Mysteries Of MEXICO’s Copper Canyon

Chihuahua, Mexico

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Jul 16 - 24, 2024
Group size: 8 - 10
Mysteries Of MEXICO’s Copper Canyon
Chihuahua, Mexico

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Jul 16 - 24, 2024
Group size: 8 - 10

About this trip


Ready for a truly unforgettable adventure that will take you well off the beaten path?

Trip Highlights

Let The Continental DRIFTER® take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Mexico's Copper Canyon! 

Explore the breathtaking canyon and its meticulous landscapes. Discover Creel's charming old Western appeal and experience Divisadero's grandeur (after all, it's situated right on the canyon rim). 

Savor the many distinct flavors of El Fuerte which is located in the middle of lush rain forests, while peeking into Cusarare's many hidden secrets. Hop onboard El Chepe for a train journey you won't soon forget and have an opportunity to take pictures like no other—witness firsthand how this incredible rail system connects many different communities through beautiful scenery!

Our tour also allows visitors to get up close and personal with the locals, especially the Tarahumara Indians, who are known for their arts and crafts and distinctive way of dressing (as well as their long-distance running capabilities). 

You'll also learn about their culture and way of life by conversing as you explore one of nature’s greatest wonders!

Testimonials About This Trip

""This was my 3rd trip with Ralph. His tours are always well planned & organized. Ralph is calm, patient and very helpful. Copper Canyon is as spectacular as he describes; hiking to an amazing waterfall, zip lining Mexico's longest zip line thru the Canyon or you can simply ride the cable car. The local Tarahumara people are shy, but warm and friendly. If you're from the U.S., Copper Canyon is in your backyard, a highly recommended tour for anyone with a sense of adventure (or not)."

~ Silvia B. (Mexico, Cambodia, India, Chicago, others)

"My trip to Copper Canyon, Mexico, was really an eye-opener. It is a destination that was never on my radar until PhotoEnrichment Adventures started going there. While there you get to see a side of Mexico that never gets mentioned. The landscape was beautiful and the rolling clouds made for great photos. Another highlight was meeting and interacting with the native Tarahumara people in their cave homes. They were very welcoming to us. We were able to go inside their homes and take as many photos as we wished."

~ Patrick M. (Mexico, Spain, Cambodia, Antarctica, Morocco, India, others)

“This was my first trip with Ralph which I found most informative as I had never travelled to Mexico before. Ralph is an excellent tour guide, his attention to detail is clearly of paramount importance because he takes pride in running a tight ship!”

~ Robert J. (Mexico, Costa Rica, others)

“Loved it. I always felt in very capable hands with Ralph and Patrick. P.S. Patrick is wonderful. He is such a thoughtful and knowledgeable person. Hope I get to take a trip with him someday.”

~ Alice A. (Mexico)

“Wonderful experience and amazing to see the extent of Copper Canyon and the beautiful Tarahumara people...”

~ John Y. (Mexico, Cambodia, France, Vietnam, others)

“This was my first trip with [PhotoEnrichment Adventures] and I'm certain it will not be my last. Ralph and Patrick did a great job orchestrating interesting and challenging activities for us and selected excellent accommodations. I would recommend PEA's trip to Copper Canyon to all my friends.”

~ Jim B.

“A brilliantly run trip by Ralph et al with superb logistics, wonderful cultural education, spectacular scenery, and excellent food! And the train ride was a gem, too.”

~ Gary K.

“I feel comfortable photographing all the native people on Ralph’s trip because he has been here before and they know what to expect from us tourists.”

~ Nancy E.

"The key thing about Ralph's tours is that I do not feel like a tourist."

~ Patrick M. (Mexico, Portugal, France, Spain, Costa Rica, others)

"Copper Canyon turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life."

~ Caroline J. (Mexico, Morocco)

"As a cultural tour guide, Ralph introduces you, and doesn't sort of direct you, to the culture of Copper Canyon."

~ David T. (Mexico, Vietnam, others)

"Excellent trip to get outdoors, the visual is almost unbelievable. El Chepe Train ride was much more modern and comfortable than expected."

~ John R. (Mexico, Colombia, Cambodia, Iceland, others)

About this Itinerary


Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner

Participants can expect about a half-day of scheduled activities and a half-day of free time, on average.

What’s included

  • Transfers
    In-country airport transfers and transfers to/from El Chepe train.
  • Accommodations
    A single or double room in comfortable hotels.
  • Meals
    All Breakfasts (B), and most Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) during the trip are included.
  • Transportation
    Round-trip ticket for El Chepe. Private group transfers from Creel to Divisadero and Creel to Chihuahua.
  • Tours
    Tour canyons, valleys, Tarahumara villages, waterfalls, rock formations, caves, lakes, and more.
  • Entrance Tickets
    Tickets for various included entry fees.
  • Guide
    Local guide while in Creel and Divisadero.
  • Gratuities
    Group tips for guide(s) and driver(s).

What’s not included

  • Airfare
    Airfare to and from Chihuahua.
  • Visa Fees
    No visa is required for travelers from the USA, others may vary.
  • Other Transfers
    Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, laundry, Internet access when not included, souvenirs, telephone calls, additional tips, alcoholic beverages, and other items.
  • Additional Beverages
    Drinks and other items not mentioned are not included.
  • Additional attractions
    Tickets for the optional zip line or Ziprider (note that these and other activities are completely optional and done at your own risk and subject to availability).

Available Packages

Trip Price in Double Occupancy
Available until May 16, 20245 left

If you'd like to share a room with another traveler, you can save the Single Supplement.  

Ask us, and we may be able to pair you up with another same-sex traveler willing to share as well.

Deposit: $750
Trip Pricing in Single Room
Available until May 16, 2024only 3 left

If you'd like your own room throughout this experience there is an additional Single Supplement of $699 added to the above Double Occupancy price.

Deposit: $750


Day 1
Fly to Chihuahua City, Welcome Dinner

Meals: D

Please know that all aspects of this itinerary are subject to change.

Plan your flight to arrive at Chihuahua City airport (airport code: CUU) any time before 4 pm this day and then be welcomed by local staff and TRANSFER to your hotel.  

DINNER at a local restaurant in the Old Center of Chihuahua is included.

Overnight at Hotel Quality Inn Downtown (or similar).

Your Organizer

The Continental DRIFTER®
2 reviews
Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all of which have been 5-star rated on Google and Facebook). Our guides, drivers, accommodations, restaurants, experiences, and activities are all thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!


Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
Karen, thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed our trip to Spain, it was a pleasure having you along and I can't wait until the next one!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023
Thank you, Robin, for the amazing 5-star review. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that this trip exceeded all your expectations and I look forward to seeing you on the road again real soon!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023