10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson (Thursday Departure)
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DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Tucson
Arrive in Tucson. Tonight, an orientation by your Tour Manager introduces you to the exciting journey that awaits you in Mexico. After a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 2, Friday - Cross the Border into Mexico, Nuevo Casas Grandes
Depart early in the morning from Arizona and cross the border into Mexico, Bienvenidos! Stop for lunch en route. Drive through parts of the Chihuahua Desert, the largest in North America. Nuevo Casas Grandes, during the 14th to 15th centuries the city was a major trading center, before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Tonight, a festive Mexican-style reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Travel to Posadas Barrancas
Nuevo Casas Grandes, is home to Mexico's famous archaeological site of Paquime, undoubtedly the most important ruins in Northern Mexico, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the maze-like adobe remnants and the ceremonial mounds in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains. Walk by the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory, and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Visit with potters from the village of Mata Ortiz. Afterward head for Posada Barrancas, on the rim of the Copper Canyon, your home for the next two days. Dinner together at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Sunday - Aerial Tram into the Copper Canyon, Tarahumara Indians
Join the interesting discussion this morning on the interpretation of the unique Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts. Then, get ready for your visit to the rim of the Copper Canyon. Embark on an aerial tram* that takes you across the canyon, descending almost 4,500 feet into the center to experience its grandeur; a truly breathtaking experience. The rest of the day is spent exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest undiscovered natural treasures of North America. Hear about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Due to local conditions, the order of sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
DAY 5, Monday - Scenic Train Ride
Time to relax this morning or explore the Canyon Rim on your own. After lunch, depart Posadas Barrancas aboard a railcar and begin the astonishing journey on the Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad, considered one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere. The rail line, an engineering marvel, took almost 100 years to build in this very difficult and rugged terrain. Descend into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to El Fuerte, traveling from almost 7,500 feet to sea level, while passing through numerous tunnels and over spectacular soaring bridges with awe-inspiring views. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Capomos, Travel to Alamos
Today, depart El Fuerte and head to a native Mayo village. During a home visit, learn about the Mayo Indians and their culture. Witness ceremonial dances accompanied by traditional native instruments and participate in a tortilla making demonstration. Conclude your visit with a talk about herbal medicine used by the Mayo people. Next, travel through the rich farmlands of the Sierra Madre mountains to the quaint old silver town of Alamos. This charming city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. Dinner tonight is highlighted by a music and dance cultural presentation by costumed performers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Wednesday -Walking Tour in Alamos, San Carlos
A morning stroll in the streets of Los Alamos with a local guide who introduces you to the history of this colonial city, a designated National Monument. Its elaborate mansions, restored to their original glory, date back to a bygone era when the silver mines here were among the richest in the world. After lunch, travel through the rich farmlands of Sonora, before arriving in San Carlos, a fishing village and resort community perched on the Sea of Cortez, known for its crystal-clear warm waters and beautiful sunsets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise on the Sea of Cortez, Pearl Farm
Board a private boat this morning for a scenic cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez; a highlight of the day! Conditions permitting, you may see turtles, pelicans, dolphins, or even sea lions. After, a fascinating tour of the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, and an ongoing research facility of pearl-producing oysters. Here learn about the specialized art of pearl oyster farming, grading, and quality selection. Then, an opportunity to view the finished products of pearls in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Afterward, continue to Mirador, a popular viewpoint over the Sea of Cortez where you can view the beautiful terrain of the region. Return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at the pool, suntan on the beach, or shop to your heart's content. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 9, Friday - Cross the Border into United States
Today, an early morning departure traveling north, to cosmopolitan Hermosillo. View the lovely colonial Cathedral and the Government Palace, decorated with multicolored murals portraying the history of the Sonoran region. Continue through the Sonoran Desert with its long stretches of flat scrub and unusual organ-pipe cacti before you re-enter the USA through Nogales, Arizona. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10, Saturday - Return Home
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
9 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Train El Fuerte - Posadas Barrancas
23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Scenic private boat cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez
Tour the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas
Stroll the streets of the colonial city of Alamos, a designated National Monument
Travel to picturesque El Fuerte, the "Gateway to the Copper Canyon"
A scenic train ride on the Chihuahua Pacifico railroad
Meet the Tarahumara Indians whose way of life has not changed in 1,000 years
Travel on an aerial tramway that descends over 4,500 feet into the Copper Canyon
Demonstration of Mata Ortiz Pottery, one of the world's most innovative ceramics
Discover the archaeological site of Paquime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Tuscon: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport
Nuevo Casas Grandes: Hotel Hacienda
Posadas Barrancas: Hotel Mirador
El Fuerte: Hotel Torres del Fuerte
Alamos: Casa de Los Tesoros, La Mansión or Casa Encantada
San Carlos: Marinaterra Hotel & Spa
Passport information for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
Accommodations in Alamos will be in either Casa de los Tesoros, La Mansion or Casa Encantada. Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
This active program, includes long drives, covering a good amount of ground each day. In return, you will be rewarded with stops at fascinating sites. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. A few early wake-ups as well as two long bus rides (transit to and from Mexico) are necessary to cover the territory. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude throughout the program varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels may provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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