From now until I leave on my trip on Nov. 8th 2019, I will be accepting donations of school supplies (notebooks, pencils, pens, backpacks, coloring books, crayons, etc.) and money to give to the Tarahumara school children and the food bank in Batopilas, Mexico. Once my suitcase is filled with school supplies, any remaining cash donations will go to the local food bank. If you are unable to come to my office, you are welcome to make a cash donation via the link below. Thank you for any help you can give. I will post photos on my website of what your donations have helped to do for the people of the town of Batopilas, Mexico when I return.
Expectations of my fellow traveling companions:
https://youtu.be/wVbwYlZmoOA Copper Canyon & El Chepe Train
https://youtu.be/ngmkEJq-cUM Copper Canyon & El Chepe Train
https://youtu.be/u34gDjalIIA Adventure Park Zip Rider
https://youtu.be/-_rjA-T1sQg Basaseachi Falls
https://triphappy.com/t/1274883 Map of trip
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me on my office line: 801-366-9544.
Here's the trip itineray:
11/8/2019: Meet at my house or the SLC airport: Depart Salt Lake City to San Diego: Fly Southwest Airlines, flight 2206 - departs 10:00 am - lands 11:00 am. Check into hotel (I haven't booked this as of yet) and spend day exploring San Diego or just resting pool-side or at the beach. Dinner on your own or together.
11/9/2019: Have breakfast (not included). Check-out and be ready to transfer to Tijuana Airport by 7:30 am. Cross the boarder thru CBX terminal (enter CBX from U.S. side: https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/ ) to get to Tijuana Airport. Fly from Tijuana to Los Mochis, Mexico. Volaris Airlines, flight 560: departs 10:48 am - lands 1:46 pm. Have lunch in Los Mochis (not included) before transferring to the town of El Fuerte and spend the night at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo - Centro Historico : https://www.hotelposadadelhidalgo.com/ . Check-in, you can have dinner on your own or together and explore the town as you wish.
11/10/2019: Have Breakfast (not included). Check-out and be ready to transfer from hotel to train terminal by 7:30 am. Embark El Chepe train at 8:20 am. for ride thru the Copper Canyon to the town of Creel, Mexico, arriving at 3:40 pm. Train will make stops in towns along the way. There is a restaurant on the train serving snacks. You will need pesos to make purchases. Stops in each town will be approximately 30-40 mins., so you can also purchase food from vendors along the way. There will not be any wifi service available on the train and probably very limited cell service while in route. One suitecase of 55lbs and a handbag per person are allowed on the train (Be mindful how much you pack, it will be your responsibility to be able to handle your own luggage). Luggage storage will be at the end of the passenger car your seat is assigned.
Check into hotel Nov 10 - 12th, 2019 at 4:30 pm.: Best Western PLUS The Lodge At Creel Hotel & Spa, http://www.thelodgeatcreel.com.mx/ . Explore town of Creel the rest of the day on your own. Dinner on your own or together.
11/11/2019: Tour of Upper Copper Canyon Area: Start tour approximately at 9:00 am. Breakfast on your own.
The Copper Canyon has the best views to the top of the world, in addition there is the extreme adventure park, the longest zip line ZipRider in the world and also the cable car that passes over the entire canyon.
You will have the opportunity to enter a CHEPE tunnel and be at the highest in the world, as you will visit the San Luis de Majimachi viewpoint, the highest of all Copper Canyon
We will also take you to the cave of Doña Catalina, she is a very nice Tarahumara and you will love her treatment because she will invite you to go to her house, live on the edge of the Barranca del Cañon Oteros, she dawns with an impressive panoramic view of the canyons Copper
On the other hand in the adventure park we will give you all the necessary time to perform all the activities from launching from the ZipRider, the circuit of seven zip lines (back to the canyon), or touring the entire canyon in the cable car. See link for more info: http://parquebarrancas.com/ * Entrance fee and fees for rides in the park are not included in the tour price. Things you can do in the Adventure Park:
Park Entrance fee per person: $ 20 pesos per person, Approx. - $1.00 USD
Cable car over the canyon: $250 pesos per person, Approx. - $13 USD
7 Zip lines: $800 pesos per person, Approx. - $41 USD Price include cable car return.
Scaling & rock climbing cliff face: $600 pesos per person, Approx. - $31 USD
Ropes course: $250 pesos per person, Approx. - $13 USD
Zip rider: $1000 pesos per person, Approx. - $52 USD Price includes cable car return.
