Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Location: Mansión Tarahumara Hotel, Arepo, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico


7AM - RV Park de El Fuerte.
We are inside RV Park de El Fuerte. It is very quiet. Two RVs are here, MsTioga and one small trailer. Little Mavicito, Ms. GQ and Jorge would like to go on our Copper Canyon tour this morning. First we must make contact with Bill Trimble, owner of the campground.

If we are able to go on the El Chepe train this morning on our Copper Canyon adventure, we plan to post on our blog by using WiFi access or internet cafe. If these things are not found, we will post everything on our return in a few days.

8:30AM - Train to Copper Canyon.
A bunch of people waited for El Chepe, the train to Copper Canyon to arrive. There are actually two trains, a 1st & 2nd class. Everybody waits alongside the tracks. Then the train arrives, and we are escorted into a car, and seated there.

When the train is traveling, it goes maybe 30 miles per hour. And it rocks side-to-side a great deal. Once when I was walking to buy a bag of chips in the lounge car, I fell on a lady sitting down when a big "rock" thru me over!

We traveled thru tunnels and across bridges which went over gently running streams and a large lake. Every once in awhile, our train pulled to the side to let a fright train go by.
Station at El Fuerte.

Jorge in the train.

Crossing the bridge across the river.

One of many tunnels.

2PM - Station Posada Barrancas.
My tour destination is at the train station of Posada Barrancas. That is where Bill Trimble, owner of RV de El Fuerte has booked me. When the train arrived at Station Posada Barrancas, there was a sign that read, "300 meters to Mansión Tarahumara Hotel." It is also called, El Castillo [The Castle]. There were lots of taxis waiting, but 300 meters was not too far for walking.

The hotel is in the Pueblo of Arepo. Up on a hill above the railroad tracks, I could see Mansión Tarahumara. Little Mavicito was taking pics like crazy!! When we checked into the hotel, we were soooooo happy to learn that Bill Trimble had phoned here. We had not met Bill as he was not at his campground when we arrived there. We only left a note on MsTioga explaining our situation. But it has all worked out.
Map of all the train stations.

Station Posadas Barrancas.

Approaching Mansión Tarahumara.

The Hotel from near my room.

Room #14, my room.

My kitchen!

The bathroom with a shower.

4PM - Jorge is starving!
I was sooooo excited with the train ride, that I did not eat anything during the trip. By this time in the afternoon, I was starving. The owner of the hotel is Maria Barriga. When I explained to Maria that I had not eaten breakfast or lunch today, and was very hungry, Maria showed me into her dining room where she asked the people in the kitchen to fix me a meal. Isn't this the greatest thing?

First I had a bowl of wonderful bean soup. Then came a course with two grilled white fish, white rice and sauteed squash. Man-O-Man! Of course I will eat at the regular supper meal which is served at 7PM.
The gorgeous dining room.

7PM - Supper time!
About 20 minutes before supper was scheduled, a man knocked on my door. "Come to supper", he said in English. When I went to the dining room, I was shown to a table, but declined saying, "I want to eat with others."

A guest of the hotel heard me, and invited me to eat with his family. Wow! I am sooooooo lucky to meet this family.
They are the Uranga Family from the City of Chihuahhua. We are the largest group at one table in the restaurant.

What a grand time I had sharing supper with them. We exchanged email addresses, and promised to write each other.

The Uranga family and Jorge at supper.

Hotel Location Map


1 comment:

  1. Here is info from :

    Bill Trimble died a couple of years back, that park is closed. The only place is the Motel Bugamvillas (N 26.4102 W 108.6263), no hookups, turn right as you approach the town from the north and its about 1.5 blocks on your left. There are plans for a new one down by the river if they go ahead. Nice thing about the Bugamvillas is that Maitee, the daughter, will look after your pets if you want to go to Copper Canyon. It is a about a 15 min train ride to the station and be sure to let the motel know when you are coming back or you may not be able to get through the gates. the train arrives back after dark.

    You can contact Maitee through her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maiteeyuridia.alcarazsoto?fref=hovercardor you can PM me for her personal email, I don't want to post it. She teaches English.

    You need to check when Caravans are coming through, they often fill this park. The large French Canadian ones hit it in March. You want to avoid those. Adventure caravans do it out of Los Mochis & Fantasy out of Huatabampito, so you just have to watch the Quebec ones & Caravanas de Mexico who use the Park. BTW if you do not know the northern access route to El Fuerte (you won't find it on the map and your GPS), PM me, and I will give you directions. The company I wagon master for will be there Oct 18-23 and Jan 18-23. If you want a tour to Copper canyon and of El Fuerte, you may be able to do it a la carte from that company. If interested, PM me & I will ask them. I also know they are thinking of one out of El Fuerte for Northbound RVers in early April and plan to post the info at Totonaka in San Carlos in the Fall. So if you are stopping there southbound, ask about it. You can maybe also arrange tours in Creel from somebody. That may be cheaper. I strongly suggest you do something like that or at least hire a guide up there or you wont see as much as you could. I was amazed at how little i saw when I went on my own a few years back as opposed to a tour. There is also a new zip line that should be on your bucket list. Take along a nice shaped jello mold to have your remains shipped back home in.

    BTW El Fuerte itself is very interesting, most peoepl do not realize that. There is also a Bass fishing excursion available from El Fuerte