Undoubtedly, something that we can´t miss when taking one of the flights to Chihuahua, is the route in the El Chepe train, which crosses the Barrancas del Cobre between Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Due to its beautiful landscapes, fantastic villages and adventure parks, it is one of the best in the Mexican territory; its main attraction is to cross a majestic canyon system of the Sierra Tarahumara in the Sierra Madre Occidental, which is 4 times more extensive than, and almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of Colorado.
A pretty exciting tour
The route of the Chepe is made through 653 km in which you will observe rustic spaces, admire a landscape full of cliffs, go through 80 tunnels of different sizes and cross over 37 bridges of vertigo over quite strong river gorges, an adventure that makes from this route a very attractive experience. The Chepe operates with 2 passenger trains, Chepe Express and Chepe Regional, the first of these is more oriented to a tour between Creel and Los Mochis, while the Chepe Regional makes the complete route between the city of Chihuahua and Los Mochis Sinaloa.
The Chepe Express
This has a fantastic round trip of 350 km between the Magical Town of Creel and the city of Los Mochis, in which it crosses the imposing landscapes of the Barrancas del Cobre and the Tarahumara Mountain Range. Its comfortable wagons for passengers of executive class and tourist class, that include a car restaurant, bar and a terrace, can transport 360 people, in this you can get off at the stations of El Fuerte, Divisadero and Creel. If you want to stay in one of these to know the local attractions, you can arrange your return for days later.
The Regional Chepe
This makes the complete journey between Chihuahua and Los Mochis, crossing the impressive Sierra Tarahumara from one end to the other. The trip of 653 km allows knowing the canyons of the Barrancas del Cobre and all the extension of the mountain range between the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Operates with the tourist and economic classes, the economic tickets are only reserved at the stations at both ends of the route.
The best time to travel in Chepe
The ideal season depends on your tastes, because, although it is colder in the winter, snow in the mountains is a special attraction, and on the other hand, in summer, you can spend most of your time in light clothes and a sweater or a wind breaks. The tourist train Chepe recommends making the reservation in high season with 4 months in advance, the periods of greatest influx of passengers are Easter, July-August and December, this recommendation is valid for both Chepe Express and Chepe Regional. We also advise you to book the accommodation in advance since the accommodation capacity is limited.
Prices vary widely depending on the train, the class, the route, the number of days of the tour, the season and the services included so before taking any of the flights to Chihuahua to do the tour, we recommend you plan well the details of this.