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Copper Canyon - The Biggest and Most Fun Canyon of them all!

August 2014 saw Jubilee Travel’s Marketing Director Judy Karwacki visiting Mexico’s Copper Canyon, which is larger and deeper than the more famous and crowded Grand Canyon. The Copper Canyon is actually a system of many canyons, 5 of which are easier to access. Judy’s journey included hopping onboard the train at Chepe to enjoy the best part of the famous Copper Canyon train line. With the longest and highest bridges on the line, this section stretches from Divisadero in Chihuahua State to El Fuerte in Sinaloa State and travels through breathtaking scenery and some of Mexico's most rugged and beautiful terrain. At Divisadero we saw Urique Canyon, where convergence with the end of the Copper Canyon and the joining of the Tararecua Canyon create one very popular vantage point.

The Copper Canyon area is becoming a very popular adventure travel destinations and Judy’s five-day trip with the ‘Adventure Angels’ tour group was filled with exciting experiences combined with overnight stays at local boutique and rural hotels. Cultural interaction included meeting the local Raramuri indigenous people, visits to agritourism lodges, and tours of the City of Chihuahua and the magic towns of the town of El Fuerte and Creel.

Guided horseback riding, ATV tours, biking tours, and hiking and walking took the group out to explore different ecosystems in an immense canyon system that covers over 25,000 square miles. The trip included visits to Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre, a huge adventure playgrounds in the heart of the canyon. Here, Judy got to ride the ZipRider, which currently in the Guinness book of world records for the longest, highest and fastest zipline in the world. The ride stretches 2546 metres long, 1450 metres above the Sierra Tarahumara canyons, and lasts two to three minutes. Apparently, the ZipRider will be listed in next edition of the Guiness Book of World Records.

Judy travelled with Amigo Trails, the premier tour operator in the Copper Canyon. Amigo Trails has been operating in the region for more than two decades is located in Creel, where a new airport with connections to Mexican and US cities is opening in 2015. Contact your Jubilee Travel experts for more information on booking an Amigo Trails customized one-of-a-kind trip through the Copper Canyon.

By Sandy Karwacki-Farber, BA about Mexico, Missouri

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