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10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson - Thursday Departure

10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson - Thursday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Tucson
Arrive in Tucson. Tonight, an orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM with your Tour Manager introduces you to the exciting journey that awaits you in Mexico. After a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tucson

DAY 2, Friday - Cross the Border into Mexico, Nuevo Casas Grandes
Depart early in the morning from Arizona and cross the border into Mexico, Bienvenidos! Stop for lunch en route. Drive through parts of the Chihuahua Desert, the largest in North America. Nuevo Casas Grandes, is home to Mexico's famous archaeological site of Paquime, undoubtedly the most important ruins in Northern Mexico, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the 14th to 15th centuries, the city was a major trading center before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. View the maze-like adobe remnants and the ceremonial mounds in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains. Walk by the Mound of the Cross, aligned in the four cardinal directions and believed to be an observatory, and the House of the Macaws where birds were raised. The site's impressive Museo de las Culturas del Norte displays important relics that tell the story of Paquime. Tonight, savor a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Nuevos Casas Grandes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Chihuahua
Travel to the city of Chihuahua, capital of the State, which played a pivotal role in the Mexican revolution. Arrive in the afternoon and tour the downtown "Centro Histórico, visiting the Plaza de Armas, cathedral and State Capital Building with its impressive murals depicting the local history. Visit the Francisco Villa Museum, dedicated to the life and history of Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chihuahua City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Chihuahua City Tour, Travel to Copper Canyon, Tarahumara Indians
After breakfast, depart for Posada Barrancas, on the rim of Copper Canyon, your home for the next two days. In the afternoon, meet the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe, whose way of life has changed little over the centuries; their ancestors lived for generations in the canyon's caves. Learn about their ways of living and view the tribe's unique baskets and striking crafts. Join an interesting discussion this afternoon on the interpretation of the unique Tarahumara Indian life, arts and crafts with your Tour Manager. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Aerial Tram into the Copper Canyon
After breakfast get ready for your visit to the rim of the Copper Canyon. Embark on an aerial tramway that takes you across the canyon, descending almost 4,500 feet into the center to experience its grandeur; a truly breathtaking experience. The rest of the day is spent exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest undiscovered natural treasures of North America. Hear about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre. At dinner tonight, share stories of today's fabulous adventure
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Scenic Train Ride
Depart Posadas Barrancas this morning aboard a railcar and begin the astonishing journey on the Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad, considered one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere. The rail line, an engineering marvel, took almost 100 years to build in this very difficult and rugged terrain. Descend into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to El Fuerte, traveling from almost 7,500 feet to sea level, while passing through numerous tunnels and over spectacular soaring bridges with awe-inspiring views. Take an afternoon walking tour of El Fuerte
Overnight: El Fuerte
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - El Fuerte, Walking tour of Alamos, San Carlos
After breakfast depart for Alamos , a designated National Monument. This charming city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. After lunch in Alamos, travel through the rich farmlands of Sonora, before arriving in San Carlos, a fishing village and resort community perched on the Sea of Cortez, known for its crystal-clear warm waters and beautiful sunsets
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise on the Sea of Cortez, Pearl Farm
Board a private boat this morning for a scenic cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez; a highlight of the day! Conditions permitting, you may see turtles, pelicans, dolphins, or even sea lions. After, a fascinating tour of the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, and an ongoing research facility of pearl producing oysters. Here learn about the specialized art of pearl oyster farming, grading and quality selection. Then, an opportunity to view the finished products of pearls in all shapes, sizes and colors. Afterwards, continue to the Mirador, a popular viewpoint over the Gulf of California where you can view the beautiful terrain of the region. Return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at the pool, suntan on the beach, or shop to your heart's content. This evening at your Farewell Dinner, enjoy a night of traditional Mexican cuisine and entertainment at a local restaurant. Savor a three-course meal before being treated to live music
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - San Carlos, Cross the Border into United States
Today, an early morning departure traveling north, to cosmopolitan Hermosillo. View the lovely colonial cathedral, the Government Palace, and main plaza . Continue through the Sonoran Desert with its long stretches of flat scrub and unusual organ-pipe cacti before you re-enter the USA through Nogales, Arizona
Overnight: Tucson
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Los Angeles-Tucson, Tucson-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Tucson
  • 1 night Nuevo Casas Grandes
  • 1 night Chihuahua City
  • 2 nights Posadas Barrancas
  • 1 night El Fuerte
  • 2 night San Carlos
  • Hotel porterage
  • 24 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Discover the Archaeological Site of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Demonstration of Mata Ortiz Pottery, one of the world's most innovative ceramics
  • Travel on an aerial tramway that descends over 4,500 feet into the Copper Canyon
  • Meet the Tarahumara Indians whose way of life has not changed in centuries
  • A breathtaking "Train Ride In The Sky" through canyons, bridges and tunnels
  • Stroll the streets of this "Pueblo Magico"
  • Tour the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas
  • Scenic private boat cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez
  • *Not Included:
    Transfers and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Passport information for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    Passengers arriving on Day 1 should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM.

    For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.

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    Accommodations

    Desert Diamond Casino Hotel
    This first class hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the city center of Tucson.

    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport
    This tourist class hotel is a fifteen minute drive from downtown Tucson.

    Hotel Hacienda
    This budget class hotel is located in the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes, located in the remote region of Chihuahua.

    Wingate by Wyndham Chihuahua
    This tourist class hotel is about a twenty minute drive from the city center of Chihuahua.

    Hotel Mirador
    This deluxe hotel has magnificent views of Copper Canyon.

    Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city of El Fuerte.

    Marinaterra Hotel & Spa
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas, nearby the Marina San Carlos.

    Desert Diamond Casino Hotel
    This first class hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the city center of Tucson.

    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport
    This tourist class hotel is a fifteen minute drive from downtown Tucson.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

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    Accommodations
    3.7
    Itinerary
    4.3
    Professional Staff
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    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
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