Mexico’s Copper Canyon is a Breath-Taking Train Trip
Boarding the train in Los Mochis on the Western edge of Northern Mexico, this train trip covers 37 bridges and 86 tunnels. Some of the most astonishing train tracks in the world are on this route.
Sit back and relax as you begin the climb into the Copper Canyon.
The entire route goes from Los Mochis to Chihuahua and crosses the Continental Divide 3 times. You need a lot of patience on this trip. The train does not keep a very good schedule and many things can delay it. On our trip it was a freight train that turned over and blocked the tracks as we sat on the station floor and waited. Communication is not very good.
The Indian Ladies
Along the way, we stopped to allow a group of Terrahumara Indian ladies and girls to board. They dress in brightly colored skirts, layering one on top of another till they look like square dancers.
Hanging off their arms are scores of woven baskets of all sizes and shapes. We had been told to bring a plastic bag to take our baskets home and now we know why.
These amazing baskets are woven inside and outside. The ladies sit on the hot cement at the entrances to the hotels and weave their baskets. The little children from toddlers up kind of hang out with the women.
The men of the tribe are working at the bottom of the Canyon mining for semi precious stones. It is over 120 degrees in the mines. One day they came to the hotel dressed in white to serenade us with their music.
The exact numbers of these cave-dwelling Indians is not known, but estimates of 35,000 and up are guessed. They climb up and down the canyon walls on bare-feet. Very amazing.
An Amazing Place to Stay
The hotel you MUST stay at in Divisadero is Posada Barrancas. It blends in with the canyon, and the balconies overhang the canyon walls. There are no TVs or telephone. The absolute silence is so soothing, I could sit there for hours.
I would say you should stay at least 2 nights. The food is wonderful and served family style.
It can get cold up there, so a warm jacket for evening is recommended. Maybe bring a book on stars because they are so bright.
This is also a bird lovers paradise…it is on the route of the humming birds and there are feeders everywhere. People come from all over the world for the experience.
Call me to take you to a quiet beautiful place.