The largest canyon in North America, the Copper Canyon provides a destination unlike any other. For those who love the unusual and seek adventure, the Copper Canyon is the answer. At an altitude of 8000 feet, the mountain peaks are snow-capped in the winter while the canyon bottom remains a tropical climate. The Copper Canyon is home to the least accultured Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The "Train Ride in the Sky" provides the only access to this wilderness and is probably the most dramatic railway journey in the Western Hemisphere as it travels through 86 tunnels and over 37 trestles.
DAY 1 We fly to sunny Arizona and overnight in Tempe. Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler, AZ
DAY 2 This morning we depart by deluxe motorcoach, crossing the border into Mexico at Nogales and arriving at Santa Ana for lunch. After lunch we depart for Hermosillo where we visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace to view the famous murals depicting the history of Sonora. We arrive in San Carlos this evening and check into our lovely ocean front hotel, our home for two nights. Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (DCB, L, D)
DAY 3 After a relaxed breakfast we board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez as we watch for dolphins, seals, exotic birds and possibly whales. Once again on land, we visit a scenic overlook enroute to the local Cactus Garden. Wander among massive cacti and learn about these fascinating plants. We enjoy lunch at the hotel. There is time to relax and explore the Marina shops. We enjoy a seaside, sunset dinner tonight. Marina Terra — San Carlos, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY4 We depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop is the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in North America. Here, we learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. We then travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, arriving in the quaint city of Alamos. This town is a living museum. The cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions. This evening immerse ourselves in the local culture at dinner as we enjoy a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers wearing traditional costumes. Casa de Los Tesorbs, La Mansion or Casa Encantada - Alamos, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY 5 After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Alamos. We visit some fabled mansions that have been restored to their original granduer. The city of Alamos has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the Mexican Government. Lunch today is at the hotel. We depart for El Fuerte and arrive by early afternoon. We enjoy dinner and entertainment at our hotel. Hotel Torres del Fuerte — El Fuerte, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY 6 Early this morning we transfer to the train station and board at 8:00am. This train is known as the most spectacular train ride in North America. We enjoy lunch onboard and we arrive at Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Mirador. We enjoy a Tarahumara Indian Culture presentation tonight. Hotel Mirador — Posada Barrancas, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY 7 Today, we can explore the Tarahumara Indian Arts and Crafts, visit the rim of the canyon and enjoy the surroundings. We have an opportunity to board the Copper Canyon Aerial tramway that descends into the Canyon with great views. There is time today for some optional activities: hiking, horseback riding or just relaxing. Hotel Mirador — Posada Barrancas, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY 8 After breakfast, we board our motor coach and transfer to Creel by way of Oteros Canyon. After lunch in Guerrero, we descend from the mountains into the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes. Tonight we enjoy a Mata Oritz pottery demonstration and have our farewell to Mexico dinner. Hacienda Hotel — Casas Grandes, Mexico (B, L, D)
DAY 9 Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes, we visit Mexico's northernmost archeological site at Paquime where the ancient Grand Chichimeca civilization erected their pyramids and adobe multistory apartments. We travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the USA at Douglas, AZ. Arrive in Phoenix early this evening. Radisson Hotel or Similar – Chandler, AZ (B, L)
DAY 10 We depart this morning on our return flight home. (DCB)
A Valid Passport is Required. This tour is not recommended for those with breathing or mobility issues.