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Vermilion Flycatcher in Copper Canyon Mexico
Vermilion Flycatcher in Copper Canyon Mexico

Vermilion Flycatcher in Copper Canyon Mexico

The vermilion flycatcher or common vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus obscurus) is a small passerine bird in the Tyrannidae, or tyrant flycatcher family. Most flycatchers are dull in color, but the vermilion flycatcher is an exception. It is a favorite with birders, but is not generally kept in aviculture, as the males tend to lose their vermilion coloration when in captivity.  Typically, a male vermilion flycatcher has a red crown, throat, and underparts offset by the dark brown upperparts. Adult females are a pale gray above and streaky chested with a dark mask and black tail. Females can have a pinkish or yellowish wash on lower belly. Their song is a series of rising, staccato notes, ending in a trill: pit-pitpit-zree!
“I was in El Fuerte on the river in the mango groves when I spotted my first one. The Vermilion Flycatcher was an almost hallucinogenic red. He would perch himself on the top of a cactus and stay perfectly still….and when a big fat fly or bee would check him out as a potential flower, BAM!  He would strike in a perfect circle and nail its prey in one gulp. Then he would return to his perch and await the next victim. I have over the years seen, scarlet, purple, and green fly catchers.  They are hard to find, but once you have one in front of you, they do not spook easily as they are thinking, “I am a flower”. ~ Mondo
Vermilion Flycatchers are found in the southeast of the United States and southward. Predominantly, they feed on insects and hunt in perches near water lands. Also, they can be found in grasslands and deserts. Generally, they migrate south for the winters as far as South America.
Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide
Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide

Canyons of Copper Canyon Mexico, a quick guide

Info of the canyons that comprise the copper canyon


Did you know that the Copper Canyon is roughly four times the size of the Grand Canyon? Over millions of years, nine main canyons form from volcanic and plate tectonic movement. Copper canyon spans over 25,000 square miles.

  • Firstly, the Serpentine Canyon is the main canyon that the Chepe train runs through. It is 1,600 feet above sea level on the Serpentine River.
  • Probably the most well-known canyon is Urique. It is the deepest canyon in Mexico 1,640 feet above sea level. It can be seen from Divisadero, Posada Barrancas, and Gallego Mountain. Within the valley of Urique, tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and avocado grow.
  • Near Guachochi, the Sinforosa Canyon is known as “the queen of the canyons”.
  • Batopilas canyon is home to the valley town of Batopilas. Get there from Creel and Urique. This valley is one of the most inhabited by the native Tarahumaran community.
  • In addition, Candamena canyon is home to the two highest waterfall drops in Mexico. These are Bassaseachi Falls and Barranca de Cascadas.
  • Since Huapoca canyon is the most northern canyon in the Sierra Tarahumaras, near the town of Madera, many archeological sites from the Paquime culture.
  • Due to remoteness, Chinipas canyon is lesser known. It has the tributary rivers of the Rio Fuerte and Chinipas river.
  • In the passage between the towns of Maguarchi and Uruachi, Oteros canyon cuts through the northern mountain range.
  •  Noteworthy, the Copper Canyon this is one of the most serene canyons of all. It is between La Bufa and Creel, Chihuahua.

Ultimately, there are many sub-canyons within the Copper Canyon. Each offers a distinctive variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Ask us about exploring the vast land and canyons of Copper Canyon.

Kilometers guide in Copper Canyon
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.



Mondo’s story of Copper Canyon, adventure and Carlos Casteneda

Chapter One

I spent the last of my inheritance looking for God in my mid twenties and determined to find that elusive PROOF. It took me to Katmandu, Manchu Pico, the middle East, and became a Carlos Castenada enthusiast, who had written books about a Yaqui Shaman in the early 70″s, named Don Juan. I was graduating from film school at Trinity Uniersity and offered my first job in the film business. The job was to film the experience of going to the Copper Canyons in Mexico the home of Don Juan. We had the permission of the Mexican Governor of Chihuahua in a formal letter, but had to use our own money to produce the film. We started at Poncho Villas home, now a museum, in Chihuahua, and to my surprise was told that his wife, was still alive at 95.

She was wonderful and gave me full access to her for the film. The one bump in the road was when I asked her which wife she was as Villa used to get married a lot…like 28 times. Her answer was, “I am the only one, all the others were whores”. On the last day of filming her, she told me she needed to be paid. She only spoke Spanish to me up to that day. She wanted $500. I said, “Mrs. Villa, this is a travel film that will make you famous….and I have a letter from the Governor of Chihuahua that allows me to film you” And BOOM, she stopped me and in perfect English said “you want to make me famous?”

