The Copper Canyon Family Semana Santa Experience is ideal for active families who wish for a cultural immersion during spring vacation.
This unique 10 day trip takes you to remote Tarahumara villages, frontier mining towns, and colonial cities during the Holy Week celebrations around Easter time. Families enjoy a home stay experience with the Norogachi community.
El Fuerte – Wander this historic Magic Town and roam the cobble stone streets for a taste of old Mexico
Chihuahua al Pacífico – Enjoy a first class train trip through the Sierra Madre Mountains
Creel – Visit another Mexican Magic Town built on one of the main rims of the Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon – Hike the rugged and wild Copper Canyon region with visits to remote indigenous family compounds perched on canyon walls
Culture & Tradition – Witness the traditional dancing and processions that mark the Semana Santa, Holy Week, in a remote community
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 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.
Overnight: Hotel Posada del Hidalgo or equivalent.
Day 2: Chihuahua al Pacífico Train/Bahuichivo
All aboard the world famous Chihuahua al Pacífico train, nicknamed El Chepe, and into the Sierra Madre Mountains. This comfortable first class train leads you 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 to walk around and enjoy the countryside. A Mexican dinner awaits that evening. Overnight: Hotel Mision
Day 3: Cerro del Gallego
After breakfast, you will have a chance to further explore and enjoy the rugged canyon terrain with a private tour to Cerro del Gallego for an amazing vista of the Copper Canyon. Overnight: Hotel Mision
Day 4: Bahuichivo and Creel
Back onto the train and on to Creel, the frontier logging and mining town turned tourism center of the Copper Canyon. Check into our cozy lodging at Best Western The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa. Afternoon arrival will give you time to wander the many gift shops; make sure to try and buy directly from the Tarahumara indigenous people who are usually selling their crafts on the main plaza. Alternately, the crafts cooperative contributes to the local communities. Overnight: Best Western The Lodge at Creel
Day 5: Creel Private Tour to Valley of Monks and Posada Barrancas
After a hearty breakfast and hotel check out, meet your guide to explore Lake Arareko and the Valley of the Monks. At arrival settle into your lovely hotel and admire amazing views of the canyon. The late afternoon is free for relaxing or exploring the nearby canyon terrain, to later enjoy dinner on the property.
Overnight: Hotel Mirador
Day 6: Semana Santa Activities with Local Community
Discover the local culture with the community festivities and traditions on the afternoon and evening. You will witness the traditional dancing and processions that mark the Semana Santa, Holy Week.
Overnight: Norogachi Community Lodging
Day 7: Hotel Mirador
After breakfast and a chance to explore we will say goodbye to our new friends and set out driving through the rolling hills of the high sierra to our destination at Hotel Mirador, stopping en route at some impressive vantage points. The late afternoon is free for relaxing before enjoying a lovely dinner on the property.
Overnight: Hotel Mirador
Day 8: Explore the Area: Fertility Rock, Otero Canyon, Adventure Park, and More
After breakfast, meet your expert guide to learn more about the canyon and enjoy amazing views of Otero Canyon and Fertility Rock. Later on, cross the canyon in a spectacular cable car ride (one of the highest in the world) to a breathtaking viewpoint where you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including the Copper Canyon itself — affording magnificent views of Tarahumara Indian ranchos. You may also experience an amazing zip line excursion, with spectacular overviews of the canyon, and other optional activities.
Overnight: Hotel Mirador
Day 9: Hotel Mirador/El Fuerte
Start the day with breakfast and a final chance for walking around and souvenir shopping with the local crafts vendors before your early afternoon transfer back onto the train and on to El Fuerte. Check in to 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.
Day 10: Departure Day
Transfer from El Fuerte to Los Mochis International Airport for your flight home.
This trip can be customized for a private journey in the month of Easter.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.