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Including the Total Lunar Eclipse April 14-15, 2014!
April 10-17, 2014

Dear Friends:

In 2014, 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, including the Total Lunar Eclipse over Copper Canyon!

This expedition offers a unique combination of history of early explorers, contemporary Tarahumara Indian life, and the distinctive natural heritage of the region.

Copper Canyon is one of the world’s biggest canyon systems. The striking volcanic scenery, bridges, tunnels, and villages are seen from the “train in the sky” and on walks. Today, 50,000 Tarahumara Indians live here much as their ancestors did. Wildlife is a unique blend of northern species at their southern range and tropical species at their northern limit.

The itinerary includes:

  • 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 several thousand feet to the Canyon floor.

  • Urique Canyon — one of the deepest canyons. We will explore Urique Canyon by bus and foot including lunch in Urique village.

  • Tarahumara Indians — the largest group of native people in northern Mexico, the Tarahumara live much as they have for the past 400 years. Many Tarahumara are seasonally nomadic, living in the canyon bottoms during winter, and moving up to mountain plateaus for the summer. They are superb mountaineers, traversing a 5,000 foot deep canyon in a day to visit relatives or a market on the other rim. Tarahumara men and women are known the world over for their phenomenal endurance foot-races of over 200 miles across mountainous terrain.

  • 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 share the wonders of Copper Canyon and the Total Lunar Eclipse!

Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.

Click here to See the Copper Canyon Map

$2,995 per person + air.

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