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What to bring to Copper Canyon

Basics to bring for your Copper Canyon Train Trip:


It is important to travel light as we will be getting off and on the train and walking some with our luggage. I suggest a small duffel or roller and a fanny pack. You may be responsible to get your gear on and off the train at times, so travel light. You will want to bring the following:


-Passport and ID…and—very important—bring a copy of the picture page of you passport and give to your guide at the beginning of the trip.


-Money and credit card (be sure to let your credit card company know you may be using it in Mexico…also don’t depend on your credit card for cash in Mexico). ATMs are a decent source for pesos—but they are rare. People often bring $300-$500 cash- depending on length of trip.


-Basic comfortable clothing including something for rain protection- especially in July and August. Keep things light and simple- no need to dress up.


-For shoes I usually bring my most comfortable walking shoes and some flips


-hat if you want one


-personal hygiene items and medications


-small flashlight


-camera and batteries


-you do not need to bring a sleeping bag or towels


-early fall and late spring are warm and the winter months can be cold at night or even in the day- bring a long sleeve for any time of year and a sweater and shell layer or coat for Fall through Spring.


-small insect repellant and sunscreen


-water bottle if you want- we will have purified water available and you can buy it everywhere.


-diary and pen


-ear plugs (or whatever) if you sleep light- often in Mexican cities and towns there are trucks, roosters, dogs, etc. that may keep you awake.


Important note: Put my US cell- 217.369.9897 in a safe place with you. Contact me right away if you have a flight delay or any problem. In an emergency here is another backup number in the US- 217.552.0700. Ask your guide for his/her cell number when you arrive.




The Lonely Planet phrase book, “Mexican Spanish” is a great one to have if you want to keep up with what the locals are saying.


I suggest you walk each day for a month before the trip. This is not a trekking trip. Still we will be on our feet a lot each day and you will enjoy it more if you are ready physically.


Oh and did I already mention to travel light?


Get ready to experience the place and have some fun!