Sue also provides her guests with Chihuahua - Pacifico
Train Ride (Chepe), Facts and Tips,
from the Division
Sue explained to us earlier that the 'First Class Train' leaves Chihuahua
on the east and Los Mochis on the west about 6 a.m. and makes about eight
stops. The "Economy Class Train" leaves about an hour later and
makes 15 stops, thus taking longer to make the trip, but the fare is one-half
the First Class fare, more affordable for nationals. This fact was confirmed
in the Facts and Tips:
First Class Train:
- It leaves every day from Chihuahua to Los Mochis and from Los Mochis
to Chihuahua at 6 a.m. and arrives about 10:00 p.m.
- It stops only at the tourist destinations of Cuauhtemoc, Creel,
Divisardero (a 15 minute stop to admire the Copper Canyon), Posada Barrancas,
Bahuichivo/Cerocahui, Temoris, El Fuerte and Los Mochis.
- The train features a Dining Car, a Smoking Bar Car and runs with
2 to 4, 68 passenger cars. fully carpeted a/c and heaters, reclining
seats and restrooms for men and women.
- The Dining Car opens from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner with menu a la carte. No food and beverages are
allowed in the passenger cars.
- Bar is open from 10:00 a.m.. serving different cocktails and liquors.
Cards and domino games available.
- Both trains operate with an ecological disposal of water. The
running water doesn't flush to the ground, but it is taken to special
sewage in Chihuahua or Los Mochis.
- In every car a helpful Porter travels helping passengers with their
luggage and to assign seats.
- If you have time, it is advisable to stop at least in the stations
of Creel and Divisadero to spend a night there. [We stayed at Posada Barrancas
so we could have a 'room on the rim' of the Copper Canyon System.]
- From March to the end of June everything is very dry and you might
find some mountain fires.
- Rainy season is between June and late October. It is the best
season for traveling because the landscapes have brighter colors.
- From November through February the temperatures are low and you
might have some snow.
- [We found early September to be excellent, the end of the rainy
season with water falls and rivers fully flowing].
Copper Canyon Tips
By Carl Morrison, Carl@TrainWeb.com