Copper Canyon Hiking Tour

Starting at $2,260

The Copper Canyon Hiking Tour is a rugged adventure ideal for active travelers wanting to combine outdoor experiences with a glimpse into the culture and local villages of Mexico.

Copper Canyon CliffThis Copper Canyon hiking 9 day expedition is a rugged adventure through the awesome canyons of Northern Mexico. It is ideal for active travelers wanting to combine remote Copper Canyon hiking in pristine wilderness settings and wildlife viewing opportunities with visits to local villages and towns very much off the beaten path. Any Copper Canyon Hiking Tour can be combined with our Baja Multisport trip for over two weeks of Mexic’s finest backcountry and wilderness adventure




Chihuahua al Pacifico – Enjoy a first class train trip through the Sierra Madre Mountains

Copper Canyon – Hike through the deepest section of the biggest canyon including Urique, San Rafael, and Guitayvo

Cerocahui and Creel – Overnights in these 200 years old frontier settlements

Sierra Tarahumara - Visits to remote settlements of native Tarahumara and sharing the canyon trails with indigenous farmers and ranchers

Camps- Wild campsites near remote indigenous family compounds perched on canyon walls with mule and walking access only


Dates & Prices


$3,597 USD per person (in groups of 2).
$2,890 USD per person (in groups of 3).
$2,390 USD per person (in group sof 4-6).
$2,260 USD per person (in groups of 7-12).
Single Supplement $360 USD requested or forced

Taxes are included, minimum pax numbers, which vary according to program, are required 31 days out to guarantee the departure, but we welcome bookings as late as possible (subject to availability).


January 17, 2014
February 14, 2014
April 11, 2014*This trip is for a group departure but may be customized for a private journey.*This departure date is for a similiar itinerary that coincides with Holy Week: Copper Canyon Semana Santa Trek and has been selected by National Geographic Traveler as a Tour of a Lifetime


Day 1

Arrival Day to Los Mochis/El Fuerte
Transfer to the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon, El Fuerte. Check in to our beautiful historic lodge and then roam the cobble stone streets for a taste of old Mexico. Relax and wander this quaint and historical city. Meet guide at 9:00 PM in hotel lobby for details on next day’s departure. Overnight Hotel El Fuerte or equivalent.

Day 2

Chihuahua al Pacifico
All aboard the world famous Chihuahua al Pacifico (aka El Chepe) train trip into the Sierra Madre Mountains. This comfortable first class train leads us through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures or just enjoying the view.  We arrive in the early afternoon to Posada Rancho (7,260 ft.). It’s a short 15 minute transfer to the rustic and comfortable community cabins in Areponapuchic where we will spend the night. We will take a short hike around the area depending on our arrival time. Overnight Community Cabins Areponapuchic. (B,D)

Day 3

Day 1 Hike - San Rafael and Guitayvo
After breakfast we load up the vehicles and transfer to the trail head in San Rafael (7,425 ft). We then load up the mules and begin our walk through the rolling hills of the high sierra. We come to a school and a church in the indigenous village of San Alonso and follow the rolling hills of the high Sierra Tarahumara. We arrive to Guitayvo 7,590 ft in the mid-afternoon and settle in to the simple yet charming  community eco-cabins.  Full day hike-4.5-6 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 1,716ft/1,320 ft.  Overnight Eco-cabins Guitayvo (B,L,D,S)

Day 4

Day 2 Hike
We continue navigating around the mesa of Guitayvo and we drop down through an arroyo (river bed) and then we climb gradually up the side of a canyon. The mystical tranquility of this alpine region is reinforced by the wind whistling through the pine needles. We arrive to the small ranch of Huemachi (6,620 ft) in the late afternoon. Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 690ft/1650ft. Overnight Wild Camping. (B,L,D,S)

Day 5

Day 3 Hike
Today our descent continues as we connect with the Urique Canyon. Our trail affords us stupendous views and we really hit our stride as we walk along the ridge that spills down into the incredible Copper Canyon. We arrive to the small ranch of Chiruhuerabo (7,720 ft) in the late afternoon. Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 1320ft/142ft. Overnight Wild Camping. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6

Day 4 Hike
We now enter the Urique Canyon proper through a side canyon. The views from the ridge looking down are spectacular and we carefully navigate the steep descent with plenty of stops to observe the quickly changing vegetation. We make our way towards Naranjo (3,894 ft), where we are greeted by the friendly people that live there. After some time to chat with the locals, we will load our gear into the vehicle and head down to the town of Urique with time to check out this wildwest mining outpost. In the afternoon, we will climb out of the town of Urique by vehicle up impressive switchback road to the high sierra and our own private lodge at Cerocahui where our clean clothes and a hot fire are waiting for us!. Full day hike- 6-8 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 132/3,826ft. Overnight Cerocahui Hiking Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 7

Cerocahui and Creel
After breakfast we will to our destination at Creel by road stopping to see the Cerocahui Mission, and some of the most impressive view points along the road from Cerocahui to Creel. You will eat lunch along the way before arriving to the frontier logging outpost turned tourist center for the Copper Canyon, Creel. Diner in our cozy hotel. Overnight Plaza Mexicana. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Creel and Chihuahua
Start today with breakfast and a chance for to explore a bit more before our mid-morning transfer to Chihuahua where we will check into our comfortable accommodation. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or site seeing at the interesting museums and historical sites of this important cultural and economic center of Northwestern Mexico. Night on the town for our farewell fiesta. Overnight Hotel San Francisco. (B,L,D)

Day 9

Departure from Chihuahua
Transfer to Chihuahua Airport for onward flights. (No meals)




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