Duration: 30 min.
Distance: 2,530 m. on the cable and walk of 800 m.
Limits: Minimum weight of 99 lbs. and maximum of 264 lbs.
Additional data: Route 2 to 3 minutes on cable with a length of 2,530 m. and walk of 800 m. with duration of 20 to
30 min, and speeds of between 80 to 135 km / h
Places you will visit during the tour:
11/12/2019: Tour to town of Batopilas (Lower Copper Canyon area):
Have breakfast (not included) at hotel and check out by 9:00 am.
Batophilas: A small town in the Sierra Madre Occidental on the hill, with many stories to tell ...
The translation of his name is: “encased river”.
To get here you descend on a road on the edge of the canyon where there are many curves, where you can admire a wonderful view. Batopilas was a mining district in the seventeenth, eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, large amounts of silver were produced, today you can admire its squares, old buildings, rock bridges, a river and an aqueduct built in the nineteenth century that formed the silver ruin.
The climate of this magical city is ideal for subtropical vegetation. In addition, it is ideal for adventure sports: bird watching, mountain biking and horse riding.
Check in to Hotel Canyon Riverside Lodge located in Batopilas, Nov 12th - 13-th: http://www.booking.com/Share-thumrv Have dinner on your own and relax and explore Batopilas on your own the rest of the day.
11/13/2019: Continue tour of Batopilas and Lower Copper Canyon Area: Have Breakfast (included) and check-out of hotel by 9:00 am. After finishing tour return to the town of Creel and check back into Best Western PLUS The Lodge At Creel Hotel & Spa. Maybe have a massage. Dinner on your own or together. Explore Creel more and make any final gift purchases.
11/14/2019: Transfer tour to the city of Chihuahua, Mexico: includes Basaseachi Falls (2nd highest in Mexico), Mennonite farms. Have breakfast (not included) and be checked-out and ready to go by 9:00 am. Start tour to Basaseachi falls.
This transfer will start in Creel and along the way we will take you to the second highest waterfall in Mexico, Basaseachic. Here we see all the viewpoints and we can descend if you decide. The height is 260 meters (853 feet) high.
We continue to the Mennonite fields, here we visit museums, colonies, cheese factory and Mennonite gastronomy ... Lunch will be on me!
Finishing these two incredible tours we continue with the transfer to the city of Chihuahua.
Check into the Quality Inn Holel, Chihuahua, Mexico Nov 14-16th, 2019: http://www.booking.com/Share-ZG0JoX
11/15/2019: Explore the centro district and city of Chihuahua. Have breakfast (included) and be ready to go by 10:00 am. Have lunch together. Dinner on your own or together.
11/16/2019: Shop/Explore more of City on your own & afternoon wine tasting at Bodegas Pinesque winery (if you do not drink alcohol, you are welcome to join us/sans alcohol or stay in Chihuahua and explore on your own. Meeting back up with us at the hotel later):
Have breakfast (included) and be ready to check-out at 11:00 am. We will leave luggage with hotel. Morning is open for you to shop or explore more of the city on your own. Meet back up at hotel at 12:30 to go to winery. Have tour of Bodegas Pinesque winery and do a wine pairing and tasting menu - 3 hours. Return to Quality Inn to retrieve our luggage and head to the airport at 6:00 pm. Fly from Chihuahua, Mexico to Tijuana, Mexico. Volaris Airlines, flight 473, departing at 8:32 pm. - landing at 9:43 pm. Cross back over to US. side of the border via CBX Bridge and transfer to hotel in San Diego. Too late to make a flight from San Diego to Salt Lake City this evening. I have not booked a hotel in San Diego as of yet.
11/17/2019: Fly back from SAN to SLC: Have Breakfast (not included) and be ready to check-out of hotel at 11:00 am. I plan to explore San Diego some more that day and transfer to the airport around 2:00 pm. The flight I have booked direct from San Diego to Salt Lake City is on Southwest Airlines, flight 5556: departing SAN at 4:25 pm - Landing in SLC at 7:20 pm. There is an earlier Southwest direct flight that departs San Diego at 9:25 am and lands in Salt Lake City at 12:15 pm. that you can book instead. Arrange for your own pick up at the SLC airport or you are welcome to do an Uber with me from the airport to my house and drive home from there.