Incredible Copper Canyon of Mexico

Trips & Tours // Mexico // 10 Days

Culinary, Culture/History, Eco/Nature/Garden, Rail


The Most Beautiful Train Ride in the World

The largest canyon in North America, the Copper Canyon provides a destination unlike any other. For those who love the unusual and seek adventure, the Copper Canyon is the answer.  At an altitude of 8000 feet, the mountain peaks are snow-capped in the winter while the canyon bottom remains a tropical climate. The Copper Canyon is home to the least accultured Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The "Train Ride in the Sky" provides the only access to this wilderness and is probably the most dramatic railway journey in the Western Hemisphere as it travels through 86 tunnels and over 37 trestles.

TAP Rating: TAP Deluxe


Highlights include:

  • Hermiosillo Cathedral & Government Palace
  • San Carlos
  • Sea of Cortez Yacht Experience
  • Guaymas Pearl Farm
  • Alamos & El Fuerte
  • Spectacular Train Excursion to Copper Canyon
  • Tram ride into Copper Canyon
  • Casas Grandes
  • Paquime Archeological Site
  • Mata Oritz Pottery Demonstration
  • Pre and Post hotel accommodation in Tempe, Az is included in cost


DAY 1     Fly to Phoenix, AZ
We fly to sunny Arizona and overnight in Tempe. Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler,  AZ

DAY 2     Hermosillo, San Carlos

This morning we depart by deluxe motorcoach, crossing the border into Mexico at Nogales and arriving at Santa Ana for lunch.  After lunch we depart for Hermosillo where we visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace to view the famous murals depicting the history of Sonora. We arrive in San Carlos this evening and check into our lovely ocean front hotel, our home for two nights. Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 3    Cruise on Sea of Cortez, Cactus Garden

After a relaxed breakfast we board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez as we watch for dolphins, seals, exotic birds and possibly whales. Once again on land, we visit a scenic overlook enroute to the local Cactus Garden. Wander among massive cacti and learn about these fascinating plants. We enjoy lunch at the hotel. There is time to relax and explore the Marina shops. We enjoy a seaside, sunset dinner tonight.  Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 4   Guaymas Pearl Farm, Alamos, Folkloric Show  

We depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop is the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in North America.  Here, we learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. We then travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, arriving in the quaint city of Alamos. This town is a living museum. The cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions.  This evening immerse ourselves in the local culture at dinner as we enjoy a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers wearing traditional costumes.  Casa de Los Tesorbs,  La Mansion or Casa Encantada - Alamos,  Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 5    Touring Alamos, El Fuerte

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Alamos. We visit some fabled mansions that have been restored to their original grandeur. The city of Alamos has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the Mexican Government. Lunch today is at the hotel.  We depart for El Fuerte and arrive by early afternoon.  We enjoy dinner and entertainment at our hotel.   Hotel Torres del Fuerte or Hotel El Fuerte — El Fuerte, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 6     Train Ride in the Sky, Posada Barrancas, Tarahumara Indian Culture Presentation

Early this morning we transfer to the train station and board at 8:00am. This train is known as the most spectacular train ride in North America.  We enjoy lunch onboard and we arrive at Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Mirador.  We enjoy a Tarahumara Indian Culture presentation tonight. Hotel Mirador or Hotel Divisadero — Posada Barrancas, Mexico  (B, L, D)

DAY 7    Posada Barrancas

Today, we can explore the Tarahumara Indian Arts and Crafts, visit the rim of the canyon and enjoy the surroundings.  We have an opportunity to board the Copper Canyon Aerial tramway that descends into the Canyon with great views. There is time today for some optional activities: hiking, horseback riding or just relaxing.  Hotel Mirador or Hotel Divisadero — Posada Barrancas, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 8   Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mata Oritz Pottery Demonstration

After breakfast, we board our motor coach and transfer to Creel by way of Oteros Canyon. After lunch in Guerrero, we descend from the mountains into the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes.  Tonight we enjoy a Mata Oritz pottery demonstration and have our farewell to Mexico dinner.  Hacienda Hotel — Casas Grandes, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 9    Casas Grandes, Paquime

Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes, we visit Mexico's northernmost archeological site at Paquime where the ancient Grand Chichimeca civilization erected their pyramids and adobe multistory apartments. We travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the USA at Douglas, AZ.  Arrive in Phoenix early this evening.  Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler,  AZ (B, L)

DAY 10 Departure

We depart this morning on our return flight home. (B)

A Valid Passport is required.

