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The advantages of taking our small group tours are the in-depth and relaxing experience, as the escort guide is there to take care of all the trip details. It is also a way to make your tour cost effective while enjoying personal attention. All daily tips and meals are included.
An average of 6 travelers plus our S&S Tours guide makes up a typical group.
Definitely! We offer individual escorted tours that can be customized for groups, and we can plan these around your group’s schedule.
The affordability, flexibility and independence that these tours offer are their best advantage.
The included day tours have local guides, but there is no escort guide provided from S&S Tours.
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.
Foreigners entering Mexico as tourists must have current passport or pass card with at least 6-months before the expiration date.
Yes, all hotels you will visit with S&S Tours have safe drinking water available.
Pesos are best when purchasing from locals. Credit cards are best at gift shops and hotels. Small denomination U.S. bills work in all situations, while they may not be preferred.
No you do not need to pack a converter.
It is a year-round destination. The various seasons offer distinctive delights. The highest occupancy times in the hotels are Fall and Spring, due to group travel bookings. July and August mean fewer people, great mountain temperatures and lush greenery. Fall is the most popular, and is still green with a multitude of flowers. Spring is the Tarahumara plowing and planting season, with the trees blooming in fall colors. May and June are the driest months of the year.
Yes, while you can take the train all the way through in one day it is not our recommendation. We highly recommend you stop along the way in order to best enjoy the Copper Canyon System to the fullesst. Not only would a single day trip be very long (approx. 14 hours), but the train doesn’t make stops for sight-seeing but only for boarding and de-boarding. Also, the train does not have sleepers.
Yes, you may get off at any scheduled stop, however, once off you cannot re-board until 24- hours later when the next train passes through, which obviously requires overnight lodging at the respective point. The only exception is the Divisadero tourist shop. This is the closest that the rail line actually comes to a rim of the canyon system. Each train stops for approximately 15-minutes at Divisadero to allow passengers to walk the 150 yards to the edge of the canyon for picture taking.
High Season (Holy Week, July, December): One first class & economy class train runs daily in each direction–westbound from Chihuahua City to Los Mochis, and eastbound from Los Mochis to Chihuahua City. Their scheduled itinerary leaves at 6:00 am and arrives approximately 9:00 pm.
Low Season: Westbound from Chihuahua to Los Mochis-Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday leaves at 8am. Eastbound from Los Mochis to Chihuahua-Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday leaves at 8am.
Each train runs with 3-4 passenger cars and one dining room and one lounge car. The cars are equipped with reclining seats, large viewing windows, bathrooms and have air conditioning.
Undoubtedly, the most dramatic part of the train ride is the western end of the line between El Fuerte and Divisadero. The elevation change on this portion of the rail line is 7,000 feet, from close to sea level and semi-tropical, semi-deciduous forest, to oak and pine conifer forest in the mountains. For this reason, during the late fall, winter and into early spring, it is recommended that you have at least one segment of the train ride beginning from Los Mochis or El Fuerte in order to guarantee morning light through this portion of the line, since it has the most masterful part of the engineering feat. Most of the 39 bridges and 86 tunnels are on this portion of the line.
Los Mochis– sea level; El Fuerte –400 feet– and warm year- round; Cerocahui and Chihuahua City–5000 feet and Divisadero Area– 7000 feet—are moderate year-round with occasional snow in winter; Creel-8000—is sweater or jacket weather in the evenings year-round.
There are airport and bus services available in either city. The bus service travels from Nogales to Los Mochis and the from El Paso to Chihuahua City.
Yes, both starting or ending destinations have airport services.
This will depend upon which end of the line (Chihuahua City or Los Mochis) one chooses to begin the trip. International gateways such as Mexico City, Los Angeles, Houston and Tijuana offer air service to both Los Mochis and Chihuahua in order to begin a tour.
No, pets are not allowed on the train.
The bus is a 45-50 passenger bus. You will find an average of 40-48 pax on the bus tour.
We spend approximately 5 hours of train ride.
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.
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).
We also stop to pick-up at Tucson, AZ at Circle K off I-10, exit 22nd -655 W. 22nd Street and 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.
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.
Yes, a Mexican Visa is required for this trip ($3900 MXN or $27USD-approx). You will have the opportunity to purchase your visa at the border. Also, a Passport or Passcard is required for re-entry to the US, with valid 6 months left before expiration date.
