More happy guests, and it’s time for you to be one. Come on time is running out!
Hi Dave, just wanted to let you know we got ‘home’ to Bucerias safely and now are cleaning out the dust. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and a great tour you organized. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and will recommend it highly.
Gord and Linda Schneider
A very nice group of people that enjoyed the Copper Canyon and a few drinks before dinner here at Camp David. It’s safe and fun so come on down for a vacation of your life.
Boy, let me tell you, was this ever a FUN group of tourists that had a ball here and in the canyon too! Safe, fun, and affordable. What are you waiting for? Call or email me today to start your own fun vacation.
Now, that we are back already from our incredible trip for a week, we are still dreaming and reminicing about the good time we all had with you and your affiliated organisations on the Copper Canyon.
Everything worked out like clockwork and we thank you very much for organizing this memorable event. Please extend our thanks also to Bernicia who took care of us so well!
Knud and Burghilt Hammerbeck
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A recent visitor wrote us to provide a bit of good border-crossing advice.
Thanks for the wonderful send off at the end of our trip. A trip that we will remember forever. Both Lana and I agree that it is the most remember able trip that we have every been on. The chicken and straw berries did a good job in tying us over until we got to SD.
The motel we stay at in SD is the Padre Trail Inn on Taylor. There are really interesting shops and super Mexican restaurant right across the street. Old Town is a mere five minute walk. And a main transportation link is the same five minute walk. Rates are excellent, rooms are clean. Includes a continental breakfast and parking. I have parked there for two weeks without cost.
Just to let you know that we arranged for a cab at the airport to take us back SD. The driver was great and spoke English. The taxi gate at customs was closed for over and hour so we had to wait on the US side until he got over to pick us up. I would suggest that anyone using this service have a phone number to call back to dispatch should the flow of crossing the border be interrupted. Or maybe if the cabbie had our cell number he would have called us to let us know of the delay. Luckily we had a taxi number to call to find out why he did not show when expected.
Will always think of you and your family with the very kind hospitality. It would be a pleasure to recommend your trip package.
Karl and Lana
Here we have a very happy group. Two that just got back from the copper canyon on the left from Palm Springs and the other five are from Phoenix just heading to the copper canyon tomorrow morning after a day at the beach today. Breakfast FIRST!!!
Lunch at the beach !! Fresh grilled corn on the cob and extra large shrimp, all you can eat!!
The following is a testimonial from a recent visitor:
We booked our tour of Barrancas del Cobre through David Warner’s Copper Canyon Tour. David was extremely helpful both via telephone and email with making all of the arrangements we needed for a fabulous 8 day and 7 night vacation. The total cost for the entire trip was $1600 per person. This included a round trip cross-border taxi ride, round trip airfare from Tijuana to Los Mochis on Volaris Airlines, the taxi ride from the Los Mochis airport to Camp David, 3 nights with all meals at Camp David, First Class round-trip train tickets as well as rooms, meals and tours during our 4 days and nights in the Copper Canyon. You can’t beat this deal anywhere!!!
David and his wife Beranice (Berne) greeted us with open arms to their Shangri-La home in Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Berne is a GREAT cook, the rooms are spacious with very comfortable queen beds, large private bathrooms with nice hot showers – a welcome treat after a day of travel.
Actually the day of travel was a snap! Charley of Transportes Terrestre whisked us through the border to the Tijuana Airport without a hitch. By the way we’ve never seen a more spotless taxi.
The Tijuana Airport was beautiful and clean. Volaris Airlines was equally nice, on time, clean and very comfortable. In Los Mochis, David had arranged for our taxi and the driver was waiting for us outside of Baggage Claim with a sign saying Campo David. A short drive past field after field of corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sugar cane and so much more…
…and there we were at Camp David – a paradise!
On Day two we went to La Playa and enjoyed a walk on the beautiful sandy which we had all to ourselves. We saw dolphins playing in the waves and collected numerous shells including a sand dollar. Berne fixed us grilled FRESH (picked that day) corn, Sea of Cortez shrimp and salad. A beautiful relaxing day!
Day three began early so we could catch the Chepe Train to our next stop Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico. The train ride took us from the valley across the El Fuerte River NOTE: ASK FOR A SEAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAIN! The majority of the views are from that side and the sunlight is perfect on the trip from Los Mochis to Barrancas del Cobre.
What a fantastic sights on the Chepe Train from Rio El Fuerte to the beautiful mountains surrounding Cerocahui.
We were greeted at the train station by Hugo who took us to the Paraiso del Oso Lodge. On the ride from the train station we asked if there were bears in the area. Hugo laughed and said no. The name of the Lodge came from the rock formations looming over the site. There he is “Yogi Bear” clear as a bell watching over us from our room.
This is totally a family run Lodge – built from scratch by Doug (Diego) Rhodes and his wife Maria (parents of Hugo). It’s everything you would want a Lodge in the mountains to be!
