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Mexico‘s Copper Canyon FAQ

FAQ for this Tour

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. Back to Top

What is not included in the tour price?

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price. Back to Top

Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?

From the scenic Canadian Maritimes to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion. Back to Top

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers. Back to Top

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals within Latin America are included. Most meals are included within the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified. Back to Top

What is the currency exchange rate?

As of October 1, 2006, the currency exchange rate is 10.82 Mexican pesos to 1 U.S. Dollar. Back to Top

Do you have any advice on purchasing real estate and timeshares?

We strongly caution against purchasing real estate or timeshares during your vacation with us. Instead, we suggest you use the experience for the purposes of orientation and information gathering. If you are interested in such a purchase, we suggest you return for at least one more visit and seek the guidance of a lawyer. Back to Top

What is the electric current in Mexico?

110 volts 60Hz, which is identical to the U.S. voltage. No adaptors are needed for small U.S. appliances. However, a universal adaptor is needed for any other appliances designed to be used outside of Mexico. Back to Top

What are Mexico’s National Holidays?

January 1st (New Year's Day), February 5th (Mexican Constitution Day), March 21st (Birth of Benito Juarez), May 1st (Labor Day), September 16th (Independence Day), November 20th (Revolution Day), December 1st (new President assumes office, 2006, 2112), December 25th (Christmas Day). Back to Top

Should our packing list change with the seasons?

In Spring and Summer it is hot and dry during the day in El Paso and Chihuahua, cool at night. In Spring, Creel is cool at night and in the morning, pleasant for the rest of the day. El Fuerte can be humid and hot, especially in summer, so take a sun hat. In the winter months you may see some snow at the higher elevations. In Spring and Fall, take a light jacket. For winter, take a heavy jacket, scarf, gloves and warm pajamas. But down forget those t-shirt layers for El Fuerte where the temperature will be much warmer! And always, don't forget the sun block, bug spray, a good supply of wet wipes, anti-diarrheal medicine and a travel alarm clock! . Back to Top

What is the highest altitude on the Copper Canyon tour?

8200 ft while on the train and bus. Highest overnight stops are 7700 ft in Creel and 7300 ft in Barrancas. Altitudes are approximate and do not take into account any detours necessitated by bad weather conditions. Back to Top

Can we drink the water?

Visitors are advised not to drink water from the faucet. Bottled water is provided by Caravan and purified water is available at the restaurants and hotels. You are also advised not to use ice or ice products unless you are sure the products are made from purified water. Back to Top

What kind of food can we expect?

Food is a combination of mild Mexican and traditional American cuisines. Meals are offered on a set menu and we regret no special diets can be accommodated. Dining on your own can increase health risks. Back to Top

Do we need an international drivers licence to drive in Mexico?

For short visits, a U.S. driver's licence is sufficient. Back to Top

Do most Mexican vendors accept U.S. credit cards and dollars?

Credit cards are only accepted in Chihuahua and vendors in El Fuerte do not accept U.S. dollars. However, a supply of low-denomination U.S. dollars is very helpful. ATMs are available at all stops except Barrancas and money may be changed in Chihuahua. Back to Top

Where can we do laundry?

There is a laundromat at the hotel in Chihuahua. When it is not in service, there is another, one block away from the hotel. Back to Top

Can we check email during this tour?

There are internet cafes and facilities in all towns on this tour except for Barrancas. Back to Top

What’s the best way to call home?

We recommend you purchase a public calling card in Mexico; $10 U.S. will purchase around 15 minutes of call time back to the States. Public pay phones are plentiful. Back to Top

Tell me about the transfers in El Paso and Chihuahua

A hotel courtesy shuttle is provided on arrival. Because of airport security regulations, the shuttle cannot wait for passengers, so you must call from the baggage claim courtesy phone when you have retrieved your bags. The El Paso Hilton Airport is located across the street from the airport. You may prefer to walk across. Caravan provides the departure transfer on the last day, driving from Chihuahua to the El Paso airport. Scheduled arrival at the airport is around 1:30 p.m. Domestic flights have to be scheduled out of El Paso after 3:00 p.m. There is an airport in Chihuahua (CUU) serviced by Continental Airlines (800 231-0856), Aero Mexico (800 237 6639) and Aero California (800 237-6225). Caravan does not provide a transfer for clients who chose to fly out of Chihuahua. Taxi fare to the Chihuahua airport is around $20 U.S. Back to Top

Is there time to hike to the bottom of the canyon?

No, not on this tour. This would take at least 8 hours. Back to Top

I’d like to do some fishing and play some golf.

Fishing trips can be booked when you are in El Fuerte- please check with the hotel. You would have to miss scheduled activities and a refund would not be offered for such missed activities. Golf is available on a similar basis near Chihuahua. Back to Top

Is the El Fuerte float trip suitable for all age groups?

All age groups enjoy this gentle, 45 minute float trip. Back to Top

When is the rainy season?

From the end of June to the beginning of September. Back to Top

Is there air conditioning and heat at all the hotels?

There is air conditioning at all hotels except for the high elevation hotels at Creel and Barrancas. All hotels have heat except for the hotel at El Fuerte. Even so, you might want to take along warmer clothing for the winter tours. Back to Top

What distances are involved?

From El Paso to Creel, around 340 miles. From Barrancas to Chihuahua around 170 miles. From Chihuahua to El Paso, around 290 miles. Back to Top

Does the train make any stops?

There are four official stops en route from Creel to El Fuerte. Divisadero ( a fifteen minute stop, the only stop where Caravan clients may alight), San Rafael, Bahuichivo and Temoris. Back to Top

Are there rest rooms on board the train?

Yes, there is a separate rest room for ladies and one for gentlemen. Back to Top

Can we buy alcoholic beverages on the train?

Yes, from the club car. Back to Top

When the Pancho Villa Museum is closed is there a substitution?

When the museum is closed, we take a longer city sightseeing ride. Back to Top

FAQ for all Tours

How long has Caravan been in business?

Caravan has been offering fully escorted tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations. Back to Top

Do I have to participate in all of the activities?

No. You may chose to skip an activity and relax at your hotel or do some independent exploring instead. If you do not wish to participate in an activity, simply advise your Tour Director. In most cases, we cannot make refunds for missed activities. Back to Top

How far in advance do I need to book my tour?

Many tours sell out each year. The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available. Back to Top

Does information on the web site differ from the brochures?

Caravantours.com is constantly updated and is likely to have more complete and current information about new tours, hotel descriptions, weather, transfers, packing and other useful information. While we strive for perfection, errors are inevitable, both in print and on this web site. If you have any questions or wish to confirm any information, please contact us. Back to Top

U.S. Center for Disease Control

You may check the U.S. Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel advisories and disease information on your travel destination. Caravan does not have any medical doctors on staff and cannot provide medical advice. Back to Top

Do you have family trips?

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children should be at least 5 years old. Back to Top

What forms of payment do you accept?

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, Discover or by check. Back to Top

Do you have a travel protection plan?

Yes. Caravan’s travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $99. Find out more. Back to Top

Can I use my cell phone on tour?

Out of courtesy to your fellow tour members, please restrict the use of cellphones to emergency use only when you are on the motorcoach. Please also remember to turn off ringers; cellphone conversations and ringers are intrusive and can spoil other passengers' enjoyment of the tour. Please contact your service provider for information regarding cell phone reception areas, calling costs and surcharges. Back to Top