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The Copper Canyon, nestled in the Sierra Madre Range, is actually several large canyons boasting a grandeur four times larger than the Grand Canyon of the United States, although different in nature; narrower, deeper, and more verdant. Homeland to the reclusive Tarahumara natives, the Sierra Madre is rich in history and legend, haunted by the restless shadows of fallen warriors, martyred Jesuits and Pancho Villa’s army.

The Copper Canyon qualifies unquestionably for national park and world heritage status. This world famous canyon system is one of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders.

Located in in the middle of the legendary Sierra Madre Mountains of the northwestern Mexico’s state of Chihuahua, this immense series of canyons and ridges, covers 25,000 square miles of rugged territory.

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The Western Sierra Madre is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular regions in Mexico. This awesome mountainous region has attracted world-wide attention since it is home to one of the longest and deepest system of canyons in the world.

The Copper Canyon system is a geographical landmark full of history and culture, as well as the home to a variety of natural wonders and to caves, forests, mountains and notable biodiversity. If you embark on a Copper Canyon Tour, you will find towns from the prehispanic culture, technological marvels of our own era, the age-old culture of the Tarahumara and the Mestiza culture, which also provides us with towns, traditions, legends and cuisine. Enjoy this region, which is such a privileged part in our country.

 

Native Tahamara Indians of Mexico

The dignified and reclusive Tarahumara Natives are a tribe who have chosen to live apart from modern western culture. They live primitively, subsisting on corn, beans, and their livestock. In the winter they live in caves, moving into small log cabins in the summer. They are excellent weavers and produce fine wool blankets to provide warmth during the harsh winters of the canyon.
 

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CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix

Overview

All Inclusive 9-Day Group Bus Tours offered by S&S Tours for a limited time only!
2016 Dates: Feb. 5-13, Mar. 4-12, Apr. 1-9, Sept. 2-10, Oct. 7-15, Nov. 4-12.
We cordially invite you to have the opportunity to experience these world famous canyons–which are some of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders–by a scenic train ride.  It has been publicized as“The most Dramatic Train Ride in the Western Hemisphere”by The Readers Digest, May 1974. Because this is a remote area and it is difficult and expensive to access by plane, in addition to our small group offerings, S & S Tours is offering new 9-day all inclusive monthly group bus tours between Phoenix and Copper Canyon for a special package rate of $1195 per person per double room. Beginning in 2016 the price will be $1295. We utilize the best hotels in the canyon system, Balderrama Hotels.

Important:  This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7500 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places.  Four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon.  (If you have a challenge with motion sickness, please bring your medication for it as we have seat rotation on the bus.)  As long as you are prepared for this you will experience a wonderful time!

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona: Hotel Sleep Inn Airport, Phoenix Airport North– 3838 E. Van Buren          Ph. 602 306 2323

Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel.  You room is available for check in after 3:00 p.m.

Day 2

Phoenix to San Carlos, Sonora by Bus                            Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

Breakfast at 6:00and be ready to begin at 7:00 am your bus trip south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Lunch en route included.  Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos on the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30 pm.   Breakfast in Phoenix, lunch in Santa Ana at Elba’s, dinner in San Carlos.

Day 3

San Carlos to El Fuerte                                                            Posada del Hidalgo  Hotel

After a 7:00 breakfast depart at 8:00 am to continue your trip to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564.  Famous for being the legendary birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, you will meet the charming Zorro at 6:00 happy hour.   El Fuerte has been named a Pueblo Màgico (Magic town) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza`s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, and festive, romantic atmosphere. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard full of tropical vegetation, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and is well known for its superb cuisine.   Arrive in EF 5:00-6:00 pm. Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at Casa Torres, dinner in El Fuerte at 7 pm.

Day 4

Day in El Fuerte, Walking Tour, Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax) 

 Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

 

A visit to the Mayo Indian museum is on the agenda today.  We will explore El Fuerte’s rich colonial history through a guided walking tour.  This town dates back to 1564 when a settlement was established along the river by the Spanish conquistador, Don Francisco de Ibarra. El Fuerte was the first capitol of the Western State (El Estado del Occidente), which combined the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. This territory extended as far north as the Grand Canyon. Depending on the season enjoy some free time swim and an optional river float.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

El Fuerte to the Copper Canyon National Park                                  Hotel Mirador on the Rim

Late morning transfer to the train station. All aboard the Copper Canyon train–the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (Chepe) The Copper Canyon train ride is an inspiring journey that took more than 100 years to construct. National Geographiccalls it an engineering marvel. Imagine yourself riding a train that will take you from sea level to almost 8,000 feet elevation into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range (25,000 square miles of unspoiled landscape) via 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. The eight major canyons combined are collectively known as the Copper Canyon, which is four times the size of the U.S. Grand Canyon.   Meet the shy Tarahumara Indians that have made the Canyon their home for four centuries.

