"Copper Canyon Mexico Railroad Trip" Copper Canyon by maryellen50

Copper Canyon Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 122 photos

Mexico's Copper Canyon

I'm not sure why Virtual Tourist continues to categorize the Mexico Copper Canyon in Texas as it is in Mexico in the state of Chihuahua which is 2 hour flight from Houston to the gateway city of Chihuahua.
I took a round-trip train trip from Chihuahua to El Fuerte going west and then from El Fuerte back to Chihuahua going east with overnight stops at the stations of Bahuichivo, El Fuerte, Posada Barrancas/Divisadero and Creel. I spent 2 nights in Chihuahua.
This travelogue is written from the perspective of a single female traveler (which you rarely find on this destination) who speaks adequate Spanish and has traveled extensively around Mexico and attempted to avoid the typical tourist environment.
Overwhelmingly, most people who do this destination are Americans age 60+ who travel in large groups. I assume it is because this is more expensive than going to Cancun or one of the more popular beach destinations.
The independent travelers I encountered were mostly Europeans with very few Americans going this mode. A basic knowledge of Spanish is essential to fully appreciate this trip.

The Copper Canyon of Mexico

The Copper Canyon region is 25,000 square miles across almost 1/3 of the state of Chihuahua in Northern Mexico. The Chihuahua al Pacifico train route from Los Mochis passes through the farmland of Sinaloa and ascends into the Sierra Madres. The train route in Chihuahua passes through high desert country. Although the train ascends as high as 8,000 feet near San Juanito, amazingly, the angle of descent never exceeds 2.5%.
The entire trip is 397 miles and can take as long as 20 hours on the second class train and about three hours less on the first class train. First class tickets can be booked from U.S. travel agencies however the second class must be booked at the train station and the second class reportedly has a very erratic time schedule.
I've read that many train travelers vote it the most spectacular train trip in the world!

Copper Canyon versus Grand Canyon

The Copper Canyon region is a maze of over 200 gorges which form six massive canyons (called barrancas in Spanish). It is quoted that the Copper Canyon is 4 times larger than the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is stark and beautiful and the Copper Canyon is lush with vegetation. They are two distinct natural wonders therefore should not be compared.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous outstanding scenery
  • Cons:Expensive compared to other Mexico destinations
  • In a nutshell:A must see trip in Mexico especially railroad aficionados!
  • Last visit to Copper Canyon: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 21, 2006
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