Cartels and canyons: This rail route offers fearless travellers an alternative side of Mexico

By Katya Skvortsova  with AFP

Published on 06/08/2023 – 07:00

Departing from Los Mochis in Sinaloa, the Chepe Express train takes passengers on an awe-inspiring trip through Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

From the heartland of a notorious drug cartel to rugged mountains which are home to Indigenous communities, the Chepe Express is the most popular way to travel through Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

It makes four stops along the way with the journey lasting around 10 hours. The route has been recognised as one of the greatest rail trips in the world by National Geographic.

See an alternative side of Mexico

With the exception of urban rail systems and a short tourist service in

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