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Sun Bowl trip to Copper Canyon

The Sun Bowl is coming up December 31 in El Paso and who knows now which teams will play there this year.

Enjoy the train in Copper Canyon right after the Sun Bowl.

One thing you can know. There is a great way to cap off your Sun Bowl experience. Not far from El Paso is the incredible Copper Canyon (like it is bigger than Grand Canyon) and you can experience it and still be back home after New Year’s week.

Here is the itinerary for the Sun Bowl Copper Canyon trip for 2012:

Sun Bowl Copper Canyon Trip

January 1-5, 2011

This five day small group trip into the majestic Copper Canyon will be a true learning experience. How better to cap off your Sun Bowl experience than with a fascinating journey into one of Mexico’s most spectacular areas? Join the Copper Canyon experts from Authentic Copper Canyon on the train through the Sierra Madres!

Here is a brief itinerary:

Jan 1– You are picked up at your hotel in El Paso and we are off toward the big apple- Chihuahua City. Dinner together and perhaps an evening view of the gigantic cathedral in the central plaza. We check into the historic boutique hotel, the San Felipe el Real. Stroll the historic district and the vast market.

The journey– We get and introduction to Norteño food as we travel south through the high elevation of the Chihuahua Desert. Burritos and other delicious street foods will be ours to choose from in the little towns north of Chihuahua.

Chihuahua City- This bustling hub for commerce has its roots as a mining and ranching center. Several fascinating museums (including the Pancho Villa home) gather around the towering 1700s cathedral. The food here is a bit eclectic and reflects the melting pot that Chihuahua has become.

Jan 2–  Board the train in the morning headed west for Areponapuchi (Posada Barrancas station). We arrive at this tiny town and a lovely local lodge- above the canyon- Mansion Tarahumara. Dinner, relax as well as perhaps watch the sunset over the vast reaches of Copper Canyon. “Arepo”as we call it, is officially “nowhere Mexico”. The area around Arepo gives us a good long look at Copper Canyon, and we have plenty of time to look around.
Areponapuchi– Just call it Arepo and don’t expect the big city. This tiny place sits near the rim of some of the best views of Copper Canyon. The new gondola and ziplines are a scenic thrill, and you can walk or ride horses in and around the great canyon. Also a good place to pick up local souvenirs.

Jan 3 – All day to enjoy ziplines, gondola, hiking, etc….and relax! This is one of the most beautiful spots in Copper Canyon.

Jan 4 – Sunrise at the edge of Copper anyone? Breakfast and a walk down through a Tarahumara cave dwelling. Some last views of the canyon, then we catch our van to head for Casas Grandes As the evening cools a walk through the ancient Indian ruins at Paquime. Our home this evening is the lovely hacienda, Casa de Nopal.

Casas Grandes– Right on the edge of Casas are the Paquime Indian archaeological ruins- a UNESCO World Heritage site- and nearby is the tiny village of Mata Ortiz. The pottery from this area is very special and known around the world for its intricacy and character.

Food in the Casas area- This is the high desert area and truly ranch country. We will eat at an historic hacienda and savor the local restaurants.

Jan 5 – Plenty of time to finish our experience here. Later in the day we are off to El Paso. We drop into Janos on the way and get a warm welcome and tour with Celso and Emma at Don Cuco sotol. Sotol is THE drink of Chihuahua and is somewhat like tequila- but better…bring some home!

Sotol- This stop at Don Cuco will give you a full introduction (including a few sips) to this fine spirit from the enchanting Chihuahua area.

  • Price for this trip is $999 USD per person. Single room, add $150.
  • This includes all guides, transport, food, and hotels in Mexico except your visa, 2 meals, gondola and zipline, and alcohol. I will supply an overview of expected personal expenses.
  • Payable to TopTrips, 514 South Edwin, Champaign, Il 61821 and due by December 20, 2011.

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