On a trip like this it is hard to justify the cost of organised activities. After all, we’re travelling independently and we have Juanita so surely we should always use her?
Maybe, but it’s nearly my Birthday, the train journey to the famous Copper Canyon area is said to be spectacular and if we don’t take Juanita we get to stay in a hotel with amazing views! Sold to the couple in the slightly grubby hats they seem to be wearing in most photos!
We had it on good advice from Tom and Rose that we should start the journey at El Fuerte as the 2.5 hour leg prior to this is not particularly interesting scenery. El Fuerte itself is quite a pretty little town that we wandered around for a couple of hours.
Looks like a project!
and so does this.
We arrived at the station in good time for the 8.15am train and tiptoed around trying not to wake the resident dogs.
The train rolled in pretty slowly, lucky that as John had decided a photo from on the track was required!
Although we had chosen to only do part of the trip it was still a 6 hour journey each way, the scenery was beautiful but 12 hours in 2 days was definitely enough. We may not have seen all 39 bridges and 86 tunnels but we certainly saw a good few.
The 2 journeys gave us the chance to chat to other travellers both local and international who were on all kinds of trips. An Aussie couple who had bought a boat on the Pacific coast and were having repairs done before setting off on a sea voyage. Brendan a lone Irishman doing a similar route to us and David and Lilly from Guadalajara, there’s a good chance we’ll meet up with these guys again along the way.
This was our hotel, it is the only one where each room overlooks the canyon, worth every pesos!
We even had wine with dinner as an early Bday treat, never had Mexican wine before, it was pretty good.
The view from our balcony.
While we were away we left Juanita in a motel in El Fuerte with secure parking, we stayed there the nights before and after our trip. Perfect, still able to cook and make tea right outside our door!