Chepe

Chepe, Chihuahua: Hours, Address, Chepe Reviews: 4.5/5

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The most espectacular train trip in the world! Every day since 1961, El Chepe ventures into imposing landscapes of the Sierra Tarahumara, until it reaches the area that encompasses the most representative characteristics of the Tarahumara culture, history and folklore the Copper Canyon, as this región is known worldwide.
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Billy T
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Two weeks ago seven of us finished a week-long tour with Copper Canyon Adventues
that began in Chihuahua and terminated at the airport in Los Monchis. We were picked up at the airport in Chihuahua by Lorenso, our guide, and carried to our hotel which was near downtown Chihuahua. Lorenso is a very knowledgeable guide who speaks english well. His van carried all of us and our luggage without any problem. We spent two days in Chihuahua seeing the sights, visiting museums and learning about the history of Chihuahua. On Thursday we visited the Mennonite community near Ciudad Cuauhtemos. I highly recommend that you visit the museum. Lorenso was familiar with the community and we visited a Mennonite home where we bought cookies and also a cheese factory. His knowledge of the area was impressive. That same day we arrived at our hotel on the rim near Divisidero where we stayed 2 nights. We visited several sites, rode the tram and some of us even rode the zip line. The next day we stayed at the Hotel Paraiso del Oso near Cerocahui. After arriving we drove about 45 minutes to visit an incredible overlook of the canyon. The next day we rode the train to El Fuerte. We stayed in El Fuerte two nights. We took a float trip down the river, visited some petroglyphs, had some good food and generally enjoyed ourselves in this small town which I believe is one of Mexico's Puebos Mágicos. The next day early we drove to Los Monchis where we caught a plane for Mexico City. All in all, a great trip. We had absolutely no problems with transportation, hotels, tickets, etc. Lorenso was a great guide. He stayed with us at the airport until we had all gone back to board the plane in case we had some sort of problem. Tammy was great to work with as well. I highly recommend Copper Canyon Adventures and I highly recommend that you visit this beautiful area of Mexico.
Written April 5, 2022
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Hello! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us, we hope you can come back soon. Recommend the trip with your acquaintances.
Written April 5, 2022
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yachtmasterjohn
Palma de Mallorca, Spain198 contributions
Solo
It’s hard to find up to date accurate info on departures online. Consequently I found myself in Chihuahua on a Wednesday afternoon when the next train didn’t leave till Saturday. That was unfortunate as Chihuahua is not an exciting or interesting city.

The staff at El Chepe station were helpful & gave me good advice ( travel by cheaper & faster bus or taxi from El Fuerte to Los Mochis as the scenery is dull )

I did the first part of the trip on the Chepe Regional to Creel ( I loved it here - stay at least 2 nights ) and the second leg on the posh Express.

I loved the regional and was bored senseless on the Express. Sure it has a posh restaurant and bar area but it’s staffed by officious uniformed beauties who make you make reservations to go to the empty space age restaurant car and escort you backwards and forwards and tell you when and what you can do.

The regional on the other hand is great fun. Sure the canteen car is awful, the coffee Nescafé or worse, the food barely edible and the bathrooms resembles a swimming pool but this is real Mexico.

The best part of the regional was that you can stand as long as you like in the bit between the carriages where the windows are open. You can enjoy the breeze and take wonderful photos and videos as you very slowly pass through the canyon and villages.

You mix, laugh & chat with the locals and their kids. You stop briefly at more stops ( can’t call them stations ).

Both trains travel at just above walking speed - the Express is faster only because it doesn’t stop so often.

I wish I’d done the whole journey on the regional.

The first set of photos are from the fun regional. The second from the posh Express.

Written May 19, 2021
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Hi! Thank you for your review, we will consider everything you said. We hope to see you soon!
Written May 24, 2021
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Lauries1000
Saint Louis, MO81 contributions
Friends
We took El CHEPE Express from Chihuahua City to Divisadero, and the rains closed the southern end of the train route temporarily. You can choose First class, executive (that’s what we did) or tourist class tickets. The food and bar cars are different for each class, but the views are the same. It was great fun seeing the countryside change from agricultural fields to rock outcropping sand canyon walls.
Written October 22, 2021
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Thank you Lauries!! We hope to see you soon.
Written October 28, 2021
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dbfact2
Lake Forest, IL332 contributions
Solo
Yuck. Take the bus. It was difficult to even get info about the train as a solo traveler. Whatever ‘it’ (class of service) was, I paid $160 us for the round trip (credit card link didn’t work, so upon arrival in Mexico, was finally able to get the tickets emailed via cash wire transfer). The train from CUU to Creel (they said it did not go on to Divisidero on my desired travel day) arrived 45 minutes late, and the next day return departed near an hour and 30 min late. The station was closed, and there are NO announcements or information of any kind. There was very little difference between train cars. They did not even have USB ports. The ‘snack bar’ was a treacherous 4 cars back, and there is no way to describe what they had available as anything but awful. I didn’t not even attempt it on my return trip, so not sure if it was even open. For some reason, they did not have the bathroom in service in my car on the return trip. The views of the canyon do not start until around divisidero, so having taken it, I would say every long distance bus I’ve been on in Mexico was much nicer than this train. I believe the one way price for Noreste (a bus I saw leaving creel on time) is less than $20 US). Upon arrival in Creel, my ‘ride’ from station to hotel never materialized. Had to scramble to find the ride to/from the canyon and never was able to find a local creel tour in English. So I achieved my goal to see the canyon, but it was miserable. If I had to do it again, I would try to get a driver from CUU and do it as a day trip, which would have cost less than what I paid just for the transportation. To add to the difficulty, Aeromexico thinks it’s fine to change your flight time-originally several hours earlier, then ultimately a whole day earlier - but the fare is somehow not refundable??? I had Re-purchased the original air schedule I wanted on Volaris, and so far, they have not changed their schedule. P.S. as I could find no info about how luggage is handled, there is NO luggage service, you haul your suitcase up the steep stairs to a rack near the doors or put it on an overhead rack. There also did not appear to be any assigned seating, it was by car number.
I have traveled independently to 7 continents and 72+ countries, and this was right on the top for the most difficult to do if you don’t speak Spanish. And it is remote, so you cannot rely on having translation app work.
Written February 7, 2022
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Hello! We are sorry for your experience, the Chepe Regional train does not have usb ports because it is a transport train, only Chepe Express has that service. Hopefully you can return again with a contracted trip with Chepe Xplora so that you can enjoy everything that the Copper Canyon has to offer.
Written February 8, 2022
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Megan M
Toronto, Ontario, Canada16 contributions
We travelled to Copper Canyon, and the day of our return to La Paz, the train was running in express only. However, there was no internet where we were staying and the ticket booths were not open so we needed to buy tickets on the train...as has been done with prior trips and travellers. The train staff would not allow us to buy tickets on board, or assist to allow us to buy in the next town where there would be internet. Instead they left us abandoned at a remote station, with no way to make our flights and no where to stay. We had to hire a private driver to take us 10 hours across the mountains ...very very dangerous road conditions and unsafe areas to travel through. His vehicle was not suited to the rough roads and very scary. Beware of the changing and difficult ticket requirements. Crepe is Not suitable for tourists.
Written September 16, 2020
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Hello Georgian, we regret your comment and what happened on the way. Chepe Express works under reservation and we do not have ticket booths, they must be purchased on the page or by mail at least 36 hours before. If possible, help us with your reservation number and email to get in touch with you and find out in detail what happened.
Written September 17, 2020
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Dave M
Henderson, NV85 contributions
El Chepe.

The trip is billed as “life changing.” I’m not sure.

The best section of this trip is between Creel and El Fuerte, a trip including stops, of about 7 hours. Of this, the least interesting part is the hour or so closest to El Fuerte. There it is mostly flat desert.

The canyon is spectacular, but depending on when you are there, you may or may not be impressed. The trip hugs the canyon so you get some spectacular views, the best of which come when the train crosses one of the many bridges.

It’s a comfortable ride, every car has restrooms and the crew will bring you drinks if you want or you can go to the bar car, which I highly recommend. It’s fun and the wide windows make for some great viewing. Drinks are about 8-9 bucks US. Also, the train is air-conditioned.

Depending on your class of service, you can get lunch too, either in the dining car or at your seat.

