Day 1º: Phoenix, Arizona.
Welcome to Mexico’s majestic Copper Canyon. Enjoy an exciting roundtrip Copper Canyon train ride in a first class chartered train car. Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join us for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2º: Phoenix to Obregon, Mexico.
Drive south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Enjoy lunch. Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to Obregon for overnight. Enjoy dinner. BLD.
Day 3º: Yaqui Indian Museum, El Fuerte.
This morning visit the Yaqui Indian Museum. Learn about the tribe’s traditions, costumes, art, and the famous deer dance. Enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit a Mayo Indian Village. See the remains of the old Tehueco Mission, dating from 1650 and the neighboring church built in 1811. Arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564. El Fuerte has been named a “Pueblo Magico” (“Magical Town”) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza’s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, romantic atmosphere and festive shows. Enjoy dinner. BLD.
Day 4º: Copper Canyon Train to Divisadero.
This morning, “All Aboard” for your Copper Canyon train trip, considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. You start at sea level and climb to 7,500 feet. The entire railroad passes through 86 tunnels and 38 bridges in the 25,000 square mile canyons of the Sierra Madre. The five major canyons are collectively known as Copper Canyon. Journey through Temoris where you see three ascending levels of the railroad. Enjoy a box lunch. Your scheduled arrival is early afternoon at your hotel on the rim of Copper Canyon. See sweeping majestic views from your room directly overlooking the canyon. Overnight elevation approximately 7,500 feet. Enjoy dinner. BLD.
Day 5º: Copper Canyon Train to El Fuerte.
Morning at leisure to enjoy spectacular views of Copper Canyon from your hotel. Walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below, or mingle with the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel. After lunch, reboard your chartered train car for another thrilling train ride through the Canyon. As you descend from the top of the Sierra Madre, you may see cascading waterfalls. Sheer canyon walls give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. See palm, banana, papaya and mango trees. Copper Canyon sunsets are a delight. Dinner is in the dining car. Return to El Fuerte for a relaxing two night stay. Overnight elevation approximately 300 feet. BLD.
Day 6º: El Fuerte, River Float Trip.
On your El Fuerte River float trip this morning, you may see parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfishers, doves, cormorants and other birds in their natural habitat (river and weather conditions permitting). Next, a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century cathedral and government palace. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to stroll the cobblestone streets and the charming plaza of El Fuerte, center of all social life. Before dinner, enjoy a colorful and festive Mexican ballet folklorico. BLD.
Day 7º: Pottery Making, Hermosillo.
This morning, see a demonstration of Paquimé pottery-making, made famous by the Casas Grandes Indians. Then, drive north. After lunch, continue to Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora. Sightseeing drive of the government palace and Asuncion Cathedral. Visit Zaragoza plaza. Enjoy dinner. BLD.
Day 8º: Hermosillo to Phoenix, Arizona.
Drive north this morning through the vast Sonora Desert with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre. The Sonora’s ecosystem includes a unique variety of plants and animals. Box lunch. This afternoon, re-enter the United States at Nogales, Arizona. Arrive at your hotel in Phoenix. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often long delays crossing the border. BL.
Day 9º: Phoenix.
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with us. ¡Muchas Gracias! B.