Mexico's Copper Canyon 2014

Mexico's Copper Canyon 2014


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Mexico , United States

Tour Itinerary

Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand Canyon. For spectacular views ride the ‘Train in the Sky’ an aereal tram that when at its highest, cabins are 1475 feet (450 meters) above the ground – 50 meters shy of being half a kilometer off the earth! Visit beautifully restored colonial mansions, cruise the Sea of Cortez and meet local Mayo and Tarahumara Indians on this timeless tour which will reveal ancient cultures merged with majestic, cactus-strewn mountain scenery.

Day 1 - ARRIVE PHOENIX
Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (First Class)

Day 2 - PHOENIX - TUCSON - SAN CARLOS
Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez just in time for sunset. Relax in your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Welcome Reception)
Marinaterra Hotel and Spa (Moderate First Class)

Day 3 - SAN CARLOS - SEA OF CORTEZ CRUISE - ALAMOS
Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, whales and such exotic sea birds as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, embark on a guided tour of the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Casa de los Tesoros (Moderate First Class)

Day 4 - ALAMOS - EL FUERTE
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Guide brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. You can also meet local Mayo Indians and learn about their language, culture and customs. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the gracious Torres family personally welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Be My Guest dinner and entertainment. You'll enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Be My Guest)
Torres del Fuerte (Moderate First Class)

Day 5 - EL FUERTE - COPPER CANYON - POSADA BARRANCAS (2 NIGHTS)
Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your private rail car and start your journey on the "Train in the Sky," travelling from sea level to 2,285 metres (7,500 feet) in less than 240 kilometres (150 miles), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Mansion Tarahumara (Moderate First Class)

Day 6 - COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine man. Later, board the new aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 7 - COPPER CANYON - CASAS GRANDES
Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, visit a pottery studio where local artisans have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design and fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Farewell Dinner)
Hotel Hacienda (Moderate First Class)

Day 8 - CASAS GRANDES - PAQUIME - PHOENIX
Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon.(Full Breakfast / Lunch)
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (First Class)

Day 9 - DEPART PHOENIX
Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price).(Full Breakfast)

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Hermosillo See the cathedral and murals at the Government Palace.
  • San Carlos Visit a cactus garden and find out more about these unique plants; cruise the Sea of Cortez on a private boat.
  • Alamos Walk through colonial Alamos; visit beautifully restored colonial mansions; meet the local Mayo Indians and learn about their language and culture; enjoy a colourful folkloric show.
  • Copper Canyon Train Ride the "Train in the Sky" into the vast Copper Canyon by private First Class rail car.
  • Posada Barrancas Spend two nights at the Copper Canyon; walk on easy mountain paths along the canyon's rim; meet the Tarahumara Indians and experience their timeless culture; visit with a local medicine man and learn about local natural remedies; descend into the canyon aboard the new aerial tram.
  • Casas Grandes Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime.

Dining Highlights

  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 6 evening meals:
  • Welcome Reception and dinner with wine with your Travel Director in San Carlos
  • Be My Guest dinner with wine in El Fuerte
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Casas Grandes
  • 3 three-course dinners

First Class Travel Highlights

  • First class hotel accomodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and onboard restroom.
  • The services of one of our professional Travel Directors throughout your journey.
  • First Class train journey aboard the El Chepe train into the Copper Canyon.
  • 8 nights First Class accommodation.
  • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and 9.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book.
  • For all guided visits and included sightseeing.

General Note
Please note: This spectacular region of Mexico is still off-the-beaten path. Meal choices may not be as extensive as on other Trafalgar holidays and hotel facilities in some towns may be limited. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride. 7 Sep 2012, 14 Sep 2012, 21 Sep 2012, 5 Oct 2012, 12 Oct 2012, 19 Oct 2012, 2 Nov 2012, 9 Nov 2012, 16 Nov 2012, 23 Nov 2012, 7 Dec 2012, 25 Jan 2013, 8 Feb 2013, 8 Mar 2013, 15 Mar 2013 and 22 Mar 2013 departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013.Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available.

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Ratings based off 2219 reviews about Trafalgar Tours. Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
By Yan T on Sep 24, 2016

Great tour director and driver. The whole trip is worry free and very enjoyable. The nine day trip covered everything I expected and more.

By Doris K on Sep 09, 2016

Hotels were 4 stars, rooms were clean and big, breakfasts and dinners that provided with package were excellent, tour director and bus driver both were friendly and professional both made our trip a memorable once.

By Sita Rama Prasad S on Sep 02, 2016

We all had fun as tour director made it possible for us to be free and express our thought. She was catalyst in making things happen. Bus driver was very good and drove so well we did not feel any motion. he was jovial and friendly. Kept bus very clean.

By John L on Aug 06, 2016

This was our first experience with bus tours, but it will not be our last. The trip provided an excellent cross section of the area, history and people. The guide and driver were excellent and very knowledgeable. The main accommodations and meals were far beyond our expectations. Overall it was an outstanding experience and value.

By Kanda L on Jul 31, 2016

My husband and I are very happy with the trip around the island. The sceneries of the mountains, glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls, lava and rock formations are captivating. The island is extremely clean. We have never breathed any air so fresh and pollutant-free in our lives until we visited Iceland. The Icelanders are very friendly and hardworking. We even saw young girls carry luggage of hotel guests to make extra money. The country also seems crime-free and we felt safe throughout our trip. To our surprise and convenience, we did not need Icelandic Krona while traveling in Iceland since credit cards are accepted everywhere in Iceland. The only downside of the trip is that food is very expensive but the quality of the food in general is good.

By Julie G on Jul 15, 2016

Very well planned and the accommodations were excellent. The guide was fabulous. Loved the trip!!!

By Nanette M on Jul 08, 2016

This trip was a another great experience with Trafalgar. Our Travel Director was exceptional!

By Eileen S on Jul 05, 2016

Loved tour director and driver.

By Peggy C on Jul 05, 2016

While it's a lot of bus riding, the scenery and experiences are well worth the trip. The tour director was top-notch in providing very creative service enhancing the entire experience. It was a wonderful trip and I'd highly recommend it.

By Darrell P on Jul 04, 2016

The accommodations were excellent, although two were not modern with no cell service or internet. The food was very good except at the 320 Ranch. The tour director and the driver were both exceptional. All in all, we had a great vacation. We really enjoyed seeing Yellowstone.

By Nancy G on Jul 03, 2016

This trip becomes quite expensive due to few meals are included. This of course has its pluses and minuses. 47 people on a trip is too many.

By Rita D on Jul 01, 2016

I was completely satisfied with this tour. Areas visited were beautiful. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and fun. Our hotels were much nicer than I had expected. Highly recommend this tour.

By Jean C on Jun 26, 2016

Of the six tours we have taken with Trafalgar, this one scored at the bottom of the list. Everything was very well done and the tour director was excellent, but somehow the Scandinavian trip lacked the excitement of former trips. The fjords and Norwegian mountains were beautiful, but the optional offerings were not as interesting as those in other tours. There was also a second Trafalgar bus that followed about fifteen or twenty minutes behind us which made the stops crowded. It was as though there were 96 people on the tour instead of 48. There were separate tour directors, but I definitely didn't like the second bus. I do believe that Trafalgar is an excellent company...it's just that this tour didn't meet our expectations.

By Maureen W on Jun 19, 2016

An excellent experience. Learn to commend this amount about the country in the people. Great for families.


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