Ted Travels The Land of Zorro
Did you know that there is a beautiful scenic train ride in Mexico? The railway line was first proposed way back in 1872 to transport goods from the central highlands to the port on Pacific. It took a hundred years to build, It was opened in 1961 and runs from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, in the northern states of the country.
The trains’ name is the Chepe and travels through 86 tunnels and over 37 bridges. What makes this train journey unique is that the train track runs through the Copper Canyon. Here are some interesting facts for your railway enthusiast. The Copper Canyon is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. This spectacular region in northern Mexico is made up of 9 major canyons most over a mile deep and they carve through the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. The train ride is described as the “most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere”. The journey starts at sea level and climbs to 2400 mts absl.
Known as the Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre, in Spanish) the region has over 20 canyons in nine systems. The passengers will see rivers, waterfalls, lush pine forests and oak trees, and green meadows. The local Indians, called Raramuri or Tarahumara, and are famous for long distance running, hunting and for sport.
Last time I did this trip we had 2 nights in Los Mochis and Creel, plus a night in the village of Batopilas. The latter was done by car over a very rough road leading down into the bottom of the Botopilas River and canyon.
I travelled in the old train now called the “Chepe Regional” runs 3 days a week between Los Mochis and Chihuahua. A day trip can take 16 hours, but the new train El Chepe Express runs daily between Los Mochis and Creel, has a business and first class cars and its priced accordingly!
We strongly recommend that clients get off at any of 3 or 4 stops along the way to stay overnight and have more time in the majestic Canyons, there are lots of great things to do and see, walks, treks, biking, birdwatching, river rafting, ziplines, along with panoramic views of the canyons at “miradores” to see the sunrise and sunset; plus Mission villages like Cerocahui, fertile valley producing vine yards. I loved the flat lands around Creel , with its valley of the Monks (rock formations) and Valley of the frogs.
The ideal duration of the trip would be around 6 days, to stay overnight in El Fuerte, in Divisadero, two nights in Creel, and we insist that clients stay at least one night in Los Mochis at the Posada De Hidalgo Hotel, guess what they might see at night! The Zorro, the legendary hero is said to have come from El Fuerte!