9-day First-Class Copper Canyon Railway Adventure on El Chepe



Days: 8


All aboard the Chihuahua al Pacifico train — better known as “El Chepe” — for a gloriously romantic journey on the Copper Canyon railway. As you enjoy a first-class ride, witness beautiful vistas of the area’s outstanding natural beauty including sheer canyon walls, tumbling waterfalls, and high desert plains.

Along the way, take the chance to get out and explore, visiting several local towns and villages, plus Creel, a Pueblo Magico and former frontier logging and mining town.

As with all Journey Mexico itineraries, this journey on the Copper Canyon railway can be fully customized to your exact needs. Just speak to one of our expert Travel Planners and they will make it happen.



First-class ride on El Chepe – Journey along the Copper Canyon railway in utter luxury, enjoying its stunning vistas and ever-changing landscapes

Batopilas – Explore the former mining outpost of Batopilas, located at the bottom of a canyon

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

Creel – Visit Pueblo Magico, Creel, to discover its handicrafts and learn about its fascinating past as a former logging town

Day 1: Arrival in El Fuerte

Arriving at Los Mochis International Airport you will be privately transferred to the charming colonial gateway to the Copper Canyon, El Fuerte. Check in to your home for the evening, a beautiful historic lodge, and then spend the rest of your time at leisure, wandering the cobblestone streets of this quaint town.

Overnight: Hotel Posada del Hidalgo


Day 2: Board “El Chepe”, the Chihuahua al Pacifico train

After breakfast, head to El Fuerte railway station for a ride to Posada Barrancas, where you will board the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train and head into the Sierra Madre Mountains.

As you enjoy the exceptional comfort that comes with a first-class ticket, look out the window as the train goes through dozens of tunnels and over countless bridges with exceptional opportunities for taking pictures.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be the Hotel Mirador, a stunning getaway poised like an eagle’s nest at the canyon’s edge. Each of the suites in this deluxe hotel has a private terrace with exceptional views of the Copper Canyon — a bird watcher’s paradise.

Overnight: Hotel Mirador


Day 3: See the Barrancas de Oteros View and Fertility Rock

Kick off the day with a life-affirming view from a lookout point over the 1,520-meter-deep Otero Canyon. Then, explore a Tarahumara cave house before visiting the distinctly phallic, Fertility Rock, revered for its life-giving properties.

Your visit to the area will also include the chance to head to one of two lookout points, The Table of the Stars or the Table of the Heavens, to take in vistas over the vast, timeless landscape.

Overnight: Hotel Mirador


Day 4: Visit Creel

Back on El Chepe, travel the Copper Canyon railway to Creel, the frontier logging and mining town turned tourism center. After checking into your cozy lodgings, take the afternoon to wander the many gift shops; make sure to try to buy directly from the Tarahumara indigenous people who usually sell their crafts on the main plaza.

In the evening, settle into your suite at the Best Western Lodge at Creel, located in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara. These modern cabins with gas fireplaces provide a warm and comfy setting for your night in the mountains.

Overnight: Best Western Lodge at Creel Hotel and Spa


Day 5: Descend into the Batopilas Canyon

Today, descend the rugged switchbacks into the depths of the Batopilas Canyon passing through the Copper and La Bufa canyons. Arriving at Batopilas, check into your charming hotel where the rooms look out over the Batopilas River. Walk into town to have a look at the ruins of the Sheppard Hacienda, admire the vestiges of colonial architecture, and perhaps enjoy a beer with the locals at the Swinging Bridge Bar.

In the evening, enjoy the delights of the Riverside Lodge, which is surrounded by cliffs and cactus-studded hillsides. This whitewashed hacienda, centerpiece of the old silver-mining village of Batopilas, transports you back to colonial Mexico with its heavy wooden doors, Moorish arches, and numerous interior patios.

Overnight: Riverside Lodge


Day 6: Explore Batopilas

Enjoy a full day in the incredible town of Batopilas. Soak up the history, laze by the river, choose from a number of day hikes, or take a trip to visit the Lost Cathedral of Satevo. After, return to the tranquility of your comfortable lodge for a lovely dinner.

Overnight: Riverside Lodge


Day 7: Journey from Bitopilas to Creel

After an early breakfast, set out on an incredible climb, by van, out of the Batopilas Canyon up a spectacular array of switchbacks back to Creel, where you have the afternoon free to relax or to explore town.

You may choose to visit the local crafts cooperative or perhaps visit nearby hot springs. Make sure to speak to a Journey Mexico Travel Planner to arrange your ideal afternoon in Creel.

Overnight: Best Western Lodge at Creel Hotel and Spa

Day 8: Go from Creel to Chihuahua

After a tranquil morning of breakfast and souvenir shopping, you will be transferred to Chihuahua. The afternoon is free for relaxing and visiting the interesting museums and historic sights of this important cultural and economic center of Northwestern Mexico.

The night will be spent in the Hotel Quality Inn, located in the heart of Chihuahua´s downtown area right next to the beautiful cathedral and surrounded by the city´s most important financial and commercial zone.

Overnight: Hotel Quality Inn Chihuahua San Francisco


Day 9: Departure Day

Today, you will receive a private transfer from your Chihuahua hotel to the airport for your onward 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.