From Bahia Verde we headed across to the commercial port of Topolobampo and left Novara in the new marina there while we took the train from Los Mochis and through the Copper Canyon to Creel.
This extraordinary train journey now called el Chepe or the Pacifico Express was bult to carry freight from the US to the pacific coast and on to Asia...it still does.
Started in the late 1800's it was not completely finished until the 1960's and runs through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Americas.
These canyons are studded with caves, home to the Rarámuri or Tarahumara Indians who are a Native American people of northwestern Mexico the high sierras and canyons such as the Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Occidental. Like many native peoples recent times have been very difficult with the loss of land to forestry and land speculators, the arrival of tourists such as ourselves and well meaning people who want to improve their lot by changing their way of life.
We made the journey over 4 days but only as far as Creel although the train goes all the way to Chihuahua.
Stopping in the heart of the canyon on both the outbound and return journeys we got to stay in the Pasada Barrancas hotel en route to Creel...and the Mirador on the way back to Los Mochis.
Both hotels are situated on the rim of the canyon and gave us spectacular views throughout the day.
One of the great train journeys.