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Mexico's Copper Canyon and Colonial Cities

10 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Phoenix
Welcome to Phoenix. Get settled in at your hotel before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.(Welcome Reception)

Day 2 Phoenix – Magdalena de Kino – Hermosillo
Begin your Mexican adventure with a short stop at the beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac, a historic Spanish mission founded in 1692. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Stop in the small town of Magdalena de Kino, a picturesque city with historic landscapes and cobblestone streets, inhabited by Tohono O'odham natives and Pima Alto Indians. Visit the Church of St. Mary Magdalena, City Hall with its colourful murals, and the house of Miguel Latz with its beautiful garden. Arrive in Hermosillo later this afternoon. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.(Full Breakfast, Regional Meal)

Day 3 Hermosillo – Guaymas – Alamos
Visit Hermosillo's lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Your journey then takes you to Guaymas, on the Sea of Cortez, for a visit to a local pearl farm where you meet a Local Specialist to learn about pearl culture. In the late afternoon, arrive in Alamos, an enchanting colonial silver mining town. It is also designated as a "Magical Town" (Pueblo Magico) and is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, where the Sonoran desert meets the tropics. Arrive at your resort, set in 3 long-standing colonial mansions and a sugar mill. This evening, enjoy a folkloric dance performance and cocktails before dinner is served at the hotel.(Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Alamos – El Fuerte
Meet a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour to see some of the grand mansions of Alamos. Afterward, enjoy some free time for further exploration, maybe visit the local museum, or do some shopping. Before leaving town this afternoon, visit the local graveyard with extravagant tombs from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the afternoon, travel to El Fuerte which is also acknowledged in Mexico as a "Pueblo Magico" (Magical Town) for its historical, architectural, and cultural contributions. Your hotel is set in a beautiful colonial mansion, built in 1890 by a wealthy family who spent five years and 100,000 gold pesos on its construction.(Full Breakfast)

Day 5 El Fuerte – Cerocahui
Board the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico "El Chepe" train and head into the Sierra Madre Mountains. After taking almost 100 years to build in this rugged terrain, this rail line is considered to be an engineering marvel. Travel from sea level to 5,900 feet (1,800 metres) in less than 150 miles (170 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. This rail excursion, voted "Most Exciting Train Journey in the World," takes you along the precipitous Septentrion and Urique Canyons into the heart of the Copper Canyon, over four times as large as Arizona's Grand Canyon. Disembark in Bahuichivo and transfer to your quaint hotel in the picturesque village of Cerocahui, located in a high fertile river valley of apple orchards and vineyards. After lunch at the hotel, visit the boarding school Tewecado, founded in 1941 by the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor to extend their mission to the remote culture of the Tarahumara Indians.(Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Cerocahui – Mirador Cerro del Gallego – Posada Barrancas (2 Nights)
Drive to "Cerro del Gallego Urique Lookout," providing the most sweeping view of the Copper Canyon. Standing at a 7,500 feet (2,285 metres) elevation, gaze into Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon. View the mining town of Urique, nestled below along the river. Stop at a home and meet a Local Specialist for a demonstration of local basket weaving techniques. Then transfer to the train station where you re-board the train for the journey to Posada Barrancas. Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon's edge is your hotel, situated near the highest point of the canyon, surrounded by pine trees. Your room offers a private balcony with awe-inspiring scenery of the Copper Canyon. After some time to relax, join a spectacular walk along the rim of the canyon.(Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Posada Barrancas Sightseeing and Free Time
Today experience the crossing of the canyon in a spectacular cable car ride, one of the highest in the world, to a breathtaking viewpoint from which you can marvel at three of the main canyons, including the Copper Canyon itself. Enjoy magnificent views of Tarahumara Indian ranches in this expansive canyon system. For lunch, enjoy a picnic with the local speciality, Discada (mixed meat dish), set in a scenic location overlooking the impressive canyons. Enjoy an original Tarahumara dance performance and, when available, meet the actual Tarahumara Running Champion. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the canyon on your own before dinner.(Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Posada Barrancas – Mata Ortiz – Casas Grandes
Leaving the Copper Canyon, travel to the small town of Guerrero, where Alma Casavantes and her husband Paco Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest experience. Enjoy an exquisite meal of traditional foods and share stories of the history of their family and of growing up in this part of the Chihuahua Desert. Visit the tiny village of Mata Ortiz and meet a Local Specialist on local pottery. See local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into the modern style called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design and fire pots while learning the techniques accumulated over several generations. This evening, head to the Hacienda de San Diego, a grandiose estate formerly belonging to Don Luis Terrazas, a wealthy rancher who at one time owned most of the land in the state of Chihuahua. Visit the old hacienda and enjoy dinner in this historical place.(Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Highlight Dinner)

Day 9 Casas Grandes – Paquime – Tucson
Visit the prehistoric adobe complex of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Afterward, the journey continues to the Sotol Factory Don Cuco. Sotol is a drink unique to Chihuahua, made from the desert plant of the same name, and is somewhat like tequila. Don Cuco is a family institution dating back three generations where you will see how sotol is fermented and distilled, taste samples and enjoy a simple lunch with your hosts. Continue across the Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and arrive in Tucson for your Farewell Dinner.(Full Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)

Day 10 Tuscon – Phoenix
After breakfast, bid adios to your newfound friends and depart Tucson for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Or you can also extend your stay at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.(Full Breakfast)
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All This Included
Four times bigger than the Grand Canyon, Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon is the backdrop for part of this extraordinary trip along with the picturesque, historic landscapes and cobblestone streets of Colonial Mexico.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... relaxing in the comfort of El Chepe Train, the most awe-inspiring train ride imaginable, over bridges and through tunnels, climbing 7,900 feet. Soak up the spectacular views of Mexico's Copper Canyons surrounding you.

Dining
  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners.
  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Highlights

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation Hacienda Cusin, Otavalo, Ecuador Stay at this Authentic Accommodation, featuring beautifully decorated guest rooms carefully preserving the historic ambiance, and be sure to stroll its lush gardens.
  • Be My Guest Dine in Guerrero with a local family and traditional meal.
  • Hidden Treasures Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
  • Local Specialists For sightseeing in Guaymas, Alamos, with Urique basket weavers and Mata Ortiz ceramicist.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic drive through the Chihuahua Desert
  • Orientation of Hermosillo and Alamos
  • Iconic train journey through Copper Canyon aboard the Train in the Sky
  • View Copper Canyon
  • Visit historic El Fuerte, Cerocahui, Paquime, Posadas Barancas and Mata Ortiz.
Accommodations
Phoenix: Hilton Phoenix Airport
Hermosillo: Hampton Inn by Hilton
Alamos: Hacienda De Los Santos Authentic Accommodation
El Fuerte: Posada del Hidalgo
Cerocahui: Mision Cerocahui
Posada Barrancas: El Mirador
Casas Grandes: Hacienda Casas Grandes
Tucson: TBD
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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