Copper Canyon – Batopilas, November 1-7, 2017

Riverside Lodge

Copper Canyon – Batopilas

Visit Chihuahua City, take the train to Creel, and then by van to the bottom of Batopilas Canyon


November 1 – November 7,  2017

Wednesday, November 1.   Car pool from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio restaurant. Taxi to Ojinaga, collecting a tourist via (free) en route.. Express bus to Chihuahua City (3 hours). Lunch. City Tour with experienced guide Edgar including the murals of Government Palace, Father Hidalgo’s cell and the Museo de Pancho Villa. Dinner at El Meson de Catedral, overlooking the plaza. Overnight at Quality Inn, next to the cathedral.


Dining Car on Train

Thursday, November 2.  Six a.m. departure. Breakfast on train as we cross the plains. Then, climbing steadily, we arrive Creel mid-morning and transfer by van to Sierra Lodge, a luxury log cabin. Hike through piney woods to a waterfall. Margaritas and local band before dinner, prepared by Maria, the Tarahumara cook. Overnight at Sierra Lodge (7,023 feet).

Room at our luxury log cabin

Friday, November 3. We board our van with our guide, long-time resident Gustavo Lozano, and drop down steeply on a new paved  road to the canyon bottom. Picnic lunch at a scenic overlook en-route. After 80 miles, we arrive in Batopilas (1,768 feet). We check in at Riverside Lodge, a historical, splendidly decorated mansion, set back in time. Time to explore this remote, riverside town before having dinner at Carolina’s.

“The Lost Cathedral”

Saturday, November 4. In the morning, we take a hike along the Batopilas River to the “Lost Cathedral”. Gustavo explains the history and unique architecture of the 17th century church. Return by van for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Museum of Mining history. Mining is the story of Batopilas. Dinner, with wine included. Overnight at Riverside Lodge.

Sunday, November 5. Morning hike upstream along an aqueduct to bird-watch. Lunch in town. Later, we visit the Hacienda San Miguel, formerly company headquarters and processing plant for Alexander Shepherd’s vast mining operation. Special meal. Overnight at Riverside Lodge.

Riverside Lodge Salon

 Monday, November 6. Leave after breakfast for the return trip to Sierra Lodge. Lunch at the lodge. Time to visit the nearby 17th century Cusarare Church, or take a short hike to see some rock art. Maria cooks us a farewell dinner. Overnight at Sierra Lodge.

Tuesday, November 7. Breakfast, then early departure by van to Chihuahua City (4 hours), continuing via Aldama (street-side lunch here) to Ojinaga. Taxi to Presidio. Rejoin our cars. End of our adventure (7 pm).

Included in the price are: Transportation by train, taxi, van and bus; local guides, and tour director Jim Glendinning; all meals except lunch on last day.  Tours/excursions as mentioned. Accommodation as described. Tips for meals. Excluded are: insurance (details available on request; tips for guides; alcoholic beverages.


Deadline for deposit ($200) September 15, 2017.  Balance ($1,175) due: October 10. Passport required. Send payments to:    

               Jim Glendinning Tours

Tel. 432.837.7320

904 N. 11th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830





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