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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?”


Copper Canyon info, a quick look from Canyon Travel
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 You may
take the ferry from Baja Sur’s capitol city, La Paz 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.



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.

What to Pack

This post will discuss what to pack for your adventure to Copper Canyon.

We cannot stress how important trip insurance can be. It can save the day in cases of health issues, delays and cancellations. Ask us for help about where to exchange money. Most likely, you will lose money exchanging at the airport. The Copper Canyon is a vast territory covering two states in Mexico and distinct climates. Depending on your travel date, conditions and temperatures vary.Don’t forget to make copies of your i’d’s and important documents. Also, let your bank and cell phone provider know that you will be traveling abroad. Learn more about what to pack.


Traveler’s insurance is recommended to anyone taking our tours. Be sure to check with your major credit cards, or home insurance because you may already be covered for travel. If not, we recommend

We recommend getting the air insurance in case there are changes to your flight. It’s a little extra, but can save a lot of hassle!

Be sure to inform your bank and cell phone provider that you will be traveling abroad! The bank may block a credit or debit card if they suspect unusual activity. Cash is king in the Copper Canyon. Cell phone signal will be available in parts of the Copper Canyon. There are remote areas that the cell phone will not carry a signal. Just know that we have contact with our suppliers

We recommend small bills or pesos for souvenirs and tips. Do not buy pesos at the airport. Chances are that they will not give you the best exchange rate. Let us know if you need help exchanging monies.

We recommend making photocopies of your passport and credit cards, just in case.

Note: The Copper Canyon covers over 25,000 square miles. The two main climates range from the fertile, warm foot lands of the canyons to the high altitudes of the canyon rims and high deserts. The coldest months are January and February, especially at the canyon rim and high desert areas. We recommend to pack long, loose clothing in El Fuerte. The insects can become quite bothersome, therefore we recommend mosquito repellent. We also suggest to pack layered poly blend clothing for those hiking enthusiasts.

Depending upon the time of year, bring warm layers. Down jackets are a good choice of what to pack for winter protection at the canyon peaks. The coldest months being December through February, especially at the high altitudes.

Keep your luggage under 55 lbs. 

What to Pack:

OFF “Deep Woods”
long sleeve denim shirt/ pants/ layered clothing
neosporin/ pain reliever
antibacterial gel/hand wipes
kaopectate, or similar (just in case)
layered clothing options (to adjust to change in altitudes and climates)
thick socks/ hiking boots
light windbreaker or jacket in the winter time
flash light