Chihuahua City is the Gateway to the Copper Canyon

Fly to Chihuahua, located just a couple hundred miles south of  Texas, with a population of over a million. Chihuahua is cowboys and cattle—a historically rich city where people relax among the food carts in the main square in front of the centuries-old cathedral.  Museums include Benito Juarez Museum, Pancho Villa’s house and the Art Nouveau Quinta Gameros mansion created as a wedding present to an erstwhile bride who ran away at the altar. In the old central city you’ll find cowboy boots, hats and maze-like markets. The Chihuahua International Airport has flights arriving and departing throughout the day from places like Germany, England, France, Canada and the U.S. About five hours by train, bus or car from Chihuahua City and you arrive at the  Copper Canyon high country!

Below are just a few of the cities that have flights into Chihuahua City. Any of the online travel websites are useful in searching for air to Chihuahua City. Check out expedia.com or cheaptickets.com.

By Air to Chihuahua City, Mexico (CUU, airport code)

From Canada

From all major cities, fly through Dallas or Houston to Chihuahua City.

 

From the U.S.

From all major cities, fly through Dallas or Houston to Chihuahua City.

 

From Europe

Paris, France—Charles deGaulle Airport (CDG)—American Airlines—1 stop in Dallas, or Continental Airlines—1 stop in Houston

Frankfort, Germany—(FRA)—Continental Airlines—1 stop in Houston, or British Airways—1 stop in Dallas

London, England—Heathrow (LHR)—Continental Airlines—1 stop in Houston, or American Airlines—1 stop in Dallas

 

Spend the night in Chihuahua City and catch the train early the following morning.

A very reliable source and close friend who works for the Chihuahua Tourism Department recommends these two hotels:

San Felipe Real—located in downtown Chihuahua, check out the website here. Architect Wendy Suarez has restored a small home in the historic section of the city and converted it to a charming, comfortable place to stay.

Hotel San Francisco—address, Victoria No. 49, located in the heart of Chihuahua, just behind the cathedral with some of the best eating place nearby, from the very elegant Terrazas Mansion to homey Joe’s Taco (really!)  According to mytravelguide.com, the San Francisco Hotel rates a 9.5 out of 10. A favorite of ours over the many years we’ve traveled to Mexico.

 

Get up early and catch the train to the high country

First class train leaves Chihuahua City at 6:00 a.m. It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes early. You buy your tickets right on the train!

Train arrives in Creel at around 11:30 a.m.—a car will meet you at the train station for your ride to the Sierra Lodge.

Cost for train at time of posting is $99.00 US.

 

Bus to Creel

Take a taxi to the main bus station. There are hourly departures to Creel. The top three choices for traveling by bus are Estrella Blanca, Omnibus and Chihuaeneses. It’s easy to buy tickets at the station.  Cost is about $40.00 US. In Creel, grab a $20.00 taxi to the Sierra Lodge.

 

Driving

 Drive south through Creel to Kilometer 22 and look for the unprentious sign

Map of Copper Canyon, Cusarare and Batopilas