An Easter Adventure!
COPPER CANYON, MEXICO
April 10-17, 2017
In 2017, we will explore Copper
Canyon, or Barranca del Cobre,
on a memorable train adventure
that will bring you dramatic
scenery, natural history and
Tarahumara Indians on one of
the most unique adventures in
This Easter expedition offers a
of early explorers, contemporary
Tarahumara Indian life, and the
distinctive natural heritage of the
region, plus a special opportunity
to be in Copper Canyon at the
time of the Tarahumara Indian
The striking volcanic scenery, bridges,
tunnels, and villages will be seen from the “train in the sky” and on the new tram!
The itinerary includes:
- Tarahumara Easter Festivities — the
largest group of native people in northern
Mexico, the Tarahumara live much as they
have for the past 400 years. Easter brings
fascinating dances celebrating the conflict
between good and evil, wrestling matches,
vigorous drum beating, and more! Eventually,
a colorful effigy of Judas is burned, and devils
are rounded up and herded into church.
- Copper Canyon Complex—Copper,
Urique, and Tararecua Canyons—these
rugged canyons are the largest and deepest
canyon complex in Mexico. The headwaters
rise at 9,000 feet and end at sea level over a
distance of less than 150 miles. We will explore
the Canyon Complex by train, bus, and the
newly constructed Copper Canyon Tram
which descends a couple thousand feet into
the Canyon. See the deep Urique Canyon
from a dramatic overlook.
- Chihuahua al Pacifico Train — completed
in 1961 with 408 miles of track, 85 tunnels, and
37 bridges, the train provides a panoramic view
of the canyon scenery. The first class, Fiat-built
train and track system is one of the engineering
feats of the world.
We hope you will join us this year to discover
the wonders of Copper Canyon on this special
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi Expeditions,
& The Planetary Society
here to See the Copper Canyon Map
per person + air.
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