Tour of Barrancas del Cobre in Mexico
A magnificent adventure tour in Mexico discovering its most evocative natural sight, Barrancas del Cobre or Copper Canyon.
Departure from the airport in Mexico City by domestic flight to Chihuahua airport. Arrival and transfer to the downtown hotel and check in. City tour of Catedral, Murales del Palacio de Gobierno, Quinta Gameros, Museo - Casa de Pancho Villa, Zona Residencial and Acueducto Colonial (around 3 hours). Return to the hotel and free evening.
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Cuauthtemoc, where the largest Latin American Mennonite community resides. Visit one of the numerous farms (called "camps") where these industrious blond and blue-eyed farmers settled in the early 20th centurt, after leaving the Netherlands, their native land, and living in Canada for some years. Their way of life is still closely connected to religion and old traditions, including that of living in wooden houses with a sloping roof, and that of producing delicious homemade cheese, known all around Mexico as "queso menonita".
Departure to Creel village, recently named Pueblo Magico, thanks to its special features reflecting the old traditions of Tarahuamara population. Thanks to its position it is known as the gateway to imposing Barrancas del Cobre, with enormous mountains, romantic lakes, endless wood and waterfalls, composing the scenery of this part of Western Sierra Madre. Arrive at the hotel and check in. Guided tour of Arareko Lake and sorrounds, visiting the rock formations of Valle de los Hongos y de las Ranas, Misión Jesuita de San Ignacio and a natural grotto still inhabited by soime Trahumara families. Return to the hotel and free evening.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Baseaseachis waterfall: with its height reacing 300 meters, it is the third tallest in North America. The trip includes crossing a path withing the national park with the same name, hosting several smallest waterfalls. Continue to El Divisadero village, representing the core of Barrancas del Cobre. Arrive and check in to amazing Divisadero Barrancas hotel, built close to the natural edge of the valley. Its excellent position guarantees a unique experience of Divisadero, which is one of the highest (1200 m) and most famous point of the Chihuahua - Pacific route crossed by world - famous El Chepe train. Free afternoon and evening.
Breakfast in the hotel and visit to Barrancas del Cobre National Park, which will be reached along the path of the evocative "Miradores" (sighting points) of the area, such as "La Piedra Volada" with an immense rock, rounded by winds constantly blowing. While climbing this rock, the feeling is that of being very close to the sky, admiring from relatively close the connecting point between the valleys, Barranca del Cobre, Urique and Tararecua. During the tour you will have the chance to take part in various adventure activities available in the park such as zipline and mountain bike routes. Return to the hotel and free evening.
Breakfast in the hotel and walk through the paths of Monte Mogotavo, leading to the caves of Tarahumara, for a second close-up with the lifestyle of these tribes, some of the most primitive of Mexico. Departure by El Chepe train to Bahuichivo, the closest train station to Cerocahui, sorrounded by a picturesque landscape of rocky mountains. Check in and visit to the local vineyards and the child education center. Return to the hotel and free evening.
Breakfast in the hotel and visit to world famous "Mirador del Cerro Gallego", considered as one of the most impressive of the aeeam where you can admire the depth of 2300 m of the Urique Canyon (around 3 hours and a half). Transfer to the train station for the last railway stretch to the town of El Fuerte, one of the most beautiful colonial villages of Sinaloa state, also declared Pueblo Magico. While retracing the route of the old lordship, you will also come across the character of Zorro (Don Diego de la Vega), who lived in this place for 10 years. The most interesting sites include the Municipal square and palace, Casa de la Cultura and the military fort which gave its name to the village. Check in to the hotel and free evening.