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Copper Canyon Railway and Baja Coast

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Copper Canyon Railway and Baja Coast

9 days from £1,983pp
 

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Day 1

Arrive Mexico City, transfer to hotel in the city centre.
 

Transfer to your hotel in the historic centre of the city. Mexico City, known by the local people simply as ‘DF’ (Distrito Federal), was built on the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, and it lies at 2,250m above sea level. Vast, chaotic and vibrant, this sprawling megalopolis of more than 20 million people has a multitude of attractions.

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Mexico City . Palacio Bel Artes

Day 2

Fly to Chihuahua in northwest Mexico.
 

Fly to Chichuahua in northwest of the country in the afternoon (2.5hrs); overnight here. Now a rather unprepossessing industrial town it does have an interesting historical centre and some grand mansions in the suburbs.

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Day 3

Transfer to the Railway station and board the train to Creel
 
Board the train at Chihuahua railway station. The modern wagons have comfortable and spacious seats - although you'll no doubt spend majority of your time pinned up or even hanging out an open window to catch the otherworldly scenery.

At each station where you disembark for the night you’ll find things to do: we can pre-book some of these services for you or you can arrange them locally.

Begin your rail adventure passing through large open plains home to grazing cattle, rustic vineyards and the occasional small industrial town. This gentle scenery makes way for more dramatic mountainous landscapes as you head towards the gateway town of Creel for the night - this journey takes about 5 hours.

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Train journey from Chihuahau to Creel

Day 4

Travel by train to Posada Barrancas station. Overnight on the edge of the canyon.
 
Board the next day’s train. The rail journey to Divisadero station takes about two hours, looping out of the canyon onto a pine-wooded sandy plateau. This is the most dramatic stretch of the canyon.

You can make a short stop here to gasp at the superlative views from a dizzying lookout point; you'll probably be met by indigenous Tarahumara indians selling hand crafted gifts. If you prefer, you can return to this point from Posada Barrancas during your stay to experience the spectacular cable car and or zipline across the Canyon.

The cable car is one of the most dramatic in the world, flying over ravines and boulder fields: at several points you are hanging at 450m above ground level. If you are feeling even more adventurous, whizz along seven ziplines and two hanging bridges down into the canyon: the trip takes about 90minutes. It’s quite a daunting prospect but there’s a guide with you at all times. The most extensive zip line is 1,130m long. From the bottom of the canyon you might take the cable car back up.

Climb back onto the train for the 10 minute ride to Posada Barrancas station.

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Train Journey to Posada Barrancas

Day 5

Continue by rail to El Fuerte
 

Get ready for your third day on the tracks. This is the most spectacular section of the whole journey as the train sweeps round bends, crosses cantilever and box-girder bridges, disappears into and re-emerges from tunnels and climbs switchbacks as it snakes its way down the cliff face, eventually arriving in El Fuerte. The day’s rail journey is about 5.5hrs.

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Copper Canyon Train Journey

Day 6

Fly from Los Mochis to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. Transfer to hotel in San José del Cabo.
 
From the pretty, colonial town of El Fuerte you'll be driven to Los Mochis airport - about 90 minutes along good paved roads. As you head away from the arid mountains, the latter part of the journey passes working farms and fertile sugar cane and maize fields.

You’ll be flying to Baja California by light aircraft. From Los Cabos airport it’s a 20 minute drive to San José del Cabo on the southern coast.

San José del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas’s pretty sister. It’s about a half hour’s drive from the other Cabo and about 20 minutes from the airport. Away from the “zona hotelera” on the coast (Holiday Inn etc) travel up up an elegant tree-lined boulevard from the coast (pristine surf beaches with no facilities but sheltering a pretty lagoon with birdlife) to the preserved colonial centre on a small hill.

Here, off a large main square, there is a grid of pretty, restored colonial buildings, many of which are now art galleries and craft and silver jewellery shops. Every Thursday night from 5-9pm there is an Art Walk where the streets are closed to traffic and all the art shops and galleries are open, often with the artists in situ. There is live music, cafés are open and the pavements are full of strolling vendors.

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Cabo San Lucas

Day 7-8

At leisure in Los Cabos.
 
At leisure. There is a nature walk following the Estero creek down to the beach from the centre, with palms, reeds, coots, egrets, herons and other birds lining the route. It is little used and unsigned, to get to it you have to go past the sewerage station, not a very attractive start. But you can walk down to the beach this way and back via the palm lined boulevard or pick up a taxi at Holiday Inn at the end of the path.

The beaches themselves, away from the enclosed resort hotels, are clean, broad, and unspoilt. There are no facilities, but for deserted beach lovers they are perfect. You can stroll along the surf-strafed shoreline or go horse-riding along the sands.

In the winter months you can take an excursion to observe the grey whales which pass through en route to and from Alaska (Dec-Mar). Kayaking trips are available all year round.

If you are interested in art, you might visit Todos Santos, a little town about 90 minutes’s drive from Cabo. It is situated in an oasis, surrounded by coconut palm groves with avocado, mango and papaya trees. The town was once a sugar cane production centre but went into decline. A paved road to La Paz built in the 1980s made it accessible again and now it is centre of arts and culture, a magnet for culturally-inclined ex-pat Americans, many of whom live in the area. It is claimed there are currently 15 art galleries and as many restaurants. A highlight is the walk down a 2km long sandy path lined by coconuts and mango trees to a beautiful surfers’ beach set in dunes. There are absolutely no facilities here: just a few dog walkers.

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Horse riding along beach

Day 9

Transfer to the airport for flight home.

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