The Copper Canyon - El Chepe

The Copper Canyon - El Chepe

  • Region: North America
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  • Type: Deluxe Trains
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  • Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas

Journeys on The Copper Canyon - El Chepe

Introduction / History

In El ChePe, Mexico, take a scenic 14-hour ride aboard the most modern, comfortable passenger train in Mexico, as it chugs along the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico, also known as the Copper Canyon Railway. El Chepe runs between Chihuahua and Los Mochis through the Sierra Madre mountains and the Copper Canyon (which is really a series of canyons, not just one canyon, which creates a system that’s four times larger than the Grand Canyon).  The Copper Canyon railway is a stunning piece of engineering achievement. Opened after decades of construction in 1961, the railways was designed to connect the Pacific Ocean with Mexico's central desert territory and Chihuahua.
 
The line runs from Los Mochis on the Sea of Cortes to Chihuahua – 655 kilometres -passing though 86 tunnels and over 39 bridges.  During one unbelievable eight mile stretch the train make a series of three 180 degree turns (one over a bridge and two in tunnels) in order to change altitude by more than 1,000 feet–a mind-blowing rate for a train. 

A journey through Copper Canyon is one of the most enthralling journeys you can take in Mexico. The train ride itself is remarkable, the scenery is amazing, and the whole experience will become a lifetime memory for you and those travelling with you. 

Two classes of trains undergo this journey: yellow Primero Express cars and the red Classe Economico cars. The Economico train takes an extra 3 hours to complete this journey. 

Accommodation

Although the journey is long, there are no sleeping arrangements on the train as the entire journey is in the day. Every train has 2 to 3 passenger cars with 64 seats. The seats are comfortable and all the cars have air conditioning and heating system, reclining seats and ecological toilets. Every car has its porter to provide service and attention to the passengers.

Dining / Lounge

The dining car in the first class train is freshly decorated with the same elegant upholstery and carpet of the passenger cars. An excellently equipped kitchen serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. The deluxe lounge cars offer all varieties of drinks and a place for close camaraderie on the trip. Happy hour and cocktail parties enliven everyone’s spirits. Both the dining cars and the lounge cars are completely air-conditioned and are welcome additions to every train car. Food & Drink is not allowed in the passenger car.
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe
  • The Copper Canyon - El Chepe