10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson

$1849
Land Only
$2149*
Air & Land
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Featured Hotels

Tuesday Departure
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport Tucson, AZ
Marinaterra Hotel & Spa San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas
Casa de Los Tesoros, La Mansión or Casa Encantada Alamos
Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel El Fuerte, Sinaloa
Hotel Mirador Estacion Posada Barrancas
Hotel Hacienda Nuevo Casas Grandes
Thursday Departure

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Tour Starts Air & Land Land Only
Tue, Jan 22  (Sold Out) Tucson $2389* $2159
Tucson $2329* $2109
Tucson $2289* $2059
Tucson $2289* $2059
Tucson $2309* $2059
Tucson $2319* $2059
Tucson $2329* $2059
Tucson $2209* $1949
Tucson $2359* $2109
Tucson $2239* $1949
Tucson $2359* $2059
Tucson $2149* $1849
Tucson $2569* $1949
Tucson $2249* $1949
Tucson $2249* $1949
Tucson $2149* $1899
Tucson $2199* $1899
Tucson $2149* $1899
Tucson $2199* $1949
Tucson $2349* $1999
Tucson $2349* $1999

*Not Included:
Transfers, optional tours, and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Passport information for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.


Accommodation Details:
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.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

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. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - 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
Overnight: Tucson

DAY 2, Wednesday - Travel to San Carlos, Cross the Border into Mexico
Early departure from Arizona. Cross the border at Nogales into Mexico. Traveling south, a drive through the long stretches of flat scrub in the arid Sonoran Desert with its unusual organ-pipe cacti. Linger in the small town of Santa Ana, highlighted by a beautiful church built in the early 1900s. Enjoy lunch before traveling on to cosmopolitan Hermosillo. View the lovely colonial Cathedral and the Government Palace, decorated with multicolored murals portraying the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos, a fishing village, perched on the Sea of Cortez, known for its crystal-clear warm waters and beautiful sunsets. Tonight, savor a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Cruise on the Sea of Cortez
Board a boat this morning for a scenic cruise on the shimmering Sea of Cortez; a highlight of the day! 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. Before dinner, stop at Mirador, a popular viewpoint over the Gulf of California where you can view the beautiful terrain of the region. This evening, enjoy a night of traditional Mexican cuisine and entertainment at a local restaurant
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Pearl Farm, Travel to Alamos
Today, a fascinating tour of 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. 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
Overnight: Alamos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Walking Tour in Alamos, Travel to El Fuerte
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, journey to picturesque El Fuerte, often referred to as the "Gateway to the Copper Canyon". The afternoon is at leisure to explore this beautiful small city with its attractive central plaza studded with palm trees. In the evening, a performance of traditional folk and native dances followed by dinner
Overnight: El Fuerte
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Train Ride into Copper Canyon, Tarahumara Indians, Travel to Posadas Barrancas
In the early morning, board a railcar and begin the journey on the Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad, considered one of the most dramatic railway journeys in the Western Hemisphere. The "train ride in the sky" takes you into the Copper Canyon, four times the size of the Grand Canyon. Arrive in Posada Barrancas, on the rim of the Copper Canyon. In the afternoon, meet the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe, whose way of life has changed little in over a thousand years; their ancestors lived for generations in the canyon's caves. Learn about the tribe's unique baskets and striking crafts. Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Aerial Tram into the Copper Canyon
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
*Due to local conditions, the order of sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Nuevo Casas Grandes, Pottery Demonstration
Depart Posadas Barrancas. Stop for lunch en route, before departing for the remote city of Nuevo Casas Grandes. Here, enjoy the afternoon demonstration of Mata Ortiz Pottery, one of the finest and most innovative ceramics in the world. Gather together for a Farewell Dinner in Nuevo Casas Grandes on your last night in Mexico with your newfound friends and Tour Manager
Overnight: Nuevo Casas Grandes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Ruins of Paquime, Cross the Border into United States
Today, an early morning departure for a visit 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. Drive through parts of the Chihuahua Desert, the largest in North America. Your adventure in Mexico ends with lunch in Agua Prieta before you re-enter the USA through Douglas, Arizona. Continue to Tucson for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Tucson
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Thursday - Return Home
Depart Tucson to return home
Meals: Breakfast

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
Overnight: Tucson

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
Overnight: Nuevos Casas Grandes
Meals: 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
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: 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
*Due to local conditions, the order of sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Posadas Barrancas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Overnight: El Fuerte
Meals: 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
Overnight: Alamos
Meals: 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
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: 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
Overnight: San Carlos
Meals: 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. Farewell Dinner on your last night with your newfound friends and Tour Manager
Overnight: Tucson
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport Image
Marinaterra Hotel & Spa Image
Casa de Los Tesoros, La Mansión or Casa Encantada Image
Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel Image
Hotel Mirador Image
Hotel Hacienda Image
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson Airport Image
Hotel Hacienda Image
Hotel Mirador Image
Hotel Torres del Fuerte Image
Casa de Los Tesoros, La Mansión or Casa Encantada Image
Marinaterra Hotel & Spa Image