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“The most scenic train ride ever!” 5 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.
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“The most scenic train ride ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

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!!.

Visited May 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“A Great Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This trip was taken in May of 2012. El Chepe (the train that follows the Copper Canyon is an incredible journey. An amazing engineering feat, it also takes passengers through a wonderland of scenery. The most marvelous section goes from El Fuerte in Sinaloa to Creel in Chihuahua. We (4 friends) started our journey in El Fuerte (although this last week April 2013 locals in Alamos warned us about driving to El Fuerte). We stopped at Posada Barracas for an overnight and also in Creel before returning to El Fuerte. In Creel, one can find guides to take you into the canyon and to see other sights.

If you do not stay at various stops on the train, you will only get to see the main part of the canyon on a 20 minute stopover at Divisadero. Although there is a hotel there, I prefer the Posada Barrancas just before the Divisadero stop. The price of the rooms there are worth it for the many amenities you get (3 meals, tours), including every room situated on the edge of the Canyon.

Make sure you take the cable car between Posada Barrancas and Divisadero.

I prefer the First class seats. They are very large and comfortable and the dining car had booths to sit and relax.

Visited May 2012
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Missoula, Montana
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“go cheap!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I took the ride from Los Mochis to Chihuahua and then on to Jaurez in 2003 with a three day layover in Creel that was one of the greatest adventures of my life. I stayed at a Hostel and found them a real treat. Of course I didn't take the tourist train, as usual I traveled the same way the locals do. I spent much of the trip hanging out in the vestibule with the crew drinking and smoking. The trip through the canyon was exciting enough, everything mentioned in these other reviews and more. However the greatest part of my adventure was between Chui and el Paso! There was a series of HUGE thunderstorms and the track was washed out in several places. Not to worry! At each break the crew would jump off with their picks and shovels and tear up rail behind the train and reassemble it in front and away we went! It turned what was supposed to be a 14 hour trip into a two day adventure. We finally met the southbound repair train loaded with rail when we were about an hour and a half south of Jaurez. Would I go first class next time? Not even if I win the lottery!

Visited April 2013
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“The best ride for spectacular views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is the best way to explore the canyon. I must emphasize start your trip from Los Mochis Sinaloa and make sure you request seats on the right side to get the best views. The price of the ticket is a little price but is the only way you can actually get to see everything. It has a pretty good dining cart, we had the enchiladas verdes with grilled chicken. You must get to the train station real early the train departs on time at 6:00am. It is a long ride so be ready.From Mochis to Posada Barrancas it took approximately 8.5hours from Posada to Creel 2.5 hrs and from Creel to the city of Chihuahua 6.5 hours. Do not expect any luxuries like some of the European trains. This train is pretty basic first class and second class. Overall I had a great time with the Chepe Train it was an experience I will cherish forever!

Visited March 2013
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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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