All day tours are private and designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy one on one attention from your bilingual guide while viewing the canyons in Amigo Style.
Enjoy your sightseeing on the best quality equipment in the Copper Canyon. Rent one of our Specialized bicycles or Yamaha Scooters for the day if you are the independent type.
Learn about the enigmatic Rarámuri Indians and how you can best visit the region while still respecting their way of life and honoring their perspective of the world.
Like the economy around the world, Mexico’s tourism is also recovering and beginning to grow rapidly. According to the Mexico Tourism Board, Mexico welcomed 23.1 million foreign visitors in 2012, exceeding the previous year of 22.7 million. Mexico has long been a top choice for many for its close proximity to the US, easy access, great prices, and amazing amenities and activities.
Mexico’s tourists have always been very diverse, but most choose this country to visit because of the budget-friendly vacation options. Recently, however, the amount of luxe travelers visiting Mexico has begun to rise due to niche advertising that features the luxurious private rental properties, resorts, hotels, golf courses, and some of the best kayaking locations available.
It seems that luxe and budget travelers alike from around the globe are getting their confidence in traveling back to Mexico.
Visit our other company website, Amigo Trails, for private and customized vacation packages through the Copper Canyon.
Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, has recently unveiled a new government plan to help catapult Mexico to one of the top tourist powerhouses of the world. With safety being their top priority, Nieto has come up with four concrete and clear goals that he hopes will entice more people to travel to Mexico without fear or uneasy feelings. They are as follows:
Plans are underway to implement various programs to encourage tourism. Programs will be created by a new tourism committee that will help state governments align with federal goals. Nieto has pledged to oversee the tourism committee himself.
Tourism will be divided into six types to take advantage of Mexico’s best attributes: beach tourism; cultural tourism; ecotourism and adventure tourism; health tourism; sports tourism; and special-interest or luxury tourism.
Development and promotion is the third focus. Mexico will begin global advertising featuring reliability in transportation, modern resorts, and competitive amenities. The hope is to bring in large investors to the country.
Sustainability and social benefit is the fourth goal, which means creating a tourism industry that helps to preserve Mexico’s history and culture.
The country is confident that with correct implementation of Pena Nieto’s guidelines, Mexico will once again be a destination where global tourists will be excited and confident to visit, and participate in activities such as hiking, kayaking, sun bathing, and visiting ancient ruins.…
From its towering pyramids and vast rainforests to its resort-sprinkled beaches and unblemished canyons, Mexico offers a landscape of tourist attractions that’s as varied as its rich culture and history. This is perhaps why Mexico has repeatedly been ranked as the one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. In fact, a reported 23.4 million people visited Mexico in 2011.
Here are a few activities to add to your Mexico travel itinerary.
Copper Canyon is comprised of many different canyons which are all located in the state of Chihuahua. Some of the canyons within the Copper Canyon system are deeper than the Grand Canyon, and all of them offer unique opportunities to explore. Some of the activities that Copper Canyon offers include river float tours on the El Fuerte River, hiking based trips, riding the Chepe Train, biking based trips that include riding down rugged paths, and even swimming with sea lions in Baja on Amigo Trails Baja Sur extension trips that can be added onto any Copper Canyon trip package. You can also zipline, go rock climbing or rappelling, ride the cable car, or take an aerial tour of the canyon. This place is sure to satisfy the adrenaline junky in you!
For The Beach-Loving Traveler: Visit Baja Sur
Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Acapulco…Mexico has some of the world’s most famous beaches. But not many people go to the lesser-known (but equally beautiful) Baja Sur, which makes it a desirable spot for those Americans wanting a stretch of shoreline where the flora and fauna are relatively undisturbed.…
When it comes to Mexico in American news, the images shown don’t always portray Mexico in the most favorable light. And unfortunately, this has led many Americans to believe that Mexico is far more dangerous than it actually is.
Despite what sensationalized news stories may have you believe, Mexico’s crime rate isn’t nearly as high as the national crime rate in the US (or even that of the UK, Germany, France or even Russia). In fact, according to this bar graph, Mexico’s crime rate doesn’t even place it in the top 10 (it ranks number 12). But guess which country is number one? The USA.
USA TODAY examined FBI data — which defines a mass killing as four or more victims — as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the USA government reports, and the circumstances of those killings — the people who commit them, the weapons they use and the forces that motivate them — are far more predictable than many might think.
