Copper Canyon Trails, LLC ― ― 1334 West Pennington Street ― Tucson, AZ 85745 ― Phone: 520-324-0209

Tierra Desconocida: Treasures in the Sierra Madre

Burro-supported Trekking in the Rugged Sierra Tarahumara
2-Day Descent into the Urique Canyon - A Vertical Mile below the Rim
Challenging Day Hikes in the Heart of the Barranca del Cobre!

9-Day Trip includes First and Last night in the colonial town of El Fuerte (4 nights hotel, 4 nights camping)
Package Includes Los Mochis Airport Meetup with our Bilingual guide, Airport to Hotel Transfers, Hotel Accommodations in El Fuerte,
Hotel to Train Transfers, First Class round trip seats on the famous Copper Canyon Train to the canyon rim at Divisadero, and all meals.

  • 4 Guests: $2100.00 per person, double occupancy
  • 6 Guests: $1900.00 pp/do
  • 8 Guests: $1800.00 pp/do
  • 10 Guest: $1600.00 pp/do

7 Day Trip- 6 Day Trek (First and Last Night's Lodging, 4 nights Camping)
Meet on the Urique Canyon Rim at Posada Barrancas or Divisadero, Introductory Hike and Welcome Margarita.

  • 4 Guests: $1700.00 per person, double occupancy
  • 6 Guests: $1600.00 pp/do
  • 8 Guests: $1550.00 pp/do
  • 10 Guest: $1500.00 pp/do

4 Night Single hotel/tent supplement: $300. 2 Night single hotel/tent charge: $150. "Open Jaw" return via Chihuahua uses Noreste Public Bus. Three star (***) Accommodations near the Central Plaza in Chihuahua City.

Check our 10 Day Rio Urique; 10 Day Overland to the UltraMarathon in the town of Urique; Easter Festivities; or our Backpacking options.
Save the Los Mochis airport hassle with an 11 day van tour from Tucson (No Train).

Enjoy burro supported hiking with Copper Canyon Trails: Adventure travel with a Day Pack.
Enjoy burro supported hiking with Copper Canyon Trails: Adventure travel with a Day Pack.


Day One: Arrival by Air

This popular itinerary begins at the airport in Los Mochis, Sinaloa (Airport code: LMM). You will be met by your guide for your transfer to the hotel in El Fuerte. Relax and Enjoy the tropical atmosphere with a cool coconut drink, expertly opened with a machete before your eyes, or sip a margarita prepared from local oranges. Ask about an optional second night in El Fuerte, a colonial town founded in 1564 by Don Francisco de Ibarra, and steeped in history. Rumor has it El Fuerte was the home of the legendary Zorro. With some extra time you can explore this walkable town, or enjoy a river trip that highlights a colorful myriad of local birds and an ancient petroglyphs site.

Day Two: Arrive at the Canyon Rim (10-day Rim Rendezvous Arrivals)

Leave coastal plains around El Fuerte for the rim of Copper Canyon at almost 8000 feet above sea level. The complete rail journey to Chihuahua is enhanced by 88 tunnels and 39 bridges. Posada Barrancas, our departure point in mid afternoon, is cool and temperate in an extensive pine forest on a high mesa.

We'll be met at the Posada Barrancas whistle stop train station by our host for our transfer to the rustic guesthouse Cabanas Pioneras. We can check into Lola's, and relax after enjoying a late lunch.

Toward sunset we'll take a walk to the canyon rim. It will take your breath away; not just the scenery, but the lack of air.... The optional "canyon rim rendezvous" begins here with a night at Lola's for those arriving independently. Call for suggested itinerary

Day Three: Hike to the River

We meet our local guides and arrieros (Spanish for burro drivers), take a tour of the new Divisadero Adventure Park, and begin a 5000 foot descent to the river. A gentle descent through whispering pines takes us past a tiny Indian school, and through the Apachean-Madrean woodland bioregion. Local homesteads perch precariously on exposed ledges, near sideways-slanted cornfields. A rocky overlook offers photo opportunities and a good spot for lunch.

Canyon Quote
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
and sorry I could not take both...,
I chose the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost
Handmade tortillas every night, frijoles cooked on the fire: Tasty meals await!
Copper Canyon Trails' camp chef prepares fresh meals on the campfire…and plenty of miner’s coffee.

Day Four: Long Dayhike, with river crossings! A strenous all-day hike up to a hot spring is on the agenda. It's a great way to loosen those tight leg muscles after a tough descent. A small drybag (12-20 liters) is recommended for valuables for the return hike where we "enjoy" 3 river crossings, one where the water may be up to your chin. Sure footed river shoes and a dry sweater for the other side are recommended.

Then it's steeply downhill for another couple of hours (or three or four). Cinch up those bootlaces to avoid blisters. Tonight's campsite is under a brilliant canopy of stars, next to the burbling Rio Urique.

Day Five:Short Dayhike, with river crossings.

A leisurely hike upstream is today's only planned sidetrip, but again with three river crossings. These crossings aren't as deep as yesterday, and we plan to be back in camp for lunch.

Day Six: Ascend to Tarahumaran village

Listen for the bells to find where the burros have strayed. The arrieros rein them in and we hike up for a night in the outskirts of a Tarahumaran village.

Day Seven: Return to canyon rim (8-day Rim Rendezvous Departures)

Corn fields and fruit orchards dot this tight little valley. We have the option to visit an archeological site on our way to the rim. Back at the guesthouse, hot showers and cold drinks await us!!!

Day Eight: Train to El Fuerte (10-day Rim Rendezvous Departures)

Breakfast and transfers for the coastbound train to El Fuerte, departing about 12:30. You'll be met there for transfer to the hotel.

Day Nine: Fly home

Breakfast included at hotel. Transfer to Airport in Los Mochis.

Escorted Hikes and Burro Expeditions in Mexico's Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon Trails, LLC ― ― Tucson, AZ 85745 ― Phone: 520-324-0209