Dave Hensleigh and his team of experts offer monthly, culturally-rich trips to the majestic Copper Canyon and here are some options:
<The Blue Corn Express – a culinary trip through Copper Canyon, coming April, 2011 <click here for a recent Blue Corn Express itinerary .
Call Dave today (217.369.9897) for options and possibilties for trips…our specialty is personalized excursions for small groups and individuals.
We also offer a full range of adventure trips to Copper Canyon…and this is a great place for biking, hiking and backpacking, ziplines (like the longest and highest in the world), horse riding in the mountains, and so much more.
Come experience this great railway with us!
Authentic Copper Canyon
From the Dave Hensleigh and his team of local experts at Authentic Copper Canyon
Cool Season 7 Day Option
The incredible train experience up and down Copper Canyon plus much more:
- Many local experiences including an overnight near the Urique River at the bottom of the canyon
- Two nights in the enchanting El Fuerte with its market, bird watching, organic farm, and petro glyphs
- Divisadero and lovely Mansion Tarahumara- enjoy the view and come hungry!
- The Mennonite areas with the vast apple orchards and world famous cheeses…and pizza
- Chihuahua City, with the Pancho Villa home, historic hotels, the 1700s cathedral
Day 1 – You arrive in Chihuahua City (CUU) and we check into the historic San Felipe el Real hotel near the cathedral plaza. This afternoon, stroll the historic district and the visit the vast market. Dinner and drinks at 6p and a chance to get acquainted.
Chihuahua City- This bustling hub for commerce has its roots as a mining and ranching center. Several fascinating museums (including the Pancho Villa home) gather around the towering 1700s cathedral. The food here is a bit eclectic and reflects the melting pot that Chihuahua has become.
Day 2 – We are up early for a quick breakfast and off to catch the train into the mountains. Winding our way into the Sierra Madre through Mennonite country, we get our first whistle-stop, eye-popping view of Copper Canyon at Divisadero…and a great taste of the local food vendors. Back on the train for the afternoon journey through the heart of Copper Canyon to Bahuichivo. We are met at the Bahuichivo station by the jovial Alberto Lopez and take the short ride to the enchanting village of Cerocahui. We have a few minutes open to stroll the plaza and streets of “Cero”. Then off to the outlook and down to Urique for the night.
Cerocahui– This quiet little town sits in a beautiful valley and is a great place to experience real Mexico. Our evening is close by at the bottom of the canyon near the river in Urique. The highlight here is “Agua Chile”- perhaps the most delicious shrimp concoction you have ever experienced.
Day 3 – After coffee, we vamos for the knockout views of Copper Canyon at Gallego. A visit to a Tarahumara home along the way. We grab late brk in Cero and reboard the train for the unsurpassed journey toward our evening destination, El Fuerte. Tunnels, bridges, canyons, mountains…have your cameras ready! Lunch on the train on your own. Arrive in El Fuerte for dinner…this place is known for incredible food!
El Fuerte- At the foot of Copper Canyon on the west end, this bustling town is home to one of the best markets you will find, old colonial buildings everywhere, a plaza made for sitting and enjoying the fountains, and gracious hospitality. Beyond this there is the opportunity to float the Rio Fuerte for excellent bird watching and the ancient petro glyphs.
Day 4 – We have the whole day to enjoy El Fuerte with its architecture and delicious foods. Breakfast in the market (birria anyone?) then a float trip to see the birdlife and petro glyphs along the Rio Fuerte. A visit to the market here is a must, a long sit on the palm lined fountained plaza will do, perhaps a visit to the organic farm, then dinner in a local home with our host Evangelina. Food highlights here are the local ceviche stands, the meat tacos and soups in the market, and the local restaurants- some of the best on the trip.
Evangelina– This lovely lady with her brother and extended family live in one of the historic mansions off the square in El Fuerte. We often dine with them and get a full taste of some genuine Copper Canyon hospitality.
Day 5 – We are up for a last visit to the market for breakfast then reboard the train for the tunnel- filled journey toward our evening destination, Areponápuchi (Posada Barranca station). “Arepo”as we call it, is officially “nowhere Mexico”. The area around Arepo gives us a good long look at Copper Canyon, and we have plenty of time to look around…as well as perhaps a walk up to watch the sunset over the vast reaches of Copper Canyon. Our hotel tonight -the lovely Mansion Tarahumara.
Areponápuchi– … don’t expect the big city. This tiny place sits near the rim of some of the best views of Copper Canyon. From here you can walk or ride horses in and around the great canyon. Also a good place to pick up local souvenirs. Local vegetables and meats are a treat here- this is ranch country.
Day 6 – Sunrise at the edge of Copper anyone? Breakfast and a walk down through a Tarahumara cave dwelling. Some last views of the canyon, then we catch our van for the trip through the Mennonite agricultural area (vast apple areas and some of their delicious pizza for lunch) toward the big apple- Chihuahua City. This afternoon we arrive back at the historic boutique hotel, the San Felipe el Real- a very special place. Dinner together and perhaps an evening view of the gigantic cathedral in the central plaza.
Mennonites- They migrated here from Canada around 1922 and have transformed the high plateaus into some of the most productive land in Chihuahua. Still German speakers, they produce apples, oats, and dairy products- the famous white Chihuahua cheese.
Day 7 – A hearty breakfast and some time to look around Chihuahua City. Then catch our flights home. (Options available to stay an extra day or two in Chihuahua.)
Pricing and details for “Cool Season”
Authentic Copper Canyon Train Trip
- Trip cost is $1,299 double occ per person, and $1499 single occ.
- All hotels have private baths, hot water and linens and most have air conditioning- ones without air are in the mountains.
- Hotels range from 3.5 star range to simpler cabana style places in the small towns. All are secure, clean, and have comfortable beds.
- Price includes all transport from and to the Chihuahua City airport, all meals except 4 (alcohol on your own), and all entry and guides to places in the itinerary.
- Arrangements can be made for guests to stay over for an extra day or more in Chihuahua City.
- Travel insurance including medical and evacuation coverage is strongly encouraged
- Your lead guide is Dave Hensleigh and we will also be accompanied by various local guides along the way
- Most guests bring $200 -400 USD in pesos for the 4 meals, incidentals, souvenirs, and small tips- primary gratuities are included.
- ACC will supply a bring list and an FAQ sheet to help you prepare for this trip. Note that it is possible to have cold weather and snow in Dec- Feb and warm clothing is advised.
- Cutoff for registration and deposit is typically 60 days before departure.
For more info, registration and deposit, contact Dave Hensleigh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217.369.9897