Great Train Journey!
In 2010, we will again explore Copper Canyon, or Barranca
del Cobre, on a memorable train adventure that will
bring you dramatic scenery, natural history and Tarahumara
This expedition offers a unique combination of history
of early explorers, contemporary Tarahumara Indian life,
and the distinctive natural and geological heritage
of the region.
Copper Canyon is one of the world’s biggest canyon
systems. The striking volcanic scenery, bridges, tunnels,
and villages are seen from the “train in the sky”
and on walks. Today, 50,000 Tarahumara Indians live
here much as their ancestors did. Wildlife is a unique
blend of northern species at their southern range and
tropical species at their northern limit.
The itinerary includes:
• Copper Canyon Complex—Copper,
Urique, and Tararecua Canyons—these rugged
canyons are the largest and deepest canyon complex in
Mexico. Volcanic cliffs rise above forested slopes.
The headwaters rise at 9,000 feet and end at sea level
over a distance of less than 150 miles.
• Urique Canyon — one of
the deepest canyons. We will explore Urique Canyon by
bus and foot including lunch in Urique village.
• Tarahumara Indians —
the largest group of native people in northern Mexico,
the Tarahumara live much as they have for the past 400
years. Many Tarahumara are seasonally nomadic, living
in the canyon bottoms during winter, and moving up to
mountain plateaus for the summer. They are superb mountaineers,
traversing a 5,000 foot deep canyon in a day to visit
relatives or a market on the other rim. Tarahumara men
and women are known the world over for their phenomenal
endurance in foot-races
of over 200 miles across mountainous terrain.
• Chihuahua al Pacifico Train — completed in 1961 with 408 miles of track, 85
tunnels, and 37 bridges, the train provides a panoramic
view of the canyon scenery. The first class, Fiat-built
train and track system is one of the engineering feats
of the world.
We hope you will join us this year to share the wonders
of Copper Canyon!
here to See the Copper Canyon Map
per person + air.
Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)