train journeys of the world, and we are happy – and at the same time not surprised at all – that Copper Canyon travel experience tops the list. el-chepe-train-copper-canyon
Copper Canyon Railway, Mexico

The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico (Copper Canyon Railway) features 36 bridges and 87 tunnels along its 655 km length. Connecting the mountainous arid interior of northern Mexico with the Pacific coast, the railway line (known as El Chepe) passes through landscapes that include sheer canyon walls, waterfalls and high desert plains. Two trains operate on this route between Los Mochis and Chihuahua: the primera express (first class) has a restaurant, bar and reclining seats and makes fewer stops than the clase economica (economy class). Canyon Travel can set you up for a grand adventure.

Get inspired at www.canyontravel.com. For more information on the Copper Canyon travel experience and adventure please contact us at: from the US: 1-(405)-216-3142; Mexico: (52)-624-144-7072; Mexico Cell Phone (52) [1] 624-178-0413.