April 2024 Solar Eclipse

Mexico RV Caravans


Note, these trips may now be full. We do have 2 vacancies on the Yucatan option. You can still sign up, but for the time being you will be on a wait list. We need time to work out logistics and determine if it is possible to run a 4th trip. The Durango option is probably closed, but this trip is still almost 2 years away and people change minds. An additional trip would have to be 14-16 days. The Copper Canyon option may be closed, but as I said, people change their minds. So at this time, state your preference, but DO NOT pay a deposit right now. We will contact you. We should have options worked out by summer.


We are ready to present our options & prices for the 2024 Eclipse. Final prices will be posted in 2023. The current prices are valid as of Sept 12, 2021 for those who have already paid a deposit.

Please note that all prices are in US dollars. We do accept Canadian currency, but Canadian prices will be set in early 2023 according to the exchange rate then. There may some tweaks to schedules in 2023. Prices listed here may be adjusted a bit, if days, tours, or meals are added or deleted due to scheduling issues.

There may be some possible quicker exit options depending on our other caravans exiting at the time, We will adjust final payment accordingly in early 2024. A Texas exit option may be possible depending on circumstances and Wagon masters, buit it may be with a French group. Everthing will be finalized by mid 2023.

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUITE A BIT OF DRY CAMPING MAY BE INVOLVED !!!!


1) A 14 day caravan with beach time and 4 tours / 4 meals
2) A 24 day caravan with 10 tours, including a trip by train to Copper Canyon / 16 meals
3) An  85 day Yucatan  - all Mexico caravan (FULL with wait list)
4) An optional side trip to Durango and back for the eclipse (High altitude, low light pollution, not available on the 10 day caravan option)
5) An approx 60 day Copper Canyon caravan in February with an optional Colonial extension that will take the eclipse in, may be planned. Email [email protected] if this interests you. This caravan will probably view the Eclipse in Durango or Torreon, then exit via Texas. Do not deposit on this one yet, just email [email protected] until we lay it out.

Caravans will leave Nogales Az (April 1-4) and return to Nogales.

There are participation limits for all tours, and only those who pay a deposit are booked, on a "first come first serve" basis. Those who have already paid deposits are first in line.

Any additional caravans, if they are possible, will be arranged at later date, depending on facilities and personnel available.

All caravans will involve some dry camping. Serious  Astronomy buffs may prefer Durango. It is located inland at 7000 ft and has very low light pollution. The eclipse coincides with a new moon, so Astronomy should be excellent. It will cost a bit more. We have to cover the Wagon Master, Green Angel escort, Tour Guide, and security at the dry camp location. It is a rather expensive toll road to get there. It is, however, a stunning drive. Durango spots are first come - first serve, with a proposed maximum of 20 rigs. This may be raised depending on a another vacant lot being available. The chances of clear skies are the same for either location, just under 60%. It is a new moon, so Durango with its lower light pollution and high altitude is for better night astronomy and, of course, you get to transit the spectacular Devils Backbone Toll Road. Extra cost is $300 USD based on 3 nights up there

The Mazatlan groups will relocate to a dry camp at Concordia. This town is about 30 minutes inland where sea mist and fog should not cause an issue

The odds of clear skies on April 8th are the same for Mazatlan & Durango, just under 60%. The map below indicates clear sky probability, blue being best, red worst.


2024 solar eclipse 2


Deposits (Please note final Prices and Dates are not in stone until 2023)

Initial Deposits to secure your spot are $400 USD or $500 CAN for all trips. Once we have a standby list we may allow deposit transfers. Larger deposits will be required in 2023. These initial ones enable us to book RV parks.  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page with your preferences.

Already made a deposit?

You should be on the list, we will double check your preferences closer ro 2024.

Yucatan caravan participants may return with their own group (exit Mexico on April 12th) or add on either the 14 - Day or 24 - Day program at a reduced price.

Permits and Insurance

You will require a permit for your Vehicle/RV to enter Mexico, and Mexican Insurance. For insurance, we recommend Lewis & Lewis, and they will give you a 10% discount as one of our customers. There are 2 types of permits, One for motorized vehicles towing or being towed, and one for RV's (Trailers Class A's etc.). They cost about $60 US. Please note you cannot get a permit if you have Mexican "Residente Permanente" status. You also cannot get permit for an HDT (Semi type truck towing a 5th wheel). F-450's and F-550's can be an issue but we can likely work around that. You will receive an 180 permit for vehicles towing or towed. You will be charged a $400 deposit which is refundable. Class A's, B's & C's, plus 5th wheels and trailers, will get a 10 year permit, no deposit required. Truck Campers, motorcycles, ATV's, cargo trailers are special cases, you need to talk to Paul at "[email protected]", and he will explain how to handle those.

Please note, there are no previous customer discounts for these trips, except the Yucatan Caravan. Prices may vary a bit, but no more than 5%.


