Copper Canyon

Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 04:43 AM
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Copper Canyon

Please give me any information on Copper Canyon. Where are good places to stay and eat, etc. Syl
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Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:41 PM
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Try this website for some information on Copper Canyon. I know it's a website to help an Indian Children's hospital there, but go to their sponsor and click on them for further information. We took a Grand Circle tour to Copper Canyon last year and stayed at Divisadero at the hotel that is on the edge of the canyon, but there were several other places around to stay..either there or at other stops on the railroad. Enjoy...It's beautiful.
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Dear Mamajo:
Please list the website you mention in your post. It did not appear.
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Got back from the Copper Canyon. Good to be back in Mexico? Yes, of course, but I'm ready to return to the Myan Riviera. Except that that will not be until November. We flew to Phoenix, stayed one night in Holiday Inn. Next morning we were off in our large motorcoach--a thing we used to call a bus. Stopped at Tucson to pick up the rest of the group. Down the road we stopped at the mission San Xavier del Bac. Dixie and I had seen it three years ago without scaffolding and plastic around the main tower. Crossed the border at Nogales. Had little idea what we were in for. We had taken Trafalgar Tours before, but this was something else--Nearly 1500 miles--all but 160 of it by coach. The rest by train. As I have some colon problems and a little prostatic hyperplasia we checked before signing up that the coach would have an onboard 'facility' for old geezers that need to go more often than young folks. It did. We were hardly on the way when our feerless guide and handler Agustin explained that facilities for servicing such conveniences in Mexico were not good and suggested we not use it. I never saw the inside of the John, but it was probably as unique as the door--only locked from the outside.
The northern desert was sometimes interesting, sometimes boring. Went nearly 500 miles first day with stops about every two hours, including Hermosillo (not that interesting). Went all the way to the Sea of Cortez, a resort called San Carlos. The setting was beautiful--strange craggy rocks, a bay over which we watched the sun set. The hotel was nice. We walked along the beach. Boy, am I spoiled (with the MR). The sand was a mixture of brown sand and brown dirt. The water--would not have even waded in it. Next day early we had a boat excursion on the Sea of Cortez. Saw sea lions and many pelicans, but no whales. Next stop--Alamos. Most northerly colonial city in Mexico. Fairly attractive. Group stayed in three old mansions converted to hotels. Entertainment in the evening--a boys musical group in Basque costumes. Really good! Then on to Fuerte and another 200 year old hotel. Got the "turistas" at night. Hit the immodium and managed to start shaping up by the time we boarded the train. We started to get into the Barranca de Cobre. We followed along a river in the gorge. Interesting. Lots of tunnels. Arrived at a lodge at Divisidero. Took an evening hike to the edge of the canyon. Impressive. A lot like the Grand Canyon. Had heat at night in the rooms--down to the thirties. Wore sweatshirts and jackets the whole time there. Spent the next day (our only day not traveling) there. Had excursion to a Tarahumara house where a curandero and his (midwife)wife lived. He told us about native cures and diagnosed a few people. Then went to a pioneer cabin/farm and then to another part of the barranca for sightseeing. Wound up at a lake for a picnic lunch. Back to the lodge. The rest of the day free. We went swimming in their allegedly heated pool. It wasn't, but the hot tub felt good. By this time a lot of people were getting sick--Agustin said it was a bug that was going around. About a third of the group got it. Apart from my brief bout with the Aztec Two-Step, we did not get it.
We returned via Chihuahua and Navaho country, Las Casas and the ruins of Paquimé. They had a great little museum there, almost new and very nicely done. In addition to the old things from the history of the area, they had a show from China--right there is this little museum in the desert, you know the tomb with the thousands of terra-cotta soldiers guarding it? they had four of them and the guy in the suit made entirely of jade plaques tied together with gold thread, fabulous pottery, etc. Couldn't believe it! I would think the Metropolitan would be begging for this show.
There was a long delay at the border, but after that went through Bisbee, AZ. Mining town, copper, Phelps-Dodge. The mine ran out and everyone started to leave. Word got up to San Francisco that houses were dirt cheap. The hippies came down. it is now a colony of artists, poets, anti-establishmentarians, etc. Weird. Then we went through and had a minor tour of Tombstone, AZ. Crazy town, living off an ancient 30 second shootout (OK Corral)by a bunch of idiots. Drove past the 'famous' Corral.
We ended up in Phoenix back at the hotel. It was an OK trip. Not one of our best. But it was good to get away. try to send you a few snaps when we get them together.

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