(Mexico City, Chihuahua, Creel, Barrancas, Los Mochis)
Mexico City is the capital and largest city in Mexico and North America as well as one of the largest cities in the world. The Copper Canyon or "Barranca del Cobre" is a group of canyons consisting of 6 distinct canyons in the Sierra Tarahumara in the southwestern area of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The overall canyon system is larger with deeper portions than the Grand Canyon in the United States. The canyons were formed by six rivers which drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara (part of the Sierra Madre Occidental). All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Sea of Cortez. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color which is where the name originates. The result is a breathtaking rail journey that has be experienced to fully appreciate. Experience this tour with priavate vehicle and specialized guide.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Take a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Mexico city.
One of the premier Mexico City hotels, the JW Marriott Hotel offers luxury accommodations in the exclusive Polanco District. This flagship hotel in Mexico City D.F. is located in the heart of the business and entertainment sector; capturing the sophisticated side of Mexico City. The JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City is internationally renowned and award winning - Conde Nast readers have chosen it as the "Best Overall Hotel in Mexico and Central America" and "Best Hotel for business travelers". This famous Mexico City Hotel is within walking distance of museums, the city's financial hub, and some of Latin America's best shopping dining and night life. All of this, combined with first class service, makes the JW an impressive hotel in Mexico City for business or leisure travel.
Guided excursion to the famous Teotihuacán Pyramids. This tour lasts approximately 5 hours, and starts with a visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine, visited by millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world. Continue to the north of the city, to the Teotihuacán Pyramids, where you will visit the Sun and the Moon Pyramids, the Quetzalcoatl Temple and the fortresses.
You will be met in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. by your guide for a privately guided exploration of the subtler aspects of Mexico City. You head to the charming suburb of San Angel for the Bazar Sabado (Saturday Bazaar only on Saturdays). The bustling market is held along the cobblestone streets and pretty San Jacinto Plaza and features a lovely mix of jewelry, ceramics, glassware and household items. On to Coyocan, in the Bazar Artesanal de Coyocan you will find everything from gypsy silverwork to indigenous pottery and weavings; look out for the jugglers and stilted performers! You also visit Casa Azul the former home of Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera which has now been converted into the Frida Khalo Museum and houses art and other artifacts from Diego and Frida’s life together. You will return to your hotel In the early afternoon to relax and freshen up for a night on the town on your own.
Enjoy a flight onboard AeroMexico from Mexico City to Chihuahua
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Explore the city of Chihuahua - visit the Government Palace, Main Plaza, The Cathedral & Revolution Museum (formerly the house of Pancho Villa).
Private transfer to/from train station.
Enjoy a 5 hour train ride through the coppen canyon on your way to Creel. The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway), also known as El Chepe from its reporting mark CHP, or Ferrocarril Chihuahua-Pacífico is a major rail line in northwest Mexico, linking the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and its port Topolobampo. It runs 673 km (418 mi), traversing the Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons that have led some to call this the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. It is both an important transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists. The tracks pass over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, rising as high as 2,400 m (7,900 ft) above sea level near Divisadero (the continental divide), a popular lookout spot over the canyons. Each one-way trip takes approximately 16 hours. The track also crosses over itself in order to gain elevation.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the beautiful Lake Arareco, the impressive Tarahmara Caves and the Jesuit Mission. Lake Arareco is high in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua located about 14 kilometres south of Creel. It is a U-shaped lake, surrounded by unusual rock formations and a fragrant pine forest. A few kilometres away is a scenic canyon with the Cascada Cusárare waterfall featuring a drop of 30 m (100 feet). The Rarámuri or Tarahumara are an indigenous people of northern Mexico renowned for their long-distance running ability.
Originally inhabitants in much of the state of Chihuahua, the Rarámuri retreated to the Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Occidental upon the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The area of the Sierra Madre Occidental which they now inhabit is often called the Sierra Tarahumara because of their presence.
The Best Western, The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa is your gateway to Mexico's Copper Canyon, the awesome abyss that is North America's other Grand Canyon. All rooms are modern log cabins with gas fireplaces, private porches and remote control television with cable and movie channels. Amid a setting of tastefully decorated log cabins and the warmth of our old-fashioned mountain lodge, with a touch of elegance, the goal is to make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Board the train today and enjoy a journey through the Tarahumara Sierra Madre. Arrive to Barracas in the afternoon.
Enjoy a private guided tour to the look out point of Arepo, take in the breathtaking scenery. Spend time visiting the local church and community of Divisadero.
Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon edge is the Posada Barrancas Mirador Hotel, near the highest point of the canyon. This overlooks exhibit awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of Copper Canyon. This deluxe hotel is surrounded by pine trees, and appears to be "etched out" of the natural rock itself. The Posada Mirador is actually an extension of the well known Rancho Hotel. This beautiful structure is unique in architecture and decor and each of its 65 luxurious rooms and suites has a private terrace where you can enjoy one of the finest views of the canyon. It is a bird watchers paradise.
Enjoy a private transfer to/from the train station.
Spend the morning at leisure - in the afternoon transfer to the train station and board the train for the final day through the Copper Canyon; Sierra Tarahuamara onto Los Mochis.
You will be met and transferred to the hotel Posada del Hidalgo in El Fuerte.This drive is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Posada del Hidalgo is a beautiful colonial mansion. This attractive structure was built in 1890 by Don Rafael Almada, a wealthy and influential "alcalde" (mayor) who spent five years and 100,000 gold pesos on its construction. The wooden trim was made from 285 Canadian red pine beams.
Enjoy a private transfer from Posada del Hidalgo to Los Mochis (train station or airport)
Enjoy your flight onboard AeroMexico from Los Mochis to Mexico City
Depart from the international airport - End of itinerary.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
M. T.S. ,
June 27, 2012
"Erika, I wanted to let you know how much the boys and I enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. You did an excellent job setting up our lodging and activities. Everything ran smoothly and all the people that we had contact with were very friendly and professional.
The boys and I loved the rafting trip. Your team in Costa Rica was exceptional. We particularly liked Edgar.
Another highlight was our walking tour in Monteverde. Roberta was a very interesting and knowledgeable guide. We saw some very rare birds. I would highly recommend him to any future travelers.
All the hotels were great. Our favorite was the Springs Resort and next the Monteverde Lodge. The Four Seasons was nice. I would definitely use Kensington Tours again and return to Costa Rica.
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