My husband and I just got back from a recent one week trip thru the Copper Canyon region in Chihuahua, Mexico. We boarded the train Chihuahua al Pacifico, better known as El Chepe really early in the morning in Chihuahua. The Primera Express or First Class leaves at 6 am. El Chepe is the only train that connects two states, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Before we knew it we were going thru the beautiful country side. We had breakfast in the dinning car all while enjoying the view. We had the opportunity to stand in the vestibulos or the small areas between the cars and took lots of pictures and video. The ride is an amazing experience because the seats are very comfortable, very safe and a feast to your eyes. (you need to be careful when you walk around though because there are many curves) We had all kinds of police on board the train for the safety of the passengers and we never felt like we were in any danger. Everybody from the train staff were very courteous and very helpful. They come and let you know if a beautiful sight is approaching so you can get ready to take pictures. They also are always checking to make sure you do not miss your destination. The first day we stopped in Creel for one night. In Creel we went to see how the Tarahumaras live and we saw the different valleys and the Arareko lake. On the second day we continued to El Fuerte, Sinaloa, where the most spectacular views are located. The train makes a 15 minute stop at Divisadero where you can get the first glance of Copper Canyon. We went thru a total of 86 tunnels and 37 bridges before we got to El Fuerte. El Fuerte is a small magical town full of colonial architecture and friendly people. We stayed in El Fuerte for two nights at Posada del Hidalgo hotel. We did not do the river boat ride in El Fuerte as we wanted to get some rest and find some good places to eat. Beware of the infamous mosquitos in El Fuerte so bring bug spray and wear long sleeves if you want to. On our way back we stopped at Posada Barrancas for one night and stayed at the Posada Mirador hotel which is the only hotel overlooking the canyon. All of our meals were included and both the service and the meals were excellent! The hotel gave a courtesy guided hike around the hotel. Next day we went into the newly opened aerial tram or Teleferico and went down the canyon. I loved the ride! Once at the bottom we had a really good view of the Urique Canyon. There is also zip lining or "tiroleza". (If you dare to do the tiroleza you need at least two and half hours). The only bad thing is the guide only gave us 20 minutes to look around. After the morning adventures in Posada Barrancas we boarded the train back to Chihuahua. The meals in the train are very good and reasonably priced. If you're looking for a new adventure and new sights or want to try something different I recommend you take a trip on El Chepe thru Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Ah, Chihuahua!, go visit this wonderful and amazing place!!.