Divisadero – An Expansive View of the Canyons

 

Divisadero is really a train stop that overlooks the joining of Tararecua, Urique and Copper Canyons. This view point is likened to the views at Grand Canyon but there is no comparison in features by any means. It's just that you are looking at the very tops of these canyons and they seem endless.

There has been a lot of recent building activity in the Divisadero area and we've now got some great little overlooks, a paved canyon rim walk and of course the new Cable Car inside the Adventure Park between Divisadero train station and the Posada Barrancas train station. The cable car ride by itself costs ~$250 pesos for adults and half that for kids.

Eventually, the Cable Car will have another extension on it that takes one to the very bottom of the Copper Canyon. In the future, there are also plans for hotels, restaurants, pools and biking tracks at the bottom of the canyon as well. Right now though you'll find two Cable Cars that can descend to the mesa below in about 8 minutes.

The entire 7 traditional zip line circuit covers 5 kilometers and the zip lines themselves run 4,100 meters long (4 kilometers) with heights as much as 400 meters off the ground and speeds up to 110 kilometers per hour. Your pricing for the zip lines includes return by cable car. The time it takes to do the zip lines will depend on how large the group is that is departing at the same time you are on the ride. So anywhere between an hour to 3 hours for larger groups. The last zip line tour begins at about 2pm as one must be able to return by cable car and that run is at 4:30pm to facilitate a 5pm park closure.  The traditional 7 zip lines cost ~$600 pesos per person.

The Via Ferrata is a more hard core adventure assault course where you start by rappelling down the canyons wall, then you walk over several suspension bridges, climb and descend some rock walls and a small section where you swing out from one wall to another over a crevice. There is a height restriction on this as there is one part of the course where you must grab onto some cables quite high in the air. The Via Ferrata costs ~$450 pesos per person.

There is also an Extreme Package being sold that runs about ~$900 pesos per person and that includes the cable car, via ferrata and the 7 traditional zip lines run.

You'll find a small area of fun toys for the kiddies or for those young at heart in the Divisadero Adventure Park. One can find a rock climbing wall, Eurobungy and mini golf course. The entire 3 attractions will cost you only ~$100 pesos if you buy them all at once with one ticket or ~$50 pesos each if you buy them separately.

The Restaurant within the Park is wonderful as it has glass walls with amazing canyon views, and even a section of glass floor that will allow one to watch a family member or friend as they brave a section of the Via Ferrata below. The food in the restaurant is good and tasty and sipping a coffee or tea while enjoying the views is easily managed even by those that do not wish to partake of the Adventure Park activities.

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ZipRider 2 linesThe newest edition to the Copper Canyon Divisadero Adventure Park, is now open and is called The ZipRider. It is a soft adventure ride that features chairs hanging from the line with an automatic braking system installed to give riders the thrill of really flying over the canyons. This ZipRider is  the fastest, highest and longest in the world, reaching speeds up to 65 miles per hour, a vertical drop of 450 feet and is over 8,000 feet long with a 17% grade going from the top of the canyon in Divisadero to just under the cable car stop mid canyon. The ride takes only about 2.5 minutes but it seems much longer since you are just floating through the air. Do note though that you will have about a 700 meter walk up the mesa where you end the ride. Cost is ~$1000 pesos per person.

 

Enjoy this video about the Divisadero Area and catch a glimpse of what is in store for you on your Copper Canyon visit!

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