She then took out photo albums of her with Gary Cooper, John Wayne, John Ford, and the greatest movie stars of all time. She was belligerent and looked at me and said, “I am famous, you are nothing” and you will pay me or you will not leave Chihuahua alive. I believed her, and inasmuch as we were driving an Oldsmobile Tornado, which always had a crowd around it, we were very conspicuous.

Chapter Two

We did not have $500. The day before I was getting my shoes shinned and this kid insisted on selling me a lottery ticket. It was right out out the the movie, Treasure of the Sierra Madres” and I won. We paid Mrs.Villa and hired a single engine plane to fly us over the canyons…..which are four times bigger that the Grand Crayon in AZ, It was a Piper Cub……it flew so slow that I was able to take my camera and lean out the window…..everything was perfect, and we were deep into the canyons, until the engine started to sputter and then stopped. The pilot said…..”bad gas”.

We crash landed on an 1000 foot tall atoll in the middle of the Copper Canyons. The plane stopped about ten feet from the abyss. It was late afternoon. As the sun set, it got cold. I had on Guci loafers with no socks, Levis, a Rolex watch, and a silk shirt with a gold chain. My producer and the pilot had nervous breakdowns and were yelling at each other in Spanish. I realised that we would eventualy die and nobody would ever know we were gone.

The sun set and there was only a sliver of a moon.

My angst went against what I saw in the distance. I thought I was a hallucinating. Out in the abyss, were runners with torches coming to us. It was 20 Yaqui indians with torches who went up the atoll like it was an escalator. They were very brave as we scared them. We were so happy to see them…..they did not speak Spanish.

Chapter Three

It took a while but i eventually realised that our survival depended on these men who were not all that impressed with us….until I took a Polaroid picture of them. One by one they came to me and wanted me show them the plane up close….they were aggressive and scared. Then they left. It was sudden but as soon and they left, they came back and put their arms around me….and said in their language “you must meet out Father”.

We walked. Every night they made a fire and a camp… was six days before we arrived at their “village”. They had a lot of explaining to do to the Chief and his brother the medicine man Shaman. We spent the first night in the open but comfortable. They slaughtered a pig, and it was wonderful. Now I realised that we were deep in the canyons, and these people and just been discovered after WWII.

They did not like the Mexican pilot. They especially did not like my Mexican partner who was aggressive and uppity. I had connected with the the Shaman….and ask him to take me into his world. He understood immediately and took me to his Brother, the chief. He agreed and we went into a kinda of sauna….they gave me a drink in a plastic cup of which I drank completely down. It was mushrooms, peyote, and mescal. I realised that this was a test……

There is a point in hallucinogenic ingestion in which your body wants to eject the massive amounts of strychnine , BUT if you can keep it down, you become a GOD. You are the total of your WHOLE SELF. I have never felt more alive or wonderful…..Then I realised I was alone with the Cheif and his brother…..and they were uncomfortable….they had not seen anyone become such a seamless transition to power.

Then all the dogs in the camp, maybe 20, came to the entrance of the tent, and sat there looking at me, like it was time to go….I remembered that I had a vile of blow and laid out a few to the Shaman and his brother….they had never seen anything like it. So I laid out a third and did it in front of them to show them the way. Then I said, “I did yours, now you do mine”.

I was in my 20’s. In the best shape of my life……it was a full moon. I left the lodge, and started running. Into the night……the dogs followed. I can’t remember feeling better or more powerful…..the moon was full and the dogs all looked at me for guidance…..I climbed a rock and howled, the dogs howled with me for hours…..I woke up in the morning with all the dogs in my tent….these were not pets, these dogs were large and protected the Indians, but were not pets. They fought Mountain Lions, wolves and coyotes and had the scars to prove it.

The Alfa male was over 100 pounds. He never came into the village…..Mario, was shocked when after breakfast the alfa dog came over and curled up to me….and put his huge head on my leg and took a scratch.

Chapter Four

Don Juan was a fictional character and the protagonist of numerous best sellers on the non fiction list of the New York Times. Tales of Power is my my personal favourite….but here are some quotes in which you can make up your own mind. Once you read his books, you will understand that The Copper Canyons are a path to conciousness.

