8 Days from $995Mexico’s Copper Canyon Roundtrip Train

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Copper Canyon Tour Map

Day 1 – El Paso, Texas

Welcome to Mexico’s untamed Copper Canyon with roundtrip daytime Copper Canyon train rides in a first class chartered train car. Fly to El Paso on the border. El Paso is the closest American gateway to the Copper Canyon. Transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel, the Hilton El Paso Airport. Check in after 3:00 p.m. If you drive to El Paso, Caravan has arranged free hotel parking (automobiles only) for the length of the tour. Dinner, then Caravan’s 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. D

Day 2 – El Paso to Creel, Mexico

Cross the Rio Grande by private motorcoach this morning. Enter Mexico at Juarez, a bustling border town. See the expansive pristine Samalayuca Sand Dunes. Continue through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards before arriving in Mennonite country. The hard-working Mennonites have transformed the desert into fertile farmland. Lunch at a Mennonite camp. Visit a traditional Mennonite store. Then, drive by vast apple orchards en route to Creel, where you see the statue of Christ the King. Creel, at 7700 feet, is the highest overnight on the tour. Dinner in Creel. BLD

Day 3 – Copper Canyon Train, Divisadero

Your morning is at leisure in Creel. Visit the Mission Store, a trading post which buys crafts from Tarahumara Indians and resells to visitors. All profits benefit the Tarahumara Indian hospital. Next, “All Aboard” for your Copper Canyon train trip, considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. Shortly after boarding in Creel, the train circles back over itself in a complete loop known as El Lazo. Enjoy lunch in the dining car. Make a brief stop in Divisadero. See the overlook and visit the Divisadero open market. As you descend from the top of the Sierra Madre, you see cascading waterfalls and sheer canyon walls give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. See palm, banana, papaya and mango trees. Copper Canyon sunsets are a delight. Dinner is in the dining car. Arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte. Spend a relaxing two nights at a restored colonial mansion. BLD

Day 4 – El Fuerte, River Float Trip

On your El Fuerte River float trip this morning, you may see parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfishers, doves, cormorants and other desert birds in their natural habitat. (river conditions permitting, otherwise a visit to a Mayo Indian village will be substituted). Next, a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century cathedral and government palace. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to stroll the cobblestone streets and the charming plaza of El Fuerte, center of all social life. Before dinner, enjoy a colorful and festive Mexican ballet folklorico. BLD

Day 5 – Copper Canyon Train

Reboard your chartered train car this morning for another thrilling train ride through the Canyon. You start at sea level and climb to 8,000 feet.The entire railroad passes through 86 tunnels and 38 bridges in the 25,000 square mile canyons of the Sierra Madre. The five major canyons are collectively known as the Copper Canyon, which is four times the size of the U.S. Grand Canyon. The Tarahumara Indians live in the Canyon. Stop this morning in Temoris where you can see three ascending levels of the railroad. Enjoy lunch on board in the dining car. Your round trip train ride gives you a second chance to view the grandeur of the Canyon. Arrive at Posada Barrancas Mirador, the only hotel in Barrancas where each room has a terrace overlooking the Copper Canyon. Enjoy Mexican serenades before dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Barrancas to Chihuahua

Morning at leisure to enjoy spectacular views of the Copper Canyon from your hotel.Walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below or mingle with the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel. After lunch, drive by the old Bocoyna mission, built by the Jesuits in 1692. Continue to Chihuahua for a fun two night stay. Your hotel is only two blocks from the main square and pedestrian promenade. Enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Chihuahua, Paquimé Pottery

This morning enjoy a full sightseeing drive of beautiful Chihuahua. Visit the government palace, home to a series of magnificent murals depicting Mexican history. Visit the baroque cathedral. See the 18th century aqueduct and drive by beautifully restored colonial homes. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, former home of Pancho Villa, hero of the Revolution (closed on Sundays). Learn the story of Mexico’s fight for freedom. Next, visit Casas Grandes Trading Post for a demonstration of Paquimé pottery-making. Enjoy lunch. The rest of your day is at leisure. Farewell dinner tonight. BLD

Day 8 – Chihuahua to El Paso

After breakfast, Caravan transfers you from your Chihuahua hotel to El Paso, arriving at the airport at 1:30 p.m. Schedule your return flight after 3:00 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Muchas Gracias! B

The Copper Canyon Train
The Chihuahua-Pacifico Railway, completed in 1961, after 90 years of construction, is a modern marvel of engineering. The same rails are used by all trains going through the Canyon. With Caravan you travel both the south and the north route in a spacious air-conditioned chartered first class train car.

