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The Copper Canyon
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Letters on the Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon

Trip Options:

We offer two standard departures from the canyon rim where you get off the train. The 10 day standard trip starts at the airport in Los Mochis, Sinaloa (airport code LMM), where you'll be met by our guide for an escort to the canyon rim where you depart the train the following day. You have an unescorted return by train at the completion of the hike to El Fuerte, where you'll be met for your transfer to the hotel, and transfer the following day to the airport in Los Mochis.
Alternatively, a group of six or more booking together, can be met at the airport in Chihuahua, Chihuahua (airport code CHH) for escorted van or bus service to the canyon rim. You can then finish your trip with the train ride to the coast for the total trip cost, or strike out on your own.
Yet a third option is to meet us on the canyon rim. This is a seven night package, with a night on the rim on either end of the 5 canyon camping nights. This is a popular choice since Copper Canyon is such a remote area. It allows travelers the option to experience the best of the Urique Canyon while on a more extended tour of Mexico.

All backpacking trips are customized. We'll work with you on the departure dates, difficulty, and duration. We need 90 days advance notice. These hikes are fully SELF supported and generally limited to 6 people. In addition to the "What to Bring" list, you should provide the following gear with which you are comfortable: 30 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag, pad, tent (optional). A sleeping bag liner is recommended. We provide all the food for meals and snacks, stoves and fuel, and a tarp for cooking in inclement weather. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions. We always have a local along. Backpacks differ from burro assisted mainly in that we cook for our local guides, and don't have the infrastructure the Mexican crew provides. As always, we appreciate their Point of View and the fact they they're probably related to people we run in to on the trail; and after all, we are the visitors.

Canyoneering is a growing sport, and that's especially true here. Lots of people ask about kayaking, and it's just not feasible in most water. You'd spend most of you time portaging. But it is a great area for canyoneering. There is not much rappelling, but spectacular riverside hiking generously seasoned with a variety of pools, cascades, and boulder fields. We take canyoneers. Our multiday trips are long because put-ins and take-out points are limited. Our standard gear is a drybag lashed to a poolraft. These trips are awesome! Groups size with guides limited to four.

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