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Canyon Travel client review March 2017

Canyon Travel client review March 2017

Our most recent client review

This is the most recent client review from a group traveling in March 2017.

“Thanks again for organizing a great trip! We had a fantastic time. Every detail of the trip was organized and executed faultlessly. Special thanks to Carla who rescheduled our taxi ride at 3am in the morning when the ferry arrived early in the morning our first day. The hotels, the tours, the food, the transfers were all executed seamlessly.
Highlights of the trip were San Isidro Lodge and the Temascal sweat lodge that we did, of course the magnificent scenery of Barrancas de Cobre, the zip line tour of the canyon, the hike to the Recowata Hot Springs, The Tarahumara lodge rooms at the top of the canyon were spectacular, the river tour of El Fuerte .. We saw 3 sets of Cara Cara Birds!, El Chepe Train, Creel sightseeing of the rock formations, the Cusarare Falls, Cave dwellings of the Tarahumara.. The list goes on.”

~Vicky

Thank you for the review! Vicky has just returned from her birthday adventure through Copper Canyon. She was the group leader for a party of six, and had an amazing time.

There were some last minute changes with the Baja very service, but we were prepared and got the taxi service to pick up at 3 am, three hours earlier than expected. Our clients were happy to have someone to contact to look over them through details like these.

Canyon Travel aims to be different than other companies in Copper Canyon. We strive to get the best deals, the preferred hotels, and to ensure that the itinerary is seen through the trip.

Who doesn’t like a little TLC?

This group chose a custom itinerary and traveled from La Paz BCS via ferry. They then, took the train all the way to Creel, Chihuahua and back to Los Mochis.

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“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

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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