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Mexico: Copper Canyon

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In north-western Mexico the seemingly fathomless Copper Canyon cuts a swathe through the barren desert crust, offering views of some of the continent's most spectacular mountain scenery. There are a score of ravines and gorges, and, according to altitude (up to 2,400m), an infinite variety of landscape and vegetation from snow-dusted peaks smothered in conifers to sub-tropical citrus groves. This remote wilderness is occupied by the indigenous Tarahumara people who practice subsistence agriculture.

Our holidays to Copper Canyon

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Ride the Copper Canyon

Mexico's Copper Canyon Railway and Baja Coast

Private journey

11 days from £2,530pp

Things to do in Copper Canyon


Ride the Copper Canyon railway

jesuit mission copper canyon creel

Elephant Rock and Jesuit mission

chepe express

Ride the Chepe Express


Copper Canyon zipline and cable car

Our insider tips for Copper Canyon

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Biking or horse-riding to visit the rock formations and Jesuit mission outside the small town of Creel. The rocks have taken the forms of mushrooms and a frog which makes them look quite surreal and photogenic, with the added colour of the Tarahumara  indians who sell their wares in the shade of these eroded volcanic extrusions. 
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Taking a trip down to Batopilas, a riverside silver-mining town in the subtropical bed of the canyon.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Gazing down over the canyon from one of the miradores on the rim of the ravine. You’ll see craggy limestone, chalk and red rock cliffs stretching out to a distant horizon.

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

Taking photos at the most interesting point of the train trip, just before entering a 937m long tunnel beyond Bahuichivo. You’ll come away with images of the 2,000m high green and rust red rock cliffs which gave the canyon its name. Below at only 500m above sea level the river Urique snakes its way along the canyon floor.

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