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Mexico - Copper Canyon and Baja California

16 days

from $5,375pp (excluding flights)

There are few secrets left in Mexico, but the Copper Canyon has been kept better than most. A world away from the well-known beaches and Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, lies a vast desert like area with huge canyons that cut deep into the landscape, home to indigenous communities and breath-taking scenery. This journey combines one of the greatest train rides in the world with the spectacular Pacific Coast.  Experience one of the greatest train rides in the world.

  • Explore the spectacular network of canyons by foot or by horse
  • Visit Jesuit churches and wander through the scented pine forests 
  • Encounter the Tarahumara; the indigenous people of this incredible landscape
  • Snorkel with whale sharks and swim with sea lions
  • Relax on the beaches of Los Cabos

Board the Chihuahua Express for a spectacular journey through the Copper Canyon. Alight at various stages over several days to visit old Jesuit churches, lakes and waterfalls and stay in small hotels; some with spectacular views.  Walk amongst the extraordinary rock formations and the pine forests where the cooler, scented air brings a refreshing contrast to the hotter and deeper parts of the canyon network. For those looking for a less sedate experience, there is now a series of zip lines (one is over a kilometre in length) giving visitors an adrenaline fuelled day soaring across the canyon gathering speeds of some 60mph.

Leave the Copper Canyon behind for Baja California. Rich in wildlife and history, Baja California is home to unique wildlife that is effortlessly accessible. Take a boat out to watch the grey whales and their young or spend a day swimming with the sea lions or snorkelling with whale sharks  before relaxing on the Pacific Coast with a wide range of spoiling luxury hotels to choose from.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 7256.25 $ 1080
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Mexico City

When the Aztec observed an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a snake, they believed this was a sign to stop their wanderings and build an empire. Today Mexico City is one of the largest capitals in the world, a city of contrasts and one that encapsulates all that is Mexican - it is vibrant, overwhelming, captivating and bursting with energy.

You will be staying at Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Full Day Teotihuacan and Mexico City's Historic Centre
You will be met by your guide this morning to start the exploration of Teotihuacán. This experience takes you to one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in the Americas. With your expert, bilingual guide, explore the archaeological zone while learning about the rituals, cosmology, beliefs and everyday lives of the Aztecs and the inhabitants of Teotihuacán before them. You will have the chance to climb the 65m tall Pyramid of the Sun and the 43m high Pyramid of the Moon affording fantastic views across the city.

After lunch (not included) continue to the Zócolo (Central Square), the second largest plaza in the world. Here you can visit the National Palace, notable for Diego Rivera's murals depicting more than a thousand years of Mexican history as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral took almost 300 years to complete and displays a variety of architectural styles.

You will be staying at Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Mexico City's Southern Neighbourhoods Full Day
6-8 hour privately guided visit of Mexico City's charming southern neighbourhoods. Visits include the colonial suburbs of Coyoacan and San Angel along with a visit to the Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo Museums. You will also have the opportunity of visiting Xochimilco, an ancient series of channels lined with floating gardens that are best visited on a flower-draped trajinera (Mexican punt). We recommend lunch at the San Angel Inn or Fonda San Angel (Lunch is not included in the price).

Frida Kahlo Museum: Hidden behind high cobalt blue walls at the corner of Londres and Allende in this charming southwestern suburb, the museum is where the surrealist artist Frida Kahlo was born, grew up and later lived with her muralist husband Diego Rivera, from 1941 until her death at age 47 in 1954. Fascinating collection of personal effects of the two great artists, affording a window on the lifestyles of affluent Mexican bohemians during the first half of this century.

Dolores Olmedo: In 1962, she acquired a property at La Noria, Xochimilco in southern Mexico City, which she would later convert into a museum in 1994. She donated her entire collection of art including pre-Hispanic, colonial, folk, modern and contemporary art. Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum also hosts the greatest collection of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Angelina Beloff.

You will be staying at Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Fly Mexico City to Los Mochis

Private transfer from Los Mochis to El Fuerte

El Fuerte is a beautiful colonial town with a very rich history and a beautiful centre that is well worth a visit. Its place on the 'Camino Real', the mule trail between Guadalajara and the silver mines of Alamos, assured for its wealth and its place in history. This wealth is evident from the beautiful Spanish architecture most notable on the Palacio Municipal, the church and the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo.

You will be staying at Posada del Hidalgo, bed and breakfast

Day 5

El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas by Chihuhua Aa Pacifico train

Transfer to El Fuerte's train station this morning for your First Class scenic train journey to Posada Barrancas (213km. Depart 08.40 and arrive 13.58).

The Chihuahua al Pacifico railway, is among the world's most scenic railway journeys. A considerable feat of engineering, it has 39 bridges and 86 tunnels along 655km of railway line. It connects the mountainous and arid interior of northern Mexico to the sun-drenched shores of the Pacific coast. It was opened in 1961 after many decades of construction. Used heavily by both passengers and freight, the train offers a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery that Mexico has to offer.

