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Copper Canyon-Mazatlan & Optional Extension

Note:  This is updated for 2024. Please note that activities are sometimes modified

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Note: This trip has an OPTIONAL 2 month extension (costing $700 US) from Mazatlan. We will take you 2 days further south for a long beach stay at Boca Beach and Melaque. You will pay your own RV parks during this extension, but some extra tours are included. You will cross back into the US around April 12th.

This is a 31 day tour crossing at Nogales, AZ and returning through Lukevile, AZ. Add the optional extension and it is 95 Days. We will first head for San Carlos where we will take a tour of historic Guyamas, visit a Pearl Farm, then an aquarium to see a show the lawyers would never allow in the US.

We will spend a couple of days relaxing on the beach in Huatabampito, then visit nearby, historic, Alamos and spend an evening wandering with minstrels around the back streets, accompanied by a donkey to carry our wine.

Next we will head to the historic town of El Fuerte, the birthplace of the real Zorro, and the original capital of Arizona (Link). We will enjoy an entertaining dinner show, at the very impressive, historic Hotel Posada del Hildago. This hotel reputedly contains the original house of the  real Zorro. Do not miss exploring the hotel before you have your meal. By the way, if you notice a resemblance to our tour guide, Don Garcia de la Vega (nickname, Miguel), it is pure coincidence.  Some claim Zorro was a legend, but he was actually based upon a real character.

In the morning, we will catch the spectacular first class train. This is one of the worlds great train journeys. The first hour is a bit less interesting, so you have time to wear off your hangover from the Zorro festivities the previous evening before you enter the really scenic sections. We do feed you on the train, by the way. We are continually asked about taking your RV on the train. They ceased to do this several years ago, concerned about liability. You would ride in your RV on a flatdeck railcar. They worried about people tossing back the Margaritas, venturing out of their RV, and diving into the canyon. 

At Copper Canyon, we will spend 3 nights in Hotels. See the section after the pictures below for details. The new cable car is included and weather conditions permitting, the more adventurous can experience one of the 2 zip lines that cross the canyon. We had one 75 year old customer do that. Her bucket list.

Upon our return to El Fuerte, we will take an early morning nature trip up a river, for some bird watching and to view ancient petroglyphs. We will then return to the hotel Posado del Hildago for a fantastic brunch. Believe me, it's worth starving yourself during the river trip. Try and get by with a granola bar.  After brunch, we will visit a Mayo native village and a medicine man, sample some local cuisine and observe native dances, including the famous deer dance of the Mayo & Yaqui Indians.

Next we move on to Las Glorias and Celestino, just north of Mazatlan, for a relaxing beach day. A couple of tours are included

Finally, we will spend several days in Mazatlan, enjoying the beach and some tours, before heading north again.

There are some nights of dry camping on this trip. We may not have power in El Fuerte (they are working on it), but most nights we are gone, anyway.  Generator use in dry locations is allowed. Heat will not be an issue either, so air conditioning will not be needed.

An inexpensive optional long term stay option further south is available, that option will inlcude the April 8th Eclipse.

Read the magazine article by one of our Wagon Masters HERE

Included:

12 Guided tours
18 High Quality Meals
3 nights at Quality hotels
Wagon Master & Green Angels (like AAA)
Assistance with border paperwork
Train to Copper Canyon - Round Trip
All Entrance Fees
All RV Park Fees
Music, margaritas, wine at parties & more.

Optional Extension:

This extends the trip to 95 days, with a long beach extension and 2 additional tours and meals, plus the April 8th Total Solar Eclipse. There is a $700 surcharge and you pay your own RV park fees, beyond the first 3 days. The extension will be restricted to 8 rigs out of 12, so book early..Any over 8, may have to use another RV park in Melaque for 2 or 3 weeks. (doable)


 

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Mayo Dancing
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Tarahumara Indians
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Copper Canyon
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Copper Canyon Hotel
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Zip Line Route (optional)
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Cable Car
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Copper Canyon Train
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San Carlos Aquarium
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Pearl Farm
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Mazatlan
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Green Angel Escort
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El Zorro Show

Copper Canyon Schedule

Note this can vary a bit 

Day 1

- We leave the campground in El Fuerte at 8:00 AM and catch the train to Creel. On this excursion you will be traveling through one of the deepest canyons in the world.