Your 5-hour train journey today takes you through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in the Sierra Madre Mountains.  It is the most dramatic part of the railroad for engineering feats—the longest bridge, the longest tunnel (over a mile long), the highest bridge, the tri-level track at Temoris and the 180-degree turn inside the mountain. Breakfast in EF, lunch and dinner at Hotel Mirador included.


Day 6

Day on the Rim, Optional Cable Car Ride ($25/person)      Hotel Mirador on the Rim

At 9:00 a.m. board the bus for a tour to the Balancing Rock area and walk along the canyon rim.  An optional cable ride across the chasm is available .This is an experience at Copper Canyon that you  will not want to miss!! If you are adventuresome, there is an optional zip line course which you would pay directly. ($50 with a one way cable car ride.)    Breakfast, lunch, dinnerincluded at the hotel.


Day 7

Copper Canyon National Park to  Casas Grandes                      Hotel Hacienda

Following a 7:00 am delicious breakfast buffet, board a bus at 8:00 am for your journey to the town of Casas Grandes and its famous pottery.   On the way there is a pottery making demonstration in a private home.  This pottery is in museums all over the world.  Arrive at the hotel around 6:30 pm.   Breakfast in Mirador, lunch at Maria’s Restaurant in Namipique and dinner in hotel included.


Day 8

Casas Grandes to Phoenix, Arizona   Hotel Sleep Inn Airport, Phoenix Airport North                           

We are on the homeward stretch today.  Breakfast at 7:00 am and departure at 8:00 am.  Lunch is at the Real de Agua Prieta.  We cross the border at Naco, Arizona.  Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often delays crossing the border.  Breakfast in Casas Grandes and lunch in Agua Prieta along the way. Dinner on your own.   Arrive in Green Valley around 4:00 -6:30 pm and Phoenix around 6:00- 8:30 pm.

 

Day 9

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle.  Breakfast included at hotel.

The package price is $1295.00 per person per double room.  Please add $200 more for a single room.  This tour package includes:  8 nights of hotels, all meals except 2 dinners in Phoenix (2 breakfasts included), airport transfers, all transfers between train stations and hotels, first class express train tickets, normal tips such as luggage, maid and meals.

The package does not include airfare to Phoenix, trip insurance, river float in El Fuerte, cable car ride or zip lining in Copper Canyon National Park, bar bills, guide and driver tips.

$1195 In 2016 $1295 9D/8N Phx - Phx  

Faq

Faq

Because this is a remote area and it is difficult to access it by plane, S&S Tours is offering a 10-day monthly group bus tour between Phoenix, AZ and Mexico’s Copper Canyon for a special package rate of $1395.00.
This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7000 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten track places.


  • How many people are on a bus tour?

    The bus is a 45-50 passenger bus. You will find an average of 40-48 pax on the bus tour.


  • Definite Departures.

    We need a minimum of 20 passengers enrolled to make the trip a go. Deposits will not be charged or cashed until we have confirmed the tour and you have been notified. Before booking airfare please confirm with our office that the trip is effective. FYI Most or all of the tours will up.


  • How much time we spend on the train?

    We spend approximately 5 hours of train ride.


  • What if I do not need hotel lodging in Phoenix?

    If no lodging is necessary in Phoenix, deduct $85.00 per person double occupancy of the package price. You may leave your vehicle at the Sleep Inn Airport Phoenix (no charge).


  • What other pick –up/drop-off locations available?

    Green Valley, AZ at Green Valley at the Canola Rest Area. To get there follow HWY 19 South and exit to the rest stop just past mile marker 56 NOTE: You are NOT allowed to leave your car at any of these two pick-up locations.


  • What is the cost for optional tours not included in package price?

    In El Fuerte there is an Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax). In Divisadero Area there is a cable car ride across the Canyon ($25 p/p, a 7-course zip line (2 hours for a cost of $60 which includes a return trip on the cable car) and rappelling.