The train starts by passing through grey and misty farmland, before starting to climb into the mountains of the Sierra Tarahumara, home to the Tarahumara Indians. The trip then becomes an exciting sequence of craggy cliffs, sheer canyon walls and rushing rivers far below. On arrival at the station, Posada Barrancas, descend the train and take the hotel transfer to the Mirador Hotel.

Posada Barrancas is located in a stunning setting, over looking the dramatic Copper Canyon. This is a popular place to stay and admire the views. It is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding area and learning about the local cultures.

You will be staying at Hotel Mirador, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Tour of Mushroom Valley, Jesuit Mission & Monks Valley
Met by your guide, start the morning by visiting the Mushroom Valley, natural rock formations that resemble mushrooms. Learn about the erosion and witness different shapes and sculptures.

Then visit the nearby Church of San Ignacio, a simple looking Jesuit mission built in the 1700s.

Finally continue to Creel, stopping at some great view points on the way and some interesting local shops.

You will be staying at Hotel Mirador, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Private Transfer Posada Barrancas to Batopilas

Privately guided transfer from Posada Barrancas to Batopilas. The journey takes approximately five hours ( 180 kilometres). 

You will be staying at Riverside Lodge Batopilas, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Three Day Tour of Batopilas
Batopilas Full Day

Today explore Batopilas. Your guide will lead you around the town and the surrounding area rich in history of an era lost in time. Opt to laze by the river, pick from a number of day hiking options or take a trip to visit the Lost Cathedral of Satevó, the grandeur of which attests to the riches that the town once saw. Return to the hotel later in the afternoon.

You will be staying at Riverside Lodge Batopilas, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Three Day Tour of Batopilas
Batopilas to Creel

Depart the hotel following an early breakfast, setting out on a drive up steep roads to head out of the Batopilas Canyon, once again encountering a large number of switchbacks. Head through the impressive landscape arriving in Creel, where you will have the afternoon free to explore the town.

You will be staying at The Lodge at Creel, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Private Tour of Lake Arareco
Depart this morning to Lake Arareco, a U-shaped lake, surrounded by pine trees.  Afterward, you will be driven to Creel where your guide will accompany you to the main square and the Raramuri Museum. You will also have the opportunity to explore the shops on the main street. 

Creel is a small, almost alpine town with a fresh feel and surrounded by pine forests. While it is the starting point for numerous trips to the canyons, rivers and hot springs in the area, it is also the regional centre for the Tarahumara Indians, many of who you will see here in traditional dress.

You will be staying at The Lodge at Creel, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Creel to El Fuerte by the Chihuahua al Pacifico train

You will be staying at Posada del Hidalgo, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Fly Los Mochis to La Paz, Mexico

La Paz is the commercial and political capital of Baja California Sur although, as its name suggests, this is a peaceful Mexican port city with a provincial atmosphere. Hernan Cortes visited in 1535 but the region remained largely unpopulated until the 19th century. Pearl diving was the main industry here until the 1930's. Today, La Paz is the starting point for exploring a wealth of marine life within the Sea of Cortez

You will be staying at Posada de las Flores, bed and breakfast

Day 13

Full Day excursion to Espirtu Santo Island
Private transfers will be included to and from the embarkation point for this special private boat tour to Espiritu Santo Island.

The skiff has full sunshade and you will be accompanied by a naturalist guide, who will give you a small briefing about the trip as you head out from the Bay of La Paz and help with fitting your snorkelling gear. After roughly 90 minutes, arrive at the sea lion colony for the first stop. You'll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions in the company of your guide. Then climb back on board and travel to a second snorkelling spot, a rookery where you will be able to snorkel with tropical fish. 

Continue to navigate around the island to a secluded beach where a picnic lunch will be served. There will then be time to kayak around the bay, relax, or take a hike, during which your guide will talk about the natural and cultural history of the island.

Return to the harbour and your hotel.

You will be staying at Posada de las Flores, bed and breakfast

Day 14

La Paz - San Jose del Cabo via Todos Santos

Depart La Paz this morning for San Jose del Cabo stopping for lunch and a tour of Todo Santos along the way. It's an 82km (1 hour) drive to Todos Santos. This small town has a rich and varied history from the early missionaries, but today finds itself a mecca for artists and surfers. The onward drive will take 90 minutes (120km) to Los Cabos.

Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, San Jose del Cabo (more commonly referred to as Los Cabos in conjunction with Cabo San Lucas) is a real mixture of an authentic Mexican town with cobblestone streets radiating from the zocalo and mission church and the marina area, which is the modern face of Mexico with a host of bars, shops and restaurants.

You will be staying at Casa Natalia, bed and breakfast

Day 15

Day at leisure.

You will be staying at Casa Natalia, bed and breakfast

Day 16

Day at leisure in San Jose del Cabo


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Posada del Hidalgo

Posada del Hidalgo

Posada del Hidalgo is a beautifully-converted colonial mansion located in the heart of El Fuerte....

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