Mexico’s Copper Canyon from Phoenix
Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand Canyon.
Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand Canyon. For premium views, you’ll cherish the vistas from 7,500 feet above sea level on the spectacular “Train in the Sky.” Visit beautifully restored colonial mansions, cruise the Sea of Cortez and meet local Mayo and Tarahumara Indians on this timeless adventure which will reveal ancient cultures merged with majestic, cactus-strewn mountain scenery.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- First-class train journey aboard the El Chepe train through the Copper Canyon
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 23 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Airport transfers
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service charges
- San Carlos
- Copper Canyon Train
- Posada Barrancas
- Casas Grandes
Day 1 - Arrive in Phoenix
Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in, relax or take advantage of the hotel's amenities. Overnight Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport.
Day 2 - Tucson / Hermosillo / San Carlos
Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson before crossing the border into Mexico. As you journey into the Sonoran Desert, keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. Stop for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana before traveling to Hermosillo to see its lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace with walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Your day ends in San Carlos, where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax in your waterfront resort before gathering for a welcome reception and dinner. Overnight Marinaterra Hotel & Spa. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Sea of Cortez Cruise / Alamos
Board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals, whales and exotic birds! After a poolside lunch;the afternoon is free to explore the marina and shop. Tonight enjoy a seaside sunset dinner. Overnight Marinaterra Hotel and Spa (B, L, D)
Day 4 - San Carlos - Alamos
This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the local specialty of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes. Overnight Casa de los Tesoros or Casa Encantada or The Mansion. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Alamos - El Fuerte
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your local expert brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' river mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a regional meal and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional folkloric and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including black bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River. Overnight Torres del Fuerte. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Copper Canyon / Posada Barrancas
Mexico's Copper Canyon, four times larger than the Grand Canyon, looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your private rail car for your journey on the “Train in the Sky,” traveling from sea level to 7,500 feet in less than 150 miles, passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and laborers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel to the heart of the Copper Canyon. Disembark at your hotel, situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon. Tonight, attend a regional meal and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine. Overnight Mirador Authentic Accommodation. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Copper Canyon Sightseeing
Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman. Later, board the new aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have ever done. Overnight Mirador Authentic Accommodation. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Casas Grandes
Travel to the village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, visit a pottery studio where local artisans have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen and learn about the archeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive farewell dinner. Overnight Hotel Hacienda. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Paquime / Phoenix
Today we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds, the House of the Cross, and the House of the Serpent. Later, we'll travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S., and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this evening. Overnight Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport. (B, L)
Day10 - Depart Phoenix
Take a transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home (not included). (B)
The Copper Canyon, while a distinct Canyon in itself, is used to describe a complex of five canyons:
Urique 6,136 feet
Sinforasa 6,002 feet
Batopilas 5,904 feet
Copper Canyon 5,770 feet
Guaynopa 5,313 feet
Compare these Canyon statistics with that of the Grand Canyon at Hopi Point, 4,674 feet!
Dates & Prices
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|5th September 2015||$1,750||Book Now|
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|21st November 2015||$1,795||Book Now|
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|20th December 2015||$1,825||Book Now|
|23rd January 2016||$1,895||Book Now|
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Mexico's Copper Canyon From Phoenix: Departs 5th September 2015 ($1,750), 12th September 2015 ($1,750), 19th September 2015 ($1,750), 3rd October 2015 ($1,850), 10th October 2015 ($1,850), 17th October 2015 ($1,850), 24th October 2015 ($1,850), 31st October 2015 ($1,850), 7th November 2015 ($1,850), 21st November 2015 ($1,795), 5th December 2015 ($1,795), 20th December 2015 ($1,825), 23rd January 2016 ($1,895), 6th February 2016 ($1,895), 20th February 2016 ($1,895), 5th March 2016 ($1,950), 12th March 2016 ($1,950), 19th March 2016 ($1,950)
Prices are land-only, per person. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking.