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“Copper Canyon Train” 5 of 5 stars
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Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway
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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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“Copper Canyon Train”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We have wanted to do this Copper Canyon trip for many years of coming to Mexico. We researched, and figured out it was better to leave from El Fuerte, than Los Mochis, as the ride from Los Mochis to El Fuerte was said to be boring. We spent the night in the charming town of El Fuerte, and the next morning we headed out to the train station, about 5Km out of town. We booked our ticket to Creel, take a 6 hour train ride in the heart of the canyon. The ride just got most spectacular as the hours passed. We rode 2nd class, as we didn't want to be with the packaged groups. it was the unguided tour. Sat next to a very quiet and polite local family, going to a compleanos (15th birthday) in Cerrocahuai, one of the hidden canyon communities. We always like being with the locals, they never fail to impress us with their beauty, grace and kindness. It is why we like to travel. This train is not just a tourist vehicle, but the only local transportation for villagers. There is no road access into this area from the pacific coastal area, only this train. There is zero reason to take the more expensive 1st class car, the food (which is awful) is the same, you just spend 6 hours with other western tourists. They are basically the same train coach. We got off in Creel, spent a couple of days touring around the area, staying at Casa Margarita's. After checking out, we took a bus back to Divisidero, and spent another few days there, staying right on the canyon rim at another great hotel Hotel Mansion Tarahumara. Both place ahd great, welcoming staff, and good beds. Got back on the train, and returned to El Fuerte, then a bus to Los Mochis, and then a bus to Hermosillo, and a bus to Phoenix. Great trip. We certainly had no hint of a problem taking the bus to and from Los Mochis. And El Fuerte was a very friendly and peaceful town. Same with Creel and Divisidero, never felt threatened or uncomfortable. Peple in this sarea of Mexico are wonderful.
I would recommend coming in the fall, rather the the spring, as there is more water in the canyon, it was pretty dry in March.

Visited March 2013
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“The most scenic train ride ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 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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“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“go cheap!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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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Houston
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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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