14 Day caravan - Max 15 rigs
4 tours 4 meals
$2500 USD, $150 single discount

- April 2nd - Rendezvous Desert Diamond Casino I-19 south of Tucson
- April 3rd - Cross border, drive to San Carlos - Welcome dinner
- April 4th - Drive to Los Mochis
- April 5th - Drive to Mazatlan
- April 6th - Mazatlan - Pulmonia Tour- lunch
- April 7th - Move to dry camping eclipse area in Concordia
- April 8th - Eclipse day, drive back to Mazatlan
- April 9th - Mazatlan
- April 10th - Mazatlan - Country tour - lunch
- April 11th - Drive to Los Mochis
- April 12th - Drive to Huatabampito (beach)
- April 13th - Huatabampito
- April 14th - Drive to San Carlos - Farewell dinner
- April 15th - Tour in San Carlos
- April 16th - Drive to Rancho Betania, pot luck dinner
- April 17th - Drive to USA

24 Day caravan (Copper Canyon) - Max 15 rigs
10 tours, 16 meals, 3 nights hotel  at Copper Canyon
$4750 USD $150 single discount (note may be 26 days)

- April 1st - Rendezvous Desert Diamond Casino I-19 south of Tucson
- April 2nd - Cross border, drive to San Carlos - Welcome dinner
- April 3rd - Drive to Los Mochis
- April 4th - Drive to Mazatlan
- April 5th - Mazatlan 
- April 6th - Mazatlan - Pulmonia Tour - lunch
- April 7th - Move to dry camping eclipse area in Concordia
- April 8th - Eclipse day, drive back to Mazatlan
- April 9th - Mazatlan
- April 10th - Mazatlan - Country tour - lunch
- April 11th - Mazatlan
- April 12th - Drive to El Fuerte, El Zorro Dinner Show - dinner
- April 13th - Train to Creel, lunch and dinner & hotel
- April 14th - Tarahumara Tour, breakfast, lunch, hotel
- April 15th - CC tour, cable car, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hotel
- April 16th - Train to El Fuerte breakfast and lunch
- April 17th - Free day
- Apirl 18th - Nature boat trip, petroglyphs, Mayo Indian village, brunch
- April 19th - Drive to Huatabampito (beach)
- April 20th - Huatabampito
- April 21st - Drive to Alamos
- April 22nd - Alamos Tour - lunch - Musicians eve walk
- April 23rd - Drive to San Carlos - Farewell meal
- April 24th - Santa Ana Potluck and campfire
- April 25th - Drive to USA

Note this trip may have some adjustments to match train schedule
Pets are not allowed on train, except seeing eye dogs, but we arrange pet care.


You must choose one of the exit options below for the Yucatan Caravan, as it officially ends on April 9th in Mazatlan, not Nogales. This is to allow flexibility
.
1) POSSIBLE 4 day quick exit $400 USD  (note this may vary, it may be 5 Days, count on $100 a day, no tours, one meal)
2) 14 day caravan exit (actually will be 7 days northbound) $1000 USD
3) 24 day Copper Canyon exit (actually will be 16 days northbound) $3500 USD 

Note We will provide access to the 2022 Yucatan schedule upon request, so you get an idea of what this trip involves.

Durango Option - Max 20 rigs
Price $300 based on 3 days up there.

- April 6th - Drive Mazatlan to San Juan hot springs near Durango
- April 7th - Durango city tour (in lieu of the country tour in Mazatlan) 
- April 8th - Early drive to dry camp at Guadalupe Aguilera ( 1.25 hours)
- April 9th - Back to Mazatlan or Celestino
- April 10th - re join Yucatan for those customers,  or 14 or 24 day tour group.

NOTE 
 

We have to price 3 nights camping in Mazatlan into the price for this option, even though you won't be there. This is to ensure we can maintain the spots.

Photos

Below are some photos of the 3 trips. The Mazatlan - Durango Highway is an expensive toll highway, but it is one of the world's most spectacular drives. There are over 115 bridges, the Baluarte Bridge is the world's second highest (almost 2000 ft) - we can stop on it. There are also 61 tunnels, one of them 3 km long.



Mexico RV Caravan - San Carlos
Mayo Dancing
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - Huatabampito
Tarahumara 
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - Alamos
Copper Canyon
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - San Carlos
Cable Car
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - Huatabampito
Durango Hwy
Baluarte Bridge
Mexico RV Caravan - Alamos
Copper Canyon
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - San Carlos
El Fuerte 
24 - day
Mexico RV Caravan - Huatabampito
Mazatlan
All caravans
Mexico RV Caravan - Alamos
Typical Toll Highway
2024 solar eclipse 3
Durango 
2024 solar eclipse 4
Durango
2024 solar eclipse 5
Durango

.

These are the 2 dry camp locations, Concordia and Guadalupe Aguilera. They are  near Mazatlan and Durango, respectively, in the path of totality. Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page.

Placeholder Picture
Paragraph
Placeholder Picture