By planning our Copper Canyon journey loosely in advance, we were able to get the most and the best out of riding the “Chepe,” the Chihuahua-Pacifico train.
In brief, while the train journeys from Los Mochis at the low end all the way to Chihuahua, the span between Creel (we heard most locals pronounce it “krill”) and El Fuerte offers the best vistas of the canyons available from the train.
On our “write your own tour” trip to the Copper Canyon, we entered Mexico through Nogales and stopped at KM 21 to get our visitor and car papers. We continued on Highway 15, and took the Periferico (bypass) as we entered Hermosillo to avoid driving in the downtown area.
Our first overnight stay was at Hermosillo’s Hotel San Sebastian at the junction of Highway 15 and Highway 16. Over time we have found the hotel consistently clean, secure and reasonably priced. The hotel dining room offered menu dining and a buffet. In the morning, we could exit the parking lot, ease into eastbound traffic and be on our way.