- It took more than 90 years to complete the construction of this incredible railroad, which crosses 39 bridges and goes through 86 tunnels.

- We will enjoy a delicious lunch in the dining car of the train en route.

- We will stop at Divisadero, which at 8070 feet above sea level offers a spectacular view of the canyon.

- We will transfer to our hotel in downtown Creel where we will be spending two nights.

- We will have dinner at the hotel, featuring live regional norteƱo music and wine.

Day 2

- We will start the day with breakfast in the hotel at 7:30 AM, then follow that with a guided tour of the area around Creel. We will explore the regional lands of the Tarahumara Indians, inlcuding a visit to an ancient Jesuit Mission In San Ignacio and a cave dwelling. We will end up at Lake Arareco.

- As we tour the valleys surrounding Creel, we will have the opportunity to observe the living conditions of the Tarahumaras who still live in caves. We will also see dramatic rock formations and several other points of interest along the route. We will have an outdoor picnic.

Day 3

- Following breakfast at the hotel, we board a bus for a 4 hour tour through the regional canyons. We will visit several sites of interest, including the famous Fertility Rock, Oteros Canyon and the four most impressive look out points in the heart of the Sierra Madre: The Balancing Rock, Las Escaleras, Belle Vista & El Puente. We then proceed to the Hotel Manison Tarahumara where we will spend the night.

- A full course lunch will be served at the hotel, then you will have the opportunity to walk along the Canyon rim and visit some Tarahumara famiiles who live near the Hotel. Those who wish may ride the new Cable Car (included), the worlds longest.

- You have a free afternoon that you may spend in the hotels warm pool & jacuzzi or relaxing in the bar & on the terrace.

- Dinner at the hotel with entertainment.

Day 4

- Following breakfast at the hotel, we will view a presentation of traditional Tarahumara dancing and ball races.

- Before our return train arrives, you will have time to wander through the handicraft market near the station.

- As soon as we board the train we will have lunch in the dinning car

- We arrive back at the RV Park in El Fuerte in early evening


Please note the map has not been updated for 2024 yet

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Please note that dates close to the start can be tentative due to train schedule changes. This may add or subtract 3 or 4 days and affect price accordingly
Day Location Info Tentative Dates

Start

Nogales, Az

Meet in afternoon, cross border next morning

Jan 9

Day 1

Santa Ana

Potluck and Bonfire

Jan 10

Day 2,3

San Carlos

Totonaka RV Park, Welcome Dinner tours next day

Jan 11,12

Day 4,5

Huatabampito

Beach stay

Jan 13,14
Day 6,7 Alamos Tours Eve walk around with muscicians jan 15,16
Day 8,9

El Fuerte

Eve El Zorro Show

Jan 17,18
Day 10, 11, 12, 13

Copper Canyon

All inclusive 4 day tour

Jan 19,20,21,22
Day 14

El Fuerte

Tour

Jan 23
Day 15,16,17 Las Glorias

Beach stay /Tour

Jan 24,25,26
Day 18,19,20 Celestino

Beach stay /Tour

Jan 27,28,29
Day 21,22,23,24,25 Mazatlan Tours jan 30,31, Feb 1,2,3
Day 26,27,28 Teacapan Beach stay / Tours Feb 4,5,6
RETURN NORTH OR EXT. SEE BELOW FOR EXT. Feb 7
Day 29 Los Mochis Overnight Feb 7
Day 30 San Carlos Farewell Meal Feb 8
Day 31 Border USA Feb 9


 Here is the continuation for the optional extension including the Eclipse


 

Day Location Info Tentative Dates

Day 29

Teacapan

Beach

Feb 7

Day 30- 36

Villa Corona

Hotsprings and Tours

Feb 8 - 14

Day 37- 57

Boca Beach

Long Beach Stay

Feb 15 - Mar 6

Day 58- 82

Melaque

Long Beach Stay

Mar 75 - Mar 31

Day 83,84

Roca Azul

Near Guadalajara

April 1,2

Day 85,86

Zacatecas

Tours

April 3,4
87,89,90