9 days from $3,267 per person*
  • Hike in the Copper Canyon with a private guide.
  • Explore the dramatic Otero Canyon with a private guide, and cross the canyon by cable car.
  • Scenic ride by rail through the mountains, with dozens of tunnels and bridges.
  • Drive the meandering switchbacks of the Batopilas Canyon.
  • Value-based accommodations as selected by a regional specialist.
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Explore Mexico's stunning Copper Canyon with a private guide, and enjoy hiking, switchback drives, a cable car ride across the canyon, rail rides through the Sierra Madre Mountains and more.

Grab your sense of adventure and set out from Mexico City on a private guided discovery of the expansive and rugged Copper Canyon. The true journey begins in El Fuerte, gateway to Copper Canyon where you'll board a scenic rail ride to Barrancas, leading you through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view. Meet your private English-speaking guide in Barrancas, and set out for a full day to discover Otero Canyon (one of the seven individual canyons that make up Copper Canyon), and also spend time with the local Tarahumara tribe. Ride one of the highest cable cars in the world as you cross the mountain for exceptional views. Venture onward to Batopilas, driving through an extensive sequence of meandering switchbacks, and then set out with your guide for a full day of hiking through the Canyon. Descend out through more switchbacks and head to Creel, where a final rail journey through the mountains will round out your Copper Canyon adventure.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Mexico City
    Mexico City
    • Mexico - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Mexico City to Los Mochis to El Fuerte
    Mexico City to Los Mochis to El Fuerte
    • Transfer - Airport (Departure) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Mexico City - Los Mochis [Air, 2 hrs 30 min] - Separate Purchase
    • Los Mochis - El Fuerte [(1hr, 45 min)] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 3 El Fuerte to Barrancas
    El Fuerte to Barrancas
    • Transfer - Shared - Train Station
    • El Fuerte - Barrancas [Chepe (4.5 hrs)] - First Class Train
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Barrancas
    Barrancas
    • Tour - Private - Canyon Views & Cable Car (with Lunch & Dinner) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Barrancas to Batopilas
    Barrancas to Batopilas
    • Transfer - Private - via Batopilas Canyon Switchbacks
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Batopilas
    Batopilas
    • Hiking in Copper Canyon
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Batopilas to Creel
    Batopilas to Creel
    • Transfer - Private - via Canyon Switchbacks
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Creel to El Fuerte
    Creel to El Fuerte
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Creel - El Fuerte [6.5 hrs] - First Class Train
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 9 El Fuerte
    El Fuerte
    • El Fuerte - Los Mochis [ (1 hr)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Mexico City

A welcome package will be provided by a representative at the airport containing 24/7 emergency contact information, a confirmed version of the program and other useful information.

To ensure your comfort upon arrival, you will have an English-speaking local representative waiting for you outside of customs holding a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help to direct you to your private driver and vehicle, where a Spanish-speaking driver will accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Downtown Mexico (4*)

Blending colonial 17th-century grandeur with a raw industrial edge, Downtown Mexico integrates local indigenous culture into its concept while celebrating its location in the Centro Histórico borough of Mexico City. Known as the “Palacio de Los Condes de Miravalle,” it sits comfortably next to other colonial landmarks on the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the oldest residences in the area that still maintains this particular Mexican viceregal style, the 17-room hotel blends elements of colonial style with local, indigenous culture. Housed in a magnificent palace, the meticulous renovation of Downtown Mexico ensured nothing was lost from the original building’s beauty, resulting in a charming and intriguing architecture that blends seamlessly with the hotel’s location and natural environment.

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mexico City
Mexico City
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel "Downtown Mexico"
Hotel "Downtown Mexico"

Day 2: Mexico City - Los Mochis - El Fuerte

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city.

Enjoy your flight from Mexico City to Los Mochis. The approximate flying time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

You will be greeted after exiting baggage claim at Los Mochis regional airport to begin a private transfer to the colonial gateway of the Copper Canyon -- El Fuerte. After settling into your hotel, feel free to explore the charming, cobble stone streets of this gorgeous colonial town.

