Mexico’s Copper Canyon

November 13, 2024 thru November 22, 2024

Experience an awe-inspiring Copper Canyon tour. Discover historic towns, sail the Sea of Cortez, and ride through the Sierra Madre on a scenic train journey. Immerse yourself in the Tarahumara culture, explore Chihuahua’s historic sites, and witness the ancient beauty of Paquime. This journey offers a perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration, capturing the essence of Mexico’s rich heritage.


Transportation

One way air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Motorcoach/Transfers

Includes motorcoach transportation back to ABQ

Transportation

Copper Canyon Train

Duration

10 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

26 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners)

Availability

Available

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Hermosillo Sightseeing
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Cruise on the Sea of Cortez
  • Seaside Sunset Dinner in San Carlos
  • Guaymas Pearl Farm
  • Sierra Madre Occidental
  • Alamos Guided Walking Tour
  • Copper Canyon Train
  • Tarahumara Indians Cultural Presentation
  • Copper Canyon Aerial Tramway
  • Chihuahua City Tour
  • Archeological Site at Paquime
  • Mata Ortiz Pottery Demonstration
  • Farewell Dinner

Inclusions

  • One way air transportation from ABQ
  • Motorcoach transportation back to ABQ
  • All transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • 9 nights’ hotel lodging
  • 26 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Professional Spanish speaking tour director
  • Baggage handling
  • Tour director, driver & local guide tips (excluding housekeeping)
  • SUN TOURS Tour Escort with 20+ Passengers


Day 1 – Travel to Tucson

Today we travel to Tucson, Arizona for a one-night stay. Here, we will relax before our morning departure and meeting up with our friends from our sister company, Pleasurebent Tours.

Day 2 – Tucson to San Carlos

Our adventure begins with a departure from Tucson, crossing into Mexico at Nogales. After a brief stop in Santa Ana for a local lunch, we journey to Hermosillo to admire the Cathedral and the Government Palace’s historic murals. The day ends with an arrival at San Carlos Bay, where we’ll check into the Marinaterra Resort. A “Welcome to Mexico” reception and dinner hosted by your Tour Director will round off the evening, setting the tone for the exciting journey ahead.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 3 – San Carlos

After a relaxed breakfast, we then set sail on a private boat for a scenic cruise along the breathtaking Sea of Cortez. Keep your cameras ready and eyes peeled for playful dolphins, graceful seals, and, if we’re lucky, majestic whales. The sea also plays host to exotic birds like the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron, offering a perfect opportunity for birdwatchers.

After our sea voyage, we’ll head to a renowned scenic lookout, acclaimed by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10, offering panoramic views that promise to be a highlight of your trip. We return to the hotel for a poolside lunch, allowing some time to unwind, soak up the sun, or explore the Marina shops at your leisure.

The day culminates with a departure for a special seaside sunset dinner, where you’ll dine with the backdrop of the setting sun painting the sky, rounding off a day filled with natural wonders and relaxation.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Alamos

We depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Guaymas Pearl farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, here you will learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, we travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre arriving at the quaint city of Alamos. A living museum, the city cobblestones streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions. This evening immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional customs.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 5 – El Fuerte

After breakfast, immerse yourself in the rich history of Alamos with a guided walking tour. Wander through quaint cobblestone streets and marvel at the grandeur of fabled mansions, meticulously restored to their original splendor. Alamos, a city honored as a national historic landmark, offers a glimpse into Mexico’s illustrious past and architectural beauty.

Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the early afternoon, we’ll depart for El Fuerte. Upon arrival, check into the Hotel Torres del Fuerte, a charming retreat known for its warmth and hospitality. The evening promises a delightful dinner accompanied by great entertainment at the hotel, ensuring a memorable end to a day filled with exploration and cultural enrichment.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Posada Barrancas

The day starts early as we transfer to the train station, boarding the train at 8:00 a.m. for what is heralded as North America’s most spectacular train ride. Prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking landscapes and engineering marvels as the train winds through majestic mountains and deep canyons.

