Taking the Copper Canyon Train in Mexico

Taking the Copper Canyon Train in Mexico

Copper Canyon has all the time been a visit I wished to do in Mexico.

I’m lucky sufficient to have travelled fairly a bit on this great nation, however by far haven’t seen all of the “must-see-sights”, that in response to some embody Oaxaca and Guanajuato, Puerto Escondido and San Cristobal.

However to me, mountains and nature have a sure attractivity, and I’m very joyful to have had the possibility of lastly taking this journey on the Copper Canyon prepare, and exhibiting my man a special Mexico, one a bit off the overwhelmed observe.

Copper Canyon train, Mexico
Copper Canyon prepare, Mexico

Suggestions for a Copper Canyon journey

– take bug repellant
– sunblock
– sufficient battery for cameras and so on for a number of days in case staying at B&Bs that don’t have electrical energy
– flashlight would possibly come in useful too


– Born to Run
– Mexico Lonely Planet

Who ought to take the Copper Canyon prepare?

All people fascinated about stunning nature, superb surroundings, mountain climbing, climbing, operating… and trains!!!

One would possibly say, good that it wasn’t crowded, however as a tourism skilled myself, I’m unhappy that tourism to this amazingly stunning a part of the nation declined a lot….

We didn’t as soon as ever really feel nervous, or sense any hazard, at any time of the journey.

The route we took touched bigger cities like Los Mochis solely briefly, and didn’t undergo Chihuahua in any respect. Don’t be afraid of the pink journey alert that’s exhibiting up on TripAdvisor if you search for among the locations we stayed. All opinions I may give will probably be biased, as I lived on this nation and find it irresistible.

Please do hold the next in thoughts (sorry whether it is repetitive) – drug associated crime shouldn’t be concentrating on vacationers – suppose life like – why would drug lords be on the prepare??

There’s federal police on the prepare, too, so except they’re actually silly, they hold away – a lot of the crime is across the boarder areas (and on each side of the boarder!!), and the Copper Canyon Mexico continues to be a few hours away from the boarder…

Taking the Copper Canyon Prepare: Our itinerary

Day 1

We left Puerto Vallarta (PVR) early September to begin our little air, highway & prepare journey of the Copper Canyon.

The Canyon, to be exact it’s a system of 6 canyons, is within the states of Sinaloa & Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, additionally known as Sierra Tarahumara. The indigenous tribe of the Tarahumara, or rarámuri as they name themselves, is claimed to be “the operating folks”.

This would possibly ring a bell for these of you who heard and even learn the guide “Born to Run” – really, Dominik had simply began studying it so the journey positively had an extra curiosity to him – that ultimately would possibly go so far as contemplating operating the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon…. we will see. Anyway – right here we go, off to the airport.

Actually, making an attempt to get to Los Mochis from Puerto Vallarta is a little bit of an ordeal, except you fly by Mexico Metropolis for clearly extra $$. We selected to take “the infant”, Aereocalafia, to Mazatlán.

On the pics you see our take off and views of Nuevo Vallarta, and the way the river water from the mountains, wealthy in sediments, attracts a transparent line to the blue ocean water. Ultimately, wet season will come to an finish.

After a pleasant taco lunch we continued by bus to Los Mochis, a couple of 6-7 hour drive. Because the prepare leaves Los Mochis at 6am we determined to simply keep conveniently and low funds at Finest Western, about 5min from the bus station and 15min from the prepare station.

Day 2

It’s really useful to be on the Copper Canyon prepare station a minimum of 30 minutes forward, with a 6am departure this gave us a get up name at 4.45am… thank god we had the strategic benefit of nonetheless being on central time of PVR with our minds and our bodies, so the 4.45am mountain time though nonetheless arduous weren’t brutal…

However right here’s a bit extra data on the Chepe, the solely actual remaining passenger prepare of Mexico (or so I used to be advised). The prepare started operation in 1961 and constructing the tracks from sea degree to altitudes of greater than 2400m was a really magnificent achievement of engineering. It runs over greater than 650km from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, and wishes about 15 hours for this – do the mathematics on the typical pace!

The most attention-grabbing half begins about 1 half hours after passing El Fuerte, when the prepare begins to get into the mountains and passes on the way in which to the best level about 86 tunnels and 37 bridges…. Some extra data, though sadly solely in spanish, is right here. Across the station of Temoris, already greater than 1000m of altitude, it winds up over Three ranges, fairly spectacular to journey….additionally, at a spot referred to as El Lazo (we handed it on the way in which down) the prepare makes a full circle and crosses its personal tracks 30m additional down.

Our journey ended for at the moment at Posada Barrancas, just a little village of 500 folks and possibly 5 posadas… We stayed at Resort Mirador, with superb views over the canyon. We obtained to there simply on time to seize a chew to eat for lunch after which off with Gustavo, our information for at the moment.