Accommodation: Posada del Hidalgo

Hotel Posada del Hidalgo is a magnificent mansion colonial museum in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, It was built just below the old fortress built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1564. It is believed to have been the original site where the young Diego de la Vega, aka ''El Zorro,'' was born. Posada del Hidalgo features a spacious and impressive garden, typical of the old tropical colonial houses. The hotel consists of 5 units linked together over 100 years in time, each with its own Spanish Colonial style courtyards that will send you back to a romantic era.

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Fuerte Mexico
El Fuerte Mexico
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Posada del Hidalgo
Posada del Hidalgo

Day 3: El Fuerte - Barrancas

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a shared train station transfer.

All aboard! It's time to begin your journey into the Copper Canyon riding along the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico on a scenic passage through the Sierra Madre Mountains. This comfortable first-class train ride will take you through tunnels, over marvelous bridges and provide you with countless opportunities to take in breath-taking vistas. Lunch (not included) is on your own in the Chepe restaurant car.

 

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the train station.

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador

Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon edge is the Mirador Hotel, near the highest point of the canyon. It overlooks awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of the Copper Canyon. This deluxe hotel is surrounded by pine trees, and appears to be "etched out" of the natural rock itself. A beautiful structure with unique architecture and decor, each of its 65 luxurious rooms and suites have a private terrace where you can enjoy one of the finest views of the canyon. It is a bird watchers paradise.

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Barrancas
Barrancas
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Mirador
Hotel Mirador

Day 4: Barrancas

After breakfast, meet your expert guide to learn about the canyon system as you spend the entire day exploring this striking landscape, one of the last undiscovered treasures of North America. You will learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon, and spend time with the local Tarahumara Indians; a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon’s caves for thousands of years, gaining insight into their timeless traditions and culture. Later in the day, you will experience a canyon crossing in a spectacular cable car ride (one of the highest in the world), arriving at a breathtaking viewpoint where you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including Otero Canyon and the namesake Copper Canyon. This tour includes private transportation, an English speaking guide, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon

Day 5: Barrancas - Batopilas

Depart for a private transfer to Batopilas. En route, descend the rugged switchbacks into the depths of the Batopilas Canyon, passing through the Copper and La Bufa Canyons along the way... Expect to leave with a first-hand knowledge of why the road to Batopilas was completed only at the end of the 20th Century!

Arriving in Batopilas, check into your charming hotel - your room overlooks the Batopilas River - the perfect place to explore this historic mining outpost. Once settled, feel free to walk into town and explore the ruins of the Sheppard Hacienda, admire the vestiges of colonial architecture throughout the town, or perhaps enjoy a beer with the locals at the Swinging Bridge Bar.

Accommodation: Riverside Lodge

Surrounded by cliffs, mesas, and cactus-studded hillsides, The Riverside Lodge is a centerpiece of the old silver-mining village of Batopilas, taking you back to colonial Mexico with its heavy wooden doors, Moorish arches, and numerous interior patios. Located near the main square in Batopilas village at the bottom of the Batopilas Canyon, Riverside Lodge is a boutique-style hotel that boasts private gardens, hand-painted murals and beautiful antiques and mosaic-domed. The Lodge was restored with Victorian furnishings--red velvet couches in the salon, antique brass beds in the lavish guest rooms.

 

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Batopilas View
Batopilas View
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Riverside Lodge
Riverside Lodge

Day 6: Batopilas

With the assistance of your private guide, you will have the opportunity to choose from a number of hiking options, each with unique highlights and varying degrees of difficulty.

For example, you may choose to hike along the old aqueduct system and discover stunning views of the area around Batopilas. Nesting near the water, you are likely to spot rare birds including the Mot Mot, Squirrel Cuckoo, and Military Macaws.

Another popular option is to visit "Los Cathedral of Satevo" (the Lost Cathedral). Built in the 18th century, the Jesuits who founded this mission were expelled from the Spanish colonies when the Franciscans took over the region. Noted for the unusual building materials used in construction, the dimensions and style of this cathedral are unlike any other.

Other hiking options include a tour of the silver mine "Penasquito," a birding experience, or touring through the Batopilas Museum (among many more). Of course, if you prefer to relax in town, this too can be arranged.

