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Luxe Train Experience | Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon), Mexico

September 7, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 6, 2009

El Cheppe-Copper Canyon

“The most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere” ~ The Reader’s Digest

One of the world’s most unforgettable train experience is in sunny Mexico, a travel destination mostly associated with Mayan Ruins, beautiful beaches, well-preserved Colonial Cities, Fiestas, and of course Tequila! But train rides? Yes, be prepared for a breathtaking ride of your life! This is El Chepe (Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway), that meanders the magnificent Barranca del Cobre, Mexican’s Grand Canyon

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The Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) is a canyon system in the Sierra Tarahumara in the southwestern part of the State of Chihuahua (yes, that’s also where the adorable little pooch is from) in Mexico. This canyon system is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon in the neighbouring United States, although the Grand Canyon is larger overall than any of the individual canyons of the Copper Canyon system.
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The most striking access to the area is on the spectacular Chihuahua – Pacifico Railway – one of the most unforgettable train journeys in the world. Officially called Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway), it is affectionally called El Chepe from its reporting mark CHP.

The line runs from Los Mochis on the Sea of Cortes to Chihuahua – 655 kilometres -passing though 86 tunnels and over 39 bridges. The entire trip is 397 miles and can take as long as 20 hours on the second class train and about three hours less on the first class train. First class tickets can be booked from U.S. travel agencies however the second class must be booked at the train station and the second class reportedly has a very erratic time schedule.
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Imagine yourself on a train winding its way from the Pacific Ocean into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range at 8,000 ft. over a period of 90 years.

The Copper Canyon is home to the least accultured Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The “Train Ride in the Sky” provides the only access this wilderness and is probably the most dramatic railway journey in the Western Hemisphere as it travels through 86 tunnels and over 37 trestles. I have to confess that certain places in Mexico of exceptional beauty and interest do come to mind. Among my personal favorites, none rates higher than the Copper Canyon, a territory of deeply eroded canyons and remote mesas in the northwestern Sierra Madre.
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On this adventure (one of the few active trips offered in Copper Canyon) you’ll explore this great wilderness on foot to meet the Tarahumara in their remote villages, hike to waterfalls, and splash in cooling river pools (great bird-watching, too!). At night you’ll relax in comfortable accommodations, where you’ll dine beside a roaring fire, enjoy margaritas and spirited conversation, and view incredible nighttime skies unhindered by the lights of civilization.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2009 8:00 pm

    Love the new look, keep up the great work the number of visitors must have increased?.

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      September 7, 2009 9:10 pm

      Working on the visitor numbers. Getting better known as we continue blogging about our passion for uncovering unique destinations across the globe. As with everything in life: it takes patience, and practice makes perfect! Thanks to support from an audience such as yourself! Stay connected and stay curious! ciao, dian

  2. September 7, 2009 8:13 pm

    Great site, I now have you bookmarked to come back again.

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