Copper Canyon Family Experience



Days: 9


This Copper Canyon family trip is nowhere near your typical family vacation. It’s a real adventure into Mexico’s ancient lands to see its incredible natural beauty and meet the region’s indigenous people.

You and your family will discover remote Tarahumara villages, tour mining towns, and visit colonial cities. You’ll board the famous El Chepe train and journey into the Sierra Madre mountains.

Most importantly of all, however, you’ll come away with a thousand memories that you will share with your family forever.


El Fuerte – Wander this historic Pueblo Magico and roam its cobblestone streets for a taste of old Mexico

El Chepe – Enjoy a first-class train trip through the Sierra Madre mountains

Creel – Visit another Mexican Pueblo Magico built on one of the primary rims of the Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon – Trek the rugged and wild Copper Canyon region with visits to remote indigenous family compounds perched on canyon walls

Day 1: Arrival to Los Mochis and El Fuerte

Transfer from Los Mochis International Airport to El Fuerte, the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon. Check in to your beautiful historic lodge and then roam the cobblestone streets for a taste of old Mexico. Take your time to relax and wander this quaint town that was given Pueblo Magico status by the Mexican government.

Overnight: Hotel Posada del Hidalgo


Day 2: Take the Chihuahua al Pacífico Train to Bahuichivo

All aboard the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico (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 Bahuichivo.  There will be time for walks around and enjoy the countryside. Later this evening a Mexican dinner awaits.

Overnight: Hotel Mision


Day 3: Cerocahui Private Experience to Cerro del Gallego

After breakfast, you will be driven to Cerro de Gallego in Urique (1 hour). Cerro de Gallego is one of the highest miradors in the world standing at 2,286 meters (7,500 feet), with a view that casts wide over the Copper Canyon, in particular the Urique Canyon, which is the deepest of the canyons. Your guide will point out the town of Urique, a mining town that is nestled along the river below and you will have a chance to take photos of the view.

Upon completion of your visit, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Mision


Day 4: Private tranfer from Bahuichivo to Creel

Today you will meet your private transportation and journey to Creel, the frontier logging and mining town turned tourism center of the Copper Canyon. An afternoon arrival will give you time to wander the many gift shops; make sure to buy directly from the Tarahumara indigenous people who are usually selling their crafts on the central plaza. Alternatively, the crafts cooperative contributes to the local communities.

Overnight: The Lodge at Creel


Day 5: Privately Guided Excursion to Basaseachi Waterfall

Your personal bilingual guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am for this private trip to the Basaseachic Falls (180km, 4 hours). Located in the high mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental within a national park, the falls are the second highest in Mexico with water falling 246 meters from a rough cliff edge.

Visiting the falls your guide will explain all about the rivers that flow to it and how only recently it was stripped of its title as the highest falls in Mexico.

Upon completion of your visit you will be driven back to your hotel.

Overnight: The Lodge at Creel


Day 6: Creel Private Tour to Valley of the Monks, Mushrooms, and Arareko Lake

After a hearty breakfast and hotel check out, meet your guide to explore by vehicle the Lake Arareko, Valleys of the Monks & Mushrooms. At Arrival settle into your lovely hotel and admire amazing views of the canyon. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or exploring the canyon terrain around the property, to later enjoy dinner on property.

Overnight: Hotel Mirador


Day 7: Explore the area including fertility rock, Oteros Canyon view, Adventure Park and more

After breakfast today, meet your expert guide to learn more about the canyon and enjoy amazing views such as the Otero Canyon – 1520 meters depth, and the Fertility Rock. Later today experience the crossing of the canyon in a spectacular cable car ride (one of the highest in the world) to a breathtaking viewpoint from where you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including the Copper Canyon itself – affording magnificent views of Tarahumara Indian ranchos in this expansive canyon system. You may also experience an amazing Zip line excursion, with spectacular overviews of the canyon, and other optional activity.

Overnight: Hotel Mirador


Day 8: Hotel Mirador Private Transfer to Divisadero station

Back onto the train and on to El Fuerte 217 Km your departure will be at 9:55 and arrive early in the evening around 15:35, the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon, check into your cozy lodging at Posada del Hidalgo.

This evening you are free to roam the cobble stone streets for a taste of old Mexico exploring the charming town of El Fuerte on your own.

Overnight: Hotel Posada del Hidalgo


Day 9: Departure day

Transfer from El Fuerte to Los Mochis International Airport for your flight home.


Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $1,000 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.