(Divisadero to El Fuerte MX)
We departed Copper Canyon on the Chepe Express train headed down the mountains toward the sea. There were fantastic views all along the trip over the Sierra Madres.
The rails took us by mountain peaks, cliffs, waterfalls, dense vegetation and flowering trees. Over bridges and rivers, through tunnels, past small villages, up and down switch backs we went.
At one point, the train went around in a circle three times descending levels, which included passing through a tunnel with a 100 degree turn inside. To the sides were steep inclines or cliffs, and a waterfall.
The landscape changed from mountainous to hills, rivers and lakes. After a six hour train ride, it was getting late by the time we arrived in El Fuerte. No matter, as a taxi was waiting to take us to the hotel.
Hotel la Choza was originally the stage stop in this colonial Spanish village. Of course, it has been modernized; but, still retains the inner courtyard, period styling and lush gardens.
Camp: Hotel la Choza
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, forest, river, train