The crew is attentive and work hard to give you a good experience. If you’re a train person, this should be on your list. But here’s my caveat…

Go for the train and what you’ll see on the journey.

The off train experiences available leave a little to be desired. Also, the train schedules make really experiencing the canyon almost undoable.

Pro Tip... First Class is the top level experience on the train. The dining car has a 360 degree dome covering for great viewing. The bar car is also the last car of the train, giving you some unique views as well.

Executive Class, or Business, is a great mid level option between First and Tourist Classes.

Would I ride El Chepe again? Yes I would, 100%. But at a different time of the year when it’s greener or maybe even covered with snow.
Written May 28, 2022
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Thanks for visiting us Dave! We hope to see you again in winter or in the rainy season so that you can appreciate the green landscapes
Written June 6, 2022
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Anonymous
58 contributions
Couples
Very stressful trying to book tickets for El chepe express, emails back and forth to several email addresses each one passing the buck.
Nothing of note from Los Mochis to El Fuerte but strewn rubbish alongside the countryside.
Stopped at Divisadero but absolutely nothing there but the view unless you’re into zip lining.
Onto Creel, you can’t hire a car or taxi, everything is TOUR only or hire a bicycle. An overnight stop is enough.
The train experience is overrated.
More staff than customers on the business class that are more interested in themselves having a good time than you.
Written March 3, 2022
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Hi Laraksky We are gathering efforts to improve our booking platform. We appreciate your comments, we will take action on the matter. We hope you can give the train another chance in the future.
Written March 3, 2022
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colinmsmith100
Leeds, UK35 contributions
As a railway enthusiast I was looking forward to this journey, but it didn't really live up to expectations. El Cañon de Cobre is very impressive, but you do not see it to the best advantage from the train, except possibly from one of the dome cars. For a lot of the journey the train jogs along the bottom of the very deep canyon an there is not a lot to see except trees, cuttings through rock, tunnels and sometimes, the river. We did the first part of the journey, from Creel to Divisadero on the Chepe Express, which was perfectly pleasant running through woodland with occasional views of more distant landscape; the train was fine, basically comfortable and clean. However, for the second part of the journey, two days later we had been booked on the Chepe Regional train, which was significantly more worn and scruffy and had rather dirty windows which affected the ability to see the scenery. The train ran late so the last hour of the journey to El Fuerte was in darkness...apparently this is normal. The train was also quite full and the opportunity to photograph from the windows very limited.
I don't know if the Express would have been any better, but perhaps it would have avoided the lengthy stops at wayside stations.
Written February 6, 2020
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Thanks so much for chosing Chepe Express, we will consider your comments about Chepe Regional to make a better experience on board.
Written February 6, 2020
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shoogiebiker
Bend, OR2 contributions
With the help of Copper Canyon Adventures with bookings for the train and lodging, as well as detailed information about the canyon and sights along the way, my family and I were able to take the Chepe Express train from El Fuerte to Divisadero. The first class tickets are definitely worth it! The food is actually very good. It's a very beautiful ride. If you want to do any of the zip lines at the Adventure Park, book them in advance!! We were only able to do the gondola because all spots for all of the zip lines and every other fun thing in the adventure park were all booked. Copper Canyon Adventures were very helpful. They are a bit expensive but they take all the hassle out of having to book things yourself., which when you are limited on time, is very helpful. They even arranged for someone to watch our dog for us, as dogs are not allowed on the train. Definitely recommend staying at least a week in this area. There are lots of hikes and amazing things to see here!
Written August 24, 2020
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Hi shoogiebiker, thank you very much for sharing your experience aboard Chepe Express. We hope to see you back soon.
Written August 25, 2020
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orlando w
New York City, NY1 contribution
We had a wonderful custom trip with Copper Canyon Adventures. Les booked 2 unforgettable spectacular guided hikes for us. Everything went very smoothly, we never had to wait for a van, or guide. Our hotels had amazing views. Les went out of his way to help us book another night at the hotel when our return flight was cancelled. he also responded immediately to all our concerns during the trip and was very accessible. He spent a lot of time with us before the trip designing a trip for us. I highly recommend Copper Canyon Adventures if you want to book a trip to Copper Canyon.
Written July 9, 2022
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Thanks for choosing Chepe Express! Hope to see you soon again
Written July 23, 2022
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