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INTO THE LANDS OF THE RARAMURI

 

Snaking through the powerful mystique of six colossal, interconnected canyons is a phenomenal feat of engineering, fondly called the El Chepe train route. This 653 KM (405 Miles) scenic stretch takes 16 hours to travel in entirety, but the real adventure begins once one steps off the train platform and into the mysterious lands of the indigenous Raramuri peoples.

 

Construction of the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway line began in 1898, but was abandoned due to landscape challenges vs the technological advances of that era. In 1953, construction was renewed and by 1961, the railroad was complete. Scaling the Sierra Tarahumara to an altitude of nearly 8000 feet at Posada Barrancas, and through a diversity of ecosystems, this railroad crosses over 36 bridges and through 87 tunnels. Today, there are two El Chepe Trains operating on this route – the El Chepe Regional, and the El Chepe Express.

 

HOW DOES THIS TOUR DIFFER FROM MOST?

Most tours through the Copper Canyon span a total of 4-5 days, but our travels through this region were intense enough that we recommend spending two weeks here, especially after the expense of getting here.  Not only are the canyons colossal landscapes, their roads twist and turn through switchbacks that take time to travel, making this a rewarding adventure for those who have the time to investigate the many intriguing and hidden secrets of this powerful region.

If you only have 4-5 days to travel this region, we can organize a quick trip for you, but warn that you will miss most of the regions treasures.

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"Incredible experience because the tour comes from an intelligent guide who comes from the heart!."

*****

Janet Hubbard

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$TBA MXN based on shared room
$TBA Single Supplement
TOUR LOCATION
Los Mochis, Sinaloa to Chihuahua City, Chihuahua
TOUR DATES
Contact Us for Details
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  18+
Group Size:  12 Max
HOTEL LOCATION
CDMX x 1
El Fuerte x 2
Cerocahui x 2
Divisadero x 2
Creel x 2
Batopilas x 2
Chihuahua City x 2

 
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WELCOME TO EL FUERTE

Hotel Location: El Fuerte, Sinaloa Mexico

Date:  TBA

 

There are early flights departing CDMX airport for Los Mochis, allowing an early afternoon arrival.  From the airport, we will taxi to the bus station for our 2 hour commute to the Pueblo Magical town of El Fuerte.  Upon arriving in El Fuerte, we will check into our hotel and relax, have dinner and enjoy happy hour.

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Flight from CDMX Included

Bus Transport Included

Hotel included

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INDIGENOUS INTRODUCTIONS

Hotel Location:  El Fuerte, Sinaloa

This morning we will depart early for a birding tour by boat on the Rio Fuerte.  We will hike to visit ancient petroglyphs, enjoy a walking tour of the small city centro, and depart to a nearby village to witness an indigenous deer dance.

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Transportation Included

All Entrance Fees Included

Hotel Included

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RETREAT & RESET

Hotel Location: Rancho San Cayetano

Date:  Thursday Feb 9, 2023

This morning we will be organizing a day tour to Tuxpan, which is famous for their flowers.  Along our journey, we will also stop in Zitacuaro to explore some local gems.

If you prefer, Rancho San Cayetano offers a warm pool, restful gardens, and a spa.  

Today is a day to continue exploring, or rest and reset.

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Tour Included

Spa Treatments Separate

All Meals Separate

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TOUR CONSIDERATIONS

 

Not all tours are meant for everyone!  Please take a moment to read through a few considerations, before committing to this tour!

Elevation:  If you suffer from COPD, are on oxygen, or suffer from altitude sickness, this is not the right tour for you.  We start at an altitude of 1981 Meters (6500 Feet), and climb to a height of nearly 3050 Meters (10,000 Feet).    

Hiking:  As the monarchs move throughout the season, we are never sure where we will end up - but as horses are not allowed within the protected area, it's inevitable that riders will need to hike.  The hike at Sierra Chincua is much tamer than the steep incline of El Rosario; however, there are steep sections on the trails and even those on horseback will hike for around 20 mins each way.  The paths are well marked and stable.  Please remain on the path whenver possible, and try not to trample vegetation at the edges of the trail.

 

Horseback Riding:  Horseback riding is optional, though when it is crowded, it can be a long wait for a return-ride.  The rides cost approximately $200 MXN each way / $400 return.  Please consider tipping your guides, as their income here is very seasonal.

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TOUR ETIQUETTE

 

Be Flexible:  Traffic jams or delays can happen anywhere.  We will always try our best to keep our schedule and activities fluid. 

Be Punctual:  We ask guests to be 5 mins early for departure times, so we can load the van and maintain our schedule as best as possible.

Taking Photos:  If you are taking up-close photos of the locals, please ask permission.  This is especially important with indigenous peoples, and children.  Most often, you will be met with a warm smile.

Sales People:  Please acknowledge sales people in the streets, even if you aren't interested in what they have on offer.  As guests, we must be mindful to show respect for the local people, including those who are homeless and asking for change.

Tipping:  It is standard for foreigners to tip between 15-20% in restaurants.  If you purchase anything in the grocery stores, and someone bags your items, the standard tip is 5 Pesos per bag.  (They pay for their own bags, and do not make a wage.  They are often seniors who have no pensions).   A standard tip for hotel rooms is $40 Pesos per night.  We recommend tipping each morning, as someone different may be cleaning your room each day.

Questions?

Please contact Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

INCLUSIONS & RESERVATIONS

HOTEL INCLUDED BASED ON 2 PER ROOM
Single Supplement is $12,000 MXN
TRANSPORTATION
Sprinter Van
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS
PHD Scientist
Licensed National Guide
Logistics Manager / Coordinator
MEALS
Dinner at Rancho San Cayetano includes service tip.  Drinks & Drink Tips separate
Charcuterie Picnic Lunch included
MONARCH BUTTERFLY BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Entrance Fees included
HORSEBACK RIDING IS OPTIONAL
Cost is approximately $200 MXN each way
HIKING IS MANDATORY FOR EVERYONE
Even those who ride horses must dismount and walk for at least 15-20 mins.
PICNIC BEVERAGES
We will have an assortment of white, rose and red wine, mezcal and artisan beer.  Non-alcoholic and sugar free drinks are also included

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

Please email us directly to make your reservation with us.  We will confirm your reservation and send you the amount due with instructions for payment.

 

Please indicate how many people are in your group, and whether or not you require a single room for a solo traveler.  We will send you back your total, with instructions for how to make your deposit.

We require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm your reservation.

The full balance is due on January 2, 2023

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