Mexico: Ancient Copper Canyon (Updated 2018)

Departures: Mexico

Mexico—Ancient Copper Canyon

Longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon, the majestic Copper Canyon holds superlative natural views for the traveler to experience by train, hiking, walking, cable car, and the longest zip line in the world. Visit charming towns and vibrant indigenous communities of Raramuri Indians who have made the canyons their home for centuries.


We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities where it’s most needed. For this trip, we will donate to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, a humanitarian-aid organization that has worked in Mexico and provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.


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7 Days, 6 Nights

El Fuerte

Day 1

Depart to El Fuerte

Depart home and fly to Los Mochis. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer by car to El Fuerte and settle in to your charming hotel.

Day 2

El Fuerte

Start the day off with a guided boat trip on the El Fuerte River, with the chance to see a number of endemic birds including the Tiger-Heron and Military macaw. Stop midway for a walk to see the petroglyphs at Cerro de la Mascara. Afternoon at leisure to stroll along the river and through town.

Cooper, Tararecua and Urique Canyons

Day 3

El Fuerte — Posada Barrancas

Board the Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacifico, also known as the ‘Chepe’ railroad. There is no better way to experience the larger Septentrion Canyon. The rail line, which took 100 years to complete, includes 37 bridges, 86 tunnels and is considered an engineering masterpiece. Disembark at Posada Barrancas, a small town on the rim of the canyon where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Tararecua, Copper and Urique Canyons from your hotel room balcony.

Copper Canyon

Day 4

Posada Barrancas — Creel

Today’s highlights include a full day’s exploration of the beautiful Divisadero area by private vehicle, walking and hiking. Walk along the rim of the canyon between Balancing Rock and the Divisadero Overlook point. Option to take the cable car, or zip line to the mesa below and hike in the land of the Raramuri Indians, Mexico’s second largest native Indian group. Overnight in Creel.

Valley of the Mushrooms

Day 5

Copper Canyon

Experience the many facets of Copper Canyon’s natural beauty with a visit to the Valley of the Mushrooms, filled with unusual rock formations sculpted and precariously balanced during glacial movements. Have a swim and a picnic at Lake Arareko in the high mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, visit San Ignacio Mission, Basihuare Canyon and view the 30-meter-high Cusarare Falls and Mission.


Day 6


Transfer by private vehicle to the colonial city of Chihuahua, built by the Spaniards in the early 1700’s. En route, stop at the Mennonite community in Cuauhtemoc. This afternoon, tour the city’s main attractions including Pancho Villa’s house, the pedestrian-only square around the main cathedral and the mansion of Quinta Gameros.

Man overlooking canyon

Day 7

Chihuahua — Home

You’ll be met at your hotel for a private car transfer to the airport for departure flights home.

Baja CA

Optional Extensions

The above itinerary can be extended to spend more time in the canyon, including a deeper exploration that will take you to the old silver-mining town of Batopilas, located at the very bottom of Batopilas Canyon. Or combine your canyon trip with a beach stay in Baja or elsewhere in Mexico. Ask for details.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included.