Your first class Copper Canyon cars have been newly refurbished. They are operated by Ferrocaril Mexicano, exclusive owners of the Copper Canyon rail route. In the rare event of a train stoppage. Caravan will make alternative arrangements.

Both your Copper Canyon train rides are scheduled in the daytime for the best lighting for views and photography. With Caravan’s roundtrip train ride you can see a different side of the Copper Canyon in each direction.

Comfort and Safety, First Class Car
Caravan has reserved an entire first class train car. For your comfort, there are always more seats in your car than there are clients. For your personal safety, the seats in your train car are only available to Caravan clients and are not open to the general public.

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Mexico's Copper Canyon
Begins and Ends: El Paso

2005 Departure Dates


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Other Departures

Please phone Caravan office at
1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or
312-321-9800 for itinerary and dates.

Price Per Person $U.S.

Twin $ 995   1,195
Triple 975 1,145
Single 1,295 1,495

Plus Taxes and Fees:

Twin $70; Triple $60; Single $103

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How to Reserve Space

Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 7 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.

In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.

All Meals Included
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotels - listed by day


  El Paso, Texas
Hilton EL Paso Airport


  Creel, Mexico
Parador de la Montana

3, 4

  El Fuerte, Mexico
Posada del Hidalgo


  Barrancas, Mexico
Posada Barrancas Mirador

6, 7

  Chihuahua, Mexico
Palacio Del Sol

El Fuerto River

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Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s very reasonably priced travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason prior to departure of the tour and also includes comprehensive medical air and baggage insurance. Caravan strongly recommends purchasing this plan. The cost is $99.

Tarahumara Indian Stay at Posada Barrancas Mirador Tourist on the Copper Canyon Train

Back to TopHotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Day 1 – El Paso, Texas

Hilton EL Paso Airport

The El Paso Airport Hilton, a beautiful airport property with a southwest flair, is conveniently located just 200 yards from El Paso International Airport off I-10.

Hotel Photo

Day 2 – Creel, Mexico

Parador de la Montana

The Parador de la Montana is the largest hotel in Creel. It is located four blocks west of the plaza and well situated for exploring this small lumber and mining town. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, and lobby with fireplace. The rooms have two double beds, high wood-beamed ceilings, central heating, and tiled bathrooms.

Hotel Photo

Days 3, 4 – El Fuerte, Mexico

Posada del Hidalgo

The Posada del Hidalgo is centrally located for exploring El Fuerte. This beautiful hotel is a former colonial mansion built by Señor Rafael Almada in 1890 for 100,000 gold pesos. Most of the original pine beams and furniture were brought by boat from San Francisco, California. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, high ceilings with wood beams and two story balconies. Most of the rooms are air conditioned and all have private tile baths.

Hotel Photo

Day 5 – Barrancas, Mexico

Posada Barrancas Mirador

The Posada Barrancas Mirador is located at the canyon's edge, near the highest point of the canyon. The Posada Barrancas Mirador is the premier hotel on the canyon rim and is the only hotel where each guest room has a spectacular view overlooking the canyon. From the hotel you may walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below. You can also shop for native crafts from the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel.

Hotel Photo

Days 6, 7 – Chihuahua, Mexico

Palacio Del Sol

The Palacio del Sol is well located in the center of downtown Chihuahua just two blocks from the main square and pedestrian promenade and a few blocks from the State Cathedral. This hotel's location makes it a perfect base for shopping and exploring the historical sites of this capital city. Chihuahua dates back to start of the eighteenth century and lies in a broad level plain with scattered peaks rising in the distance. The 17 story hotel is air conditioned and has two live music bars.

Hotel Photo

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Tour Joining Information

Caravan’s El Paso, Texas hotel, the Hilton Airport, provides arrival transfers from the El Paso Airport (ELP). Look for the courtesy phone at the baggage claim area.

Tour Departing Information

Caravan includes a departure transfer to the El Paso Airport (ELP) in El Paso, Texas from Chihuahua, Mexico on the last day of the tour, arriving by 1:30 p.m. Please schedule flights after 3:00 p.m. If you end the tour in Chihuahua, Mexico, a taxi to General R. Fierro Villalobos Airport (CUU) in Chihuahua costs $15.00U.S. and takes 30 minutes. The Chihuahua Airport is served by Lone Star Airlines, Aeromexico & Aero California.

