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Railroading through Mexico’s Copper Canyon

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Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Arrive in El Paso, Texas
    Welcome to El Paso, Texas, the town that hugs the Rio Grande River and serves as a natural border with Mexico. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. At 6:00 p.m. meet your Tour Manager for a cocktail reception and get to know your traveling companions at a welcome dinner. Meal: D
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Travel to the City of Chihuahua
    After an early breakfast, cross the Rio Grande River and enter Mexico. Cross the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest in North America, and pass the silica sand dunes of Samalayuca before stopping at Villa Ahumada. Enjoy the famous Burritos with asadero cheese and beef during lunch at the historical El Torreon. Later, arrive in beautiful Chihuahua, more than three-centuries old and once the capital city of Mexico. Then, your Tour Manager conducts a narrated walking tour of the city's Historical District. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    This morning, leave the high plains of the Chihuahuan Desert behind and head for the mountains of the Sierra Madre. Make a stop in Mennonite country where the hard-working Mennonites have transformed the desert into fertile farmland. Enjoy a light lunch at a Mennonite camp and visit a traditional Mennonite store. Then continue to the mountains known as the Sierra Tarahumara and home of the reclusive Tarahumara (Raramuri) people. Arrive at Posada Barrancas to the canyon-side Hotel Mirador which features terraces and offers views overlooking the Copper Canyon. During the afternoon enjoy a short natural walk around the canyon rim and a Tour Manager-led presentation about the Tarahumara Culture. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Copper Canyon
    Today, enjoy unparalleled views of the three canyons which make up the Copper Canyon. Four times larger than the Grand Canyon, this region offers spectacular vistas of pristine mountain wilderness. Visit the "Parque Aventura Barrancas del Cobre" where you will climb aboard an aerial tram with spectacular views of the canyon. For those who wish an optional zip lining adventure is available for purchase. After lunch at the park restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure or enjoy a visit to Tarahumara dwelling with the Tour Manager. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Railroading in Mexico’s Copper Canyon
    After an early breakfast, board the train for a breathtaking journey into the Copper Canyon. Considered to be one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world, the descent into the Copper Canyon from the top of the Sierra Madre, offers you views of cascading waterfalls and sheer canyon walls which give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. Palm, banana, papaya and mango trees dot the countryside. Enjoy lunch on the train. In the afternoon, arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte. Enjoy a short walking tour before dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    This morning after breakfast, depart El Fuerte for the village of Capomo to learn about the way of life of the Mayo Indian. Hear about their indigenous culture, natural medicines and celebrations. Then, cross into the state of Sonora and stop at Navojoa at the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions in Mexico. Here you will visit a local home and have an included lunch. Continue on to the colorful old Colonial town of Alamos where manorial residences are now converted to small hotels. A delicious dinner and live performance entertainment brings a close to the day. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Alamos to San Carlos
    Begin the day in Alamos with a guided walking tour with the Tour Manager. Tour through the city's historical sites and visit some of the private residences. Return to the hotel for lunch before departing for San Carlos on the coast of the Sea of Cortez. Known for its pretty marina and fabulous beaches, San Carlos is a sun worshiper's paradise. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    San Carlos
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Then, board your local cruise vessel for a narrated cruise on San Carlos Bay. In this region where the desert meets the sea, the bay cruise showcases the region's wildlife, flora and fauna. Lunch today will be hosted poolside and a relaxing afternoon or perhaps take an optional trip to the Mabe Pearl Farm and learn how pearls are grown and harvested and stop at the Saguaro and Pipe Organ Cactus Desert Forest to see these incredible plants up-close. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Hermosillo and Phoenix
    Have your passports ready for the return to the USA today. First, a rest stop is made at the Plaza Zaragoza in the city of Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora. You will enjoy your included lunch today in Santa Ana before crossing back into the US at Nogales. Continue to Phoenix where your final overnight and farewell dinner await. Meals: B, L, D
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Travel Home
    Following breakfast a transfer is available to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport for flights out today. Meal: B
    Meals:   Breakfast

