(Mexico City, Chihuahua, Creel, Barrancas, El Fuerte)
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.
Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) or after leaving the secured area of the terminal (domestic flights) and privately transferred to your Mexico City hotel.
Enjoy a privately guided tour of the World Heritage of Teotihuacan and the Historic city center including Templo Mayor archaeological site and special collections at the famous National Museum of Anthropology. You will be picked up in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. for a full day privately guided tour with English speaking guide of the Teotihuacán Pyramids, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Your guide will enhance your experience with expert explanations of the importance of the site and its place in the rich history of Mexico 's many layers of pre-Columbian civilizations. You will then continue on to the historic city center with visits to the Zocalo flanked by Mexico’s most important and impressive buildings including: The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, a look from above into the Templo Mayor Aztec archeological site, the Palace of Fine Arts (admissions included). Time for lunch will be provided but this is not included in the cost.At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city.
Enjoy a flight onboard AeroMexico from Mexico City to Chihuahua. The flight takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Enjoy a Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Depart by private vehicle with English speaking guide for your half fay city tour of Chihuahua. Explore the city of Chihuahua - visit the Government Palace, Main Plaza, The Cathedral & Revolution Museum (formerly the house of Pancho Villa). A visit to Chihuahua's charming Main Square will leave you speechless after seeing the beautiful Angel of Freedom statue. Experience the architecture of the city's residential areas and much more on this fascinating tour.
Enjoy a 5 hour train ride through the copper 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.
Meet your driver for a shared hotel transfer.
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.
Board the train today and enjoy a journey through the Tarahumara Sierra Madre. Arrive in Barracas in the afternoon.
Enjoy a private guided tour to the look out point of Arepo, take in the breathtaking scenery. Areponapuchi, locally known as "Arepo", is a village a few miles west of Divisadero, toward Mochis. Arepo is also the Posada Barrancas train stop.
Spend time visiting the local church and community of Divisadero which is literally a train stop that overlooks the joining of Tararecua, Urique and Copper Canyons.
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.
You will be met and transferred to the hotel Posada del Hidalgo in El Fuerte.This drive is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Enjoy a private transfer from El Fuerte to Los Mochis
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Hotel Divisadero Barrancas is located at Km 622 of the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico route. The hotel has a privileged location, being the only hotel on the edge of the canyon with views to 3 of the most beautiful canyons in the system (Copper Canyon, Urique and Tararecua) that form the Sierra Madre. Clients can enjoy the spectacular views from the balcony of their room and from the panoramic restaurant. The hotel, with prestige and worldwide fame, is known for its excellent personalized service and complete harmony with nature. With 52 rooms, Panoramic Restaurant, Lobby-Bar, Delicafe, Reading Room, Souvenir Shop, Lounge, wide parking; Hotel Divisadero Barrancas is your best choice at the Copper Canyon.
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.
Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon edge is the 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. 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.
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.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica.
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.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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