We had heard rumors about a passenger train that wound its
way through Copper Canyon in Northern Mexico for years. Some accounts suggested
the train no longer operated, but others hinted that it was choo-chooing along
on a regular basis.
RC is here to tell you that the train ride is long (it took us
11 hours to travel from Los Mochis to Creel, even though the schedule suggested
it was an 8 hour trip), but well worth the ride for his human companions.
There are few passenger trains still operating in Mexico. When we asked about
traveling with RC on the Vera Cruz-Mexico City train, the conductor was unequivocal
that no pets were allowed. We decided to see if this policy was applied as firmly
for the Copper Canyon train.
The travel agent called the Chihuahua-Pacifico (Chepe) train station in Los Mochis
to inquire. The train representative said that if the train wasn't too full
that it shouldn't be a problem, but he wouldn't give a firm answer. We were
traveling during low season so our hopes were high. We decided to buy our tickets
the morning of departure.
We arrived at the station at 5 AM when the ticket office was suppose to open
... they didn't open for business until almost 5:30. When I informed the clerk
of our desire to travel with RC, I had his travel case in front of me so he could work
his magic ... she smiled when she spotted him and said that RC would be
This was RC's first train ride, but not his last. The clanking of the tracks
is just the ticket to lull him to sleep ... he spent almost the entire trip
His traveling case didn't fit under the seat, but
there was ample room to set it on the floor and still have room for our feet.
Indeed, this train has the most comfortable seats ... deeply cushioned ...
broad with plenty of wiggle room. If the scenery outside the window wasn't so
breathtaking, I suspect RC would have had 2 sleeping companions during the trip.