  • Visa and Passport:

    Mexican Visa is required for this trip ($3900 MXN or $27USD-approx).
    Passport or Passcard is required for re-entry to the US, with valid 6 months left before expiration date.


  • Driver and Guide tips.

    You are responsible for tipping the driver and guide at the end of the tour. Unlike the U.S., Mexican drivers and guides live by tips. Suggested tips are $20-$30 per person for the driver and $50-$60 per person for the guide.


  • How do I book the tour?

    To reserve a tour, a $300 deposit per person is required. The balance is due 60 days before the departure date.


  • Is it safe to travel to Mexico?

    The short answer is: “yes.” More than 95 percent of Mexico’s municipalities are at least as safe as the average traveler’s hometown. Although certain parts of the country have seen a rise in drug-related violence in the last few years it is still safe to travel to most parts of Mexico. Ninety three percent of violence takes place in only three percent of the country, mainly along the border because drug dealers in both countries are fighting for control of the border.


  • Bus has insurance in the US and Mexico?

    Yes, they have insurance with the company in Mexico with the insurer Qualitas and the United States handle it with Principal Financial


  • What are the driver qualifications?

    Our drivers are certified Mexican drivers. They undergo a series of medical and physical examinations.


  • What are the bus model and maintenance schedule?

    The years of the buses are 2014 and 2015. The maintenance is constant.

 

Mexico’s Copper Canyon by Hummer

Mexico’s Copper Canyon by Hummer

By David Mandich

The Aztec yellow Hummer plunged into the river torrent with the confidence of a Bradley tank, dislodging rocks and small boulders in the process. We hardly noticed the water rushing past the doors, or the holes underwater big enough to swallow a Jeep, as we indulged in Mexican pastries and strong Chiapas coffee thoughtfully provided by the Mirador hotel’s concierge. Let nature dare get in the way of this Eco-expedition.

Riding the Rails Through Copper Canyon (NYT)

The Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacíficotravels through the dizzying depths and heights of Copper Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyon systems, located in northwestern Mexico. More than 400 miles of train tracks traverse this rugged landscape that is, in places, deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Tarahumara

Tarahumara Natives

The Tarahumara

The dignified and reclusive Tarahumara Natives are a tribe who has chosen to live apart from modern western culture. They live primitively, subsisting on corn, beans, and their livestock. In the winter they live in caves, moving into small log cabins in the summer. They are excellent weavers and produce fine wool blankets to provide warmth during the harsh winters of the canyon.

The Tarahumara — like most Native American tribes — have suffered since the arrival of the conquistadors. Though they were not hit as hard as some other tribes by smallpox and other European diseases their lifespan is, on average, fairly short. According to the legend of the ancient dwellers of the sierra, the world was created by Rayenari — Sun God — and Metzaka— Moon Goddess. In their honor, in the present times they dance, sacrifice animals and drink “tesguino”.

There, where the western Sierra Madre becomes rough and uneven, the Tarahumara — who call themselves Raramuri (Light Feet) — live. The most important activity among them is growing corn and bean and some raise cattle. Due to the fragility of their economy some look for work in the wood mills.

At present the Tarahumara consititute the largest indigenous group in the state of Chihuahua. The number varies from 50,000 to 75,000 although is difficult to determine precisely because of the inaccessibility of the mountains, and the deficient communication links.

The Tarahumara are spread in the municipalities of Guerrero, Bocoyna, Ocampo, Uruachi, Chinipas, Guazapares, Urique, Morelos, Batopilas, Guadalupe y Calvo, Balleza, Rosario, Nonoava, San Francisco de Borja and Carichi. The mountainous region is divided in two large regions called Alta and Baja Tarahumara, corresponding the first to the part dominated by the Sierra Madre Occidental and the second to the area west of the same sierra, including the zone of the canyons that forms the warm lands of the state.

The men are svelte, with strong muscles, recognized as the best long distance runners. The women are shorter, with oval faces, black and oblique eyes and straight nose.

The men wear a hairband known as “kowera”, huaraches, and loose shirt. The women wear a wide skirt and loose blouse, the hair usually covered with a shawl, and a wool waistband known as “pukera”. Their language is sweet and with an abundance of words referring to customs and their environment, with polite words like: “I greet you, as the dove that warbles, I wish you health and happiness with your loved ones.”

Each house has a hearth and in the bowls they make they cook maize and beans that were harvested during the season. Among the Tarahumaras everything belongs to everybody, private property does not exist, so they share food and housing.

