Day 1: We begin our tour to Mexico's Spectacular Copper Canyon by traveling south through Oklahoma and Texas on our way to Abilene where we spend the night.
2: This morning we travel to Midland and a visit to The Petroleum Museum. Situated in the heart of the Permian Basin the museum chronicles the origin and discovery of fossil fuels and their associated industries. Later we continue on to El Paso. This evening we have a welcome briefing and receive additional information about our travels in Mexico. Night in El Paso.
3: After boarding our Mexican motorcoach we cross the border at Ciudad Juarez. Our drive today takes us through the Chihuahuan Desert with a great variety of flora and fauna. Our included lunch is in the little town of Villa Ahumada. Dinner this evening is at our hotel in Creel.
4: After an included breakfast we have a tour of Creel visiting the land of the Tarahumara Indians where we see the boarding school, church and the Valley of Frogs and Mushrooms. In the late morning we board the Copper Canyon train considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. Shortly after leaving Creel the train circles over itself in a complete loop known as El Lazo. We enjoy lunch in the dining car before making a brief stop at Divisadero to see the overlook and visit the open market. As the train descends from the top of the Sierra Madre we see cascading waterfalls and sheer canyon give way to rolling hills and farmland. We enjoy dinner in the dining car before arriving in El Fuerte for the night.
5: Following breakfast we take a float trip on the El Fuerte River where we have the possibility of seeing parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees and other varieties of birds in their natural habitat. Next we enjoy a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century Cathedral and the local museum. After lunch there is free time to stroll the charming plaza of El Fuerte. Before our included dinner we are treated to delightful Mexican music. Night in El Fuerte.
6: After breakfast we board our train car for a thrilling ride through the canyon. Starting at sea level we climb to 8,000 feet. The entire railroad passes through 86 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges. The five major canyons are collectively know as the Copper Canyon which is four times the size of the Grand Canyon. A brief stop in Temoris allows us to see three levels of the railroad. Lunch is included in the dining car. On arrival to Divisadero we transfer to our hotel on the rim of the canyon where we enjoy many breathtaking views. Dinner included at our hotel. Night in Divisadero.
7: Following breakfast this morning we take a fascinating trip back to Creel, sitting at 7,874 feet above sea level. We then travel to Cuauhtemoc, an area settled by Low German speaking Mennonites. Following a homemade lunch a tour of the area allows us to visit the general store, museum and cheese factory before checking into our hotel and eating dinner.
8: This morning we travel to the city of Chihuahua where we visit a museum which was once Pancho Villa's house, the State Capitol and the main Church of the town. Following lunch we head north to El Paso where we cross the border and continue to Alamagordo for the night.
9: This morning we travel north through the heart of New Mexico. In Tucumcari we have a chance to view some of the murals commemorating Route 66 and its significance as the first stop for west bound travelers on the famous highway. Later we continue on to Guymon, OK, for the night.
10: Today we return home with pleasant memories of the beautiful sights and interesting places we have visited in Mexico.
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