Brennan Vacations Offers Special Savings on Copper Canyon

History-packed train tour a favorite for soft-adventure travelers

By: Dawna Robertson

Fast becoming Mexico’s most popular soft-adventure attraction, the Sierra Tarahumara (Copper Canyon) has appeal that runs the gamut. Bird watchers, historians and naturalists are drawn to the area for experiencing its remarkable scenery and the most primitive aboriginal culture remaining in North America.

Brennan Vacations is sharing this unique part of Mexico via rail journeys, with special discounts on limited dates in February. The company will offer a $50 savings per person on its Feb. 23 and Feb. 27 departures. In addition to commission, agents receive a bonus of $25 per person they book on the itinerary.

The Copper Canyon trek is special on several fronts, not the least of which is the ingenious train route. The Sierra Tarahumara is, in fact, a maze of 200 gorges, which combine to form a series of six massive, interconnected canyons (barrancas). Massive may be an understatement in this case, however. To put it in perspective, this canyon system is four times larger than the Grand Canyon.

Tom DeMent, Brennan’s director of marketing, sales and creative design, explained that the tour is exciting as well as informative.

“The rail journey is unique in itself,” said DeMent. “It’s a trip to a bygone era, filled with switchbacks to the canyon rim. So the tour builds with anticipation along the way. This is truly a remote area of the world that’s somewhat untouched.”

Prices for eight-night plans are from $1,799 per person double occupancy (before savings). Savings are not applicable with any other savings, certificate or discount. To receive savings, reservationists must be alerted at the time of booking.

The tour includes first-class and deluxe hotel accommodations, welcome reception, meals (eight breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners), services of a professional Brennan Tour Director/Mexican Guide, transportation from Tucson, Ariz., all admissions as outlined in the itinerary, gratuity for baggage handling and hotel personnel, all local taxes and a Brennan Vacations documentation package.

Complimenting the area’s natural attractions is the Tarahumara (Raramuri, as they called themselves) Indian culture. These semi-nomadic people number around 50,000. Many are predominately cliff-and-cave dwellers eking out a meager substance from simple farming, ranching and selling their handicrafts.

The Brennan itinerary has been designed to highlight these and other points of interest. From Tucson, it includes a stay near the highest point of the canyon at the La Posada Barrancas Mirador Hotel. Accommodations feature private terraces overlooking the Copper Canyon rim.

Heading south, the tour passes through the mining town of Bisbee, before crossing the Mexican border at Douglas/Aqua Prieta for a visit of the ancient ruins at Paquime in Casa Grandes. Travelers are in for a nature lover’s treat, as this area is considered the most important archeological zone in northern Mexico.

Along the way, the tour visits a local pottery studio, the Chihuahuan Desert and the historical sights of Chihuahua. En route from Mexico’s Copper Canyon, it stops at the colonial town of El Fuerte, the agricultural area of the region at Sinaloa and Sonora, and then on for a two-night stay at the resort of San Carlos located on the Sea of Cortez.

“We receive a lot of referral and repeat business,” DeMent added. “Feedback is very positive, from how we’ve taken people to a part of Mexico they didn’t know existed to how experienced and knowledgeable our tour guides are. It is a truly unique experience.”

Since 1978, Brennan Vacations has been operating “safe - close to home” escorted 5- to 13-day motorcoach and rail vacations both domestically and internationally. All Brennan Vacations feature an all-inclusive price.