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Trafalgar Mexicos Great Copper Canyon Mexico's Great Copper Canyon (VCCA)

8 Days starts and ends in Phoenix (AZ) Print
Tour Style: CostSaver
USA and Canada Costsaver 2018
Visits: Phoenix (AZ), San Carlos, Alamos, El Fuerte, Posada Barrancas, Casas Grandes, USA, Costa Rica, Mexico

Four times bigger than the Grand Canyon, Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon is the backdrop for part of this extraordinary trip, as you travel over soaring bridges on the Train in the Sky. Cross the Sonoran Desert and less travelled regions of Mexico as you learn about cultured pearl farming, silver mining and the beautiful art of Mata Ortiz pottery.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Stroll the cobblestone streets, viewing restored mansions and Spanish colonial buildings
  • Learn about the famous pottery made from local clay, formed by the potter's hand and fired on the ground
  • See Mexico's Copper Canyon, four times larger than Arizona's Grand Canyon, from aboard the Train in the Sky, "El Chepe"
  • Discover the historical and cultural centre from stunning town square
  • See the historic murals on display at the Government Palace
  • Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its extensive archaeological remains, evidence of the vitality of an ancient culture
  • Enjoy this seaside town, sitting along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, home to desert gardens and beautiful ocean views

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel abroad "El Chepe" the Train in the Sky across Mexico's Copper Canyon

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Phoenix – Magdalena de Kino – Hermosillo – San Carlos (2 Nights)
This morning, meet with your Travel Director and begin your adventure. Cross the U.S. Mexico border and see the great Sonoran desert open up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti-one of the few places they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Magdalena de Kino, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax and settle in at your waterfront resort on the beautiful Sea of Cortez.Lunch
Day: 2 San Carlos Sightseeing
Board your private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez and keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and exotic sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. Afterward, take a scenic drive through stunning deserts and massive cacti, stopping at Mirador Escénico, rated by National Geographic as one of the "Top 10 Ocean Views." This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the marina and shops.Continental Breakfast
Day: 3 San Carlos – Alamos
This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about pearl oyster farming, grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, enjoy the local flavours of Mexico while dining with your travelling companions in a traditional setting.Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day: 4 Alamos – El Fuerte
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Specialist brings the town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. Tonight, experience ancient dances from the Yaquis. See the popular deer dance and other traditional Mexican folk dances.Continental Breakfast, Lunch
Day: 5 El Fuerte – Copper Canyon (2 Nights)
Mexico's Copper Canyon-four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona-looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey aboard the Train in the Sky, "El Chepe," travelling from sea level to 7,500 feet (2,285 metres) in less than 150 miles (240 kilometres), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain and now the spectacular views make it one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyon as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark at your hotel, situated right on the rim of the canyon.Continental Breakfast
Day: 6 Copper Canyon Sightseeing
Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as the Copper Canyon or "Barrancas del Cobre." Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years and view their tribe's arts and crafts. An optional gondola ride down the canyon is available this afternoon.Continental Breakfast
Day: 7 Copper Canyon – Guerrero – Casas Grandes
Travel to the village of Guerrero where a stop is made for lunch. The area is rich in culinary resources and apple orchards. Then, travel on to the bustling city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style called "Mata Ortiz" with a Local Specialist. Watch master craftsmen design fire pots, using techniques learned over several generations. Continue the evening with an optional dinner or return to your hotel.Continental Breakfast, Lunch
Day: 8 Casas Grandes – Paquime – Depart Phoenix
Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. See ceremonial mounds, the House of the Cross (believed to be a temple and observatory) and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Continue across the Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and your Phoenix hotel.Continental Breakfast, Lunch

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