With the rooms heated by wood burning stoves, the lobby by a huge fireplace and lighting in the bar by kerosene lantern, the atmosphere was rustic and very romantic. Hugo and his sister, who did the cooking, treated us as royalty.
The next day, Day four, Hugo took us on a grand tour of Cerocahui and Canyon Urique. Cerocahui is a lovely Colonial town where we visited the church originally built in 1680 and refurbished in 1948.
Across from the church was a Catholic School for the local children. This school also look in the local Tarahumara Indian children for free and provided the girls with room and board through the 8th grade. Without this, any education would be impossible since it’s an average of a 1 day walk each way to the school.
Rador Cerro Gallegos (Overlook) was about a 1 hour drive from Cerocahui. We had many opportunities for spectacular views along the way including the picture of Cerocahui above and this picture of a mango tree in the foreground with gorgeous rocky views in the background.
But, the views from Rador Cerro Gallegos were breathtaking. Below is the Rio Urique and city of Urique.
During a short morning hike near the Lodge led by Hugo’s nephew we turned to go back and Yogi was showing us the way.
Upon our return, Hugo took us to the train station to continue our journey to the Posada Barrancas stop. We were now at 7,200 feet in the town of Areponapuchi which means place of the eagles in the Tarahumara language – indeed! We were promptly picked us up at the train station and taken to the Hotel Mansion Tarahumara – El Castillo. What an amazing place!
Maria Barriga Villarreal, the owner, greeted us as family, welcomed us into her “home” and fed us lunch. Victor, the tour guide, then took us to our “Room with a View”. What do you think? Is this a view or what?
After settling in, Victor took us on a short hike near the hotel.
From here we could look up, and see our room!
Our “View Room” was at 7,700 feet. The lobby was at 7,200 feet. So, my husband arranged to have our dinner and a bottle of wine brought to our room each night! Our dinner overlooking the canyon at sunset became our daily romantic ritual.
We could not have felt more welcomed by Maria and her staff at Hotel Mansion Tarahumara. The PERFECT place to see Barrancas del Cobre.
The next morning, Day 5, we woke up before dawn in order to see sunrise over the canyon and what a sight it was.
Then down the mountain for our delicious breakfast of Mexican scrambled eggs & fresh fruit and off to Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico.
This lovely city also had its gorgeous views…
…and an ATM where we could get Pesos! Now we were in search of items exclusive to this area – baskets, carvings, and beautifully colorful clothes.
We did find several beautiful items here and also saw the beautiful “women” who make them. The Tarahumara Indian women return to their village after 8th grade, marry and have children at 12-13 years old – Children having Children. See the serious look of this Indian mother? These women WORK from the time they’re a toddler until they attend school and from then on. We saw very few Indian men in the area. Why? The men have to leave the area unless their family owns good land to farm (rare in this mountainous terrain). Many of them take the 2nd class Chepe train to the Sinaloa valley. There they find work as farm laborers earning $150 Pesos ($12 dollars) a day plus room and board to work the fields. It’s a tough rough life but they always seem to migrate back to their villages and FAMILY.
From Creel we headed away from the canyons to the San Ignacio Arareko or Arareco (saw it spelled both ways) National Park. Here we got to see a local Indian Village up close as well as many marvelous rock formations.
The Indians very rarely own a vehicle or even a horse/mule. They must carry everything on their backs for miles across very narrow paths on extremely rocky terrain as pointed out by our guide, Victor.
Next we drove to the Valle de Aaranas (Valley of Mushrooms) and Hongos (Frogs).
We had a lovely picnic lunch at Lago Arareco (Horseshoe Lake).
There, we met up with 3 Indian children selling their wares. We had just finished shopping in Creel and had no small change – WORD OF ADVICE: ALWAYS HAVE A POCKET FULL OF SMALL CHANGE! We did have plenty of food and they were all hungry so we shared our wonderful picnic of sandwiches, fruit and chicken.
What do you see?
Pedras de Elefanto? Si!
Then it was back to our room with a view and another romantic dinner with a gorgeous sunset and a full moon over the canyon.
The next day’s adventure, Day 6, was in Parque de Adventura, Barrancas del Cobre. This park is only 2 years old and is still under construction. What they’ve done already is magnificent. There’s a Reception Building with a gift shop and eating area. In the center of the floor is a giant window to the crevice which is actually an Indian burial ground the building is over. Attached to the building is a Tram that crosses by cable half way across the canyon and a Zip line for those that are more adventurous. In addition there are miles of safe walkways along the canyon’s edge to capture numerous spectacular views.
Upon exiting the Tram in the middle of the canyon, we were greeted by a local Indian playing one of their locally made violins or fiddles. Victor demonstrated how to dance to the music.
Soon it was time to return back to the Canyon’s Rim. Here you can see the building spanning the crevice.
Now for those wonderful walkways and spectacular views!