“For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel – looking, looking, breathlessly.” ~The Teachings of Don Juan

“Power rests on the kind of knowledge that one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless? They will not prepare us for our unavoidable encounter with the unknown.” ~The Teachings of Don Juan

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Journey to Ixtlan

“A warrior must cultivate the feeling that he has everything needed for the extravagant journey that is his life. What counts for a warrior is being alive. Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete.” ~Tales of Power/ Wheel of Time

The world of everyday life cannot ever be taken as something personal that has power over us, something that could make us, or destroy us, because man’s battlefield is not in his strife with the world around him. His battlefield is over the horizon, in an area which is unthinkable for an average man, the area where man ceases to be a man.” ~Author’s Commentary to 30th Anniversary Edition of The Teachings of don Juan

“The only alternative left for mankind…is discipline…But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.” ~The Active Side of Infinity

Spanish phrases

While traveling in a foreign country, it’s not a bad idea to have a bit of knowledge, or a cheat sheet.

English Spanish Pronunciation
Good morning. Buenos días. booEHN-os DEE-as
Good afternoon. Buenas tardes. booEHN-as TAR-dehs
Good evening. (greeting) Buenas noches. booEHN-as NO-chehs
Hello, my name is John. Hola, me llamo Juan. OH-la meh YA-mo Wahn
What is your name? ¿Cómo se llama usted? KOH-moh seh YA-mah oos- TEHD
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted? KOH-moh ehs-TA oos-TEHD
I am fine. Estoy bien. ehs-TOY bee-EHN
Nice to meet you. Mucho gusto. MOO-choh GOOS-toh
Goodbye. Adiós. ah-dee-OHS
See you later. Hasta luego. AHS-ta looEH-go
I am lost. Estoy perdido. ehs-TOY pehr-DEE-doh.

Where is the restroom? ¿Dónde está el baño? DOHN-deh ehs-TA el BAH- neeo
Excuse me. Con permiso. OR Perdóname kohn pehr-MEE-soh OR pehr- DOH-nah-meh

Please. Por favor. pohr fah-VOR
Thank you. Gracías. gra-SEE-ahs
I’m sorry. Lo siento. low see-EHN-to
Bless you. Salud. sah-LOOD
You are welcome (it was nothing). De nada. deh NA-da
How much does it cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta? kooAN-to KWEHS-ta
How many are there? ¿Cuántos hay? kooAN-tohs eye
There are many. Hay muchos. eye MOO-chohs
Do you want to buy this? ¿Quiere comprarlo usted? kee-EHR-eh kohm-PRAR-loh oos-TEHD
What time is it? ¿Qué hora es? keh OR-ah ehs
How do you say maybe in Spanish? ¿Cómo se dice maybe en Español? KOH-mo seh DEE-seh maybe ehn ehs-pahn-YOL
Yes. Sí. see
No. No. no
I do not understand. No intiendo. no in ti end o
Would you speak slower, please. Por favor, habla mas despacio.
pohr fah-VOR, AH-blah mahs dehs-phasio. Is the train on time? Es el tren a tiempo? Where is the next stop? ¿Dónde esta la próxima parada?
At what time…? A qué hora…. ah kay or-ah
Who? ¿Quièn? kee-EHN
Why? ¿Por què? pohr keh
Basic Sentence Structure
Subject + Verb + Object
Example: Yo quiero una tortilla. (I want a tortilla.)
Adjectives come after the word it describes, where in English the adjectives come before it: El libro rojo es mío. (The red book is mine.)
¿Dónde está…? – This is the building block of your “I’m lost” vocabulary; it means “Where is…?” Then it’s up to you to fill in the blank!
¿Dónde está mi hotel? – This one is useful if you’ve got una dirección (an address) or at least a name on hand; it’ll help you find your way to your hotel.
¿Dónde hay un banco? – If you’re looking for a nearby bank, this is the question to ask.
¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? – On the other hand, if you only need an ATM machine, you might want to go with this question instead.
¿Dónde hay un restaurante? – If you’re in search of a place to eat, this is how to ask for a restaurant.
¿Dónde hay un hospital? – Hopefully this one won’t be necessary, but if you need to find a hospital, this is how to do it.
¿Dónde puedo encontrar…? – This phrase means “Where can I find…?” If you’re looking for something that may not have an exact location, this is a more sensible way to phrase your question.
¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi? – If you need to find a taxi, this is a simple way to ask where to go.
¿Dónde puedo encontrar a un policía? – Hopefully this one won’t be necessary either, but if you need to talk to the authorities, this is the way to find a policeman.
Tengo una reservación. – Meaning “I have a reservation,” this can be useful whether you’ve been planning this dinner for weeks or are simply practicing your skills as a B.S. artist as well.
De tomar, quiero/quisiera… – “To drink, I would like…” Simple enough!
De entrada, quiero/quisiera… – If you’re eating out at a nice place, you’re probably starting with appetizers. This phrase means “For my appetizer, I would like…”
Como plato principal, quiero/quisiera… – Can you guess what this one means? “As a main course, I would like…” (Were you right? Great job!)
Yo soy vegetariano. – Vegetarianism throughout the Spanish-speaking world can be viewed with a bit of skepticism, so if you don’t eat meat be sure to declare “I’m vegetarian” very clearly! And then add…
No como… – “I don’t eat…” You can follow this up with carne (meat) for example, or any other dietary restriction you might have. (example: “No como carne o manteca” = “I don’t eat meat or lard”)
¡Salud! – The Spanish version of a simple “cheers,” be sure to give a hearty salud when the drinks arrive. Fun fact: this word also means “health” in Spanish.
¡Al centro y pa’ dentro! – If you’re out with friends and indulging in a few shots perhaps, this fun rhyming phrase literally meaning “to the center and gulp it down.” It’s a popular way to accompany a group toast.

