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An Easter Adventure!
April 10-17, 2017

In 2017, we will explore Copper Canyon, or Barranca del Cobre, on a memorable train adventure that will bring you dramatic scenery, natural history and Tarahumara Indians on one of the most unique adventures in the Americas!

This Easter expedition offers a unique combination of history of early explorers, contemporary Tarahumara Indian life, and the distinctive natural heritage of the region, plus a special opportunity to be in Copper Canyon at the time of the Tarahumara Indian Easter celebrations.

The striking volcanic scenery, bridges, tunnels, and villages will be seen from the “train in the sky” and on the new tram!

The itinerary includes:

  • Tarahumara Easter Festivities — the largest group of native people in northern Mexico, the Tarahumara live much as they have for the past 400 years. Easter brings fascinating dances celebrating the conflict between good and evil, wrestling matches, vigorous drum beating, and more! Eventually, a colorful effigy of Judas is burned, and devils are rounded up and herded into church.
  • Copper Canyon Complex—Copper, Urique, and Tararecua Canyons—these rugged canyons are the largest and deepest canyon complex in Mexico. The headwaters rise at 9,000 feet and end at sea level over a distance of less than 150 miles. We will explore the Canyon Complex by train, bus, and the newly constructed Copper Canyon Tram which descends a couple thousand feet into the Canyon. See the deep Urique Canyon from a dramatic overlook.
  • Chihuahua al Pacifico Train — completed in 1961 with 408 miles of track, 85 tunnels, and 37 bridges, the train provides a panoramic view of the canyon scenery. The first class, Fiat-built train and track system is one of the engineering feats of the world.

We hope you will join us this year to discover the wonders of Copper Canyon on this special Easter adventure!


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi Expeditions,
& The Planetary Society

Click here to See the Copper Canyon Map

$3,195 per person + air.

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