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Copper Canyon Mexico

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Adventure, Cultural, Eco Tourism, Escape to the Country, Featured Destination
Destination
Mexico
Budget
On a budget, Won't break the bank
Age range
35-44, 45-54, 55-64

Travel from Chihuaha MX to the Gulf of California on the Ferrocarril Barrancas del Cobre. The trip can be done in one day, I'm planning to take about a week for plenty of sightseeing on the way.

The Copper Canyon is bigger and deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is, by all accounts, a must-see.  The package tours are all inordinately expensive, so I priced out what it would cost do it on my own.  The following is a draft itinerary.

Day 1 - Arrive in Chihuaha

Day 2 - Sightseeing in Chinuaha, organized when we get there (or not).  Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, Pancho Villa museum.

Day 3 - Transfer to Creel, either by rail (6:00 am!) or by bus.  Creel is a mountain town (2,240m) with local sightseeing to waterfalls, lake, hot springs, and cultural tours to visit the indigenous Tarahumara, etc.  Side trips would be arranged when we get there.

Day 4 - Creel

Day 5 - Transfer by train to Posada Barrancas/Divisadero  area.  

Day 6 - Posada Barrancas/Divisadero  area.  There is an "Adventure Park" with ziplines etc. Also, reviews says it is a nice area to walk around just for the views.

Day 7 - Transfer by train to El Fuerte, which is an old colonial town.

Day 8 - Sightseeing or relaxing El Fuerte.

Day 9 - Fly home from Los Mochis (which is near El Fuerte)

The above would cost about  $1000 US plus meals and any sightseeing.  It could be as little as $600 US with less expensive hotels and shared rooms.

I was also thinking of an option on Day 8 to take the Baja Ferry to La Paz and then spend a couple of days in La Paz or Los Cabos, and fly home from there.

This itinerary it pretty loose right now.  

Interested in going?

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