The Copper Canyons are located in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. The rim of the canyons is at an average elevation of 2’400 meters, with the surrounding mountain peaks reaching heights of over 3’300 meters. The landscape of the Barranca del Cobre canyon system is much larger and as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in the United States, but not half as well known. Rivers here have carved stately canyons into the rocks of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It is a very remote, lonely mountain region – created by the force of nature over millions of years. The rail journey through the Copper Canyon, from Los Mochis on Mexico’s Pacific coast to the Sierra Madre plateau in Chihuahua, is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary rail journeys in the world.