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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October 7, 2017 Available Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
October 14, 2017 Available Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
October 21, 2017 Available Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
October 28, 2017 Available Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
November 4, 2017 Available Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
November 11, 2017 Sold Out Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
November 18, 2017 Sold Out Guaranteed$1,894$2,429Call
March 13, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
March 17, 2018 Sold Out Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
March 20, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
March 27, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
April 3, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
April 7, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
April 10, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
April 17, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
April 24, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
October 11, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
October 18, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
October 25, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
November 8, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
November 15, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call
November 22, 2018 Available Guaranteed$1,919$2,479Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Phoenix, AZ by 3:30pm via Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Phoenix, AZ after 10:00AM via Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 300.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 70 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

90-66 days before departure: $300 penalty; 65 days and less before departure: no refund

Pre and Post nights in Tempe, AZ
24 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation from Phoenix into Mexico
Airport Transfers
2 Nights in San Carlos
Train Ride into Copper Canyon
2 Nights at Posada Barrancas in Copper Canyon
Fully Escorted
All Admissions, Meals and Attractions as Listed
All Gratuities on Included Meals
Baggage Handling for 1 Suitcase

 

Itinerary

DAY 1     Fly to Phoenix, AZ
We fly to sunny Arizona and overnight in Tempe. Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler,  AZ

DAY 2     Hermosillo, San Carlos

This morning we depart by deluxe motorcoach, crossing the border into Mexico at Nogales and arriving at Santa Ana for lunch.  After lunch we depart for Hermosillo where we visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace to view the famous murals depicting the history of Sonora. We arrive in San Carlos this evening and check into our lovely ocean front hotel, our home for two nights. Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 3    Cruise on Sea of Cortez, Cactus Garden

After a relaxed breakfast we board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez as we watch for dolphins, seals, exotic birds and possibly whales. Once again on land, we visit a scenic overlook enroute to the local Cactus Garden. Wander among massive cacti and learn about these fascinating plants. We enjoy lunch at the hotel. There is time to relax and explore the Marina shops. We enjoy a seaside, sunset dinner tonight.  Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 4   Guaymas Pearl Farm, Alamos, Folkloric Show  

We depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop is the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in North America.  Here, we learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. We then travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, arriving in the quaint city of Alamos. This town is a living museum. The cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions.  This evening immerse ourselves in the local culture at dinner as we enjoy a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers wearing traditional costumes.  Casa de Los Tesorbs,  La Mansion or Casa Encantada - Alamos,  Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 5    Touring Alamos, El Fuerte

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Alamos. We visit some fabled mansions that have been restored to their original grandeur. The city of Alamos has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the Mexican Government. Lunch today is at the hotel.  We depart for El Fuerte and arrive by early afternoon.  We enjoy dinner and entertainment at our hotel.   Hotel Torres del Fuerte or Hotel El Fuerte — El Fuerte, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 6     Train Ride in the Sky, Posada Barrancas, Tarahumara Indian Culture Presentation

Early this morning we transfer to the train station and board at 8:00am. This train is known as the most spectacular train ride in North America.  We enjoy lunch onboard and we arrive at Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Mirador.  We enjoy a Tarahumara Indian Culture presentation tonight. Hotel Mirador or Hotel Divisadero — Posada Barrancas, Mexico  (B, L, D)

DAY 7    Posada Barrancas

Today, we can explore the Tarahumara Indian Arts and Crafts, visit the rim of the canyon and enjoy the surroundings.  We have an opportunity to board the Copper Canyon Aerial tramway that descends into the Canyon with great views. There is time today for some optional activities: hiking, horseback riding or just relaxing.  Hotel Mirador or Hotel Divisadero — Posada Barrancas, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 8   Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mata Oritz Pottery Demonstration

After breakfast, we board our motor coach and transfer to Creel by way of Oteros Canyon. After lunch in Guerrero, we descend from the mountains into the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes.  Tonight we enjoy a Mata Oritz pottery demonstration and have our farewell to Mexico dinner.  Hacienda Hotel — Casas Grandes, Mexico (B, L, D)

DAY 9    Casas Grandes, Paquime

Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes, we visit Mexico's northernmost archeological site at Paquime where the ancient Grand Chichimeca civilization erected their pyramids and adobe multistory apartments. We travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the USA at Douglas, AZ.  Arrive in Phoenix early this evening.  Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler,  AZ (B, L)

DAY 10 Departure

We depart this morning on our return flight home. (B)

A Valid Passport is required.

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Pre and Post nights in Tempe, AZ
24 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation from Phoenix into Mexico
Airport Transfers
2 Nights in San Carlos
Train Ride into Copper Canyon
2 Nights at Posada Barrancas in Copper Canyon
Fully Escorted
All Admissions, Meals and Attractions as Listed
All Gratuities on Included Meals
Baggage Handling for 1 Suitcase

 



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