Mexico's Copper Canyon Start Phoenix

10 Days 2 Countries 4 Cities

This spectacular Regional Explorer trip visits the Copper Canyon, Hermosillo, San Carlos, Posada Barrancas and more.

"It was everything we expected and more"


About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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.

Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: DCCA

9 Nights


24 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 8 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 7 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Mexico's Copper Canyon Start Phoenix

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Phoenix

Welcome to Phoenix where your transfer to the hotel awaits. After checking in, relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.

Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

2. Phoenix – Tucson – Santa Ana - 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
Welcome Reception
Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

3. 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 through 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.

Full Breakfast

4. San Carlos – Alamos

This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Cultural Insight 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.

Full Breakfast
Casa de los Tesoros or Casa Encantada or The Mansion

5. Alamos – El Fuerte

Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Specialist 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
Regional Meal
Torres del Fuerte

6. 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
Regional Meal
Mirador Authentic Accommodation

7. 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.

Full Breakfast

8. 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 called Mata Ortiz with a Local Specialist. 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
Hacienda Casas Grandes

9. Casas Grandes – Paquime – Tucson - 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 Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson for guests leaving on this day before arriving back in Phoenix early this evening.

Full Breakfast
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

10. Depart Phoenix

Take a transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home or perhaps choose to extend your stay in Phoenix.

Full Breakfast

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    of local cuisine and stories of the Cabrera family.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about cultured pearl oyster farming.

  • Local Specialists
    in Alamos and watch artisans create Mata Ortiz pottery.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hotel Mirador, Posada Barrancas, Mexico Situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon is the Hotel Mirador, an Authentic Accommodation. 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.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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

What's Included


    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 8 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 7 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • It's the right hotels
      With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and for reviews.

    • 9 nights First Class accommodation

    Airport Transfers

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 43 Reviews

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    Service rating : I filled out the comments on the bus form and it had excellent and comments. That should suffice as it took a long time. Look at my form.Product : See the form I filled out.

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    Service rating : well first off I think the tour director made the trip--very informed and very helpfulProduct : Gettin there on the train was a very nice experince--likewise the canyon was wonderful/beautiful !!

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    Service rating : The tour guide was excellent he made the whole tripProduct : I love my pearl, but we did not go to very many shopping areas, which was unusual

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    Service rating : Tour director Manuel was very good, shared lots of information and kept everyone on track. Has an excellent manner with people. Bus driver was also very good. Most hotels were excellent, clean, good service and courteous staff.Product : variety of experiences, landscapes and

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    All was good except arrival date......No gathering or orientation meeting, breakfast at Courtyard Marriott.....weak.The last evening arriving at the hotel was a near disaster. Trying to find and haul our own luggage in the dark & tour director looking for our room keys with a

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    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. These departures will operate per the 2015 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.  Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2017 brochure. Guaranteed Room Share and Twin Share option is not available on this trip. Festive Departures: We've arranged for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations for these departures.
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