Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Nuevo Casas Grandes
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN PHOENIX
Welcome to Phoenix! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming Copper Canyon adventure.
Day 2 PHOENIX–SAN CARLOS
This morning, we cross into Mexico. See large saguaro cacti and huge expanses of ranchland and pecan tree orchards. Continue through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos, located on the beautiful Sea of Cortez.
Day 3 SAN CARLOS
After breakfast, board a private boat for a CRUISE on the Sea of Cortez and the chance to see dolphins, seals, and exotic birds, such as the blue-footed booby and great blue heron. Next, visit a PEARL FARM, where you’ll learn about the indigenous rainbow-lipped pearl oyster and the unique colors of pearls it produces. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach, shop for a favorite souvenir, or enjoy a cool drink while watching the swaying palm trees.
Day 4 SAN CARLOS–EL FUERTE
Today, travel to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564. See the beautifully preserved colonial architecture and enjoy the festive atmosphere. El Fuerte is also famous for being the birthplace of the legendary Señor Diego de la Vegas, also known as Zorro. You’ll learn the history of Zorro and perhaps have a chance to meet him at tonight’s MEXICAN PARTY.
Day 5 EL FUERTE
This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the historic city center. Later, there is time to join an optional float trip on the river, meet members of the local Mayo Indian tribe, or perhaps just relax in the hotel’s beautiful gardens. After dinner this evening, enjoy a folkloric DANCE SHOW.
Day 6 EL FUERTE–COPPER CANYON TRAIN–CEROCAHUI
This morning, we board the train for your rail adventure through El Canon de Cobre (Copper Canyon). Experience some of North America’s most magnificent scenery as your TRAIN winds its way along the rim of steep chasms, descends from mountain passes reaching 7,000 feet, and crosses canyons and rivers. Arrive in the beautiful valley of Cerocahui. After lunch, visit a local SCHOOL to interact with the children who call this part of the world home. We’ll also visit a local MISSION, founded in 1556. Before dinner this evening, enjoy a tour of the hotel’s winery, along with a TASTING. SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the night at the impressive Hotel Misión. Located near Urique Canyon, you’ll enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, along with beautiful Spanish architecture. Stroll through the lush gardens and orchards, explore the quaint village, or perhaps enjoy a taste of delicious Tarahumara apple pie.
Day 7 CEROCAHUI–URIQUE CANYON–POSADA BARRANCAS (COPPER CANYON)
We start today with a visit to impressive URIQUE CANYON, the deepest canyon in the western Sierra Madre Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views as your guide explains the history and culture of this region. We continue to Posada Barrancas, located on the rim of Copper Canyon, for a 2-night stay. Before dinner this evening, enjoy a PRESENTATION on the Tarahumara Indians and their culture. SPECIAL FEATURE: Your home for the next two nights is the Mirador Hotel. Located at the canyon’s edge near the highest point of the canyon, the Mirador is the premier hotel on the canyon rim and is the only hotel where each guestroom has a spectacular view overlooking the canyon.
Day 8 POSADA BARRANCAS
This morning, immerse yourself in the peaceful beauty of Copper Canyon. After area sightseeing, you may want to take an optional excursion on the new Aerial Tramway that descends into the canyon and affords great views. Cameras are a must! During free time this afternoon, you may wish to join a hike along the canyon’s rim, try an exciting zipline ride, go horseback riding, discover the local Tarahumara Indians’ arts and crafts, or just relax in the magnificent surroundings.
Day 9 POSADA BARRANCAS–NUEVO CASAS GRANDES
Today, we cross the Chihuahuan Desert and the fertile valley of Nuevo Casas Grandes. Visit Mexico’s northernmost archaeological site of PAQUIME, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once an important trading center, it combines elements of the Pueblo Indian civilization from the southwestern United States with Mesoamerican influences. See the pyramids, the adobe-style apartments, and learn about why these ruins are such a mystery to scientists, even today. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening—the perfect ending to your Copper Canyon adventure!
Day 10 NUEVO CASAS GRANDES–PHOENIX
Travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua. Cross the border and re-enter the United States. Arrive in Phoenix early this evening.
Day 11 PHOENIX
Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.