It takes a full morning to load the vehicles onto the flatbed railroad cars, but then the party begins. That first night after margaritas and a home-cooked Mexican dinner at a cantina in La Junta, your own bed awaits you back onboard the flatbed car. In the morning, while it's still dark, the locomotives arrive to couple the cars. In most cases, the gentle nuzzle of them being coupled together isn't enough to disturb anyone's slumber. However, if you're an early riser, make a pot of coffee, grab a lawn chair, and sit outside with your cup of brew while the train moves off into the landscape. This is one of the most unique modes of travel found anywhere.
Copper Canyon is actually several canyons that total an area five times larger than the Grand Canyon. It's also deeper.
After taking a half century to build, the railroad was completed in 1961. It crosses 90 bridges and passes through 40 tunnels. The train actually makes a complete U-turn while it's inside the mountain in one tunnel.
The Tarahumara Indians have lived here for hundreds of years and are identified by the bold, colorful fabrics with which their clothes are tailored. The Tarahumaras are renowned for their running prowess, holding competitions that include running and kicking a ball-like object over a distance of more than 100 miles (without stopping). They live in the hillside caves that border the tracks.
Each day around noon, the train stops and shopping, touring, sightseeing, food and beverage indulgence begins at another of the colonial villages-whistle stops with names like Creel, El Divisadero, Cuiteco, Bahuichivo, Temoris, and El Purete.