Follow this link to a revealing article by USA TODAY – Behind the Bloodshed
Though crime does exist in Mexico, it rarely involves American tourists, especially staying in or around Mexico’s major tourist destinations. According to FBI crime statistics, out of the 100,000 Americans who visited Mexico in 2010, just 4.8 were murdered. Orlando, Florida, home to Mickey Mouse and Shamu, however, saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 visitors.…
Copper Canyon is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Most people, when they first hear of it, ask, “Where is Copper Canyon, Mexico?” The answer is the key to understanding just how amazing the canyon is and what it has to offer the adventurous tourist.
Nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains of northwestern Mexico, straddling Chihuahua and Sinoloa State, Copper Canyon (or Barranca del Cobre), is not properly one canyon, but a system of twenty separate canyons formed by six rivers which are tributaries of the Rio Fuerte River, which in turn flows into the Sea of Cortez. Copper Canyon was named for the distinctive green and copper colors of the canyon walls, and spans an area roughly seven times that of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Not only is Copper Canyon larger than the Grand Canyon, but it is also deeper in some places!
Amigo Trails is the only company that offers Copper Canyon tours, and we offer tour packages with amenities ranging from deluxe accommodations and cuisine you might expect in high-end hotels to rugged outdoor hiking and camping excursions. No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you’d like, Amigo Trails can assemble a tour package that will thrill and please you while also being friendly to your vacation budget.
If you’d like the structure and careful planning of a preplanned excursion, Amigo Trails has many tour packages to choose from. On the other hand, some people prefer to be able to move at their own pace without being tied to a schedule. For these hardy types, we can help you build a tour package with everything from champagne service and tequila tastings to kayaking in Copper Canyon.…
The first annual Batopilas hosted Bike Rally was held on March 19th, 2011. This rally was created to highlight the alternate routes of adventure being created by the Batopilas/Guachochi and Urique municipalities in a joint effort to open up the area to more tourism, specifically adventure tourism.
The rally began at 10am in Samachique with over 100 participants, and ended in Batopilas at 9pm at night. The participants were amazed at the majestic scenery and the adventurous route and found no comparison with other routes they have biked in the past.
This new route crossed into some of the most inaccessible and hidden areas in the sierra and truly exposed the unknown beauties of the Copper Canyon. The route passed through the high sierra from Samachique, along the eastern edge of Urique Canyon and finally into the rich mining areas of Batopilas canyon, descending about 6,000 feet in total
The route crossed through the small villages of Corareachi and Cienegita, both in the municipality of Urique. The villagers were enthusiastic about so many visitors and carried with them a message of peace and solidarity for all villages in the sierra.
'The Route of Adventure' as it is being called, has the potential to be a bicycle race of international proportions not just for the beauty of its scenery but also for the level of difficulty it presents. The 100 km route offers a real challenge for all participants with variations in altitude from 100 to 500 meters with a final descent of 1500 meters and a promise of a finish in one of the loveliest and picturesque villages in the sierra, Batopilas.…
A Realistic Perspective By a Canadian Visiting Mexico – My husband and I have just returned from a week’s vacation in Huatulco, Mexico. This lovely bay-scalloped stretch of the Pacific coastline lies far south of Acapulco, in the state of Oaxaca, roughly 3,500 kilometres from Juarez and the border towns where most of the drug-related violence occurs. Playa del Carmen, where five Canadians were killed in a gas explosion at a hotel, lies more than 1,500 kilometres away on the opposite coast. Nevertheless, this March break, far too many Canadians will take a pass on Huatulco out of media-fuelled fear.
“It’s our worst season since 9/11,” said Alfredo Patino, overlooking his empty palapa restaurant in Maguey Bay.
Have these Mexico-abstainers not looked at a map? This is a big country, almost Canadian in its breadth and variety. To steer clear of a place such as Huatulco – ecologically conscious and custom-tailored to the most squeamish tourist – because of narco violence or attacks on tourists in far-flung regions is like the irrational pall that fell on Canada during the SARS epidemic, when visitors cancelled flights to Vancouver because of an outbreak in Toronto.
So, to counteract the bad rap against Mexico these days, here’s a list of all the things that did not happen to us while on vacation in Huatulco:
I was not decapitated, nor was my severed head used as a bowling ball to send a message to drug lords.
While it’s fair to say my brain was flatlining from beach torpor and the shock of encountering bright colours after an interminably grey winter, my head remained on my shoulders for the entire week.…
Mexico Plays Host to ASTA’s Chapter Presidents Council – Leaders meet Cancun and Mexico tourism officials
Alexandria, Va., March 8, 2011—ASTA has announced that Cancun, Mexico, played host to ASTA’s Chapter Presidents Council’s (CPC) first meeting of the year, March 3-5. In addition to reviewing key issues relevant to ASTA’s chapters and members, the CPC heard from representatives with the Mexico Tourism Board and learned about Mexico’s newest program, the ‘Magic of Mexico http://www.magicofmexico.com/ ,’ an array of online resources, coupled with an educational portal to help agents promote and sell a variety of Mexico experiences.