Accommodation: Riverside Lodge
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hiking in Copper Canyon
Hiking in Copper Canyon

Day 7: Batopilas - Creel

After an early breakfast, prepare to depart the Batopilas Canyon through a spectacular array of switchbacks to Creel, where you will have the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore the town. You may choose to visit the local crafts cooperative or to visit to the nearby hot springs.

 

Accommodation: The Lodge at Creel

The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa by Best Western distinguishes itself by offering a convenient list of services to turn your stay into a truly memorable experience. Backed by 15 years of experience in the Sierra Tarahumara, The Lodge at Creel invites guests to discover a lengthy list of services and comforts which include an on-site sauna, spa, gym, children’s playground, billiards room, and a game room. Always concerned for the well-being of the planet, The Lodge at Creel is an eco-friendly hotel, certified as a “Green Hotel” by Best Green.

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Lodge at Creel
The Lodge at Creel

Day 8: Creel - El Fuerte

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Today you'll ride by rail from Creel to El Fuerte. The total travel time is approximately 6.5 hours.

Meet your private driver for a train station transfer by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Posada del Hidalgo
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Train to El Fuerte
Train to El Fuerte

Day 9: El Fuerte

Enjoy a private transfer from El Fuerte to Los Mochis 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Downtown Mexico (4*): Mexico City

Blending colonial 17th-century grandeur with a raw industrial edge, Downtown Mexico integrates local indigenous culture into its concept while celebrating its location in the Centro Histórico borough of Mexico City. Known as the “Palacio de Los Condes de Miravalle,” it sits comfortably next to other colonial landmarks on the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the oldest residences in the area that still maintains this particular Mexican viceregal style, the 17-room hotel blends elements of colonial style with local, indigenous culture. Housed in a magnificent palace, the meticulous renovation of Downtown Mexico ensured nothing was lost from the original building’s beauty, resulting in a charming and intriguing architecture that blends seamlessly with the hotel’s location and natural environment.

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel "Downtown Mexico"
Hotel "Downtown Mexico"
Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel "Downtown Mexico" Courtyard
Hotel "Downtown Mexico" Courtyard

Posada del Hidalgo : El Fuerte

Hotel Posada del Hidalgo is a magnificent mansion colonial museum in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, It was built just below the old fortress built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1564. It is believed to have been the original site where the young Diego de la Vega, aka ''El Zorro,'' was born. Posada del Hidalgo features a spacious and impressive garden, typical of the old tropical colonial houses. The hotel consists of 5 units linked together over 100 years in time, each with its own Spanish Colonial style courtyards that will send you back to a romantic era.

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Posada del Hidalgo
Posada del Hidalgo

Hotel Mirador: Barrancas

Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon edge is the Mirador Hotel, near the highest point of the canyon. It overlooks awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of the Copper Canyon. This deluxe hotel is surrounded by pine trees, and appears to be "etched out" of the natural rock itself. A beautiful structure with unique architecture and decor, each of its 65 luxurious rooms and suites have a private terrace where you can enjoy one of the finest views of the canyon. It is a bird watchers paradise.

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Mirador
Hotel Mirador

Riverside Lodge: Batopilas

Surrounded by cliffs, mesas, and cactus-studded hillsides, The Riverside Lodge is a centerpiece of the old silver-mining village of Batopilas, taking you back to colonial Mexico with its heavy wooden doors, Moorish arches, and numerous interior patios. Located near the main square in Batopilas village at the bottom of the Batopilas Canyon, Riverside Lodge is a boutique-style hotel that boasts private gardens, hand-painted murals and beautiful antiques and mosaic-domed. The Lodge was restored with Victorian furnishings--red velvet couches in the salon, antique brass beds in the lavish guest rooms.

 

 

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Riverside Lodge
Riverside Lodge

The Lodge at Creel: Creel

The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa by Best Western distinguishes itself by offering a convenient list of services to turn your stay into a truly memorable experience. Backed by 15 years of experience in the Sierra Tarahumara, The Lodge at Creel invites guests to discover a lengthy list of services and comforts which include an on-site sauna, spa, gym, children’s playground, billiards room, and a game room. Always concerned for the well-being of the planet, The Lodge at Creel is an eco-friendly hotel, certified as a “Green Hotel” by Best Green.

Copper Canyon Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Lodge at Creel
The Lodge at Creel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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