Necesito ayuda. – Short and to the point, this phrase simply means “I need help.”
¿Usted habla inglés? – If you’re in a situation where asking for help is necessary, there’s probably some explaining that you’re going to have to do. Use this phrase to ask if someone speaks English.
¿Dónde puedo encontrar a alguien que hable inglés? – This is a longer one, but it’s included because it’s important. It means “Where can I find someone who speaks English?”


Canyon Travel reviews of Copper Canyon
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!”


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.

Planning for Copper Canyon
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 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

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.

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While you may begin the journey in Chihuahua, we recommend either beginning from the Los Mochis airport, or Cabo San Lucas.The train route is more scenic from west to east, and the right side of the train offers a better view of the climb into the canyons.





Adventure 1 samples of custom itineraries

Day 1 Arrive at the Los Mochis airport. Your driver will transport you to El Fuerte, about an hour and a half away. Your hotel overlooks the Rio Fuerte and is just steps away from the town center.

Day 2 7:30 am train departure for Bahuchivo Station, arriving around 11am. Hotel Mision in historic Cerocahui is very close to the train station, and is beautifully set in the town.

Day 4 mid morning train departure (11 ish) to Posada Barrancas, arriving around 1pm to Hotel Mansion Tarahumara. A guided walking tour is included to see Tarahumaran cliff dwellings.

Day 5 Spend a second day at the canoyn peaks. Sit back and relax, go shopping in Divisadero, or ride the cable car across the canyons. A shuttle will take you to the Copper Canyon Adventure Park.

Day 6 Board train 1pm to El Fuerte, arriving around 7:30 pm. A taxi will take you to the Hotel.

Day 7 In the morning, float on the Rio Fuerte, birdwatch, and hike to the Nahautl petroglyphs (2 hours). If you get tired, know that you may return as you wish. Pack up and transfer to the airport in Los Mochis.



Adventure 2 Samples of custom itineraries

Day 1 Fly from Cabo to Los Mochis.  It’s a quick, one hour flight. Your driver will pick you up and transport you to El Fuerte at the Lodge. Unpack, relax, and take a walk to the town center. You may take the river float to the petroglyphs or visit the local Mayo community to experience a demonstration of the native dances preformed during holiday celebrations.

Day 1 Fly from Cabo to Los Mochis.  It’s a quick, one hour flight. Your driver will pick you up and transport you to El Fuerte at the Lodge. Unpack, relax, and take a walk to the town center. You may take the river float to the petroglyphs or visit the local Mayo community to experience a demonstration of the native dances preformed during holiday celebrations.

Day 2  Board the train around 7:30 am to Bahuchivo Station, arriving between 11-1pm. Your driver will take you to the San Isidro Lodge. Visit the historical town of Cerocahui and the 300-year-old Jesuit mission.

Day 3 8:30 am-3pm This is a real adventure on a bumpy road with a view! Drive to Gallego mountain, or descend into Urique, the deepest canyon structure in the Copper Canyon! You will stop along the way to take photographs.

Day 4 mid morning (10ish) board the train for Posada Barrancas.  The Hotel Mansion Tarahumara is literally on the edge of the canyon. The rim rooms offer mile high vistas of the canyons below. A walking tour to the vistas and Divisadero is included.  There are extra activities that you may like. For example: cable car ride across the canyons ($25USD per person) world class zip line ($50USD per person), local shopping from the Tarahumarans, atv rentals, etc..

Day 5 Between 1-3 pm, the train departs for Chihuahua. At Divisadero, the train will stop for about 20 minutes for another photo opportunity.

You will arrive in Chihuahua around 10:30 pm. A taxi will drive your group to the Holiday Inn.

Day 6 Enjoy your final day in Chihuahua. It is a capitol city with a lot to see. Don’t miss the cathedral! Pack up for your departure.