Luxury “El Chepe” Express

Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express
Luxury “El Chepe” Express

Luxury “El Chepe” Express


12 Days / 11 Nights

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The Copper Canyon Railway is one of the world’s most incredible rail journeys, and northern Mexico's biggest attraction, the luxury El Chepe Express, and the slow, bare-bones Chepe Regional, are the trains that run along this incredible feat of engineering Completed in 1961, the railway is as phenomenal in its engineering prowess as in the canyon views it offers. While there are incredible views the full length of the railroad route, the majority of the spectacular and dramatic scenery is on the Los Mochis part of the journey, at the beginning of this tour. This bucket list item can also be done in style with the luxury train and even more luxurious hotels in each destination!.

Special features of our 12 Day Luxury “El Chepe” Express: 

Type of Tourism:   Luxury, Culture, Nature, History, Archaeology.

Places to Visit:  Chihuahua, Copper Canyon, Creel, Batopilas, Mexico City.

Duration: 12 Days and 11 Nights. 

Type of Service: Private tours. 

Accommodation:  4 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


On arrival to Los Mochis Airport, our guide will be waiting to take you to the historic lodge. You can relax for the rest of the day or head out to explore this quaint and picturesque town. 

    After breakfast, we will head to the El Fuerte railway station on to Posada Barrancas, where you will board the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico “El Chepe”  train for a stunning ride into the Sierra Madre Mountains. In your First-Class carriage, you will enjoy exceptional service whilst appreciating the awe-inspiring views over these impressive mountains.  

      We will start the day with an invigorating walk to a lookout point over the Otero Canyon. We will then explore a Tarahumara cave house before visiting the local ‘fertility rock’, revered for its life-giving properties. 

        Back on El Chepe Express, we will travel the Copper Canyon railway to Creel, the frontier logging and mining town which is now a tourism centre. In the evening, we will settle into our  suites at the luxury hotel in Creel, located in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara.  

          Today is the day we descend the switchbacks into the depths of the Batopilas Canyon, passing through the Copper and La Bufa canyons. Arriving at Batopilas, we will arrive at the hotel which looks out over the Batopilas River. The town boasts ruins of the Sheppard Hacienda and incredible colonial architecture. You can also enjoy a beer with the locals at the Swinging Bridge Bar. In the evening, enjoy the delights of the Riverside Lodge, which is surrounded by cliffs and cactus-studded hillsides.

            Enjoy a full day in the picturesque town of Batopilas. Soak up the history, laze by the river, choose from a number of day hikes, or take a trip to visit the Lost Cathedral of Satevo. We will then return to our lodge for dinner and a good nights rest. 

              After an early breakfast, we will climb out of the Batopilas Canyon on the stunning journey back to Creel. You will have a free afternoon to relax or to explore the town. 

              You may choose to visit the local crafts cooperative or visit the nearby hot springs. There is plenty to do here! 

                Today, we will head to Chihuahua. The afternoon is free for relaxing and visiting the interesting museums and historical sights of this important city. 

                  Today, we will leave the Chihuahua hotel to head to the airport for the onward flight to Mexico City. We will be taken to the luxury hotel in the city.

                    Today we will enjoy this cosmopolitan city, including Xochimilco and trajinera, Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo, Zocalo, Palacio Nacional, the cathedral, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Reforma and Chapultepec. 

                      Today is a Free day to explore the city.

                        We will take you to the airport for your departing flight home or onto your next exciting destination!

                          WHAT'S INCLUDED

                          • All private ground transportation during your trip for tours and transfers mentioned according to the program
                          • 11 nights of lodging in Mexico
                          • 11 breakfasts (American and continental)
                          • 2 lunches
                          • First class train tickets
                          • Professional English guide for tours
                          • Entrances fees and activities to the sites of visit mentioned in the itinerary
                          • Hotel Taxes

                          WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                          • Extra charges for payments with credit card
                          • Travel insurance for trip cancellation, medical services, or evacuation
                          • Meals not described
                          • Departure tax
                          • Domestic or International flights
                          • Alcoholic and no alcoholic beverages
                          • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, etc
                          • Gratuities for drivers and guides
                          • Services not described

                          Trip Preparation & FAQS

                          Guides & Drivers:

                          2.2. Protective Measures and Equipment to consider:

                          2.2.1. Mandatory Equipment:


                          • Face mask

                          • Tied Hair (in case of having long hair)

                          • Closed Shoes (not sandals)

                          • Constant use of Hand Sanitizer

                          • Use pants with the uniform (not shorts)

                          • Sanitize your backpack and equipment constantly when providing services

                          • Limit the use of accessories (wallets, fanny packs, watches, etc.)

                          • Avoid sharing glasses, spoons, bottles, etc.

                          • Avoid the use of reusable tissues, make use of disposable towels or napkins

                          • Make use of the digital thermometer

                          • Avoid wearing a tie or scarf


                          III. SPECIFIC PREVENTION MEASURES


                          3.1. Tourist Guide Service


                          • Maximum 1 Guide for every 14 visitors

                          3.2. Tourist Reception

                          • Welcome: greet without physical contact and maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.


                          3.3. Delivery of Preventive Utensils

                          • Take the temperature of Each Visitor

                          • Hand Sanitizer

                          • Masks, if necessary.

                          • Gloves

                           Physical distancy and wear masks in public spaces are mandatory for clients, guides and drivers.

                          We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                          As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                          We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                          Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                          VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                          Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                          Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                          Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                          We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                          We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                          We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                          The official currency in Mexico is the mexican peso (MXN). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                          Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                          As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations.  An example of our sustainable projects:

                          Sustainable Tourism Policy

                          Our partner, Martsam Travel, organizes trips focused on sustainability while respecting the natural environment, the communities, and their traditions, trying as much as possible to use suppliers committed to sustainability practices, and collaborating with them in the implementation of these practices that lead us to raise the quality of the services offered.

                          Environmental Friendliness (Eco-Friendly):

                          All the activities of the company are analyzed, and it considered in order to avoid, mitigate, reverse or compensate any kind of environmental impact, since the natural environment is an essential part of our product and therefore is vital for our daily survival.

                          Social and Cultural Responsibility

                          It implies that the company analyzes and takes into account the social and cultural background of the sites and their areas of influence, in which it develops activities, so that these result benefits the local inhabitants as much as possible. The cultural environment is the most charismatic part of our product and therefore conserving it is conserving our way of life.

                          Financial Sustainability

                          We make sure that our operation generates profits for the local communities and make sure the benefits are real, we also ensure that the payments to the services they provide are fair.

                          Our partner, Martsam Travel, cooperates with different service providers such as hotels, restaurants, community projects, leaders, and local guides, relying on the “Best Practices Agreement in Sustainable Tourism”, established with the Rainforest Alliance in 2006.

                          Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                          Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                          The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                          This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                          For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: + (502) 5417-5517

                          At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects: Conservation in Ria Lagartos,

                          Conservation in Selestun, Merida Yucatan

                           Conservation at Sian Kan Reserve and Muyil Archaeological Site,

                          Visit local families, markets, etc

                          Visit communiarian projects at Señor and Tihosuco in Quinta Roo,

                          Projects at Oaxaca with artisanal agave production.

                          All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: + (502) 5417-5517. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                          This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                          This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                          The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                          Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                          For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                          In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                          In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                          It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                          We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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