Cultural Adventure Tours to Mexico

Mysteries of Mexico’s Copper Canyon

Tarahumara People • Landscapes • Culture • Food • UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Natural Wonders

Copper Canyon in black and white in Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Woman in Cave with Her Crafts in Creel, Copper Canyon, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Boy with His Picture - Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Woman Yellow Socks Holding Picture with Daughter in Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Woman Portrait - San Rafael, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Family on Reservation in Creel, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Photographing on the rim of Copper Canyon in Divisadero, Mexico by Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Man in Traditional Clothing - Divisadero, Mexico - Copyright 2012 Ralph Velasco
Tarahumara Family in Divisadero, Copper Canyon, Mexico - Copyright 2012 Ralph Velasco
Cable car negotiating Copper Canyon, Mexico by Ralph Velasco.


Join us for a small group cultural tour of Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

This time of year, at the altitude where we’ll be spending much of our time (7,000+ feet above sea level), the weather is typically spring-like, with cool mornings and evenings, and daytime temperatures in the 70s.  There are often short rain showers in the afternoon which offer incredibly gorgeous clouds, great reflections and the occasional rainbow.

In this very safe part of Mexico you’ll experience the natural wonders of lakes, waterfalls and gorgeous landscapes, along with the Tarahumara people and their extremely unique and interesting culture (many live in caves and cliff overhangs till this day).  You’ll also have a chance to taste some of Mexico’s most delicious cuisine and ride El Chepe both up and down the Copper Canyon.

Learn Photography with Mexico as Your Backdrop

The photo opportunities are virtually endless as we wind our way among 3,000-foot cliff walls that are a cross between Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon.

We’ll be experiencing one of the great train rides of the world as we take El Chepe from the coastal town of Los Mochis, up and back down the Copper Canyon in Mexico…we’ll ride it both ways.  Believe it or not, “Chepe,” as it’s known, is the only passenger train in all of Mexico.

Check out this video I made where I introduce El Chepe in Copper Canyon.

Map of Copper Canyon - Copyright Ferrocarril Mexicano


August 11 – 19, 2018


The price for this trip in Double Occupancy is $3,899 per person.

If you’d like your own room throughout the trip please add $599 for the single supplement.


Please request the details of this trip by contacting us at This Link.

To register, you can pay with a credit card via PayPal (Click This Link to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into the PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. bank account at any Bank of America branch. Depositing a check affords a $50 per person discount. We’ll send you all the details if you’ll contact us above.

Your participation is not confirmed until completed Reservation and Terms & Conditions Forms, and payment in full, have been received.



  • Meals: all breakfasts and most other meals
  • Airport transfers in Mexico, and transfers to/from El Chepe
  • First Class tickets for El Chepe
  • Transfer from Creel to Divisadero
  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • Tickets for any entry fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Local guide while in Creel and Divisadero



  • Airfare to and from Los Mochis (LMM).
  • Items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, baggage fees, laundry, Internet access where not provided, souvenirs, telephone calls, additional tips, alcoholic beverages, and other items not specifically outlined as included in this Itinerary.
  • Fees for optional activities or meals.


Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led more than 80 international tours, including to Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, and other locations (hover your mouse over the TOURS tab above for our currently available trips).  He’s also organized and participated in over a dozen Humanitarian and People-to-People programs in Cuba.

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger and for the past 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  He’s also the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, an organizational and tracking tool designed to help travelers of all photography skill levels to bring home a more well-rounded set of images of any destination or subject (available free on iTunes).

Ralph is also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.


If you’d like to join this trip, please click on the following links and complete each set of paperwork to register (they’ll be active once final pricing is determined).

Your information will be sent directly to us once submitted and each of these documents is mandatory to participate.


Flight Info Request Form (available when trip called a go)

Medical Request Form (available when trip called a go)


“The key thing about Ralph’s tours is that I do not feel like a tourist.”

~ Patrick Monahan

“Copper Canyon turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.”
~ Caroline Jones
“As a cultural tour guide, Ralph introduces you, and doesn’t sort of direct you, to the culture of Copper Canyon.”
~ David Toombs

“Excellent trip to get outdoors, the visual is almost unbelievable. El Chepe Train ride was much more modern and comfortable than expected.”

~ John Rayburn

“This was my 3rd trip with Ralph. His tours are always well planned & organized. Ralph is calm, patient and very helpful. Copper Canyon is as spectacular as he describes; hiking to an amazing waterfall, zip lining Mexico’s longest zip line thru the Canyon or you can simply ride the cable car. The local Tarahumara people are shy, but warm and friendly. If you’re from the U.S., Copper Canyon is in your backyard, a highly recommended tour for anyone with a sense of adventure (or not).”

~ Silvia Bautista

“My trip to Copper Canyon, Mexico was really an eye opener. It is a destination that was never on my radar until PhotoEnrichment Adventures started going there. While there you get to see a side of Mexico that never gets mentioned. The landscape was beautiful and the rolling clouds made for great photos. Another highlight was meeting and interacting with the native Tarahumara people in their cave homes. They were very welcoming to us. We were able to go inside their homes and take as many photos as we wished.”

~ Patrick Monahan (2 time Copper Canyon participant)


Here is some additional information on Copper Canyon and our trip that we thought you would find valuable.

2018 Mysteries of Mexico’s Copper Canyon Itinerary (coming soon)

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Relevant Blog Posts

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Tarahumara: A Look at the Running People


About El Chepe

The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico, better known as El Chepe, is one of the great train rides of the world and it winds through Barrancas del Cobre (the Copper Canyon), one of Mexico’s many natural wonders.

The canyon gets its name from the copper color of some of its 3,000-plus foot walls (not because of copper mining in the region, as some people claim), which can be seen in all their glory from many vantage points along the route. Often compared to the Grand Canyon in the United States, Copper Canyon is more of a cross between the sheer cliff walls and alpine vegetation of Yosemite National Park and the deep and layered gorges of the Grand Canyon, but with a convenient train ride between them.

Each day El Chepe’s complete route in the northwest of Mexico travels from Los Mochis, in the neighboring state of Sinaloa, to the capital city of Chihuahua, in Chihuahua state (a second train does the reverse route).

Often referred to as the most scenic part of the journey, on this tour we’ll be experiencing Copper Canyon from Los Mochis, all the way up the canyon to approximately 8,000 feet above sea level in Divisadero and Creel, considered the gateway to the Copper Canyon. For a second chance to shoot the canyon from another direction, we’ll then ride El Chepe in the opposite direction, ending up back in Los Mochis.

Some facts about this remarkable railway journey include:

  • 86 tunnels
  • 37 bridges
  • Complete length: approximately 400 miles (660 km)
  • Maximum altitude: 7,900 feet (2,400 meters) at Divisadero
  • Construction started circa 1900
  • Completed: 1961

All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should changes to our schedule be necessary.

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