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012This was one of the most fascinating getaways we have ever experienced, and it far exceeded our expectations. It began at Dave Warner’s expansive hunting lodge, set beneath a coconut grove. Since we are from Southern California, we had spent a night in San Diego, within walking distance of the Otay Mesa border crossing.  The next morning we parked at a secure lot, two blocks from the border.  We walked across into Tijuana and stopped at the immigration office for a tourist card.  But we never found a bank to pay for it and, fortunately, no one ever asked to see it.  We took one of the waiting cabs to the Tijuana Airport, where we caught a Volaris flight to Los Mochis. When we arrived, we saw a “Campo David” sign with a cab driver, as Dave had promised.  The cab ride cost $45 when we arrived at Campo David.  We enjoyed all the sights at the lodge, which included several dogs, a monkey, an exotic bird. Dave’s several friendly helpers included his cute adopted son, age 6.

The next night was spent at a rustic but quite comfortable lodge, Paraiso del Oso, near a village whose church dates back to 1680 but which didn’t have electricity until just ten years ago. Our guide, Victor, took us on two fascinating tours of the environs.  The views of Copper Canyon were breathtaking. The third night brought us to Mansion Tarahumara, with staggering views of the canyon. This hotel was first-class in every way, from the food, to the views, to the tours and charming host, Maria.  Not far below the hotel, cave and cliff dwelling Indians still live and welcome visitors. Also, at Divisadero, which is the farthest point of the trip, there is the longest zip line in Mexico. We loved it—and we are in our seventies.

The journey from one place to the next has to be one of the greatest train rides in the world, both because the scenery is stunning and  because the train route itself is an engineering marvel. We advise sitting on the right (south/east) side going up and the left (south/east) side going down for the best views. Try to get a seat with long windows in front of you.  If you aren’t assigned these seats, the conductor will change you over if space is available. 

When we arrived back in Los Mochis, the van was waiting to return us to the lodge. A big delicious breakfast was served the next day before we were delivered back to the airport. 

We did not change any dollars into pesos.  Instead, we took plenty of US fives and ones for buying souvenirs and for tipping.  The only time we might have needed pesos was on the plane ride back to Tijuana.  A very nice fellow passenger was kind enough to buy us a cup of coffee with his Mexican change.  In fact, people were enjoyable everywhere we went, and we felt safe at all times.

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