Copper Canyon train trip to El Fuerte, October 11-17, 2017

 

Our host in El Fuerte, Chal Gamez.

Our host in El Fuerte, Chal Gamez.

 

Copper Canyon Train Tour

October 11-17, 2017

$1,390

Wednesday, October 11.  Drive from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio. Taxi to Ojinaga. Bus (3 hours) to Chihuahua City. Lunch. City Tour with Edgar. Dinner at El Meson de Catedral. Overnight Quality Inn, close to the cathedral.

Facade of Chihuahua's Cathedral

Facade of Chihuahua’s Cathedral

Thursday, October 12. Up early to catch the 6 a.m. Chepe train. Breakfast on the train. Climbing steeply, the train arrives mid-morning in Creel. We continue by van for 15 miles to Sierra Lodge, a luxury log cabin. Hike through piney woods to a waterfall. Dinner is prepared by Maria, our Tarahumara cook. Overnight Sierra Lodge (7,023 feet).

Room at our luxury log cabin

Room at our luxury log cabin

 Friday, October 13. We catch the morning westbound train from Creel. Lunch on the train as we pass through 87 tunnels and over 39 bridges. Drop down steeply to the coastal plain, and arrive at El Fuerte (304 feet) early evening. We meet our host, Chal Gamez, and squeeze into his van. Dinner on the plaza. Overnight Hotel Rio Vista.

The rail track at Temoris

The rail track at Temoris

Copper Canyon Panorma

Copper Canyon Panorama

Saturday, October 14. Breakfast at hotel. Morning tour of the fort/museum and the plaza with local guide. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, we travel by boat on the El Fuerte river with an experienced guide and boatman, Felipe. Excellent bird-watching opportunities (34 species were observed in March). We also hike (optional) and find some ancient petroglyphs. Dinner at El Meson del General. Overnight at Hotel Rio Vista.

El Fuerte Plaza

El Fuerte Plaza

Bird Watching on the Rio Fuerte

Bird Watching on the Rio Fuerte

Sunday, October 15. We walk to El Fuerte market after breakfast, and taste some local fruits. Later, we drive to a nearby village of Yaqui Indians. We watch an intricate dance, the dancer wearing a deer’s head and sea shells on his legs. We eat  beans and tortillas. We continue to some nearby hot springs for (voluntary) immersion. After some final shopping, we return to our hotel for dinner (bass and shrimp) on the terrace. Overnight Hotel Rio Vista.

Monday October 16. Early breakfast. Transfer to rail station for 9 a.m. train for Creel. Lunch on train. We travel back across the Continental Divide. In Creel we transfer to Sierra Lodge. Time to visit nearby 17th century Cusarare church  or hike to see some cave paintings. Dinner with margaritas and Tarahumara band. Overnight Sierra Lodge.

Tuesday, October  17. Breakfast,then early departure by van to Chihuahua City (4 hours). Continue in the van via Aldama (lunch) to Ojinaga via toll road. Taxi to Presidio. Join our cars. End of our Copper Canyon tour (7 p.m.).

Almost the end of the trip

Almost the end of the trip

Price: $1,390 (sharing). Single supplement: $190. All meals except lunches in El Fuerte and on last day. Museum visits and tours as mentioned. Tour Guides, and tour director Jim Glendinning. Tips at restaurants. Transportation by taxi, bus, van and train. Hotel or lodge accommodation.

 Deadline for deposit ($200) payment is August 20, 2017 (refundable up to 09/15/2017). Send to address below. Balance is due September 15, 2017. Passport required.

Jim Glendinning Tours, 904 N 11 th St., Alpine, Texas 79830

tel. 432.837.7320   Jimglen2@sbcglobal.net     www.footloosescot.com

Photos courtesy of Cynta de Narvaez, Courtney Khan and Mary Lou Saxon.

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