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“Saw both sides of the Train - Primera and Touristico” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway

Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway
Mexico
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Group tours/train
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Owner description: One of the most scenic train trips in the world, it plunges travelers into 85 tunnels and over 37 bridges through Mexico's Copper Canyon.
Perth, Australia
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“Saw both sides of the Train - Primera and Touristico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Arrived at the station at 5:45 am to purchase our tickets. Unfortunately, the Touristico train did not run on this day, so we had to purchase a 1st class. (Bit into the budget a little) we purchased a full length ticket - Chihuahua to Los Mochis but were spending a week in Posada. The ticket seller on the day spoke excellent English, which was a great help divided our ticket to indicte wwhat choices we had made, and we were soon on board. The first several hours were nothing much but then we started to get into the scenic sections. Passengers were allowed to stand in the access doorways for photography purposes.
The dining car for us, was over the top, but hey there were many others enjoying themselves. At Posada, we alighted and spent our week. We finished our trip yesterday (Mar 14) re connecting to 1st class at Posada. The train staff were efficient in getting baggage on board and getting customers seated as quickly as possible. they also informed us of when significant bridges, tunnels etcetra were coming up so we could be a little prepared for photos. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Chepe. Again a small negative was the time the train arrives in Los Mochis . . . It makes for a long day.
Whilst we stayed in Posada we grabbed the opportunity to purchase Touristico seats on a train and went from Posada to El Fuerte, stayed overnight in a little hotel and then caught the train back the next day. We were a little worn out by the end, BUT the views from both ways, at different times of the day caught different mountains at different lights and created very differing Vistas. Our only disappointment with this trip was that we did not get enough time to even see a glimpse of El Fuerte. Touristico was a different ride. Many more locals, which was great to mingle with, and a dining car better suited to our comfort and taste, but in the end we were glad we finished the trip to Los Mochis in Primera.
A fantastic train ride which ever class you take.

Visited March 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Excellent train and staff service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

When we arrived in Chihuahua at the train station we had five seniors and two under 65. The policy for most places in Mexico is proof of age (Mexican Gold Card). Enter "Fernando".....between him and the clerk behind the glass they were excellent. They gave the five seniors the senior discount and were most polite and courteous. The only downside was the Mexican credit card readers are not yet equipped to read "chipped cards" so they initially asked for our secret pin number which of course we would not give out. English barrier but they finally let us into the back room to try the pin code which the machine would not accept so make sure you have cash. I really want to say how professional both Fernando and the clerk were that helped us on Feb 12/2013 as we readied to board the El Chepe railway. The train trip itself is so comfortable and unalarming even though you may be aware that there are armed militia on board the train who try to be as 'unseen' as possible. The seating is comfortable and spacious and the view and scenery is breathtaking. Fernando traveled aboard the train that day and explained in both Spanish and English the various sites and gave us notice of picture taking points. The food on board is good but expensive. The coffee is watered down and awful. This was our second trip aboard El Chepe and touring the Copper Canyon. We had absolutely no problems making reservations, getting on and off where we wanted. The train goes through very remote and wonderful areas of Mexico, the type most tourists wanting "just a beach" may not be looking for. There are excursions and side trips all along the way and the people are gracious and kind. There was nothing about the El Chepe Pacifico Railway that was not the best. If you are a train buff this is a must see and do. We made all our reservations on line without a single problem or glitch. Don't expect to find WIFI or telephones or beaches. This is an amazing trip into remote Mexico where the Tamahura Indians live in caves and small abodes.

Visited February 2013
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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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“El Chepe - Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you enjoy travelling by train this is one journey you must take! We travelled from El Fuerte to Barrancas on the train. As we were part of a tour we had a private carriage. It was very comfortable on board. The windows in the train are large and it is easy to see the views - they are good from both sides but perhaps the views from the right handside are marginally better! What can you say about it when the views change constantly and each seem better than the last? We ate lunch on board. Quite a good meal. The first part of the journey is through lush deciduous tropical tree landscape and finally through pine and evergreen oak as the railway line climbs ever higher. We crossed bridges over beautiful rivers and also went through many tunnels. What a wonderful train journey.

Visited October 2012
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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“Very very nice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

It definitely surpassed my expectations, which were open to any kind of nature or so, but the whole ride is just impressive, very very nice time no problems at all, very good service on and off board , locals are great, and you get to see lots of different cultural environments and nature is simply fantastic.

Visited March 2012
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“World's most amazing train journey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

If only as a feat of engineering, the Los Mochis to Chihuahua train journey is impressive with the train travelling along 405 miles of rails, crossing 36 bridges and going through 87 tunnels. The scenery is spectacular encompassing deep valleys, mountains, forests, sheer drops (not for the faint-hearted if you have the window seat) and waterfalls. The journey takes you from sea-level at Los Mochis to 8,000 ft at Copper Canyon. The train stops a few times en route taking on the locals (adding a colourful flavour to the trip) and food and handicrafts are sold on the platforms.

We stayed in Divisadero, a little town perched on the rim of the canyon with eagles flying outside our bedroom window!

A trip of a lifetime and highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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