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The surprising Northern Mexico

November 15, 2018

Northern Mexico is a very big area that is becoming part of many travel bucket lists. From the impressive marine wildlife to its canyons, you will find adventure, culture and gastronomic gems that will amaze you. So today we take you on a trip to the west part of northern Mexico.

Have you heard about Copper Canyon? This canyon is nearly four times the volume of USA’s Grand Canyon. In this area, you will admire the rugged mountains and pristine wilderness from a cosy seat onboard Mexico’s only passenger train: the Chepe.  You can do this itinerary either direction from Chihuahua to the Coast and vice versa.

You can start from Chihuahua City, home to Pancho Villa, one of Mexico Revolutionary heroes of the north who was known as a cheeky Robin Hood. We suggest taking a drive from Chihuahua to Creel, as the train ride will be quite flat until you get to Creel. From there the train goes through the impressive canyon. Passengers can stop for a night or two in Creel to hike the canyons and surroundings. From there, the train you will cross the canyons stopping in various locations until arriving at El Fuerte, the cobbled streets reveal their colonial roots to get to Los Mochis the gateway to the Pacific coast where you can cross the Golfo de California towards La Paz.

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In this area you will also find the longest zip line in the world, The Ziprider will let you fly over three different canyons: Del Cobre Canyon, Tararecua Canyon, and Urique Canyon. But for the less adventure driven there are cable cars to see this extraordinary landscape.

The Cooper Canyon is also known as the Tarahumara Mountain range. The Tarahumaras, also known as Raramuri, are an indigenous group who inhabit deep in the highlands of the canyon, you have probably seen many competing in marathons around the world as they are renown long distance runners.

Now that you’ve crossed to the thin peninsula, we recommend enjoying the hidden treasures of Baja, which are usually overlooked by the mass tourism. La Paz is home to the very first European mission in Mexico, so you will find the colonial heritage in its many buildings. Visit the Magic Town of Todos Santos, the bohemian capital of Baja. Los Cabos, which will be the main touristic attraction is an area known for sports fishing, luxury resorts, and adventure activities in the many secluded beaches near Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Loreto, located in the Sea of Cortez, is the place to whale watch or to head to Magdalena Bay for a diving expedition, want something even more incredible? Cabo Pulmo is the ultimate diving experience known as the Aquarium of the World.

Marine Wildlife at Baja California

Marine Wildlife at Baja California

A yet another surprise is the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s biggest and best wine region. A handful of new, sleek restaurants and tasting rooms are found only an hour and a half away from the USA border, it’s becoming a trendy getaway for Americans.

Adobe Guadalupe Winery

Guadalupe Adobe winery Tomas Castelazo www.tomascastelazo.com Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Baja’s wine country is comprised of over 150 wineries, but not only that, this state has been winning Best national Craft Beer five years in a row! Even Anthony Burdain called this region “A little Tuscany”. The area is quickly becoming a gastronomic gem (believe us, you will want to taste that delicious Baja style food!). It’s worth going there to try one of the best up-and-coming destinations just talk to one of our Travel Advisors and we can tailor an itinerary with the best of the North!