They elect a governor — a man who distinguishes for his services to others and his intelligence — who in turn elect “gobernadorcillos” (priests, shamans, and sages). These go all over their corresponding towns preaching the pride of being Raramuri, the customs and morals to uphold; function as judges in problems and are in charge of prayers.

There is always a great deal of reserve between the sexes, especially in the conservative groups. Among the Tarahumara, a man calling at the home of a friend will make his presence known before approaching the door of the house, and if the woman is alone he does not enter but remains at a distance. Unless there is a close relationship, men and women generally talk to one another only when necessary and then at a respectful distance with averted faces.

Dear Traveler,

Because we care and are sure that you do too, we invite you to make much more of your vacations at Copper Canyon by caring and giving a little bit of hope to the remote Tarahumara children of the Sierra Madres. Be part of this humanitarian project; see the smile on the face of the children when they receive your contribution – directly from you.

You can do so much by bringing supplies to contribute to their education and health care. Simple things such as notebooks, basic books, pens and pencils, warm clothes, blankets, shoes, medication for colds, fever and stomach aches. Used clothing and blankets in good condition are also acceptable.

The Tarahumara families bring their children to boarding schools located in areas often far from their homes. Most children have to live in those facilities and stay because of the distances. They often go home only on holidays and summer vacations. These families have no way to pay for their children’s education. Some of them still live in caves and have no electricity or running water.

Institutions such as The Tewecado School must rely on the support of individuals and organizations to continue their life-affirming work. You can help the nuns make the world a better place for one more Tarahumara child by sending your donation or bringing it with you.

Contribute if you can, it means so much to the children.
You can also sponsor a child for as little as one dollar a day.

 

Testimonios

Testimonials

We believe the best awards we can receive are the comments and testimonials our guests and clients give us on their stay every day, that for us the main reason we exist….

Hi, Carmen! Just a quick note to let you know that everything went BEAUTIFULLY for our Multifunctional Materials Workshop — both at the Mirador and at the Rancho. The staff at the hotels were outstanding! Very  friendly, service-oriented, and attentive to all details and requests. If you ever require a reference, please do not hesitate to give my name, email address, and/or phone number to anyone who may be considering hosting a meeting at the Mirador and Rancho. I will be delighted to advise them of how wonderful the location, guestrooms, meeting space, and especially the staff are! Do please be sure to again extend my thanks, and the thanks of the meeting participants, to each of those who cared for us during our event.

Sincerely,
Shari
Los Angeles, California

We are now back in Mazatlan. I had hoped to see you when we checked out of the Santa Anita Hotel this morning to thank you in person for planning such a wonderful visit to the Copper Canyon area. Your facilities were great. Your service staff was friendly and very helpful and the canyon vistas were spectacular. Over all the trip was a tremendous value for our money.

Best to you,
Harry
Mazatlan, Mexico

I want to bring to your attention the fine work done by Dynna Bon Clave in setting up our Copper Canyon Tour from November 9th to the 13th. We stayed at several of your hotels and used your transportation and services to make train reservations and found everything to be professional and first class.

Regards,
William
St. Louis, Missouri

We want to thank you for all the outstanding service you and your staff provided to make our “music train” (76 passengers) stay in the Copper Canyon very successful and enjoyable.Your attention to detail, extra efforts (personally serving dinner to the vegetarian guests, driving special shuttle runs to Divisadero, working 16-18 hours a day, etc.)and still managing to have a smile on your face are all things that make the Mirador so special. We’re looking forward to our next visit in May.

Sincerely, James
Tucson, Arizona

Really enjoyed the taste of Mexico — food was good everywhere and I really enjoyed trying foods that I had never had before. The Barrancas Mirador with those balcony views was a standout. I thought the entertainment everywhere was super as well.

Gracias,
Edwin & Camile
New York, New York

I just spent two delightful days at your lovely Posada Del Hidalgo. How proud you should be of your staff, kitchen and accommodations.

Many Thanks, Muchas Gracias.
Thomas
Portland, Oregon

Loved the Posada del Hidalgo and the Posada Barrancas Mirador. Outstanding hotels! Food was wonderful overall. Great music!.

Many thanks,
Richard
Vancouver, Canada

The hotels and meals were all very good. After traveling about 20 trips, the majority overseas, this tour was the best in everything, truly a trip to remember. Thank you for being generous with the drinking water.

