There are a host of commercial sites for Copper Canyon, Mexico. So let me offer these cautions:
- Many Mexican and some Gringo sites offer “Paquetes” and special offers. Just be sure of what you are getting and possibly be ready for a quickie of a trip. I consider it a crime to take people to this great land for less than 5 days– and that is short!
- Some of the sites (mainly owned by people with financial interest in Los Mochis or El Fuerte–like they own a hotel there) will tout the value of starting and ending at the west end. I am often “informed” by people who have never been to Chihuahua of this little insight they have gained from the web. Hogwash I tell them. Just be aware that Mochis is difficult and costly to get to. Also we have chosen the El Paso approach to lessen the cost and enrich the experience of our guests–we are in it for you. Like approaching from the east end you experience Mata Ortiz, Janos and the sotol country, the vast ranch lands north of La Junta, Mennonite country, and of course lovely Juarez–I’m serious–Juarez is awesome. Actually we rarely take groups there, but it is such a cool place.
- Creel also gets promoted a lot on sites. It is a fine town with some good eateries. And the area has some good rock formations and a really nice waterfall in season. But it is certainly not the heart of the canyons. Yes perhaps the gateway and a junction of main roads. And yes backpackers still seem to flock there due mainly to websites and books I guess. But the heart of the place is the Divisadero to Temoris part of the train line and you will not want to miss the Divisadero/ Areponapuchi area- or the Cerocahui/Urique part for that matter.
- We allow no ads on our site so we are “sold out” to no one. Our guests are our priority and your trip is our focus.
This all being said, here are some sites (some in Spanish) that will give you basic info:
- The site for the Copper Canyon Train. It includes current pricing which is at times a little hard for us to keep day to day on.
- The site for the Chihuahua Tourism Board. Though this well meaning entity is well informed, they are hopelessly ineffective at promoting Copper Canyon or at facing the only issue that keeps people from going to Copper Canyon: the question ‘Is it safe to go to Mexcio?”. Still their site has lists of hotels and some other info that may help.
- One of the best historically is “People’s Guide to Mexico“, now in new hands.
- Lonely Planet
- The most important question- Is Mexico Safe? This site tells the truth about what it is really like in Mexico for tourists.