A train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis alone would be a great getaway. Add that train running through México’s Las Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon), a series of canyons four times bigger than the Grand Canyon of the United States, then you’ve got one of the most amazing trips in store for you! Stopping at the adventure park in Divisadero – well, you won’t find another trip in the world anywhere like it!
In July of 2017 I made my adventure plans come true. Instead of paying the price to a tour company, I spent about half the amount by doing it myself. It was a little intimidating at the start, so I started early! Researched El Chepe and the stops that could be made. Decided on the stops I wanted to spend a day or more at and booked hotels. Emailed the El Chepe people and booked the tickets. Booked a flight to El Paso and then bought a bus ticket to Chihuahua. Attached the trip to my usual summer getaway in Mazatlán, and just bought a bus ticket there the morning after arriving in Los Mochis.
You can google Las Barrancas del Cobre, El Chepe, and Copper Canyon – and you can read my chronicles of the trip here: http://www.mazatlecos.com/2017/06/26/el-chepe-y-las-barrancas-del-cobre-copper-canyon/.
Recently there’s been talk about extending El Chepe down to Mazatlán, which would open up my world to great short trips to the canyon. There’s also a new train on the route, Chepe Express, which is ultra-modern and sparkly … but it only goes from Creel to Los Mochis and back. Why they don’t go the extra stop to Chihuahua I don’t know, but I’m assuming you can get off in Creel and then take the other train to Chihuahua if you want.