“Our recent meeting in Cancun was a wonderful opportunity for our Chapter Presidents, who all are seasoned travel professionals, to experience one of Americans’ favorite international destinations. We understand the important role Mexico plays in our business mix, as it continues to be a favorite among clients,” said ASTA President and Chair Chris Russo. “The weather was perfect and the people were amazing. In all my travels it is still tough to top the beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches this great destination has to offer. With the great restaurants and variety of hotels, not to mention the proximity to the U.S., it is still one of the best destinations for people to escape to.”
“Our relationship with ASTA is of utmost importance to us; this was reiterated last week at the Chapter Presidents Council meeting in Cancun. We rely on travel agents to communicate the latest news, flights and top destinations within Mexico, especially during a time when misconceptions are common.…
What you should really worry about when traveling to Mexico: Last weekend I was speaking at The Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference and while eating at the famed, endless Sunday brunch at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Spa, I suddenly became very inspired to write. Since my laptop was up in the room, I grabbed what was handy, (in this case it was my Alaska Airlines boarding pass from my purse) and started to write anyway.
People ask me everyday if Mexico is safe. “Is Mexico safe? Will I get shot?” Well, I suppose it’s like if a person from Mexico asked me if they would get shot if they traveled to Los Angeles. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? No.
The fact is, you have a 1.3% chance of being a victim of crime in Mexico.
But, as a frequent traveler to Mexico, I think it’s only fair to let you know that there are some warnings to traveling in Mexico.
So, here is a list of things you just might have to worry about while you’re visiting Mexico:
When you travel anywhere, be a smart traveler.…
Peter Greenburg comments on the Saftey of Travel in Mexico.
Peter Greenberg is one of the most trusted and influential figures in international travel. For decades, Greenberg has reported, edited, and produced for major media outlets such as: NBC’s Today, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC’s Good Morning America, America Online, and Men’s Health magazine. Greenberg runs a website, PeterGreenberg.com, and a radio show called Peter Greenberg Worldwide through which he speaks to international travel enthusiasts around the world.
Greenberg also runs a column on the AARP‘s website called Ask Peter Greenberg, on which he recently fielded a comment sent to him titled: “Is Mexico Safe for Travel?” Greenberg subtitled his response “Don’t believe the hype, but do be aware of your surroundings” and went on talk about how, yes, there is violence in Mexico but that the majority of the reported violence is focused in a few border areas, far removed from popular tourist destinations like Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya (for more statistics and safety reassurance, please see our page Is It Safe To Travel To Mexico.
Below are some of the stand-out quotes from Greenberg’s Response:
Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderón, rung in the New Year by declaring 2011 to be the year of Mexican Tourism. Just a few weeks later, he embarked on a tour of his country with CBS Travel Correspondent, Peter Greenberg, to showcase the safety and rich travel opportunities in Mexico.
Greenberg, one of the most influential figures in international travel, has traveled several countries with their heads of state and has dubbed the trips a “Royal Tour.” Previous Royal Tours have taken Greenberg through Jordan, New Zealand, Peru and Jamaica – each resulting in a significant increase in tourism to the country.
Details and reports from the tour have yet to be released, however, along for much of the tour was Arnie Weissmann of Travel Weekly who has reported in his article titled President Felipe Calderón, Tour Guide that he was impressed by “how fortunate the U.S. is to have a country as interesting, as rich in unique attractions and with such warm people so nearby to us [in the US].” Weissmann went on to say, “I was struck by how all that I saw was so completely disassociated from the media reports of sporadic violence that keeps some Americans from going there,” illustrating the importance of fact checking and contextualizing the sensationalized reports that have been flooding out of the US Media over the past few years.
Between the obvious commitment of President Calderón, the dedicated work of Minister of Tourism, Gloria Guevara, and the encouragement of trusted figures in travel like Peter Greenberg, Mexico seems ready to live up to Calderón’s declaration and take its seat atop the list of international travel destinations for 2011
Published Monday, February 28, 2011 10:58 AM by Robin Miller
The Travel Weekly Show in Las Vegas was a great success! – Yolonda Fernandez spent the week of Feb. 14th to the 18th at the Travel Weekly show in Las Vegas, helping to promote the Copper Canyon region, and Batopilas in particular, as a destination within the canyons. We were in attendance with Ivan Fernandez, the Director of Tourist Development in Batopilas and Leonel Hernandez the new mayor of Batopilas.
