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Cruise 34b Mexico's Sea of Cortes Whales & Wildlife + Copper Canyon
CABO SAN LUCAS TO CHIHUAHUA
12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
DAYS 1-7 CRUISE CABO SAN LUCAS TO LA PAZ For complete details see the Whales and Wildlife Cruise 34a. Disembark for an included dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Los Arcos in La Paz. D
DAY 8 LA PAZTO EL FUERTE Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Los Mochis. Stop at the Maya Indian village of Tehueco for a traditional dance performance. Travel to the Posadadel Hidalgo in EI Fuerte. Founded in 1564, EI Fuerte was a frontier outpost where expeditions to California and New Mexico began. Visit the City Hall, the oldest church, and the Main Plazaon a leisurely walking tour. BLD
DAY 9 COPPER CANYON (SIERRA TARAHUMARA) BY RAIL Transfer to the Chihuahua-al-Pacifico Railroad to begin the ascent into the Sierra Madres, traveling east through coastal plains. The Sierra Tarahumara is a maze of 200 gorges combining to form six interconnecting canyons. You will rise over 8,000 feet, crossing deep ravines and passing through more than 68 tunnels. Upon arrival at Divisadero, transfer to your hotel, situated near the rim of the Urique Canyon. BLD
DAY 10 COPPER CANYON After breakfast travel by motor-coach to Cusar are to visit the Jesuit Mission and the new museum featuring recently restored 16th, 17th, and 18th century paintings collected by the Jesuit missionaries. While there, stop next door at the Tarahumara boarding school for a chance to interact with the children. After lunch in Creel, you will have the opportunity to wander around the small rustic town and enjoy the unique rock formations that surround the area. Over night at your rim hotel. BLD
DAY 11 MOTOR-COACH TO CHIHUAHUA Descend from the mountains by motor-coach to Chihuahua, the capital city of the State of Chihuahua. Along the way, stop for lunch. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, formerly the home of Chihuahua's most famous citizen, Pancho Villa. Don't miss the cathedral - the organ was brought from Germany with sculptures originating from Italy. Tonight, celebrate your explorations with a farewell dinner. BLD
DAY 12 TRANSFER TO THE CHIHUAHUA AIRPORT for your trip home. B
Request: Sea of Cortes Whales and Wildlife Cruise 34a + Copper Canyon.
A Train Ride To Heaven
Even that description fails to do justice to the spectacular scenery and engineering feats of the Chihuahua-a I-Pacifico Railroad. Running for 214 miles between EI Fuerte and Divisadero, the route climbs from sea level to over 8,000 feet, crosses 39 bridges up to 1,638 feet in length, travels through 68 tunnels up to 3,074 feet long. The railroad's construction ran into all kinds of problems, from competition by the opening of the Panama Canal to the Mexican Revolution. But the greatest obstacle was the untamable Sierra itself. The terrain dictated some wild twists and turns, including a complete360- degree loop and a 180-degree turn inside a tunnel. Originally built to give Texas produce access to a Pacific port, the railroad is now recognized for its scenic wonders as it slowly passes through green-tinged canyons, thick coniferous forests, and along the rim of one of the world's most spectacular canyons.
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