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INTO THE LANDS OF THE RARAMURI 
Copper Canyon
Chihuahua & Sinaloa, Mexico
11 Nights / 12 Days
April 11-22, 2025
$62,000 MXN

"I never travel without my diary.

One should always have something sensational

to read in the train- Oscar Wilde

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DID YOU KNOW?  The canyon system most famously called Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre is actually a series of six separate canyons whose combined length is 4 times longer than the Grand Canyon, and deeper in some areas that reach 1.6 KM depth.  This adventure through these majestic canyons is an extensive cultural odyssey in a powerful land you won´t soon forget!

Trip Overview

 

SEMANA SANTA IS AN EXCITING HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

Snaking through this colossal series of canyons, the legendary El Chepe train traverses the Sierra Tarahumara, connecting key areas of the region.  Riding the train is an exciting way to view the stunning and majestic beauty of this part of Chihuahua, but once one steps off the train platform, the real adventure begins...

 

This tour colours outside the traditional lines of tourism here to bring guests to one of the most stunning yet largely unvisited Sinforosa Canyon, before we head into Batopilas Canyon.  Due to the logistics of train travel and our crown experience in Urique Canyon, our schedule reflects cultural celebrations taking place in this area over Semana Santa, with our final night spent at a luxurious hotel on the Copper Canyon rim. 

 

Guests will board the Chepe Express train in Creel for the very best scenery that stretches to Bahuichivo, and will also travel to Los Mochis from Bahuichivo on our final day, which covers the entirety of the Chepe Express route.  We will travel first class for access to the restaurant and top car with panoramic window for full scenic opportunity.  We will take you to the base of Batopilas and Urique Canyons, where the local Raramuri will be celebrating Semana Santa with unique dances and rituals only known in this region.  Due to the raw and rugged territory, converts found it difficult to penetrate this region for conversion of the local Raramuri.  Though Catholicism eventually gained a foothold, the Raramuri continue to infuse their ancestral traditions and world-view.

 

From stunning canyon views to gorgeous waterfalls, picturesque haciendas, the sacked church of Satevo and trail of the epic revolutionary Pancho Villa, a town built from the riches of a silver mine and more, this journey is an unforgettable and powerful experience that has been carefully curated for you.   

This trip is both long and pricier than some of our tours, and this is due to how remote it is, the cost of first class train tickets, and the duration is mainly due to our preference for a more relaxed approach to our days, so you can really see as much of this region without wearing yourself out.  The distances between locations are long and arduous because of this unforgiving landscape of steep canyons and winding roads to get from point A to B.  It is our belief that spending less time here is a disservice to your experience here, as you will undoubtedly miss some important places for a shorter journey.  Please click on the link below for a PDF file that shows a comparison to what this tour offers compared to many others.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip - invest wisely.

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Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

Trip Overview
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Trip Itinerary

 

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1 NIGHT IN CHIHUAHUA CITY, 2 NIGHTS IN SINFOROSA CANYON, 3 NIGHTS IN BATOPILAS, 1 NIGHT IN CREEL, 2 NIGHTS IN URIQUE CANYON, 1 NIGHT IN CEROCAHUI, 1 NIGHT IN DIVISADERO AND 1 NIGHT IN LOS MOCHIS.

Friday April 11, 2025: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Chihuahua City, Chihuahua Mexico

Arrive in Chihuahua City and taxi to the hotel.  If you arrive early, we can make suggestions for local museums, or offer an optional guided tour of the city.

Saturday April 12, 2025: Legendary Pancho Villa

Hotel:  Sinforosa Canyon, Chihuahua Mexico

Depart early to visit the Pueblo Magico Hidalgo del Parral, where legendary revolutionary Pancho Villa was ambushed and murdered.  Arrive to Sinforosa Canyon.

Sunday April 13, 2025: A Restful Introduction

Hotel: Sinforosa Canyon, Chihuahua Mexico

Enjoy some light hiking and spend the afternoon resting and soaking up the beautiful views.  If you would like to ride through the canyon in a Cessna plane, please let us know ahead of time so we can get you a price quote and schedule your time.

Monday April 14, 2025: Descending the Sierra

Hotel:  Batopilas, Chihuahua Mexico

Depart early for the long commute to Batopilas.  Explore the local town and rest.

Tuesday April 15, 2025: Pancho & the Church of Satevo

Hotel:  Batopilas, Chihuahua Mexico

Visit the Church of Satevo and the crumbling hacienda of Alexander Shepherd, while learning about the silver mining and history of electricity here.

Wednesday April 16, 2025: TBA

Hotel: Batopilas, Chihuahua Mexico

We are leaving this day open, as there are cultural events taking place in the surrounding communities that have not yet been scheduled.

