2010 Standard Itinerary
- 12 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 2 Dinners
- 9 nights Comfortable Hotel
- 3 nights Standard Hotel
Train/Bus. We travel in Standard Class (the only class) on the Tequila Express and First Class on 'El Chepe', the Copper Canyon Train. On 'El Chepe' a bar and restaurant is available.
Approx 14 -
Explore Tour Leader and driver(s).
Highlights Of Mexico By Rail
Our first days are spent in Mexico City, a place that has been at the centre of life for several mighty empires, from Teotihuacan to the Aztecs and then the Spanish under Cortés. Heading north, we pause at the remarkably well-preserved colonial centre of Querétaro, whose splendid historical buildings are hidden by the modern city that has built up around it. Continuing to Guanajuato we arrive at a city nestled into the hills where the narrow streets and profusion of colonial architecture give the town an intimate atmosphere.
At Guadalajara, we have time to wander the through cobbled plazas that are largely unchanged since colonial times before boarding the Tequila Express that will carry us into the Tequila-agave fields. The train ride is aimed at local tourists and most of our fellow passengers will be Mexican. Soaking up the festival atmosphere, we'll join them eating, dancing and drinking the zingy spirit for which the region is so famous.
From Chihuahua we board 'El Chepe', the First Class train service that will carry us for the next 3 days through the breathtaking scenery of the Sierra Madre Mountains. A remarkable feat of engineering, the Copper Canyon Railway winds it way across 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, presenting us with jaw-dropping views. One of the highlights of our journey will be the overnight stops at the villages of Posada Barrancas and Cerocahui, that give us a taste of local life before we arrive at our final destination of El Fuerte.
Baja California Extension
If you have more time, we highly recommend taking an extra few days to discover the turquoise seas, wildlife and sandy beaches of the Baja Peninsula. From our comfortable base near La Paz we go whale watching in season (late Dec - mid Mar) and out of season we take a boat to Magdalena Island searching for bottlenose dolphins.
Mexico City - Exploring Mexico’s vibrant capital. Visit the ancient site of Teotihuacan.
Colonial Mexico - Discover the colonial gems of Queretaro and Guanajuato.
Tequila Express - Join the locals and enjoy this fiesta into the agave fields
Copper Canyon Railway - One of the world’s most spectacular natural settings and one of its most scenic and enterprising railways.
Itinerary [+] Detailed Itinerary
Join tour Mexico City
2 to 3
AM sightseeing, then drive to Queretaro
Visit colonial Queretaro; drive to Guanajuato
AM walking tour; drive to Guadalajara via Tlaquepaque
Day tour aboard the Tequila Express
AM in Guadalajara; PM fly Chihuahua
‘El Chepe’ to Barranca
Train to Cerocahui; excursion in the Copper Canyon to Cerro Gallegos
Train to El Fuerte
AM tour of El Fuerte; PM fly to Mexico City from Los Mochis
Tour ends Mexico City