El Chepe Passenger Line, Copper Canyon, Mexico

Here are some photos I took while on the passenger train from Creel, Mexico to El Fuerte, Mexico. The train then turns around in Los Mochas, and follows the same route back. (I had a car in Creel – could’t leave that behind!)

A great trip and great sights The passenger train was pretty good. Comfortable seats and they even had a dining car. (If you sit by the windows, be prepared – they leak!)

The El Chepe train actually starts in Chihuahaua, Mexico and ends  in Los Mochis, Mexico.

Worth every penny. Second class is around $100 round trip.

Lest I waste more time, let me put up some pics!

The El Chepe Passenger Train Car, Second Class

El Chepe

The interior of the passenger car on the El Chepe train

The El Chepe Passenger Train winding through the Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon) Most cars make the trip in good shape, some don’t. (They have a full time crew repairing and clearing the tracks.)

It’s the only passenger train in Latin America.

El Chepe Train

The El Chepe Passenger Train winding it’s way through the Copper Canyon

As the train slowly winds through the valley’s, one sits back and enjoys the views.

Barrancas del Cobre

Barrancas del Cobre mountians

Barrancas del Cobre

Barrancas del Cobre

When I took the train, the area was getting quite a bit of rain. Waterfalls were coming off the terraced mountain tops, every where you looked.

Barrancas del Cobre

Copper Canyon, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon) gets it’s name from the appearance of copper in the canyon walls.

Barrancas del Cobre

Copper Canyon, Mexico

From the flatlands around El Fuerte, Mexico, the train heads into Barrancas del Cobre, 25,000 sq. miles,  6 rivers, and lots of canyons.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

The train arrives at El Fuerte, ready for the 6 hour trip. (It all depends on how many stops – the train will stop for anyone along the tracks)

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

This is probably one of the best maintained forms of transportation in Mexico.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

The Tarahumara are the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon, doing everything by hand. In the summer, they live at the top of the mountains growing food.

When winter comes, they move to the bottom of the Copper Canyon, and grow their food.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

One of the 6 rivers that wind through Barrancas del Cobre. Wearing down the mountains, they are very rarely anything but a muddy river.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

One of the many bridges that the trains crosses in it’s travels. 36 bridges in all.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

The train will stop for anyone wanting a ride and waiting along the tracks.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

Coming out of 1 of the 86 tunnels that the train goes through on it’s travels in the Copper Canyon, Mexico.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon Mexico

Mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes – the Copper Canyon has all that and more!

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

Winding and twisting, up and down, wind and twist, up and down is the way the train travels as it maneuvers it’s way through the Copper Canyon, Mexico.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

As the train works it’s way through the Copper Canyon, you can see that there’s nothing to protect against a landslide. Not sure if they’ve ever lost a train, but I’d hate to imagine the results of a landslide that hit the train.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

As we wind our way up the mountains, a look back reveals a waterfall, a bridge, a train station in a small town and a rugged mountain. What could yell “Take my picture” more?

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

Progress in Barrancas del Cobre.

Electricity is being brought in, water for projects and roads are being built.

No matter the damage done, progress breaks into the Copper Canyon. For it or against, it will change the nature of Barrancas del Cobre.

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

When traveling, and I see a scene like this, I can’t help but think, “I wonder whats down those tracks” And then I’m off to my new adventure to find out!

Barrancas del Cobre

The Copper Canyon, Mexico

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictorial ride.

I know a loved the real one. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Until next time, travel safely, play nice and have loads of fun!

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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2 Responses to El Chepe Passenger Line, Copper Canyon, Mexico

  1. Bob G says:

    Well I’m impressed. Not only with the Mexican train ride that appears to be well maintained, and with the wonderful landscape it traverses, but mostly with your ability to reveal it to me.

  2. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Bob, glad to hear you enjoyed the “pictorial” train ride.
    A much better place to visit than TJ!
    Similar to Colorado, but without the heavy snows.
    The remotest area in Mexico.
    Hope your doing well.
    Cheers

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