10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson

2 Tucson, 1 Nuevo Casas Grandes, 2 Posadas Barrancas, 1 El Fuerte, 1 Alamos & 2 San Carlos
Round trip airfare, first class accommodation, transfers and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights Los Angeles-Tucson, Tucson-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Tucson
    • 1 night Nuevo Casas Grandes
    • 2 nights Posadas Barrancas
    • 1 night El Fuerte
    • 1 night Alamos
    • 2 night San Carlos
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Train El Fuerte - Posadas Barrancas
  • 23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Discover the Archaeological Site of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Demonstration of Mata Ortiz Pottery, one of the world's most innovative ceramics
  • Travel on an aerial tramway that descends over 4,500 feet into the Copper Canyon
  • Meet the Tarahumara Indians whose way of life has not changed in centuries
  • A scenic train ride on the Chihuahua Pacifico railroad
  • Travel to picturesque El Fuerte, the "Gateway to the Copper Canyon"
  • Stroll the streets of the colonial city of Alamos, a designated National Monument
  • Scenic private boat cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez
  • Tour the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Tucson
Arrive in Tucson. Tonight, an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, introduces you to the exciting journey that awaits you in Mexico. After a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tucson

DAY 2, Friday - Cross the Border into Mexico, Arrive in Nuevo Casas Grandes
Depart early in the morning from Arizona and cross the border into Mexico, Bienvenidos! Stop for lunch en route. Drive through parts of the Chihuahua Desert, the largest in North America. During the 14th to 15th centuries, Nuevo Casas Grandes was a major trading center, before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Tonight, attend a festive Mexican-style reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Nuevos Casas Grandes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Nuevo Casas Grandes, Travel to Posadas Barrancas
Nuevo Casas Grandes, is home to Mexico's famous archaeological site of Paquime, undoubtedly the most important ruins in Northern Mexico, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the maze-like adobe remnants and the ceremonial mounds in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains. Walk by the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory, and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Visit with potters from the village of Mata Ortiz. Afterward head for Posada Barrancas, on the rim of the Copper Canyon, your home for the next two days. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Aerial Tram into the Copper Canyon, Tarahumara Indians
Join the interesting discussion this morning on the interpretation of the unique Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts. Then, get ready for your visit to the rim of the Copper Canyon. Board the aerial tram* that takes you across the canyon, descending almost 4,500 feet into the center to experience its grandeur; a truly breathtaking experience. The rest of the day is spent exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest undiscovered natural treasures of North America. Hear about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre
*Due to local conditions, the order of sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Scenic Train Ride
Time to relax this morning or explore the Canyon Rim on your own. After lunch, depart Posadas Barrancas aboard a railcar and begin the astonishing journey on the Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad, considered one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere. The rail line, an engineering marvel, took almost 100 years to build in this very difficult and rugged terrain. Descend into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to El Fuerte, traveling from almost 7,500 feet to sea level, while passing through numerous tunnels and over spectacular soaring bridges with awe-inspiring views
Overnight: El Fuerte
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Capomos, Travel to Alamos
Today, depart El Fuerte and head to the native Mayo village of Capomos. During a home visit, learn about the Mayo Indians and their culture. Witness ceremonial dances accompanied by traditional native instruments and participate in a tortilla making demonstration. Conclude your visit with a talk about herbal medicine used by the Mayo people. Next, travel through the rich farmlands of the Sierra Madre mountains to the quaint old silver town of Alamos. This charming city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. Dinner tonight is highlighted by a music and dance cultural presentation by costumed performers
Overnight: Alamos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday -Walking Tour in Alamos, San Carlos
Take a morning stroll in the streets of Los Alamos with a local guide who introduces you to the history of this colonial city, a designated National Monument. Its elaborate mansions, restored to their original glory, date back to a bygone era when the silver mines here were among the richest in the world. After lunch, travel through the rich farmlands of Sonora, before arriving in San Carlos, a fishing village and resort community perched on the Sea of Cortez, known for its crystal-clear warm waters and beautiful sunsets
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise on the Sea of Cortez, Pearl Farm
Board a private boat this morning for a scenic cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez; a highlight of the day! Conditions permitting, you may see turtles, pelicans, dolphins, or even sea lions. After, a fascinating tour of the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, and an ongoing research facility of pearl-producing oysters. Here learn about the specialized art of pearl oyster farming, grading, and quality selection. Then, an opportunity to view the finished products of pearls in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Afterward, continue to Mirador, a popular viewpoint over the Sea of Cortez where you can view the beautiful terrain of the region. Return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax by the pool, suntan on the beach, or shop to your heart's content. This evening join your newfound friends and Tour manager for a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Cross the Border into the United States
Today, an early morning departure traveling north, to cosmopolitan Hermosillo. View the lovely colonial Cathedral and the Government Palace, decorated with multicolored murals portraying the history of the Sonoran region. Continue through the Sonoran Desert with its long stretches of flat scrub and unusual organ-pipe cacti before you re-enter the USA through Nogales, Arizona
Overnight: Tucson
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Passport information for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued
  • Accommodations in Alamos will be in either Casa de los Tesoros, La Mansion or Casa Encantada.
  • Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
  • For visa information, check our Visa page.
  • Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Mexico taxes of up to US $30.
Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Mexico taxes of up to US $30
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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