This is a famous “Balancing Rock”! Though it’s forbidden, many people have stood on and rocked this bolder – quite a balancing act on the edge of a canyon.
Yes! This is the way to the next viewing area! You can see through the floor. I hung on for dear life to the cables as I crossed!
A view well worth crossing the bridge for!
Day 7, now it was time to head back to Ahome. Victor took us to the train station where three Indian women awaiting passengers to buy their wares. Their vibrant, colorful clothing as well as their intricately woven baskets totally captivated me,
Here comes the Chepe Train!
On the return trip we did ask for a seat on the LEFT SIDE of the train to capture the views. The sunlight however was dwindling rapidly so capturing good photos was difficult.
Though we arrived quite late, Berne was there with her niece to pick us up at the Train Station in Los Mochis and drive us to Ahome where a comfortable bed awaited.
Day 8, Our flight didn’t leave Los Mochis until 5:00pm so we had a relaxing day visiting with David, Berne & Bronson Warner and…
…just enjoying the weather.
They were kind enough to let us use their washer and dryer so we’d have clean clothes for our trip home – one less chore to worry about upon our return. Then it was a quick trip to the beautiful Los Mochis Airport and an easy flight on Volaris Airlines to Tijuana. In Tijuana we walked outside of the airport at Baggage Claim, turned right, walked a short block to the Transportes Terrestre Taxi Window and requested Charley. They of course had our reservation and radioed for Charley. He picked us up in no time and took us to the border. Here we went through the turnstile and entered back into the United States.
After waiting in the Custom’s line for about 15 minutes, we made it through Custom’s without any problems. Then it was another blocks walk to the First Bank’s parking lot where Transportes Terrestre has a reserved parking space. Charley whisked our luggage back into the van and off we went back to the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel in San Diego.
Thank you to David Warner at Camp David, Diego Rhodes at Paraiso del Oso and Maria Barriga Villarreal at Hotel Mansion Tarahumara for giving us the trip of a lifetime!
Dennis & Dianne Walker
A recent visitor sent us this letter:
I wanted to let you know that our trip to the Copper Canyon was great. We arrived at Camp David by Bus from Tucson and we felt safe on the entire trip. So many tried to discourage us from going because of all the press in the US about safety. The train trip into the Copper Canyon had a guard on board and the conductors made sure that we knew when to get off. Each of the hotels had their van at the train to meet us and we were taken on tours each afternoon and again in the morning there were options. There were enough English speaking people that we were never frustrated over the language barrier. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested as a very good buy for the dollar.
Thanks again to you and your staff for a safe and secure venture.
Bob and Jan Boyd
This was a very nice couple that rode the bus down from Tucson to enjoy a nice tour of the copper canyon. Lots of spaces open and this is part of the best time weathe-wise to visit, so come on!
More guest comments:
We had such a wonderful time on the Camp David tour of Copper Canyon. Despite press to the contrary we always felt safe and well taken care of. Our host, David Warner, couldn’t have been kinder or more thoughtful. Supper was ready, even though we came in late our first night. Rooms at Camp David were clean and spacious, the coffee hot, and conversations fun and interesting. Our second day we had a terrific time at the Pacific shore, walking the white beach and exploring the dunes; David bought freshly caught fish for our evening meal, which was scrumptious, grilled with olives, tomatoes, onions.
The next four days on and off the train were full of breathtaking sights and learning the culture of the Tarahumara Indians. The guides reserved for us were knowledgeable, sensitive to our needs and quite fluent in English. We always felt very safe and secure. Our rooms, the second and third nights away from Camp David were literally on the edge of Copper Canyon, and the sight of the moon rising over that magnificent vista is never to be forgotten. Thank you, David, for putting together such a memorable trip!
Virginia S., New Hampshire, US
Bill H., Ontario, Canada
Here are another couple that enjoyed the great tour I provide in the Copper Canyon. So what are waiting for; come on!
Hi David, We are back home in the mountains of Arizona. We totally enjoyed the Copper Canyon tour you planned out. This destination had been on our list for 10+ years. We chose this trip because it had less travel time and more variety starting with Camp David, your beach home then on up to the canyons and small villages. All unique experiences compared to the beach resort areas we normally go to. Loved how friendly and hospitable everyone was everywhere we went.
Linda and Bill
Lot’s to add in this update. First, a recommendation from a recent guest:
If you’re going to do a Copper Canyon tour, David is the way to go. We checked different tours before deciding on David’s tour. Met some other people that booked through other travel agencies, after talking with them it just confirmed that we made the right decision with Camp David.
Cheers…..Pancho and Lynda
Here are a very couple of friends that just visited the copper canyon and the beach . Both said they really enjoyed the longer tour.
Here is Richard from Dutch Harbor Alaska enjoying a dune buggy ride at the beach.
Richard and I enjoyed some great fresh shrimp while at my beach house that made up a very wonderful and relaxing day.