Sadly, each cable automotive and ziplines have been already closed for the day, so we simply took some (admittedly) poser photos on the balancing rock and hiked across the rim. Again on time on the Mirador for joyful hour, hummingbird watching and an early dinner.

Day 3

Waking up in a pleasant local weather for a change!! That was one thing Dominik positively most well-liked over the humidity and warmth of PV – I admit it, a pleasant one for me too.

Our information picked us up on the Resort Mirador and we drove over to Creel, about 45km, that we wanted perhaps 45 minutes, whereas the prepare would wish greater than an hour. Climbing was the plan of the day.

To check our abilities, our information first took us to Creel’s yard, a rock on the fringe of the city, with set routes. I used to be fairly nervous, I used to be about to climb and likely would fall… completely out of climbing form, final time I used to be in an harness (not counting in ziplines), was 12 years in the past, earlier than my little badminton accident. This being mentioned…. no higher purpose to go than with Dominik…. in the long run, this could possibly be a passion we’d each pursue.

After just a little little bit of refreshing the knots and method… there I used to be…. up and up. Not doing too unhealthy I’d say at that rock. And positively, for Dominik, it was fairly a straightforward stroll within the park.

As Arturo, our information, obtained some confidence that we’re not for the primary time on the rock, he took us to the Valley of the Monks. A tremendous place, near Creel, habitate of Tarahumara indians. These stay fairly unfold out, being runners and walkers, youngsters do distances of simply 45 min to high school. A giant incentive for the households to ship them to high school is the very fact they get meals without cost there. The Tarahumara don’t even have a village, they stay throughout, and simply collect on the group heart for social functions.

The valley apparently is results of tons of of hundreds of 12 months of corrosion. These rocks have been more durable than the fabric between them, in order that they saved up whereas the remainder was slowly however certainly washed away. And sure, it’s referred to as monks, though these needles and towers would possibly provoke your phantasy.

There the routes have been prime rope secured, Arturo went up from behind, put the rope in and we climbed. First one was difficult for me, however one of the best expertise was, I didn’t fall as soon as, I did manner higher than I assumed and was simply joyful that my ankle didn’t damage in any respect.

Second one, simple as much as the higher third, then Dominik did battle fairly arduous to make it. Congrats babe, it was a really robust one… on our scale within the higher half likely a 6+. Effectively, I attempted, did higher than anticipated, however simply not ok to make all of it the way in which up. Nonetheless….veeeeeery joyful and looking out ahead to Tessin, Dolomiten, and all the remainder of the Alps again dwelling.

As soon as fingers and arms have been numb, Arturo took us to the Sierra Lodge, not too removed from Creel, the place we have been purported to spend the night time. The lodge is actually strolling distance to the Casare waterfalls. The owner, the mexican ranchero in particular person, confirmed us the room – very cosy, very lodgy, no electrical energy. Petroleum lamps within the tub and bed room….higher don’t flip them off!

As we’d been so lengthy on the prepare the previous few days, we determined to go for just a little stroll to a cave shut by… I assume I’m most impressed of the situations these Indians stay in… harvest was unhealthy to non existent, they don’t have a lot cattle, no beans, no corn…. nonetheless, joyful of their lives.

A scrumptious dinner was served by two Tarahumara girls working on the lodge – we have been the ONLY visitor…. and went to mattress early as we wished to take a look at the waterfalls the following day earlier than we needed to go away for the prepare…..

Day 4

Earlier than breakfast hike to the Waterfalls is certainly price it! 

Final cease of the Copper Canyon was El Fuerte, which we reached after a few hours prepare journey again down from Creel.

It’s believed to be the Zorro’s city, and I just like the thought that we really slept at his mansion, the Posada de Hidalgo resort. It’s a block from the principle sq. and proper subsequent to the previous fort, “el fuerte”, in Spanish, which really additionally means, the sturdy one.

The resort is definitely a few previously seperate residences, with many little patios and a pleasant roof prime terrace. From the restaurant and pool one additionally has a pleasant view of the sundown and the town.

For even higher views we visited the fortress, it has a small museum of the event of the city and a few previous instruments and weapons.

Day 5 & 6

The journey is coming to an finish…..

We took the bus again to Los Mochis, which is a few hours, and from there a airplane to Guadalajara, within the state of Jalico, the state of Tequila. We had the very pleasure to inaugurate as a take a look at friends the newly constructed Westin Guadalajara, proper throughout the road of the World Commerce Middle. Really heavenly beds, and much more so after lengthy hours on buses, trains and planes.

Our final day of the journey we loved a metropolis tour on the well-known pink Turibus, with a protracted cease in Tlaquepaque for buying, earlier than having dinner at an argentine restaurant, and hopping on the night time bus again to PV.

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