Gorgeous outstanding scenery
A "Must See" in Mexico
The charming village of Cerocahui is located at the edge of Urique Canyon ?the deepest canyon in the system. It is about 8 miles from the Bahuichivo train station where the Chihuahua al Pacifico stops daily. The 900 inhabitants experience a way of life many yearn to live. Cerocahui is an "ejido" (government-established community cooperative)...more
I expected the Mexican food to be more authentic here however I suppose it is due to the fact that most of the Copper Canyon tourism is Americans over age 50 who can't tolerate the typical spicy Mexican food. Being from Texas, the hot spicy food is part of the culture.
The only place I found real authentic Mexican food was in Chihuahua city; probably since that is a business destination rather than a tourist. So the Mexican food won't be the highlight of the trip unless you are in Chihuahua or go to local Mexican restaurants which are usually remote in most of the train station locations or buy food at the local store.
Favorite Dish: In Chihuahua at the hotel I had flautas stuffed with mashed potatoes and avocados with a very spicy sauce. I bought in the local stores snacks such as tamarindo pulp candy flavored with chili, lime and salt. If you are a vegetarian (like me) you need to specify that the meal not have any meat otherwise you will be informed there are no vegetarian dishes on the menus.
After reading many reviews & complaints about the hordes of elderly American tourists visiting Copper Canyon in the late spring, summer and fall, I decided to do the trip in January when the weather is colder with less tourists. January is a great time as it is cooler but very tolerable (and I live in Florida) and the hotels are less crowded.more
Visiting the Copper Canyon as an independent traveler (rather than in one of the group tours) I found to be challenging. After much research on the internet, I chose Pan American Tours as they specialize in independent tours (rather than groups such as Caravan). If you are on the central or east side of the U.S. you have the option to fly to El...more
Since you will be lifting your bags on and off of the train (unless you pay the porter) I recommend taking 2 small to medium soft sided or duffel bag luggage. Layer clothing is most practical. If you are doing an 8-day trip 2 pairs of lightweight fleece pants, 2 lightweight fleece tops and a heavy fleece jacket. The weather is usually cooler in...more
I was a little apprehensive about traveling to this destination as a single female although I have traveled extensively around Mexico for the past 20 years.
I met a lot of really nice people including many European and Mexican travelers who were traveling independently. If you have an open mind and like people you will have a great time especially if you speak Spanish; Spanish was indespensible in traveling on this trip.
Fondest memory: The route from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas to Creel to Chihuahua which I shared with a delightful British couple and a Mexican man from Guanajuato. I spoke English and Spanish and the couple were English speaking and the Mexican man only spoke Spanish so I really used my language skills. On this trip, I actually spoke more Spanish than English.