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Itinerary

Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona

Welcome to Mexico’s majestic Copper Canyon. Enjoy an exciting roundtrip Copper Canyon train ride in a first class chartered train car. Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2 – Phoenix to Obregon, Mexico

Drive south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Enjoy lunch. Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to Obregon for overnight. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Yaqui Indian Museum, El Fuerte

This morning visit the Yaqui Indian Museum. Learn about the tribe’s traditions, costumes, art, and the famous deer dance. Enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit a Mayo Indian Village. See the remains of the old Tehueco Mission, dating from 1650 and the neighboring church built in 1811. Arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564. El Fuerte has been named a “Pueblo Magico” (“Magical Town”) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza’s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, romantic atmosphere and festive shows. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Copper Canyon Train to Divisadero

This morning, “All Aboard” for your Copper Canyon train trip, considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. You start at sea level and climb to 7,500 feet. The entire railroad passes through 86 tunnels and 38 bridges in the 25,000 square mile canyons of the Sierra Madre. The five major canyons are collectively known as Copper Canyon. Journey through Temoris where you see three ascending levels of the railroad. Enjoy a box lunch. Your scheduled arrival is early afternoon at your hotel on the rim of Copper Canyon. See sweeping majestic views from your room directly overlooking the canyon. Overnight elevation approximately 7,500 feet. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Copper Canyon Train to El Fuerte

Morning at leisure to enjoy spectacular views of Copper Canyon from your hotel. Walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below, or mingle with the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel. After lunch, reboard your chartered train car for another thrilling train ride through the Canyon. As you descend from the top of the Sierra Madre, you may see cascading waterfalls. Sheer canyon walls give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. See palm, banana, papaya and mango trees. Copper Canyon sunsets are a delight. Dinner is in the dining car. Return to El Fuerte for a relaxing two night stay. Overnight elevation approximately 300 feet. BLD

Day 6 – El Fuerte, River Float Trip

On your El Fuerte River float trip this morning, you may see parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfishers, doves, cormorants and other birds in their natural habitat (river and weather conditions permitting). Next, a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century cathedral and government palace. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to stroll the cobblestone streets and the charming plaza of El Fuerte, center of all social life. Before dinner, enjoy a colorful and festive Mexican ballet folklorico. BLD

Day 7 – Pottery Making, Hermosillo

This morning, see a demonstration of Paquimé pottery-making, made famous by the Casas Grandes Indians. Then, drive north. After lunch, continue to Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora. Sightseeing drive of the government palace and Asuncion Cathedral. Visit Zaragoza plaza. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Hermosillo to Phoenix, Arizona

Drive north this morning through the vast Sonora Desert with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre. The Sonora’s ecosystem includes a unique variety of plants and animals. Box lunch. This afternoon, re-enter the United States at Nogales, Arizona. Arrive at your hotel in Phoenix. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often long delays crossing the border. BL

Day 9 – Phoenix

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Muchas Gracias! B

About The Copper Canyon Train
The Chihuahua-Pacifico Railway, completed in 1961 after 90 years of construction, is a modern marvel of engineering. The same rails are used by all trains going through the Canyon. With Caravan you travel both the south and north route in a spacious air-conditioned chartered first class train car.

The train is operated by Ferrocaril Mexicano, exclusive owners of the Copper Canyon rail route. In the rare event of a train stoppage. Caravan will make alternative arrangements.

Both of your Copper Canyon train rides are scheduled in the daytime for the best lighting for views and photography. Often the train can be delayed for up to a couple of hours. A roundtrip train ride doubles your chances of viewing the canyon during daylight. Also, by going roundtrip, you can see a different side of the canyon in each direction.

Comfort and Safety, First Class Car
Caravan has reserved an entire first class train car. For your comfort, there are always more seats in your car than there are clients. For your safety, the seats in your train car are only available to Caravan clients and are not open to the general public. For your health, Caravan spends only one night on the rim which has an elevation of 7,500 feet.

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

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In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
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In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
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Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Update.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).

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