Copper Canyon Rail Tour - Spring 2009

6 days by train to Creel and El Fuerte - $1,090
Departs March 3 & March 23, 2009
(Fall Dates: October 4 & 25, 2009)
Highlights: Airconditioned, comfortable train; contrast of mountains and subtropics; hike to waterfall; delicious seafood in El Fuerte.

Copper Canyon Train


March 3-8, 2008

By train, Chihuahua/Creel/El Fuerte, and return to Presidio
Small Group, led by Jim Glendinning
also March 23-28, 2008

March 3, Tuesday.

Assemble in lobby of Holland Hotel, Alpine 7.30 a.m. Drive to Presidio (90 miles). Breakfast at El Patio restaurant. Taxi to Ojinaga to board our van and drive (3 hours) via the new toll road to Chihuahua: Check in to Quality Inn, downtown. Lunch. City tour: Cathedral, Father Hidalgo’s cell, Pancho Villa’s house, Government Palace, Aqueduct and Quinto Gameros. Dinner in a downtown café. Glenn Willeford, Sul Ross graduate, a historian who lives in Chihuahua, will speak to us about Mexican history.

March 4, Wednesday.

Chepe Train Crossing River

Taxi to train station for 6:00 a.m. departure. Breakfast on the train while it passes through many apple orchards near Cuatémoc, not far from the Mennonite community. Gaining altitude, we reach Creel (altitude 7,690 feet) by 11:30 a.m. Transfer 13 miles to Sierra Lodge, a rustic jewel of rich- toned, varnished logs set in a pine-scented valley overlooking Cusarare waterfall. Lunch. Easy hike to the waterfall. Optional visit to nearby Loyola Museum of religious paintings. Margaritas and music. Dinner.

March 5, Thursday.

Hotel El Fuerte

After breakfast we drive to Creel for shopping and museum visit. We catch the train at 11:30 a.m. Stop at Divisadero for a panoramic view of the Copper Canyon. Lunch on train as it passes over the continental divide, at 8,071 feet (and across 87 bridges and through 37 tunnels). We notice the change in vegetation and feel the increase in temperatures as we drop down to the subtropical plain. Arrive in El Fuerte 6:30 p.m. Taxi to Hotel el Fuerte, a 350-year old Spanish hacienda. Dinner at our hotel.

March 6, Friday.

Tarahumara Family
Selling Crafts

Breakfast at our hotel. Two-hour walking tour around El Fuerte with local guide Ivan, visiting the old fort, now a museum, thePosada del Hidalgo, a huge colonial mansion, the bullet-pocked Palacio Municipal, the plaza and the local church. In the afternoon, a choice of strolling around, shopping, people watching in the plaza or taking an optional boat trip on the El Fuerte river, bird watching and visiting petroglyphs. Dinner at El Meson del General, a popular restaurant known for its lake bass and seafood. Overnight at Hotel El Fuerte.

March 7, Saturday.

Chepe Train Dining Room

An early start as we take taxis to the station (8 miles) to catch the 8:30 a.m. express. Lunch on the train, as it starts to climb steeply aft Temoris where the track loops upwards on three levels of rail bed. By late afternoon we are back in Creel, to be met again by Roberto, manager of Sierra Lodge. There is time for a short hike to the “painted cave” before margarita and music time. Dinner. Overnight.

March 8, Sunday.

Canyon View

We rise early and eat a good breakfast, ready for our trip home. We quickly lose altitude, reaching the plain at La Junta and stopping for a picnic lunch in the small town of Santa Isobel, just 40 minutes from Chihuahua. We catch the 1:00 p.m. Omnibus de Mexico departure for Ojinaga, driving via Coyame (short stop) and past Peguis Canyon arriving in Ojinaga at 4:30 p.m. Taxi across the bridge to Presidio, where we rejoin our cars and drive back to Alpine. Our Copper Canyon adventure is over.

The second trip runs March 23-28, 2008.


Included in the price:

Six breakfasts, five lunches, five dinners. Five nights accommodation (sharing). Guide service as specified. Tours and entrance fees where mentioned. Tour escort for the whole trip. Transportation by train, public bus, taxi, minibus and Suburban.

Not included:

Tips to guides, hotel staff etc. Insurance (Insurance is recommended) - I will suggest an insurance company.

Price: $1,090 per person.

Single room supplement $140. Deposit of $200 per person by January 1, 2009 will secure a place. Balance of $890 due by January 20, 2009*. Cancellations may be made up to 01/20/19* without penalty; after that date the full amount is forfeit unless a replacement is found. Please make payments to Jim Glendinning, 904 N 11th Street, Alpine, TX 79830.
(* two weeks later for the second trip.)

I will send out two information bulletins after receiving your deposit, with details of what to wear/bring, spending money, tourist card requirements, and insurance. Please email or call me if you have any questions at all.

Email or phone Jim Glendinning for more information and space availability.            432.837.7320