Clothing and Packing Tips

This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
See Travel Planner: General Clothing Tips

Mexico's Copper Canyon Tour Airline Info

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here is a list of airlines that service this tour:
El Paso (Tour Begins and Ends): America West, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, Southwest, United Airlines

Back to TopLocal Weather

Temperature (hi/lo) and Rainfall (inches)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
El Paso 56/29 62/33 69/40 78/48 87/56 96/64 96/68 93/66 87/61 78/49 66/38 57/30
precipitation 0.4 0.41 .29 .2 .25 .67 1.5 1.7 1.7 .7 0.5 0.6
Creel na na na na na na na na na na na na
precipitation 2.1 1.1 0.9 0.5 0.6 2.8 6.8 5.6 3.4 2.0 1.3 2.0
El Fuerte 62 65 68 73 79 87 87 86 85 80 70 64
precipitation 1.7 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.1 1.3 6.5 6.8 4.2 1.7 0.7 1.0
Chihuahua 63/35 66/37 75/40 80/52 87/59 93/62 90/62 88/62 80/61 78/52 70/40 62/35
precipitation .2 .2 .2 .2 .2 1.7 4 4 3.5 .6 .3 .2

Back to TopFrequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.

What is not included in the tour price?

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. Government taxes and fees are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?

From cosmopolitan French Canada to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.

Do your tours include any evening activities?

Yes. Caravan takes you out of your hotel to fun-filled nights on the town, places you might not go on your own. Great for single travelers! You’ll enjoy Indian storytellers, historic cowboy bars, stargazing, sunset cruises, theatres, Mexican serenades and folkloric shows.

How long will each day be?

A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

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Back to TopCustomer Reviews of our Mexico's Copper Canyon tour

“Can’t say enough about our tour guide. He was very good with the border crossings, luggage, and our comfort. Our trip was smooth and comfortable because he worked every minute to make it that way. All the meals were great. The restaurants were interesting and the food was well prepared. Enjoyed the whole experience, a wonderful tour!”

Mrs. L. H.S., Reno, Nevada

“We were very pleased with the hotels. Your tour director was excellent, finest we’ve ever had, knows his information. We will recommend your tour and the tour director to friends.”

Mr, and Mrs. D.H., Napoleon, Ohio

“Your tour director was excellent, always there when you needed him. At last we found a tour group that had what we wanted!”

Mr. and Mrs. E.R., Sun City, Arizona

“Being a widow, I was a little concerned about going by myself but I did not have to worry about a thing—thank you! The motor coaches were comfortable, clean and had good viewing windows. There was a great variety of meals, all good, and a chance to sample everything! The Copper Canyon train was comfortable and clean, fun to be on and had good food. Caravan made this such a nice trip and everything just flowed beautifully.”

Mrs. M.H., Fairfield, California

“Overall, the hotels were exceptional. All the meals were very, very good. Your tour director was the best I have ever had. He is knowledgeable about the history, culture, geography, and geology of the area, most informative, insightful, kind and respectful. He made this trip a wonderful experience, the best tour I have ever taken. I was most impressed with Caravan. The tour was an exceptional value. I appreciate not being asked to pay extra for optional tours. I look forward to taking another Caravan tour in the future.”

Mr. L. S., Tampa, Florida

“All the hotels were very clean. I liked the choice of meals, and the food was good. We can’t say enough about your tour director. He was interesting and knowledgeable on Mexican history. He has a great love for his country and people. The sightseeing and activities were very interesting and beautiful. We enjoyed the photo stops and the people.”

Mr. and Mrs. L. B., Monroeville, Indiana

“Your hotels were wonderful. The train trip was exciting and amazing. The variety of activities, including the float trip, was very good. Your tour director was very knowledgeable, considerate, dedicated, personable and a fantastic sense of humor. Having bottled water supplied generously was a big plus!”

Ms. P. V., DeKalb, Illinois

“The whole trip was exceptional. I have recommended it to many friends. For the third time Caravan came through with a great experience.”

Mr. H.N.P., Shaker Heights, Ohio

“Your tour director was excellent. Very knowledgeable about Mexican history, the Copper Canyon, Tarahumara, the Mennonite culture, and had a great sense of humor. He gave us a whole new perspective on Mexican history. The train ride was spectacular. A very good tour, interesting, well-managed, worthwhile and enjoyable!”

Mr. and Mrs. J. B., Santa Barbara, California

“The Barrancas hotel was outstanding, with every room overlooking the canyon. The food was excellent, a good variety and well prepared. When we arrived at a restaurant, the food was served promptly. Luggage and hotel rooms were handled efficiently Your tour director was very knowledgeable, personable, and did a good job of coordinating. Overall, it was a most enjoyable trip. I was impressed with Caravan.”

Mrs. W. G., San Diego, California

“A very efficiently planned trip that packed in the maximum sightseeing in the minimum time. And, the price was right. The bottom line: a great trip!”

