Mexico's Copper Canyon Trek is a tremendous way to take in one of the more impressive canyons on earth!

9 Days / 8 Nights Please contact The Escape Artist for Pricing.

Highlights: Copper Canyon, Chihuahua al Pacifico, Camps, Sierra Tarahumara, Cerocahui and Creel

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Copper Canyon Trek Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Day to Los Mochis/El Fuerte

Transfer to the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon, El Fuerte. Check in to our beautiful historic lodge and then roam the cobble stone streets for a taste of old Mexico. Relax and wander this quaint and historical city, as your Copper Canyon Trek begins in earnest in the morning. Meet guide at 9:00 PM in hotel lobby for details on next day’s departure. Overnight: Hotel El Fuerte or equivalent.

Day 2 Chihuahua al Pacifico

All aboard the world famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train trip into the SierraMadreMountains. This comfortable first class train leads us through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view. Lunch is on your own at the restaurant car. We arrive in the early afternoon to Posada Rancho (7,260 ft.). It’s a short 15 minute transfer to the rustic and comfortable community cabins in Areponapuchi where we will spend the night. We will take a short hike around the area depending on our arrival time. Overnight: Community Cabins Areponapuchi. (B/D)

Day 3 1st Hike – San Rafael and Guitayvo

After breakfast we load up the vehicles and transfer to the trail head in San Rafael (7,425 ft). We then load up the mules and begin our walk through the rolling hills of the high sierra. We come to a school and a church in the indigenous village of San Alonso and follow the rolling hills of the high Sierra Tarahumara. We arrive to Guitayvo 7,590 ft.) in the mid-afternoon. We arrive to the community eco-cabins in Guitayvo. We will spend the night in this simple yet charming shelter. Full day hike-4.5-6 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 1,716ft/1,320 ft. Overnight: Eco-cabins Guitayvo. (B/L/D)

Day 4 2nd Day of Hiking

Today we will begin our hiking adventure. We continue navigating around the mesa of Guitayvo and we drop down through an arroyo (river bed) and then we climb gradually up the side of a canyon. The mystical tranquility of this alpine region is reinforced by the wind whistling through the pine needles. We arrive to the small ranch of Huemachi (6,620 ft.) in the late afternoon. Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 690ft/1650ft. Overnight: Wild Camping. (B/L/D)

Day 5 3rd Day of Hiking

Today our Copper Canyon Trek descent continues as we connect with the Urique Canyon. Our trail affords us stupendous views and we really hit our stride as we walk along the ridge that spills down into the incredible Copper Canyon. We arrive to the small ranch of Chiruhuerabo (7,720 ft) in the late afternoon. Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 1320ft/142ft. Overnight: Wild Camping. (B/L/D)

Day 6 4th Day of Hiking

We now enter the Urique Canyon proper through a side canyon. The views from the ridge looking down are spectacular and we carefully navigate the steep descent with plenty of stops to observe the quickly changing vegetation. We make our way towards Naranjo (3,894 ft), where we are greeted by the friendly people that live there. After some time to chat with the locals, we will load our gear into the vehicle and head down to the town of Urique with time to check out this wildwest mining outpost. In the afternoon, we will climb out of the town of Urique by vehicle up impressive switchback road to the high sierra and our own private lodge at Cerocahui where our clean clothes and a hot fire are waiting for us! Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 132/3,826ft. Overnight: Cerocahui Hiking Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 7 Cerocahui and Creel

After breakfast we will to our destination at Creel by road stopping to see the Cerocahui Mission, and some of the most impressive view points along the road from Cerocahui to Creel. You will eat lunch along the way before arriving to the frontier logging outpost turned tourist center for the Copper Canyon, Creel. Diner in our cozy hotel. Overnight: Plaza Mexicana. (B/L/D)

Day 8 Creel and Chihuahua

Start today with breakfast and a chance for to explore a bit more before our mid-morning transfer to Chihuahua where we will check into our comfortable accommodation. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or site seeing at the interesting museums and historical sites of this important cultural and economic center of Northwestern Mexico. Night on the town for our farewell fiesta. Overnight: Hotel San Francisco. (B/L/D)

Day 9 Departure from Chihuahua

Transfer to Chihuahua Airport for onward flights. This concludes your Copper Canyon Trek.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner

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Included in Price

  • All nights accommodation as stated in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Private and shared transportation and guide
  • Entrance fees for tours and activities included unless specified NOT included

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals that are not specified
  • Travel insurance from third party (recommended)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in quote
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
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