Thanks!
Robert
Dallas, Texas

All of the hotels were excellent. Especially outstanding were the Posada del Hidalgo and the Posada BarrancasMirador. We will recommend this tour to others. Don’t change a thing, everything was just right!

Helen
Las Vegas, Nevada

Hotels in all the various locations appeared to be the best in town. All were adequate and clean. Most were really lovely. The sightseeing and activities were fabulous. This is one of the best trips ever, and more than might be expected for the money.

Gracias,
Laura
Taos, New Mexico

The Barrancas Mirador hotel was outstanding, with every room overlooking the canyon. The food was excellent, a good variety and well prepared. When we arrived at a restaurant, the food was served promptly. Luggage and hotel rooms were handled efficiently.

Overall, it was a most enjoyable trip,
Joy & Ted
Ann Arbor, Michigan

We so enjoyed the recent Copper Canyon tour. Pedro is an outstanding guide-professional and so knowledgeable of all the areas we visited. We always felt safe and comfortable, and are thinking about planning more travel in Mexico. We always felt safe and comfortable, and are thinking about planning more travel in Mexico.

The hotels and the meals exceeded our expectations.
K&R, & AZ 2015

Our overall tour experience was excellent and amazing. A great learning experience, a wonderful time and certainly to be recommended. Rating again a #10 (being the highest)from a 1-10 RANKING! THANK YOU for providing us with such an excellent experience!

B&E, AZ 2015.

We thoroughly enjoyed this first trip to Mexico for us. Pedro was most impressive and very knowledgable about his native home Mexico…All the hotels were just super and entertaining; and the food was very good and the staff was ery good at their jobs. The bus drive was a superb driver. Thank you all involved who organize a great vacation for my wife and myself.

R&G, KY 2015

We just finished the Copper Canyon Tour with S & S tours. The tour exceeded our expectations. It was wonderful. It was especially exceptional because of our tour guide Bacho. We would recommend the trip to all our friends but recommend they only travel on a tour by guided by Bacho. I can not imagine a better guide. He worked so many hours with us I imagine he got little sleep. All of our needs were taken care of by Bacho with no exception even if it meant his not getting any free time. Copper Canyon Tours would be wise to use Bacho as often as possible. The hotels and food were excellent, considering we were traveling in Mexico. I am a retired Airline Pilot of Delta Airlines and have had many over nights in Mexico. I know what traveling there is like, and Bacho was fantastic in making this my best experience in Mexico.

Good Job S & S tours.
B.D, AZ 2015

We cannot thank you enough for an incredible vacation week. We have traveled extensivley through Mexico and we all agreed that this experience far outweighed anything we have ever experienced.

J&A M., AZ

I couldn’t have enjoyed it more than I did. Everything about it was beyond my expectations

L.M, AZ

We had a wonderful trip. Pedro was great!! His timing for each activity was so accurate that we were always on schedule. It was a very congenial group. I will be a word-of-mouth advertiser for you.

S.L., AZ

We did the Copper Canyon tour and it was perfectly wonderful. Everything about the trip is still vivid for me. I’ve done plenty of traveling in my long life, and that one was a high point.

M.B., AZ

I loved the trip!!! The food was outstanding, the hotels excellent…and the whole experience was wonderful! I have recommended the tour to several friends. Thanks again for such a wonderful trip.

K.S, AZ

There are no words to describe this trip. The amount of organization to put this trip together must have been huge and much appreciated.

C. Cracklow, CANADA, Oct.12

Of all the tours I’ve ever taken, yours were far the best.

H. Browning, AZ

The Tarahumara: A People Apart (National Geographic)

By Cynthia Gorney
National Geographic contributing writer

The Tarahumara of Mexico evaded Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century. But can they survive the onslaught of modernity?

Each star in the night sky is a Tarahumara Indian whose souls—men have three and women have four, as they are the producers of new life—have all, finally, been extinguished. These are things anthropologists and resident priests tell you about the beliefs of the Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, and who live in and above the canyons of northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, where they retreated five centuries ago from invading Spaniards. The Spaniards had not only firearms and horses but also disturbing beard hair; from their presence came the Rarámuri word chabochi, which to this day means anyone who is not Tarahumara. Chabochi is not an insult, exactly, just a way of dividing the world. Its literal translation, which goes a long way toward evoking the current relationship between the Tarahumara and the rest of 21st-century Mexico, is “person with spiderwebbing across the face.”