LOS MOCHIS -- Mexican hotelier Roberto Balderrama is enhancing his
collection of lodges in the Copper Canyon.
His company, Balderrama Hotels and Tours, is adding rooms at
three of its retreats in the region to meet a demand for soft
adventure and ecotourism vacations that has sparked an increase in
visitors to the Copper Canyon, he said.
The remote region, four times larger than Arizona's Grand
Canyon, is serviced by trains that operate along the 400-mile
Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, which passes over 37 bridges,
travels through 86 tunnels and climbs to 7,500 feet.
The area, home to the Tarahumara Indians, has become popular
with travelers seeking natural beauty and culture.
Balderrama operates six properties in the region: Hotel Santa
Anita and Plaza Inn in Los Mochis (a jumping-off point for
excursions in the canyon); Hotel Posada Hidalgo in El Fuerte; Hotel
Mision in Cerocauhi, and Posada Barrancas and its sister property,
Posada Barrancas Mirador, both near Divisadero in the heart of the
Expansion projects are under way at Hotel Posada Hidalgo, Hotel
Mision and Posada Barrancas Mirador, all situated at stops along
the train route.
The projects are expected to be completed by the end of the
Hotel Posada Hidalgo is a 41-room property housed in a former
hacienda and fort built in 1890 for the territorial governor.
Eleven guest rooms are being added in an adjoining property,
which Balderrama recently purchased. The property, which also dates
to the 1800s, is being remodeled to feature guest rooms with
wood-beamed ceilings, bathrooms and floors crafted with Mexican
tiles, a Jacuzzi and gardens.
Balderrama is renovating the El Fuerte train station as part of
an agreement with Ferromex, a private enterprise.
Ferromex took over the Chihuahua al Pacifico train service from
the Mexican government earlier this year and signed an agreement
with Balderrama to collaborate on hotel and train operations in the
Balderrama also will sell train tickets in Los Mochis and El
Fuerte as part of the agreement.
At Balderrama's 36-room Hotel Mision in Cerocahuahi near the
Bahuichivo train station, six additional units are being
The adobe-and-tile property is a former hacienda that has been
converted into a lodge with a small vineyard and winery.
Hotel Mision sits next to a mission built in 1690.
Balderrama's 32-room Posada Barrancas Mirador, which opened in
1993, is adding 12 guest rooms, all of which will feature the
property's standard balconies, which overlook the Copper
The five-star lodge is at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the edge
of a cliff and features rooms and suites with clay floors, local
artwork, fireplaces and terraces with views of the canyon.
Adjacent to the Mirador is Posada Barrancas Rancho with 36
Balderrama's properties are featured by a number of tour
operators offering Copper Canyon programs.
A sampling includes Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West, which will
begin combination Sea of Cortes and Copper Canyon cruise-tours this
year; Friendly Holidays; Globus & Cosmos; Maupintour; Runaway
Tours; Special Expeditions; Tauck Tours, and Town & Country
Balderrama Hotels and Tours
Phone: (800) 896-8196