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.
This 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
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 train trip into the SierraMadreMountains. 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. Lunch is on your own at the restaurant car. 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 Areponapuchi where we will spend the night. We will take a short hike around the area depending on our arrival time. Overnight: Community Cabins Areponapuchi.
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. We arrive to the community eco-cabins in Guitayvo. We will spend the night in this simple yet charming shelter. Full day hike-4.5-6 hours. Elevation gain/loss: 1,716ft/1,320 ft. Overnight: Eco-cabins Guitayvo.
Day 4: Day 2 Hike
Today we will begin our hiking adventure. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
We also offer a similar 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.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.
“The wilderness camping was very easy, with tasty and healthy food prepared. Everyday we had fresh tortillas handmade locally. The campsites were absolutely idyllic. Our guide Octavio and his assistant Raramuri guide led us easily through the complex set of paths along beautiful ridges, valleys, and woods, always helping us in spots we found a bit tricky. The views were stunning. And throughout the trip we felt very safe.”
Julia – March 2016