Our Copper Canyon tour includes a number of great cultural experiences, a train ride through the Sierra Madre Mountains, and several full days of high altitude canyon hiking.
Missoula, MT (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Adventure Life is pleased to announce a new selection of off-the-beaten-path Mexico tours, including an exciting 10-day Mexico backpacking tour in Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America and nearly four times the volume of the Grand Canyon. Trekkers hike Copper Canyon's alpine upper rims and descend to the tropical canyon floors on this fully-supported, deluxe camping trip. This Copper Canyon hiking tour is ideal for active travelers seeking to trek in the remote wilderness setting of the Copper Canyon with visits to local villages and outstanding wildlife-viewing opportunities. For more information on Mexico backpacking tours or Adventure Life reviews, call 800-344-6118 or visit http://www.adventure-life.com/tours/mexico-tours/.
“Trekking Mexico and specifically Copper Canyon is ideal for the traveler who wants to get off-the-beaten-path,” said Adventure Life Operations Director Jonathan Brunger. “Our Copper Canyon tour includes a number of great cultural experiences, a train ride through the Sierra Madre Mountains, and several full days of high altitude canyon hiking.”
Copper Canyon is a vast and rugged region located in the Southwest corner of Chihuahua, Mexico, 350 miles from El Paso, Texas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tarahumara Indians who call themselves Raramuri--the foot runners. Cutting deep into volcanic rhyolite and andesite are four great barrancas more than a mile deep which represent North America's largest canyon system. Within this environment 60,000 Tarahumara live on isolated ranchos in extended family groups, subsisting on corn, beans and squash and raising goats.
A boat trip on the El Fuerte River with opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing gets the trip started, followed by a historic tour of the city of El Fuerte. The next day guests board the first-class El Chepe train of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway for a six hour journey into the Sierra Madre Mountains. Considered one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys and an engineering marvel, the train crosses 36 bridges and passes 87 tunnels along its 655 km route from Mexico’s interior to the Pacific coast.
“Chihuahua-Pacific Railway connects the capital of Chihuahua with the Pacific coast city of Los Mochis, and train ride traverses some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery in the Americas,” said Brunger. “Construction of the railway began in 1898, and wasn’t completed until 1961.”
The next morning trekkers set out on a moderate hike through beautiful rolling hills of the high sierra where they visit the indigenous village of San Alonso and its school and church before continuing through the high Sierra Tarahumara and arriving at Guitayvo (7,590 ft.) in the mid-afternoon and spending the night in the community’s charming eco-cabins.
For the next three days, travelers hike for 6-8 hours and explore Urique Canyon and the Naranjo Village with the setting ranging from alpine forest to lush and tropical. At the village, gear is loaded in the vehicle for a drive to the mining town of Urique, located at the bottom of the canyon. Urique is at the deepest point of Copper Canyon and is a spectacular and exotic hiking and birding paradise. This is an amazing location with "picture postcard" views in every direction. Birds such as magpie jays, parrots, macaws, and trogons abound.
“After several days of hiking, guests are grated with clean clothes, a hot fire, and a comfortable lodge,” said Brunger. “The following two days are spent enjoying beautiful vistas and exploring the parks, plazas, cathedrals, and museums of Chihuahua, the regional capital.”
Adventure Life also offers a seven day Copper Canyon tour aboard the El Chepe train on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway. For more information on trekking Mexico or Adventure Life reviews, call 800-344-6118 or visit http://www.adventure-life.com/tours/mexico-tours/.
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