You are responsible for tipping the driver and guide at the end of the tour, but all other tips are included. Unlike the U.S., Mexican drivers and guides live by tips. Suggested tips are $5.00/day/person and your guide $10.00/day/person.
Yes, they have insurance with the company in Mexico with the insurer Qualitas and the United States with Principal Financial.
Our drivers are certified Mexican drivers. They undergo a series of medical and physical examinations to ensure your safety.
The years of the buses are 2014 and 2015. The maintenance is constant.
There are direct flights from Houston, TX (IAH) and Dallas (DFW) to Oaxaca City, OAX (OAX).
We consider Oaxaca a year-round destination because of the temperate climate allows travelers to enjoy the setting in any season.
The tour group begins and ends in Morelia, Michoacán.
There are direct flights from Houston, TX (IAH) and Dallas, TX (DFW) to Morelia, Michoacán (MLM).
id-January through mid-March are the best times to book travel. The sanctuaries are open as of November, but February up through mid-March is the most ideal time for butterfly activity.
We visit El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary on this tour.
All travelers should be in good health and be able to walk up for long distances at high elevations. Elevation travel is from 9,000 to 11,000 ft. Horses are available to rent for a portion the distance, but will not be available all the way to the top. There are benches along the way for resting. El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary has a trailed path with concrete-steps that winds up to the mountain. The uphill mile hike/walk to the colony is mostly paved trail and it takes 30-45 minutes each way, depending on your speed and acclimation. Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary trail leading to the butterflies is relatively level, somewhat paved. It also takes 30-45 minute walk each way.
Spring and summer are our best recommendations for the temperate weather.
Most major cities/airlines book direct flights to Mexico City.
The short answer is art, archeology, culture is just the beginning. There is something there for all.
Yes, Valle Del Bravo is the closest sanctuary and can be a day tour out of Mexico City. The other two sanctuaries will require an overnight in Angangueo near the sanctuaries.
We consider the Colonial Cities a year-round destination because of the temperate climate allows travelers to enjoy the setting in any season.
Our Colonial cities tour group begins in Guanajuato and ends in Queretaro.
From Guanajuato (BJX) airport take a 40 min airport taxi to Guanajuato City.
There are direct flights from Houston, TX (IAH) and Dallas (DFW) to Leon, Guanajuato (BJX).
The tour begins in Villahermosa, Tabasco (VHA) and ends Merida, Yucatan (MID).
There are direct flights from Houston, TX (IAH) and Dallas (DFW) to Villahermosa, Tabasco (VSA).
Winter into spring to beat the heat as this tour is found in tropical jungle climates.
If you want to fully participate in the pyramid tours the physical ability to climb step is necessary.
It is the Southern-most state of the Mexico on the Guatemala border.
Most of the state of Chiapas is jungle climate.
Travelers want to visit Chiapas to see the archeology and nature. Tonina pyramid, located in Chiapas, is 7 stories high and is the tallest pyramid in Meso-America. Another highlight is the Sumidero boat trip for the dramatic canyon wall views.
It is ideal for adventurers who don’t mind a lot of land travel and are very interested in archeology.
Winter into spring to beat the heat as this tour is found in tropical jungle climates.
Our best recommendation for travel to Peru and Machu Picchu is in the spring to beat the heat and the crowds.
The tour begins and ends in Lima, Peru.
United Airlines have direct flights out of Houston (IAH) and American Airlines has direct flights out of Miami (MIA) and Dallas (DFW).
Lima averages 500 ft. Cusco 11,047 ft. Lake Titicaca 10,820 ft. Machu Picchu is approximately 8,000 ft.
A traveler must be able to hike at high altitude and manage a lot of climbing of uneven and at times steep steps.
We travel by van, plane, train and boat!
The tour begins San Jose, Costa Rica. You fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
There are direct flights from Houston, TX (IAH) to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Anytime is the best time. Costa Rica has a wonderful temperate climate which makes year-round itineraries.
The main attraction for our tours to Costa Rica are natural history. We see 5 of the major reserves natural parks in our tour groups.
The tour begins and ends in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The Galapagos Islands have a wonderful temperate climate, which makes for wonderful year-round itineraries.
The reason to travel to the Galapagos Islands is for the wildlife. It is the ultimate naturalist adventure.
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