Train Travel in Chihuahua, Mexico
If you have a passion for trains and landscapes, your next destination awaits in the state of Chihuahua. There you can find the only touristic train in Mexico until today, and so the tours organized on this means of transportation have remained exclusive to the northern part of the country.
Copper Canyon Train Route
The magnificent rifts called Copper Canyon are found in that region, and they are part of the mountain range called Sierra Madre Occidental. However, your tour won’t start there, but in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, a town in the neighboring state. The first and only departure of the touristic train, El Chepe, is at 6 a.m. but you mustn’t feel demotivated for having to wake up so early; once on board you’ll be able to catch up on your sleep before heading to the restaurant where you can order a comforting breakfast. A few hours later, between 9 and 10 a.m., if you look out the window you’ll be able spot the first landscapes of the rifts, truly amazing sceneries that dabble in nature little by little while leaving behind the urban areas.
For the duration of the trip, you should have your camera ready in case you want to take pictures of the privileged views. For your comfort, the brakeman will let you know in advance when the train reaches a natural setting or engineering wonder worth being photographed; for example, the highest bridge, the longest one, the entrance to the deepest tunnel or the cascades between the rifts.
Tips for Traveling to Copper Canyon
We highly recommend that you book your seats near the wagon’s entrance or exit, closer to the outer balconies; that way you’ll be able to rush outside and enjoy the landscape in open air.
Don’t miss the opportunity to buy souvenirs at the balconies! In some stations where the train will stop, for example, Bauchivo, Tarahumara women and children approach the wagons to sell their crafts, but since it’s not allowed to get off the train there, you’ll have to “negotiate” from a distance.
Divisadero Tourism and Attractions
Although the train travels all the way to the city of Chihuahua, you should get off at a station called Divisadero. There you will find some of the best views and you’ll be able to try the main attraction of Copper Canyon: the cable car that crosses the rifts in only five minutes. You will also have the chance to fill your lungs with the mountain air riding the system composed by seven zip-lines –one of them is 1,113 meters (1,217 yards) long! And if you’re up to some extreme emotions, you can climb the rock that hangs by the rift and moves when you stand on it. It’s the perfect stage for a picture.
Another unique experience you’ll be able to have is visit the houses that belong to the Tarahumara Indians and that have been built on the mountain skirts. The locals will welcome you with open arms and offer you to purchase some of their handicrafts.
At nightfall, you can relax after a day of adventure at any of the different lodges you’ll find around. And once you’re ready to go back home, simply catch the train again and continue your way to Chihuahua.