Deep in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico’s rugged north-west, 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. The remote wilderness is the home of the Tarahumara people, who remain among Mexico’s most traditional indigenous groups. This is a fascinating pocket of northern Mexico and there’s no better way to take it all in than by riding the Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico, one of the world’s great railway journeys.
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The weather in Copper Canyon is wide and varied
The seemingly endless Copper Canyon cuts a swathe through the barren desert, offering views of some of the continent's most spectacular mountain scenery. Evenings here can get very chilly, particularly between January - February, and deep snow is common at high altitudes between November and March. Temperatures vary greatly in the desert: June is the hottest month which spikes at 40°C, while December can drop below zero.View our Copper Canyon weather guide
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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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