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Mexico's Copper Canyon and Colonial Cities

10 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

Discover the Copper Canyon and wander through historical cities and towns such as Hermosillo, Alamos, Fuerte and Cerocahui on this Mexican adventure.

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    • All 2017 departure dates will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      • Check out our similar 'Mexico's Great Copper Canyon' trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.costsaver.trafalgar.com
      • All 2017 departure dates will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
      • Passport: Please note for the border crossing, passport information is required at time of final payment.
      • Airport arrival will be at 2 p.m. on Day 10, please be aware when booking your flights.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      The green Copper Canyon walls conceal extraordinary natural beauty and the mysticism of the Tarahumara-yours to explore over soaring bridges and along the "World's Most Exciting Train Journey" climbing to 5,900 feet (1,800 metres). You'll visit Don Cuco for a drop of sotol and explore the cobblestone streets of Colonial Mexico.


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      Trip code: LCOP

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      22 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 6 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 7 dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert

        • Orientation of Hermosillo, Alamos

        • Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard the "Train in the Sky", El Chepe

        • Visit historic El Fuerte, Cerocahui, Posadas Barancas, Copper Canyon, Paquime


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 6 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 7 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Phoenix

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      Phoenix – Magdalena de Kino – Hermosillo

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      Hermosillo – Guaymas – Alamos

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      Alamos – El Fuerte

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      El Fuerte – Cerocahui

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      Cerocahui – Mirador Cerro del Gallego – Posada Barrancas (2 Nights)

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      Posada Barrancas Sightseeing

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      Posada Barrancas – Casas Grandes

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      Casas Grandes – Paquime – Tucson

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      Tuscon – Depart Phoenix

      Day 1

      Arrive Phoenix Day 1 - Arrive Phoenix

      Welcome to Phoenix. Get settled in at your hotel before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

      Hotel

      Hilton Phoenix Airport

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Hilton Phoenix Airport

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Day 2

      Phoenix – Magdalena de Kino – Hermosillo Day 2 - Phoenix – Magdalena de Kino – Hermosillo

      Begin your Mexican adventure with a stop at the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac. South of the border, stop in the small town of Magdalena de Kino, a picturesque city with historic landscapes and see the Church of St. Mary Magdalena, City Hall with its colourful murals. Enjoy your first taste of Sonoran cuisine with lunch before travelling on to Hermosillo and savouring a Regional Meal at a local restaurant in the evening.

      Hotel

      Hampton Inn by Hilton Hermosillo

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

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      Hampton Inn by Hilton Hermosillo

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 3

      Hermosillo – Guaymas – Alamos Day 3 - Hermosillo – Guaymas – Alamos

      Visit Hermosillo's lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Your journey then takes you to Guaymas, on the Sea of Cortez, for a visit to a local pearl farm where you meet a Local Specialist to learn about pearl culture. In the late afternoon, arrive in Alamos, an enchanting colonial silver mining town. It is also designated as a "Magical Town" (Pueblo Magico) and is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, where the Sonoran desert meets the tropics. Arrive at your resort, set in 3 long-standing colonial mansions and a sugar mill. This evening, enjoy a folkloric dance performance and cocktails before dinner is served at the hotel.

      Hotel

      Hacienda De Los Santos Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Hacienda De Los Santos Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 4

      Alamos – El Fuerte Day 4 - Alamos – El Fuerte

      Meet a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour to see some of the grand mansions of Alamos. Afterward, enjoy some free time for further exploration, maybe visit the local museum, or do some shopping. Before leaving town this afternoon, visit the local graveyard with extravagant tombs from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the afternoon, travel to El Fuerte which is also acknowledged in Mexico as a "Pueblo Magico" (Magical Town) for its historical, architectural, and cultural contributions. Your hotel is set in a beautiful colonial mansion, built in 1890 by a wealthy family who spent five years and 100,000 gold pesos on its construction.

      Hotel

      Posada del Hidalgo Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Posada del Hidalgo Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      El Fuerte – Cerocahui Day 5 - El Fuerte – Cerocahui

      Board the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico "El Chepe" train and head into the Sierra Madre Mountains. After taking almost 100 years to build in this rugged terrain, this rail line is considered to be an engineering marvel. Travel from sea level to 5,900 feet (1,800 metres) in less than 150 miles (170 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. This rail excursion, voted "Most Exciting Train Journey in the World," takes you along the precipitous Septentrion and Urique Canyons into the heart of the Copper Canyon, over four times as large as Arizona's Grand Canyon. Disembark in Bahuichivo and transfer to your quaint hotel in the picturesque village of Cerocahui, located in a high fertile river valley of apple orchards and vineyards. After lunch at the hotel, visit the boarding school Tewecado, founded in 1941 by the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor to extend their mission to the remote culture of the Tarahumara Indians.