Thursday April 17, 2025: Cusarare Waterfall

Hotel: Creel, Chihuahua Mexico

Depart Batopilas early and climb to the top of the canyon to Cusarare Waterfall, before unwinding in the Pueblo Magico Creel.

Friday April 18, 2025: Dance of Good vs Evil

Hotel:  Urique Canyon, Chihuahua Mexico

Board the Chepe Express Train and transfer from Bahuichivo to Urique Canyon to witness a unique and intriguing ritual in a nearby Raramuri village.

Saturday April 19, 2025: Forces of Good shall Prevail

Hotel:  Urique Canyon, Chihuahua Mexico

Enjoy the conclusion of this dance, then explore the town of Urique and rest.

Sunday April 20, 2025: The Wine the Jesuits left Behind

Hotel: Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua Mexico

Ascend the canyon to Cerocahui to enjoy some historic wine tasting, then transfer to our luxrious hotel in Barrancas del Cobre.

Monday April 21, 2025: The Stunning Canyon Rim

Hotel:  Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua Mexico

Enjoy a leisurely morning, ride the tram car across the canyon, and embark on some hiking along the rim.

Tuesday April 22, 2025: El Chepe Express

Hotel:  Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico

Board the Chepe Express Train for the city of Los Mochis.  You can stay in Los Mochis or fly to Mexico City tonight.  If you leave, we will refund you for the cost of the hotel and dinner.

Wednesday April 23, 2025: Home Sweet Home

Hotel: N/A

For those who opted to stay in Los Mochis, we will depart this morning for home.

Trip Itineary
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Imagine living out here?  It´s incredible to see local Raramuri shepherds walking along these precarious cliffs as through they have a staircase built into them.  The vastness of scenery here will surely capture your heart and spirit.  Still, please be aware that our descents into Batopilas and Urique Canyons are not for the faint-of-heart, as both roads have switch-backs because of how steep the drops are.  We will be in sturdy vehicles with licensed professional drivers who are from this region and have ample experience driving here.

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

The price of $62,000 MXN is based on shared accommodations for 2.  Single Supplement for a private room is $13, 250 MXN for solo travelers who prefer privacy.  

 

Please Note:  Semana Santa is the busiest time of year in the Barrancas del Cobre, so we are cutting off reservations by July 2024.  This is so we can guarantee the hotels here.  Please do not be alarmed to hear that it is peak season, as the crowds are still smaller than other touristy parts of Mexico.  The obstacle for travel during Semana Santa is that there are limited hotels in some of the places we will visit, making it crucial for us to book ahead.   

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

Private ground transportation is provided for the total duration of our stay in the Copper Canyon area.  We will use taxis in Los Mochis.  The Chepe Express tickets are first class, and we will travel the entire route of the Express train, which operates between Los Mochis and Creel.     

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotels are included, but are priced based on shared accommodations for 2.  If you are travelling alone, we can try to find you a roommate, but if we are unable to do so, you are responsible for the single supplement cost, as this is what the hotel charges us.

 

MEALS 

All meals are included.  All drinks are separate, including non-alcoholic beverages.  (Breakfast includes coffee and tea) 

TRAM CAR

The tram car ride at the Divisadero Adventure Park is included.  The zip-line is optional.  

DISCRETIONARY TIPS
If you feel your team leaders have done a good job, tips are customary and appreciated in Mexico.  This also applies to room service at your hotel.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

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Maria was weaving a beautiful basket when I met her, and I was fortunate to be at the Divisadero Adventure Park long enough to purchase the finished piece later that day.  She allowed me to photograph the process, as she continued to weave.  This is Sotal, which is related to agave.  She would first strip the sharp edges away, then strip it into several long pieces, which are used for framing the basket and giving it strength.  We will meet many weavers during our stay in the canyons.

Guest Responsibilities

 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

When you embark on a group tour, it is important to acknowledge that your tour leaders are there to assist the group.  If you have specific needs that are in conflict with group travel, please contact us about booking a private tour.

BE ON TIME

Please arrive ten minutes early instead of 5 minutes late.  It is crucial for groups to respect departure times so we can keep our schedule as fluid as possible.  Traffic is a huge obstacle during Dia de Muertos, so walking to our departure points is advised (taxis are busy and often unavailable during the day).

CHANGE SEATS DAILY

Nobody wants to sit in the middle or be relegated to the back seat for the duration of an entire tour.  Out of consideration for fellow travelers, please trade seats daily.  If you´re in the front one day, opt for the back on the second day.  If you have the window seat one day, opt for the middle for the next commute.  

