Mexico Copper Canyon Tour Begins in Phoenix/Tucson
This is one of our most popular tours, and one that we have been operating for many years. We take great pride in our ability to continue to supply travelers that support the local business owners of Mexico.
This tour is a seven (7) day group bus tour that departs from Phoenix and showcases many of the beauties of Northern Mexico on the journey to the Copper Canyon. Then, after taking in the Copper Canyon, we continue along this unique journey through additional areas of Northern Mexico before retuning back to Phoenix. We promise that you will walk away with memories and an appreciation for cultures of Mexico you never imagined.
Mexico always awaits you with open arms.
DAY 1 – San Carlos
Morning departure will be from either Phoenix or Tucson and we will cross the border into Mexico at Nogales. We will be in Santa Ana in time for lunch. Afterwards, we depart for Hermosillo, where we will visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace. We will have the opportunity to view its famous murals depicting the history of the state of Sonora. We arrive in San Carlos in the evening and check into the lovely oceanfront Marina Terra. (L, D)
DAY 2 - Alamos
Today we will enjoy an exciting excursion on the Sea of Cortez; there will also be ample time for shopping. Lunch will be at the hotel. We will depart for Alamos in the early afternoon, a lovely historic town where we will enjoy a folkloric program. During the three-hour drive we will travel through Mexico’s agricultural heartland and the cities of Obregón and Navojoa. Tonight we will lodge at the beautiful bed & breakfasts Casa de los Tesoros and Casa Encantada. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 – El Fuerte
The city of Alamos has been declared a national historic landmark by the government. After breakfast we will take a guided walking tour down the cobblestone streets of this historic town with stops at some of the beautifully restored mansions. Lunch today is at the hotel. After lunch, we will depart to El Fuerte, arriving at Hotel Torres del Fuerte by early afternoon, welcomed by the Torres family who graciously opened up their beautifully restored Hacienda for us to saty. Tonight we will enjoy dinner and entertainment at the hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 – Mexico's Copper Canyon
We transfer to the train station early this morning for our Copper Canyon Train ride. We will board at 7:30 AM for the most spectacular train ride in North America (Train Route Map). We arrive at the Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. You hotel for the next two nights will be the Mansion Tarahumara. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 – Canyon Tram, Sites, and Attractions
Today we will have time to browse through the Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts, visit the rim of the Urique Canyon and take in our magnificent surroundings. This afternoon we have the chance to board the new Canyon Tram, allowing us to descend into the Canyons and few them like few have ever before. There will be plenty of time for optional activities, such as hiking, horseback riding or simply relaxing back at the lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 – Casas Grandes
Following breakfast we will transfer to Creel via the Oteros Canyon. After lunch in Guerrero, we will descend from the mountains to the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes. Tonight is our farewell dinner where we will enjoy a Mata Ortiz pottery presentation.
(B, L, D)
DAY 7 – Tucson / Phoenix
Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes we will visit the archeological site of Paquime, where this ancient civilization erected massive truncated pyramids and multi-story apartments. Afterwards we will travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the United States at Douglas, AZ. Arrival in Phoenix will be around 7:00 PM. (B, L)