Escorted Group Tour – Copper Canyon Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Price:
$2,995 USD per person

Our Copper Canyon escorted group tour operates during Holy Week, or Semana Santa, and offers a mix of adventure, history, culture and exploration. With an expert guide leading the way, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.

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This unmatched 10-day, escorted group tour take place during the fascinating Semana Santa Holy Week. . On the tour, guest will ride the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train and soak in world-class views of Mexico’s Copper Canyon–a stunning network of six canyons larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Discover remote Tarahumara villages and experience the processions prep, festive dances, and time-honored rituals that mark this incredible fusion of native Raramuri creation myth and Catholic tradition in the High and Low Sierra Tarahumara. Visits to logging outposts, frontier mining towns, and colonial cities are peppered with nights in long-established Tarahumara villages and rancherías.

Join Journey Mexico for a unique and authentic travel experience. Be sure to check out our escorted group tour to Oaxaca in late October for Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos!

 

Highlights

El Fuerte – Wander the cobblestone streets for a taste of old northern Mexico in this small colonial town, coined a Pueblo Magico (magic town) by the Mexican government.

Chihuahua al Pacifico, Chepe Train Ride – Marvel at the views of the Sierra Tarahumara and Madre Mountains as you traverse tunnels and bridges on this first-class train.

Camping – Enjoy spectacular views while camping overnight in the local indigenous communities of Guityavo, Huemanchi, and Chihuirabo.

Hiking – Trek the Copper Canyon’s most incredible landscapes, from the top rim to the bottom of the deepest canyon.

Holy Week Tarahumara Celebration – Witness different Raramuri groups as they dance, celebrate, and play music during this lively holiday.

Copper Canyon Highlights – Cross the “must visits” off your Barrancas del Cobre list, including Cerocahui, Urique, Divisadero, Creel, Arareko, Norogachi, and more.

Dates & Prices

Dates

This trip is programmed as a group departure preset for up to 12 people from April 07 to April 16, 2017. Programs and events may change slightly according to the festival calendar released later in the year.

Prices

Prices start at $2,995 USD per person for this group tour.


Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Los Mochis and El Fuerte

Transfer to El Fuerte, the charming colonial Gateway to Copper Canyon. Check in to a beautiful historic lodge and then roam the cobblestone streets for a taste of old Mexico in this historical city. Meet your guide at 5:00 PM in hotel lobby for dinner and details on next day’s departure. Overnight: Hotel El Fuerte (D)

Day 2

Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad to Creel and Cusarare

All aboard the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train 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 simply enjoying the view. We arrive mid-afternoon to Creel and transfer to the Sierra Hiking Lodge at Cusarare. A delicious Mexican dinner awaits you at the lodge where you’ll have a chance to chat with the guide about the upcoming hiking days into the canyon. Overnight: Areponapuchi Community Cabins, Double Cabin  (B,D)

Day 3

Day 1 Trek

Transfer by vehicle to the trailhead at San Rafael; then we’ll load up the mules and begin our walk through the rolling hills of the High Sierra. We arrive to Guitayvo in the mid-afternoon. Guityavo is an indigenous community located on a mesa on the rim of the canyon with spectacular views. We will spend the night there and have the chance to interact with the local people. Once we take a break to get comfortable shoes and clothing, we will go to the starting point of a traditional “Rarajipari” race, run by two teams who kick a wooden ball. Each team has two runners who kick the ball plus supporting players who point out the ball and cheer. Once dark, the supporters help with lights and torches. We are invited to run or support in any way we choose, as this is an inclusive culture where everybody is welcomed. The races can go on for several hours, but happy hour (accompanied by local musicians playing traditional Raramuri music inspired by animals) awaits us at our camp whenever we are ready. Later we will have dinner and time to relax at the campfire. Overnight: Wild Camping (B,L,S,D)

Day 4

Day 2 Trek

Today we will begin our hiking adventure. We continue navigating around the mesa of Guitayvo and drop down into an arroyo (river bed) and then climb gradually up the side of a canyon passing through a trail perched along the rim. The the wind whistling through the pine needles adds to the mystical tranquility of this alpine region. Our camp tonight will be in a ravine close to a small ranch and a house that belongs to a Raramuri family. (6,620ft.)