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      Mision Cerocahui

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Mision Cerocahui

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Cerocahui – Mirador Cerro del Gallego – Posada Barrancas (2 Nights) Day 6 - Cerocahui – Mirador Cerro del Gallego – Posada Barrancas (2 Nights)

      Drive to Cerro del Gallego Urique Lookout, providing the most sweeping view of the Copper Canyon. Standing at a 7,500 feet (2,285 metres) elevation, gaze into Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon. View the mining town of Urique, nestled below along the river. Stop at a home and meet a Local Specialist for a demonstration of local basket weaving techniques. Then transfer to the train station where you re-board the train for the journey to Posada Barrancas. Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon's edge is your hotel, situated near the highest point of the canyon, surrounded by pine trees. Your room offers a private balcony with awe-inspiring scenery of the Copper Canyon. After some time to relax, join a spectacular walk along the rim of the canyon.

      Hotel

      El Mirador

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      El Mirador

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      Day 7

      Posada Barrancas Sightseeing Day 7 - Posada Barrancas Sightseeing

      Today experience the crossing of the canyon on a spectacular cable car ride, one of the highest in the world, to a breathtaking viewpoint from which you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including the Copper Canyon itself. Enjoy magnificent views of Tarahumara Indian ranches in this expansive canyon system. For lunch, enjoy a picnic served with the local speciality, discada (mixed meat dish), set in a scenic location overlooking the impressive canyons. Enjoy an original Tarahumara dance performance and, when available, meet an actual Tarahumara running champion. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the canyon on your own before dinner.

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      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      Posada Barrancas – Casas Grandes Day 8 - Posada Barrancas – Casas Grandes

      Travel to the small town of Guerrero, where Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a meal of traditional foods and share stories of their family history and of growing up in this part of the Chihuahua Desert. This evening, head over to the Casa del Nopal, a grandiose estate formerly belonging to Don Luis Terrazas, a wealthy rancher who at one time owned most of the land in the state of Chihuahua. Here you are greeted by a Local Specialist in Mata Ortiz pottery. See how they have adapted ancient traditions into this modern style of pottery the region has become famous for. Enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner in this historic locale.

      Hotel

      Hacienda Casas Grandes

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Hacienda Casas Grandes

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Casas Grandes – Paquime – Tucson Day 9 - Casas Grandes – Paquime – Tucson

      Visit the prehistoric adobe complex of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Afterward, the journey continues to the Sotol Factory Don Cuco. Sotol is a drink unique to Chihuahua, made from the desert plant of the same name, and is somewhat like tequila. Don Cuco is a family institution dating back three generations where you will see how sotol is fermented and distilled, taste samples and enjoy a simple lunch with your hosts. Continue across the Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and arrive in Tucson for your Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      Day 10

      Tuscon – Depart Phoenix Day 10 - Tuscon – Depart Phoenix

      Bid adios to your newfound friends. Enjoy some time to relax at your resort before you depart Tucson for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or extend your stay at the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/nz/tours/mexicos-copper-canyon-and-colonial-cities for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Stay at the Hacienda De Los Santos, comprised of lovingly restored Spanish Colonial mansions and a sugar mill at the Spanish colonial-style Hotel Posada del Hidalgo in El Fuerte

      • Be My Guest
        The Casavantes family are your host at their La Cava restaurant in Guerrero celebrating family recipes and home-style Mexican cooking

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        On a visit to a local pearl farm, for sightseeing in Alamos, with Urique basket weavers and a Mata Ortiz ceramicist in Casas Grandes

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert

        • Orientation of Hermosillo, Alamos

        • Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard the "Train in the Sky", El Chepe

        • Visit historic El Fuerte, Cerocahui, Posadas Barancas, Copper Canyon, Paquime


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 6 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 7 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : The tour leader was great - extremely knowledgeable! However, now remember of problem with multiple one-night stays with early starts and later meals. Loved the scenery with little option to do it differently. Couple of the hotels were just average while one was very poor (Casa

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        Service rating : The tour guide was exceptional. She was so knowledgeable. She is a great promoter for Mexico and knows the history and current efforts for reform. She was charming and so pleasant. The tour included some interesting scenery and social education.Product : A good over view

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        I have taken cruises to Mexico and visited the coastal towns of Mexico. This trip took us into more of the interior of Mexico where we learned more about Mexico's history and experienced first hand Mexican culture. All our stops were enjoyable but my favorite would be the town of Alamos. Our

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        Service rating : Mexico is not ready for tourist. I chose Trafalgar as a tour provider because of the history and reputation that I had heard about you. I was very disappointed that Trafalgar would go into a country that could not provide the amenities that was up to Trafalgar's standards.

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        Service rating : The trip was very interesting. the tour guide was very knowlegible The accommodation was very good tooProduct : The itinerary was very busy schedule

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