ALWAYS BE PREPARED 

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, please alert us so we can go over the meal times with you and ensure that you are prepared with appropriate supplements in the event that a meal is delayed.  If you get irritable due to low blood sugar, please bring along some protein bars or known remedies for your condition.  If you have allergies, please let us know when you reserve your tour so we have plenty of notice for any meals that are being prepared for you. 

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU SKIP A DAY TOUR

Sometimes a guest feels under the weather, or just wants to spend a day doing nothing.  If you decide to skip a tour, you are responsible for your own meals, as we may not be returning to the hotel until closer to supper time.  The hotel desk can call you a taxi, or may be able to recommend a restaurant nearby.  Talk to your team leaders before they leave if you´d like them to bring you something back at the end of the group tour.  If you are staying behind because you are seriously ill, we will call a doctor and one of the team leaders will stay behind to run to the pharmacy for you and make sure you have what you need.  In severe cases, you may require hospitalization or even want to cancel your remaining tour for emergency private transport home.  If you are having a medical event, we will do everything we can to assist you.

Please make sure you purchase medical insurance, and send us your emergency contact information.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT? 

Everyone suffers a complaint at some point during a group trip, but how one handles that complaint can affect everyone else.  If you have anger-management issues and are prone to yelling or disruptive outbursts, you will be removed from the group without warning.  We will arrange your transportation home, at your own expense.  It is our responsibility to make sure guests feel safe and that the group dynamic is peaceful and light-hearted. 

 

If you have a serious complaint with one of your team leaders or fellow travelers, please take them aside privately to discuss it.  Berating anyone in front of other guests creates a negative environment for everyone and will not be tolerated.

CONCLUSION

Please remember that flexibility is part of being a seasoned traveler and mature adult.  None of us can predict what bumps may lie ahead, but most annoyances and obstacles are temporary and can either be prevented, or tempered with a little humor and diplomacy.

We are dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is positive

 

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The textiles of the Raramuri are so vibrant, especially in contrast with the earthy landscape that surrounds.  When we are in Creel, we will be sure to step into the clothing stores and fabric shops, where their supplies are sold.  

Cancellation Policy

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING

We have recently made some very drastic changes to our reservation and cancellation policy because as a small business that is privately owned, we cannot afford the financial fall-out when guests cancel their tours.  We would like to explain our new policy and shed some light on why this was necessary.

WE NOW REQUIRE TOURS TO BE PAID IN FULL 

We used to ask for a 25% deposit, and then moved to a 50% deposit - but this still didn´t ensure commitment and left us enduring huge financial hardship when guests dropped out.  We are now forced to require full payment for your tour in order to confirm your reservation.

COST SHARING

When we price our tours, costs are divided into two categories.  Your hotel room (if applicable), entrance fees, and meal inclusions are a per-person cost, but the van rental, gas, tolls, driver, guides and all of their expenses are shared between all of the guests.  Once we confirm a price for 10 guests, the price reflects that cost sharing.  If one guest must cancel, we cannot raise the price for the other 9 guests who have already confirmed based on an agreed-to amount, and who have already purchased plane tickets etc.  Going forward, commitment means we cannot offer refunds for cancelled tours.

 

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TOUR

We will reimburse you for any entrance fees and activities we do not have to pay for, minus the banking fees we are charged.  We cannot always secure a refund from the hotels, so this will be assessed on an individual basis.  We will not reimburse you for the shared costs, as we must cover them regardless of your presence.

 

YOU MAY TRANSFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE

If you have to cancel your tour, you may transfer it to a family member or friend.  We will also try to find someone to take your place.  If we can find someone to take your place, we will refund you for your tour minus the cost of the banking fees, as we do not get those back.

Cancellation Policy
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These beautiful Raramuri children were sure happy to see us, for their bags were filled with baskets when we arrived  and were empty just moments later.  Please do not barter with the local artisans, as their prices are very fair and their families only enjoy a short tourist season for making sales.

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WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

Please use the following payment links to pay with a credit card, or scroll down to get a discounted price with WISE.

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WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

Please email us if you are interested in this tour.  We will send payment links once we have enough guests to confirm the tour.

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SAVE 2.5% WITH WISE

If you would like to open a WISE account, please click on the link below, as WISE uses a referral system and pays us a small reward after 3 new transactions (for new accounts) are made.  Between this gift and the fact that WISE does not charge us the hefty fees we pay to STRIPE for credit card processing, we are able to discount our tours by 2.5% when you pay with WISE!

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Please click on the link and open an account through their referral system:  https://wise.com/invite/dic/jenniferb907

 

DISCOUNTED PRICES:
Once we have our price confirmed, we will list the discounted prices.

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