El Chepe Express: the mythical Mexican train that crosses the Barrancas del Cobre

If you love trains and travel you should try El Chepe Express once in a lifetime. His journey starts (or arrives) from Los Mochis and ends in Creel. On the way, 350 km (or 220 miles) long, the train crosses 37 bridges, 87 tunnels and the famous Barrancas del Cobre, a group of six Canyons of the Western Sierra Madre.

The train was born with the aim of moving the local population but also and above all with the idea of making tourists travel through the mountains and the Chihuahua gorges.

The Chihuahua Pacific takes about 10 hours to cover the 5 stops of its route. Departure is every day at 8.00 am, both from Los Mochis and Creel with the exception of Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the low season and has El Fuerte, Bahulchivo and Divisadero as intermediate stops.

You can travel in tourist class, Primera and Ejecutiva (tourist, first and executive) and, of course, there are bars and restaurants with a room with a panoramic view.

Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Creel was included among the 132 Mexican pueblos magicos. One of the treasures of Chihuahua seems to be this small village nestled in the mountains. The best way to reach it and admire it is the Chepe Cxpress which arrives here at 5.40 pm or leaves again at 8.00 am if you decide to face the journey in the opposite direction.

The climate in Creel is cool in spring and summer, although the sun during this period could help give you a bit of a tan. In winter, don’t forget that you are in the mountains, so bring some warm clothes.

The approximate distance from Chihuahua is about 5 hours by car or bus.

For info on timetables and reservations: https://chepe.mx/

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