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26 Meals: 9 dinners, 8 lunches and 9 breakfastsRound trip airport transfersSpend one night in the colonial city of Chihuahua with an included narrated walking tour of the Historical DistrictEnjoy a light lunch at the Mennonite Community CampSpend two nights on the rim of the Copper Canyon at the beautiful Hotel MiradorVisit the Parque Aventura Barrancas del Cobre and ride the aerial tram for spectacular views of the canyonBe among Mexico’s Tarahumara IndiansTravel by rail through Mexico’s awesome Copper Canyon featuring spectacular viewsLearn about the indigenous Mayo Indians in the village of CapomoSpend one night in the colorful old Colonial town of Alamos and enjoy a delicious dinner and live performance entertainmentSpend two nights in the sun worshiper’s paradise of San Carlos, located on the Sea of CortezTake a narrated cruise on San Carlos Bay in this region where the desert meets the seaEnjoy an optional trip to the Mabe Pearl Farm and learn how pearls are grown and harvested and stop at the Saguaro and Pipe Organ Cactus Desert ForestVisit Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora and have lunch in pretty Santa Ana

Health and Safety Protocols for Mayflower Tours

For over 40 years, Mayflower Cruises & Tours has been committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our travelers. While things have changed in our world, our commitment to our travelers remains as solid as ever.

To ensure your health, safety and peace-of-mind while traveling with us, we have established a “Travel with Confidence” program, with enhanced safety measures and procedures throughout our tours, from start to finish.

The following three areas address our commitment to exceed industry and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) standards, providing a safe and clean environment for all.

Enhanced Screening
We are implementing new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to ensure travelers a safe start to their tour. Travelers will be asked to sign off on a few basic Covid-19 related health questions before joining the tour. We will conduct touchless temperature checks for both travelers and staff at the start of the tour, as well as monitoring throughout the tour.

Responsible Social Distancing
We will endeavor to practice safe distancing for our guests throughout the journey, on coaches and during excursions. Travelers are encouraged to bring their own washable face masks; however additional face masks and hand sanitizer will be made available. Masks will be used by travelers and staff alike at any time where social proximity could be an issue. We will also reduce group sizes to abide by social distancing guidelines. And wireless listening technology for many of our tours will help enable safe distances between travelers on excursions.

Commitment to Clean
As a part of our commitment to clean, we are requiring enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures from our hotel partners and motor coach companies. Additionally, we are reassured with the knowledge that our airline partners are taking very stringent measures for passenger safety.

Tour Directors will be trained in new and enhanced hygiene procedures and they will be in constant contact with Mayflower’s Operations support team for added reassurance. The disinfecting and hand sanitizing procedures that we and our travel partners are implementing meet or exceed those recommended by the CDC.

In order to maintain cleanliness during the tour, we are minimizing the amount of contact points for our travelers by revising the ways meals, coach seating, hotel check-in and other activities are carried out. We will also have hand sanitizer available throughout the tour.

We Look Forward to Welcoming You Back Soon
We have always been committed to the health and safety of our travelers and team members, but we are raising the bar to an even higher level to ensure they are able to continue to enjoy the freedom to experience the wonder and joy of travel.

Mayflower will continue to review and update our safety protocols, following the standards set forth by travel and health agencies across the globe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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.

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Our Tour Manager, Jolie, was outstanding. We were totally impressed with her professionalism, courtesy, empathy, and kindness. She is also informative and a lot of fun. She treated all of us with dignity and warmth. She kept us informed about departure times, meal times,and opportunities for self-touring. We appreciated her cheerful and fun-loving attitude. Our bus driver, Mike was terrific. Great driver, very professional, and personable. He went out of his way to transport us to different destinations and provided great service. The pick up service drivers, Steve and Ken were on-time, courteous and friendly.

First time with Mayflower Tours, it was great. We will travel with them again. The tour guide added optional attractions not listed on the tour itenerary which was a plus to us. Affordable Tours agent, Brendan, was great to deal with too. All and all a good experience.

This trip was amazing. It was exciting, interesting, and I appreciated the free time and flexibility to explore on my own. Elisabetta was an excellent tour specialist. I would travel with her again.

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