Riding to Copper Canyon

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One of the most awesome things about getting old is the more time you have to do things. We are not strangers to Adventure Holidays on our Motorcycles having ridden the Baja and most every Road in the Western US and Canada.

Given our history our decisions to take another trip on our bikes usually starts with a simple statement “Let’s Go Too Copper Canyon”

As Canadians we simply do not possess the Fear or prejudices our American friends in the Southern US have pertaining to Mexico. We have been advised many times to not ride in Mexico, the cartels, drug lords, murders etc. is enough to scare off most Americans however we have to tell you we have only had positive experiences during all of our Mexican Adventures. San Diego to Los Cabos, Rocky Point numerous times, San Carlos and now 1100 km to Los Mochis arriving at Camp David and not once have we experience anything other than warm, welcoming, hospitable wonderful Mexican people.

In planning our Canyon adventure the security of our motorcycles is of course a concern so finding a suitable place to store them while touring the Copper Canyon on a Train was a high priority. Listen it’s still Mexico and like any strange country (City) you just wouldn’t leave your bike unattended for days. There are places in Canada, Calgary that I wouldn’t leave my bike overnight so the same precautions must be taken when travelling in Mexico.

Copper Canyon has been in our discussions for a few years and we decided to just do it. We departed Phoenix at 8am, we now numbered six for this Mexican Adventure.

After some extensive Goggling we made arrangements with David Warner who resides in Ville Del Ahome about 15 minutes outside Los Mochis. Our decision was driven primarily through the need for safe Motorcycle Storage however at the conclusion of our Tour it became evident that Camp n David offered much more. David’s secured compound not only offered us security but was a beautiful 2.5 acre resort, extremely clean; great food and made all the arrangements for our actual Copper Canyon Experience.

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David is well connected with some great people and facilities, something you appreciate once you experience this for yourself. Basically we simply showed up at David’s and everything else was arranged for us. Delivering us to the Train and being greeted at our predetermined destinations everything worked perfectly. All of our hosts were awesome, the food was terrific, rooms were better than expected and in one case I would have to say spectacular.

We want to thank David and his associates for delivering an Excellent Adventure in Copper Canyon.

Brian Morrison

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From Sunny Wiard:

We had a trip of a lifetime thanks to you. Our friends will never understand when we tell them about it because it can only be experienced. We felt like we were being treated like royalty by everyone involved. Thanks for making it happen.

You will be happy you picked me as your tour guide also !”

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Come on down, it’s as safe as can be!

Another visitor testimonial:

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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Happy Visitors

Here are two very nice ladies that rode the bus down from Tucson, enjoying all my hummingbirds . Lots to see and do on the Copper Canyon tour. Come on what are you waiting for ?

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Another happy visitor!

We’ve received this testimonial from a recent visitor:

Throughout our tour arranged by David Warner, all went as it was described in the website.  We were met at the airport in Los Mochis.   A large sign saying "Camp David" as soon as we entered the airport left no cause for concern. 

Camp David itself is clean, comfortable with a very friendly David and his wonderful help.  The food was wonderful.  We were taken by van to the train station.  This is a real plus as the train leaves before dawn. 

The train ride itself is fabulous, with beautiful scenery, comfortable seats, a dining car and a bar car.  I didn’t want the ride to end.   We had fun talking with other tourists and with the very knowledgeable and friendly crew. 

Our first stop was at the Hotel Paraiso del Oso in Cerocahui.   Again we were met at the station and taken directly to the Hotel.  The Hotel was  charming and very comfortable.  Doug made us feel very much at home, and we truly enjoyed the tour to the rim of Uribe Canyon as well as the tour of Cerocahui and the boarding school for the little Tarahumara Indian girls.  Again, the food was great.

On the train again, only for about an hour this time, and we arrived at our destination of two nights, Mansion Tarahumara.  We loved the dining area and we were thrilled with our room which had a great view of Copper Canyon.  WE did have to climb a bit to arrive at our room.  To us it was worth it.  However, there are several rooms closer to the main lodge.  The food again was great.  We were served lunch as soon as we arrived.  At this site, we took a walking tour of some Tarahumara homes, a ride on the brand new cable cars, visits to various lookout points in the canyon, and a wonderful driving tour with Jorge to a valley where the Tarahumara live in community.  We loved our time with the staff at Mansion Tarahumara.  We were then escorted back to the train station for the 8 hour trip back to Camp David. 

We had a wonderful day at David’s beach house on a beautiful and pristine beach.  One of the highlights for us that I did not expect is that the area around Los Mochis is so agricultural and we saw lots of Mexican countryside on our drives to and from the beach. 

My husband and I were taken in the van to Los Mochis airport and on our way home.  We truly did feel safe while we were on David’s tour.  We enjoyed all the people that we met on our trip, particularly the couple that we were on the tour with.  At each place on the tour, we were expected and warmly welcomed.  The Copper Canyon area is truly awesome.  There are no ATMs so I would suggest that you take cash is small amounts.  I would have liked to buy a little more from the Tarahumara women, but I did not have many 1, 5 or 10 dollar bills. 

In all, we could recommend this tour and we are really glad that we finally got to Copper Canyon!

Come on down and enjoy the fun!

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Some Recent Visitors

Here’s a couple that flew in from Tijuana to enjoy the beach as well as 4 nights in the Canyon. Come on while you can !!

Here's a couple that flew in from Tijuana

John and Carol Ann drove down here from Yuma for their trip to the canyon then took the ferry over to the Baja and back to Yuma. Any which way you want to come is OK with me!

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