Sea of Cortez to Copper Canyon

7 Days and 6 Nights

Please read the following carefully: we want you to know exactly what you get, when you travel with Camp David. Included on this page is a detailed account of the tour we are offering. It includes all meals, transportation, and only the BEST, MOST LUXURIOUS and EXPENSIVE accommodations in the area. Keep this in mind as you read, because when you get to our prices, you will be astonished at how low they are!! We are very proud of the trip we have put together and want to express this to you personally, without using high prices to speak for us or reveal the quality of our outfit. We’ll let you be the judge of that, as we are confident that you will not only enjoy all the area has to offer, but all of the BEST this area has to offer.

By the way, we have a new beach buggy that everyone loves, and it is included on all 6 night 7 day tours! What are you waiting for come on and join the fun!

Mexico's Copper Canyon and Sierra Madres

Upon your arrival: You’ll have just a short ride to Camp David in the 400-year-old colonial village of Ahome. (Not a two hour drive at night after your long day of travel to a distant hotel offered by other tours). Then, get ready for the trip of a lifetime that only we can provide. Dinner here upon your arrival, and after a peaceful night’s rest here in our luscious and secure compound, your journey will begin.

Mexico's Copper Canyon and Sierra Madres
Mexico's Copper Canyon and Sierra Madres
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Day 2: Wake up to a wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit and a variety of Mexican-fare – “desayunos”. Mid morning departure for the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy a beautiful white sand beach where the desert meets the ocean. A calm smooth ocean for swimming, shell collecting, taking in the sights at a local fishing village, whale watching (in season) and if you’re lucky you might see the bands of wild horses that roam the beach and desert. A nice picnic lunch and cold drinks will be provided at a shaded picnic area. We’ll then return to Camp David for a short rest before margaritas and dinner.

Enjoying fresh shrimp on the beautiful Sea of Cortez

Day 3: After a quick breakfast you’ll board the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad and be off to the Copper Canyon. An eight-hour trip with some incredible sights along the way. You’ll leave Los Mochis at about dawn and the train passes through the Sinaloan Thornforest life zone. This area is characterized as a cactus and thorntree jungle and is very exotic in appearance. At the Agua Caliente Station, the train passes over the Rio Fuerte on a large bridge and enters the foothills of the Sierra. At this point the track begins to climb more sharply. Shortly after entering the foothills, the train crosses the spectacularly beautiful high bridge over the Chinipas River. Be sure to look down as you cross and see the foot and burro bridge suspended above the river hundreds of feet below. You will then begin to pass through numerous tunnels and enters true canyon country. Your first stop will be at Cerocahui where you will be greeted by a representative from the Hotel Paraiso del Oso. You will have lunch waiting for you at the Lodge when you arrive. The afternoon will be one of the most memorable drives you have experienced. I promise! Your host Doug “Diego” Rhodes and his wife Ana Maria have lived right here in Cerocahui for many years and they are personally acquainted with hundreds of native Tarahumara Indians. Their familiarity with the region and close association with residents will lay forth an exclusive opportunity for only our guests to explore a private entrance to the rim of Canyon Urique. Once in this magical spot, you can totally feel the wonder magic and perfect silence of this awe inspiring view. With the sound of silence and majesty still pulsating through your being, Doug and Maria will welcome you home for a lovely evening in the rustic lodge and dining room that is filled with antiquities, fabulous photos and a panoply of interesting reading materials. You’ll sleep like a baby in the comfortable and homey rooms provided.

Cortyard of the Paraiso del Oso
Mexico's Copper Canyon and Sierra Madres
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Day 4: After a delicious and hearty breakfast, an English speaking guide will take you on a leisurely trip into the small and quaint city of Cerocahui. You will enjoy a tour of a Beautiful mission established in 1684 by a noted Jesuit missionary Padre Salvatierra. Also, you will tour a girls boarding school and visit local shops. (It may be noted that Doug and Maria have worked hard to provide local children with a good education, and school supplies are scarce and expensive in this isolated area. It would be very much appreciated if you would include pencils, paper or crayons in your luggage and they will personally see that they are distributed to the schools in their region.) At about 1pm you will again board the train to Posada Barrancas, about a two hour trip up the Canyon. Upon arrival a representative, (usually Maria herself) from Mansion Tarahumara Hotel will whisk you away to her wonderful hotel which is just a five minute walk from the lip of the majestic Copper Canyon. A guided walking tour will start at about 3:30 pm. Once again, this is one of the most breath taking sights you’ll ever experience. Dinner is served at around 7pm in a fabulously appointed dining room complete with cozy fireplace and a Mexican guitar player that will sing you a haunting repertoire of tunes.

Day 5: Breakfast in the dining room at 7:30 am. The Mansion Tarahumara not only offers you a lovely and comfortable room, lobby and spacious veranda, it also has an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and fitness room should you choose to enjoy these amenities before or after breakfast. At about 10:30 a guide will drive you to the quaint mining town of Creel, about an hours drive from the Mansion. You’ll really love the shopping here! Hand crafted goods from all over Mexico are imported and the artwork and choice is varied and unique. The guides are all English speaking and very knowledgeable about the surrounding areas. You’ll visit a National Park and a beautiful lake where you’ll be served a delicious and filling box lunch, complete with fresh fruit, sandwiches and chicken. Next you’ll visit the Tarahumara Indian Reservation (exclusively available to our clients) and the Valley of the Frogs (rock formations) and Valley of the Mushrooms. You will be totally stunned when you see the balancing rocks! You’ll be back at the hotel around 4:30 and have some leisure time to take in the sights, swim, or just relax before dinner.

Mansion Tarahumara
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Day 6: You’ll begin this day with a great breakfast and the “Rim Tour”. You’ll take a short automobile trip to all the local view points where your camera will not be able to stop clicking. We will then continue on to a private lake where you’ll be served lunch. The return train to Los Mochis will leave at about 1pm. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of Camp David with your cherished memories of Copper Canyon still fresh on your mind.

Day 7: Unfortunately, we must say our good byes now, and we wish you a safe journey home. Thanks for joining us at Camp David!!! Hope to see you again some day.

Adios, Dave

Transportation to the airport provided. Departures made from Los Mochis International Airport.

Tour Mexico's Copper Canyon and Sierra Madres
Your host while you are in Mexico, Dave Warner 
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