Mr. and Mrs. G G., Cincinnati, Ohio

“Really enjoyed the taste of Mexico—food was good everywhere and I really enjoyed trying foods that I had never had before. Especially nice to have all meals provided as I do not speak Spanish and would have had difficulty finding restaurants. The hotels were charming and authentic, very clean and the staff everywhere was helpful. The hotels were a very nice balance of accommodations. The Barrancas Mirador with those balcony views was a standout. I thought the entertainment everywhere was super as well.”

Mrs. J.P., Norwich, Connecticut

“Can’t say enough about our tour guide. He was very good with the border crossings, luggage, and our comfort. Our trip was smooth and comfortable because he worked every minute to make it that way. All the meals were great. The restaurants were interesting and the food was well prepared. Enjoyed the whole experience, a wonderful tour!”

Mrs. L. H.S., Reno, Nevada

“The meals were very tasty and well prepared. Your tour director was excellent. He kept everyone well informed and made the opportunity for excellent photos. We have a stack of unforgettable moments!”

Mr. and Mrs. J.M., Melbourne, Florida

“The hotels, meals, sightseeing activities, rest and photo stops were all excellent. Your tour director was the best – pleasant, knowledgeable – making sure everyone was okay.”

Mr. and Mrs. H.E., Rancho Palos Verdes, California

“As a travel agent, I am telling everyone how well Caravan presented a great destination. I featured it in my May newsletter. The meals were an interesting variety of local and familiar food - and tasty. Sightseeing and activities were well paced, varied, and an introduction to a part of Mexico that I had never experienced. Your tour director was exceptional! Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, personable and a good manager of situations and people.”

Mrs. D. M. J., Indian Head Park, Illinois

“Everything was planned exactly right. I will certainly recommend it to my friends. I thank you. The best of everything was provided.”

Ms. S. L. M., Espariola, New Mexico

“The meals were beyond our expectations, great to have all of them included. The farewell dinner at the steak house was one of the best ever. Excellent trip! Great scenery. Caravan did a super job. Will recommend.”

Mr. and Mrs. L. A., Smyma Beach, Florida

“Hotels were very pleasant to outstanding. Your meals were excellent, a wonderful mixture of local fare, excellently presented. Sightseeing and activities also outstanding, made better by the local knowledge our tour director had, beyond compare. The private car on the train was a real treat. We felt totally taken care of. Never a dull moment nor one of concern. Will recommend to all our friends as a premier tour”

Mr. and Mrs. D. S., Tulsa, Oklahoma

“Your tour director was excellent, always a thought ahead of where we were going ? keys ready and schedule and info ready. Very thoughtful! It was nice to have our own private car on the train. We enjoyed the tour very much.”

Mr. and Mrs. G. K., Selah, Washington

“The Posada del Hidalgo is centrally located for exploring El Fuerte. This beautiful hotel is a former colonial mansion built by Señor Rafael Almada in 1890 for 100,000 gold pesos. Most of the original pine beams and furniture were brought by boat from San Francisco, California. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, high ceilings with wood beams and two story balconies. Most of the rooms are air conditioned and all have private tile baths.”

Ms. S. K., Ruidoso, New Mexico

“We really appreciated having all our meals and getting some choices of menus. The musical entertainment seemed to be the ‘real Mexico,’ and we loved it! Our farewell dinner was great. Three of our friends are in the process of signing up for the same tour.”

Mr. and Mrs. D. K., Lima, Ohio

“The meals were very good at all locations. We all appreciated the bottled water. Your tour director kept it cold.”

Mr. and Mrs. O. D., Houston, Texas

“The hotels were very satisfactory. Bottled water in all was very much appreciated. The motor coach was comfortable, and having a train car for the tour group only was very nice. It was great to have plenty of water all along the way. Your tour director was absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable and eager to impart his country’s best and very helpful. His information and eagerness added so much to our trip. Many thanks to you, Caravan. We recommend this trip to everyone and look forward to future times with you.”

Mr. and Mrs. D. K., Bethel, Pennsylvania

“Hotels in all the various locations appeared to be the best in town. All were adequate and clean. Most were really lovely. The sightseeing and activities were fabulous. We appreciated no name tags, adequate free time and a casual pace. Your tour director was the best! Knowledgeable, on top of every detail and very charming! This is one of the best trips ever, and more than might be expected for the money.”

Mr. and Mrs. G. K., Long Beach, California
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Back to TopAbout Caravan Tours

Caravan’s Proud History

Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1966, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. More recently, Caravan was awarded the Sierra Madre Explora award for our positive effect on Mexico’s Copper Canyon region!

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.


Trade Association Memberships

Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. For the year 2005, our prices are lower than ever and the tours are better than ever.

How satisfied are Caravan clients?

The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.

Pitch-Free Travel

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.