"Copper Canyon, Chichuahua, Mexico" Copper Canyon by LaviB

Copper Canyon Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 122 photos

Getting There

We took the Train (El Chepe) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa to Creel, Chihuahua. Since it departs at 6am or so, we spent the night in Los Mochis. Note: we left our rental car at the hotel we stayed and had no problems - it was there for 10 days; we gave them something for allowing us to leave it there. Departing from Los Mochis allowed us to enjoy the 8 hour train ride and the spectacular scenery during daylight. One of our favorite parts was getting off at the stops for some quick shopping and the best "gorditas" being sold by the Tarahumara women. My kids gave away their toys to the Tarahumara children asking for money.
The train ride alone is worth the visit.

Once in Creel

Once in Creel, we headed to the hotel we had reserved in advance - Margarita Plaza Mexicana. This was the worst part of our trip. The rate included meals, but after taking a look at the food, we ate in town. The food was what they think Americans like - it would be better if they just served traditional Mexican food. The other reason we I would never stay there is that we took one of their Day Trips to Basaseachic Water Falls and the day long trip turned into a 24 hour long fiasco due to their bus breaking down on the way back. It was a very cold night, (the elevation is 8000 feet in Creel) and they provided no compensation for the incredible inconvenience. The water falls were, however, worth seeing - 2nd highest in North America.

3 Day Trip to Batopilas

We hired a van and a driver to take us to Batopilas - 300 ft below sea level. It took 8 hours to drive 80 miles down to Batopilas which is the town at the bottom of one of the 7 canyons which comprise Copper Canyon. In Creel, it was snowing and the temperature in Batopilas in December was 90 degree farenheit. The scenery is indescribable on so many different levels. We went for the scenery, but soon realized that learning about the Tarahumara Indians would have been worth the visit alone. They are one of 12 remaining civilizations who retain their way of life.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A memorable vacation - spectacular scenery!
  • Cons:no cons
  • In a nutshell:A "Must See" in Mexico
  • Last visit to Copper Canyon: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 5, 2009
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