MEXICO'S COPPER CANYON
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Four times bigger than the Grand Canyon, Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon is the backdrop for part of this extraordinary trip, as you travel over soaring bridges on the Train in the Sky.
It's Insider moments like…getting to know artisans, local families and farmers as you cross Mexico's more unseen regions. Like the pearl oyster farmers of the Sea of Cortez, where you learn how cultured pearls are farmed here.
Welcome to Phoenix! Take your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.
Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport
PHOENIX – TUCSON – HERMOSILLO – SAN CARLOS (2 NIGHTS)
Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—one of the few places they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax at your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Full Breakfast,Lunch,Welcome Reception
Marinaterra Hotel and Spa
SAN CARLOS SIGHTSEEING
Board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez and keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. Afterward, take a scenic drive to stunning desert gardens, home to massive cacti. After a poolside lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the marina and shops. Tonight enjoy a seaside sunset dinner.
SAN CARLOS – ALAMOS
This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.
Casa de los Tesoros or Casa Encantada or The Mansion
ALAMOS – EL FUERTE
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Expert brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Regional Meal and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional folkloric and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including black bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.
Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal
Torres del Fuerte (MF)
EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON (2 NIGHTS)
Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the Train in the Sky, travelling from sea level to 7,500 feet (2,285 metres) in less than 150 miles (240 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark at your hotel, situated right on the rim of the canyon. Tonight, attend a Regional Meal and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.
Full Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal
Mirador Authentic Accommodation
COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyons or Barrancas del Cobre. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years. Learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman and view the tribe's arts and crafts. Later, board the aerial tram and descend 4,500 feet (1,372 metres) into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.
COPPER CANYON – GUERRERO – CASAS GRANDES
Travel to the logging village of Creel via Oteros Canyon. Stop in the small town of Guerrero where restaurant owners Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest lunch. They will serve an exquisite meal of traditional foods and share stories of the history of their family and of growing up in this part of the Chihuahua Desert, a region known for its apple orchards. This evening, see local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsman design fire pots and the techniques learned over several generations before gathering for a festive Farewell Dinner.
Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Farewell Dinner
CASAS GRANDES – PAQUIME – TUSCON - PHOENIX
Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. See ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Continue across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson for guests leaving on this day before arriving back in Phoenix early this evening.
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport
Take a transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home or perhaps choose to extend your stay in Phoenix.
Hotel Mirador, Posada Barrancas is situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon. With its unique architecture and location right at the canyon's edge, you'll gaze in awe at the majestic panoramic views of Copper Canyon that surround you.
Be My Guest
In the small town of Guerrero restaurant owners Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera will welcome you for an exquisite lunch of local cuisine and stories of the history of their family.
For included sightseeing in Alamos.
Learn about cultured pearl oyster farming in the Sea of Cortez.
Watch artisans create Mata Ortiz pottery in Casas Grandes.
City tour of Hermosillo
Visit historic San Carlos, Alamos, El Fuerte and Paquime
Cruise on the Sea of Cortez
View Oteros Canyon
Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert
Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard the Train in the Sky
9 full breakfasts.
(including Be My Guest
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
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