The show was a great success and we were able to provide information about the Copper Canyon to over 1,000 US travel agents and host agencies, as well as to other suppliers in Mexico. We were also able to attend many of the workshops and conferences being held there and learned a great deal about where the travel industry is headed for 2011.
A fantastic highlight of the conference was a beautiful luncheon held by the Mexico Tourism Department where Gloria Guevara, the Secretary of Tourism for Mexico, gave an insightful interview with Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann, about visiting Mexico, the safety about traveling here and the beautiful areas to explore. Statistics showing overall crime rates worldwide puts the USA in the number one position and Mexico in the number 12 position. For more statistics and information about safety in Mexico, please visit our Is It Safe To Travel To Mexico page. At left; Gloria Guevara, Secretary of Tourism in Mexico & Leonel Hernandez, mayor of Batopilas in the Copper Canyon of Mexico.Thanks go out to all those at the Mexico Tourism Board who helped us to arrange our booth there and the great information and help you all provided for us.…
March 6, 2011 Copper Canyon Run and Ultra Marathon:
Wednesday, March 2:
Runners/spectators/participants should arrive in the remote deep canyon town of Urique at the bottom of the Urique canyon. The local bus meets the train bringing passengers from Los Mochis from the west and Creel from the east, arriving in Urique at night, thus missing the big views. If participants do not want to wait on the bus, and arrive in Urique in the daylight, private transportation is available by appointment at a higher cost. Visitors should check in at race headquarters–The “Plaza” restaurant, to enjoy a delicious meal. This is where the owners can direct visitors to their hotel, which is our headquarters, the nicest place in town for the price, and where the Tarahumara runners will be staying. There are various hotels, lodging and camping options in Urique varying in price from $7 to $45.
Thursday, March 3:
6:30 a.m: Runners will meet for breakfast at the “Plaza Restaurant”, then take a group slow-hike of one of the two big loops of the course to acclimate and become familiar with what we will be running on race day.
Friday, March 4:
6:30 a.m: We will meet for breakfast, then walk the other big loop of the course to los Alisos, which includes the most beautiful section of our run.
Saturday, March 5:
Rest and eat! Enjoy the hospitality and wonderful program’s presented by the race organizers and little town of Urique while relaxing, saving strength for Sunday!
Sunday, March 6:
6:30 am: The race begins!…
In a Canyon, a Different Mexico
The view from a cozy car on the Copper Canyon Railroad in Mexico is dazzling: mossy, emerald hills and slate-blue lakes slowly give way to red canyon walls that rise below and above the train tracks to dizzying depths and heights. Go stand between cars, where you can lean out of an open-windowed vestibule, and the experience gets even better — sweet mountain winds rushing over your face like water, the air warm and cool, fresh and dusty all at once.
But to step off the train, toward a journey deep into the wilds of canyon country, is to have the very best Copper Canyon adventure of all.
Copper Canyon — the Barranca del Cobre — is in northwestern Mexico, in the part of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range that lies within the state of Chihuahua. It is actually a series of canyons. The 400 miles of train tracks that follow the canyon, sometimes hugging the mountainsides, sometimes descending into deep ravines or crossing over them, was completed in 1961 and represents a marvelous engineering feat, with 39 bridges and 86 tunnels. In the last several years, ridership has boomed on the theme-park-like journey aboard the Copper Canyon Railroad, formally known as Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico and commonly called Chepe.
Most riders, many of them foreign tourists, stay on the train for a full day. They ride the most scenic stretch from El Fuerte to Creel, which takes about 12 hours, and many hop off the train for only the 15-minute stop in Divisadero Barrancas, where they can buy hand-woven baskets and freshly grilled gorditas from the colorfully clad Tarahumara Indians, or walk right up to the Urique canyon’s edge to snap photos of its rolling, vertigo-inducing expanse.
We had such an amazing tour of the Copper Canyon area because of the great job 3 Amigos orchestrated for our group of 38 people. The attention to detail was above and beyond the normal standards of many companies.
We hired a couple of bikes from here and they were very helpful, giving us a map and suggesting which route we took. The bikes were in perfect condition and the area just gorgeous.
All i can say is The 3 Amigos is the only way to explore and experience the Copper Canyon to its fullest. From when we arrived until we left we were treated in 5 star Amigo Style.
We took the 3 Amigos private day tour. We were picked up at our hotel on time. Yolanda, our guide, did a superb job. We felt safe throughout the trip and would recommend the tour company.