Fly into the Los Mochis airport and Yolonda from Amigo Trails will have a private transfer to El Fuerte waiting for you. Travel time is about 1.5 hours. The Hotel Torres is new and very nice. All rooms are decorated differently and there are no large groups there yet to interfere with service. The River Tour is awesome and you get to see lots of birds and hike to some petroglyphs. Yolonda can set your whole trip up: email@example.com There is a nice self guided walking tour around the city center with great maps from The 3 Amgios. I rented a scooter and went out to the hot springs and the dams too on one afternoon. Great seafood here. You'll go to Alamos next for one night and part of the next day and then spend night 4 in El Fuerte again in order to catch the train on Day 5
So this is for Day 3 after spending Day 1 and Day 2 in El Fuerte. You get a transfer from AMigo Trails to Alamos with an English speaking guide along. Trip takes 3 hours on the old stagecoach dirt road. The town is beautiful and the guide does the driving and gives you loads of info. Can't be beat. It really made the trip worthwhile. There are many hotels to choose from here. Throw a rock and take your pick as there are just so many nice ones.
Okay, Day 5. Catch the 1st class train at 8amish from El Fuerte. Amigo Trails had my train tickets waiting for me at my hotel so it was very hassle free dealing with the train. Take the train today to Bahuichivo station and there'll be someone there to take you to San Isidro Lodge. Very nice, quiet place run by a Mexican/Raramuri family with an English speaking host named Mario. They take you on a city tour of Cerocahui (1/2 hour from the station) and then onto the hotel. All meals are included and the place is set in the woods above Cerocahui. It seems to be nicer and cheaper than the Balderrama hotel too. Balderamma charges $245US and this place is only $140US. The people are very relaxed and it's like being with a real family. Spend the night. Day 6 get up and Mario takes you on a great tour to the bottom of Urique canyon to the village and prepares a lunch for you called a Discada. It's like a stirfry with meat and veg and it's even served with wine on tables and chairs. So cool. Sleep at San Isidro again tonight.
DAy 7 starts out at San Isidro Lodge and they drop you off at the station at around 12pmish. Take the train again to Posada Barrancas today. Maria from Mansion Tarahumara will pick you up at the station at around 3pmish. This hotel is very nice. She built new rooms at the top and although they weren't open when I visited, they were almost finished. There are many rooms on the side of the mountain and 19 new rooms that hang off the cliff edge with their own restaurant and bar up there. Views are just as nice as the Baldderama hotel but cheaper and better service (we walked over to the hotel to see it and we were not happy with the bad service or condescending attitude of the manager there). All meals included here too. Walk along the canyon rim and see the views, visit the RAramuri cave (but don't feel like you need to leave them money in the tip jar. It seems they make several thousand dollars per day and most of it goes to Balderama!!)The BAlancing rock is nearby too and there are some overlook points near Divisadero station 3 kms away.
DAy 8: spend the mornign walking around the Posada Barrancas area or go for a horseback ride. Take the train at 3pmish to Creel. I really liked the Best WEstern there becausae I wanted to be in town for shopping but I stopped by on my tour and saw the Sierra Lodge too. It's in Cusarare outside of Creel. Very neat place in the woods with no electricity. very cozy. all meals were included there and you could walk to the village and waterfall from the hotel. You arrive in Creel around 5pmish so you can just walk around or maybe rent a bike or scooter from the Amigos and do some light sightseeing tonight. DAy 9: Full day tour with the Amigos of course to visit so many places: Valley of Mushrooms, frogs, monks, san ignacio mission, ararego lake, cusarare falls, mission, museum, basihuare canyon, copper canyon and batopilas canyon overlook at La Bufa overlook. Again we had an English speaking guide with drinks included. They offered to pack us a picnic lunch for only $20 bucks more with table chairs etc...but we declined as we had already asked for a lunch from the best western. SHould have done it though as I saw another person driving one of their trucks along hte way and it was a nice lunch with tables and chairs and deli meats and veg. I could have used more veg on that trip. Sleep at Best Western again or opt for Sierra Lodge for one night to experience both places.
Day 10: Rise and shine. We took the private transfer to Chihuahua this morning at 9am with a stop at the Mennonite Community in Chuatemoc to see the famous Chihuahua cheese making factory and the Mennonite museum. Interesting. We then were dropped off at our hotel, The Holiday Inn ( a nice place in the downtown area that was like a little oasis in the city)at around 2pm. Yolonda had arranged for a guide to meet us at 3pm for a city tour of the most intersting places in Chihuahua. We saw Pancho Villas house, Quinta Gameros, the Federal building with Hidalgo's dungeon, the cathedral and so mcuh more I forget what. Our guide was English speaking and new everything it seemed about the city. We dined at Casa de Los Milagros for dinner, enjoyed the free Happy Hour at the hotel and relaxed in the jacuzzi before heading off to bed. It was a great end to a fantastic adventure. I hope you enjoy this summary and I hope you do contact Amigo Trails (www.amigotrails.com