Elevation gain/loss: 1085ft/2150ft. Overnight: Wild Camping (B,L,S,D)

Day 5

Day 3 Trek

Today we will stay on top of mesas and saddles as we connect with the Urique Canyon. Our trail affords stupendous views, and we’ll 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 Chihuirabo in the late afternoon. Today’s camp has one of the most spectacular views of the canyons and no tourists at all. Dinner will be right on the rim as we admire the sunset.

Elevation gain/loss: 2525ft/1475ft. Overnight: Wild Camping (B,L,S,D)

Day 6

Day 4 Trek

We now enter the Urique Canyon proper through a side canyon. The views from the ridge looking down are breathtaking, and we carefully navigate the steep descent with plenty of stops to observe the quickly changing vegetation. We make our way toward Naranjo, where we are greeted by the friendly people who live there. After enjoying the views from the bottom of the canyon, we will load our gear into the vehicle and head down to the town of Urique with time to check out this wild-west mining outpost. In the afternoon, we will climb out of the canyon by vehicle up an 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! Elevation gain/loss: 900/4,525ft. Overnight: Wild Camping (B,L,S,D)

Day 7

Transfer to Norogachi

After breakfast we will have an optional hike to get from the cabins to the town of Cerocahui. After a stop to see the Cerocahui Mission, we will drive to Norogachi, a mainly indigenous community, home of the biggest holy week Raramuri celebration. We’ll have a couple options to stop during the 5-hour drive: Divisadero, in case you want to take a last look at the canyons; Creel, the frontier logging outpost where you can find maps and souvenirs; or Arareko Valleys which get their name from the unique rock formations shaped as mushrooms, frogs, and monks. When we get to Norogachi, the celebration has already begun, and we can stay as long as we want to watch groups from different communities dance and play their own music. The dancing is continuous starting on Thursday until Saturday morning.

Elevation gain/loss: 330/1890ft. Overnight: Local family home (B,L,D)

Day 8

Norogachi, Easter Week Celebration

Dancing, drums, and celebration will continue throughout the day, and our day is open to stay as long as we like at the Mission of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, established in 1690. As today is Good Friday, in the afternoon locals will take Jesus corps to the cemetery, and as long as we are respectful and discreet, we’ll have the chance to accompany the community in the procession. Finally, we have a chance to climb the surrounding mountains to a view of the beautiful valley and community below. Overnight: Local family home (B,L,D)

Day 9

Private Transfer to Chihuahua

Our recommendation is to wake up early and go to the Mission at sunrise when they will start the celebration that will culminate with the burn of Judas, ending Raramuri Holy Week until next year. Afterward we will have breakfast and time to pack. Then we will drive to Chihuahua and stop on the way at Creel if desired. For lunch we will break for a “taco fest” at Cuauhtémoc.

Arriving in Chihuahua, we will check into our comfortable accommodation. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or sightseeing at the interesting museums and historical sites of this important cultural and economic center of Northwestern Mexico. We’ll end with a night on the town for our farewell fiesta. Overnight: Quality Inn Chihuahua

Day 10

Departure from Chihuahua

Transfer to Airport for onward flights.

 

 

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Group Tour Copper Canyon

Raramuri Market

Raramuri Family

Traditional “Rarajipari” race

Traditional “Rarajipari” race

Traditional “Rarajipari” race

Semana Santa Activities

Semana Santa Activities

Procession

Semana Santa Activities

Chepe Train

Copper Canyon Bridge

El Fuerte

Church

Copper Canyon Grups
Copper Canyon Camp
Copper Canyon market
Copper Canyon View
Copper Canyon Gruop
Copper Canyon Hiking
Copper Canyon View
Copper Canyon Market
Semana Santa Raramuri Family
Copper Canyon Run
Copper Canyon Run
Copper Canyon Run Tradition
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Copper Canyon holly Week
Copper Canyon Semana Santa
Copper Canyon Semana Santa
El Chepe Train Copper Canyon
Hiking in Copper Canyon
El Fuerte Fortress at Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon Culture
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