Enjoy lunch onboard as you take in the panoramic views. By mid-afternoon, we’ll arrive at Posada Barrancas, where the awe-inspiring vistas continue to unfold. You’ll be staying at the Hotel Mirador, renowned for its stunning views that capture the essence of the surrounding beauty.

The evening brings a cultural immersion with a Tarahumara Indians culture presentation. Learn about the rich traditions, customs, and way of life of the Tarahumara people, adding a profound layer of understanding to your travel experience.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Posada Barrancas

Today is dedicated to exploring the cultural and natural wonders of Copper Canyon. Begin the day by diving into the world of Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts, gaining insight into their skilled craftsmanship and vibrant cultural expressions, supplemental to what you learned the evening before.

A visit to the canyon’s rim awaits, offering breathtaking views and a moment to connect with the natural majesty of the area. The highlight of the day is the opportunity to board the Copper Canyon aerial tramway. This remarkable journey allows you to descend into the canyon, providing unparalleled views and a unique perspective of this geological marvel.

The day also offers flexibility for optional activities tailored to your interests. Embark on a hiking adventure to explore the rugged terrain, opt for a horseback ride to see the landscape from a different vantage point, or simply relax and soak in the serene beauty of your surroundings.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Posada Barrancas to Chihuahua

After enjoying breakfast, we board our motorcoach for a scenic transfer to Creel, taking in the stunning vistas of Oteros Canyon along the way. The journey continues with a stop in Cuauhtemoc for lunch.

As we descend from the mountains, the landscape transforms before our eyes into the vast expanse of the Chihuahuan Desert, leading us to the city of Chihuahua, the state’s capital. Here, we embark on a tour of one of Mexico’s most historic city centers, where the echoes of a rich patriotic legacy resonate through the streets.

Our exploration includes visits to the Government Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral, each site a testament to Chihuahua’s significant role in Mexico’s history and culture. The day concludes with a dinner at a local restaurant, offering a chance to savor regional dishes.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Chihuahua to Casas Grande

We’ll start with breakfast before heading to Nuevo Casas Grandes to visit the ancient site of Paquimé, showcasing the Grand Chichimeca civilization’s architectural marvels. The evening features a Mata Ortiz pottery demonstration, highlighting local craftsmanship. Our journey culminates with a farewell dinner, celebrating the experiences and connections forged throughout our adventure.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Travel Home

Breakfast at the hotel and departure via motorcoach back to Albuquerque. We enjoy our last Mexican lunch before our official border crossing.

Meals included: (B, L)

Itinerary subject to change. **Passport Required!**


Package Pricing

$3,255 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250

$3,645 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250

Final Payment Due:

July 9, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• One way air transportation from ABQ
• Motorcoach transportation back to ABQ
• All transfers & motorcoach transportation
• 9 nights' hotel lodging
• 26 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners)
• Admissions & tours as described
• Professional Spanish speaking tour director
• Baggage handling
• Tour director, driver & local guide tips (excluding housekeeping)
• SUN TOURS Tour Escort with 20+ Passengers


Booking Policy

**Passport Required!**

Final Payment Due: July 9, 2024

Cancellation Fees:

  • None: Through August 9, 2024
  • $250: August 10 – September 10, 2024
  • $1,900: September 11 – October 8, 2024
  • 100%: After October 8, 2024

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $273


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers may be assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour, you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Southern Mexico has a tropical climate, and in November, it is transitioning from the rainy season to the dry season. Here's a general overview of what to expect in terms of weather in Southern Mexico during November:

Temperature: Daytime temperatures usually range from the mid-70s to high 80s Fahrenheit. Nights can be cooler, especially in elevated regions.

Rainfall: Although November marks the end of the rainy season, occasional showers and even some heavier rain events can still occur. However, the frequency of rain typically decreases as the month progresses.

Humidity: Humidity levels can still be relatively high in November, but it often feels less oppressive than during the peak rainy months.

Variability: As with any region, microclimates can mean that specific locations might experience different weather patterns. For instance, mountainous areas might be cooler and can have different rainfall patterns than coastal areas.

Clothing: It is always best to dress in layers for your comfort. Please wear shoes that are appropriate for walking on various terrains.

Always check a reliable weather forecast specific to the exact location you plan to visit in Southern Mexico to prepare appropriately.

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