If you are interested in encountering rare cultures, seeing unparalleled and distant natural vistas or riding breathtaking rail routes, the Copper Canyon is your next great journey.
This magnificent 25,000 square-mile canyon system in northwestern Mexico is deeper, greener and wider than Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Copper Canyon is home to the Tarahumara native people, some of whom still live in cave homes or small mountainous ranchos, and maintain a traditional way of life. The railroad trip through the Canyon has been described by Reader’s Digest as the “most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere.”
At S&S Tours, we have been escorting visitors through the Canyon since 1993, and we are proud to be considered the foremost Copper Canyon tour experts. As our client, you will stay in the most beautiful hotels and eat the best food the Canyon has to offer, while getting to know the local people and history.
Nearly all visitors, including S&S Tours clients, get in and out of the Canyon via rail, on the world-renowned El Chihuahua al Pacífico (“El Chepe”). El Chepe makes only a few stops for visitors, where shuttles take us to remote properties nestled in picturesque valleys, or sitting canyon-side with soaring views.
Adventure through the Canyon is at times both quiet and active, with many opportunities to enjoy nature, meet the locals and native peoples, hike, bike, horseback ride – you can even experience the world’s longest zip line. Some itineraries take us by car down into the very remote bottom of Batopilas Canyon to its historic mining town. Depending on the itinerary, you may exit the Canyon to the east through Casas Grandes, known for its pottery, or west through colonial El Fuerte, where you many enjoy a river float and historic walking tour before heading home.
The most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere. The Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad, known colloquially as “El Chepe,” is the only railroad that has been international in its vision since its inception.
Stay at the executive Santa Anita Hotel, which is owned by the Balderrama family. The Balderrama hotels specialize in prime locations, comfortable rooms, excellent service, and warm hospitality on the Copper Canyon route.
The picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte is where we board El Chepe, but it is also a destination in its own right. Founded in 1564, El Fuerte (“the fort”) is famous for being the birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, the legend of Zorro.
This Balderrama hotel is your “home in the country,” and a favorite stopping place of many Copper Canyon travelers. A cozy ambiance is created in this tasteful Spanish mission-style retreat by the comfortable, ample lobby with its massive fireplace…
Hotel Posada Mirador is the newest premier Balderrama hotel in the Divisadero area. Hotel Mirador has the best location in the canyon system. Every room has its own balcony overlooking the Copper Canyon. This view alone will make your trip worthwhile.
Copper Canyon has a new adventure park which sports the longest single line and second longest zip line course in the world and the third longest cable car ride in the world (6 km). For those who like speed and adventure, one can fly across the canyon system…
The town of Batopilas, at the bottom of Batopilas Canyon, is reached by a narrow, winding 85-mile road. The road is paved the first few miles and then graveled the rest of the way. Eric Frommer in his Guide to Mexico says it is one of the most spectacular drives in North America.
“Tarahumara” comes from the native word Raramuri, which means “foot runner.” Some 50,000 of these most primitive North American Indians live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chihuahua. These shy people live on small, remote family farms as they have for centuries.
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This was by far one of the best trips we have taken. Suzy was amazing; she speaks Spanish fluently, knows the people everywhere we went, is well liked and respected, and is a delightful companion. All of the hotels were more than acceptable, they were outstanding – especially the Hotel Posada Mirador on the rim off the canyon.
The Copper Canyon trip has been incredible. The guides and bus drivers have been superior. The meals have been beyond description.
Copper Canyon, Mexico… our experience, our adventure, our vacation – a dream anticipated for 15 years was indeed everything and more than we anticipated, all the results of the professionalism, the experience, the efficiency, the friendship and the reputation of S&S Tours. Thank you so much for making our dreams come true!