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Tour Itinerary

Drive back to Arizona

Day 1 – Phoenix – Tucson – San Carlos

Morning departure from Phoenix/ Tucson, AZ. Crossing the border into Mexico at Nogales. After a short drive, we arrive at Santa Ana for lunch. From there, we are on our way to Hermosillo, where we visit the Cathedral and the Government Palace. Arrival in San Carlos Bay is by sunset at our hotel for the night, the Marinaterra Resort. Welcome to Mexico reception hosted by your Tour Director before dinner. (L D)

Dolphins jumping out of the water in San Carlos, Mexico

Day 2 – San Carlos

After relaxed breakfast we board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortes – keep a look for dolphins, seals and possible whales, also exotic birds as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After we return we will visit a scenic lookout point rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 in the world. Time to relax and visit the Marina shops this afternoon. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B L D)

Day 3 – Alamos

We will depart San Carlos after breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Guaymas Pearl farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, here you will learn about the pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next we travel south through the rich grain farm lands and to the foothills of the Sierra Madre arriving to the quaint city of Alamos. A living museum, the city cobblestones streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial Mansions. This evening immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional customs. (B L D

cultural dancing in the streets

Day 4 – El Fuerte

After breakfast take a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets, visiting some fabled mansions that have been restored to their original glory. The city of Alamos has been declared a national historic landmark by the government. Lunch today is at the hotel. Depart to El Fuerte arriving by early afternoon. Dinner and a great entertainment at the hotel. (B L D

 

El Chepe train ride through the canyon

Day 5 – Posada Barrancas

Early in morning, we transfer to the train station for the most spectacular train ride in North America, lunch on board the train, we will be arriving at Posada Barrancas by mid-afternoon. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Mirador. Tarahumara Indians culture presentation. (BL D)

 

Day 6 – Posada Barrancas

Today we have time to view and interpret Tarahumara Indian arts and crafts, visit the rim of the canyon and enjoy the surroundings and the opportunity to board the new Copper Canyon aerial tramway, allowing us to descend to the Canyons and experience great views. There is time today for some optional activities: hiking, horseback riding or just relaxing. (B L D)

 

A red tram moving over Copper Canyon, Mexico.

Day 7 – Chihuahua

After breakfast, on board our motorcoach we will transfer through Creel as we descend from the mountains onto the Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Chihuahua, the Capital of the State. Tonight we have dinner at a local restaurant. (B L D)

 

Chihuahua Cathedral

Day 8 – Casas Grandes

After breakfast, we will tour Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s most historic city centers. The city’s patriotic legacy is evident while visiting the Government Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. This afternoon we depart for Nuevo Casas Grandes. Tonight we have Mata Ortiz pottery demonstration and our farewell dinner. (B L D)

 

Ancient archaeological ruins in Paquime, Mexico.

Day 9 – Tucson / Phoenix

Before leaving Nuevo Casas Grandes, we visit Mexico’s northernmost archeological site at Paquime, where the ancient Grand Chichimeca civilization erected their truncated pyramids and adobe multistory apartments. We travel through the plains and cattle country of Chihuahua before reentering the USA. Arriving in Phoenix around 7:00 p.m. (B L)

*Itinerary and hotels subject to change.