Copper Canyon Trip
12 November 2011 | El Fuerte-where we catch the train to Copper Canyon
We left Mazatlan, with our friends Larry and Karen Nelson, and took the bus to Los Mochis. It was a 5 hr. ride, but was very comfortable with reclining seats and a t.v. for every seat. In Los Mochis we found a taxi to take us to El Fuerte. It was a 1 1/2 to 2 hr. ride. In El Fuerte we stayed at Posado del Hidalgo, which is a very nice old Spanish Hacienda style hotel. They claim that Zorro was born in a house behind the hotel and so every night someone dresses up as Zorro and walks around visiting with the guests. What fun! El Fuerte is an old colonial town with a pretty park and town plaza, and was founded in 1564. The fort, after which the town was named, was built in 1610 and was used to guard the river and town. The river is large enough for the Spanish to bring supplies from the coast (about 100 km. away) up to the town. We were told that the river shrimp is so good that people come from all over to eat it. So we had the Langostinis for dinner at the hotel and they were excellent. You can see in the picture what it looks like. The next morning we got on the train headed for our first stop in Copper Canyon. The train was very comfortable, and we split our time between the dining car with large picture windows (and good food), and the regular seats which had 4 seats facing each other so the 4 of us could visit while we watched the beautiful scenery go by our windows. We could also go between the cars and lean out to take pictures. The views got more beautiful as we continued to climb up in the mountains, following rivers and canyons. This train route goes through the Western Sierra Madre Mountain Range and was a challenge to build (finished in 1961) with canyons, cliffs, mountains, forests, and ravines to go through. It has 86 tunnels and 39 bridges and spectacular scenery! It hasn't rained in this area for 2 years, so the rivers were just small streams and the lake was very low.