Jan 3, 2010, 6:32 PM
Post #6 of 6
Was there 3 weeks ago. As I live in Mazatlan, 5 of us drove to El Fuerte, and checked into the Hotel La Choza. The rate for a double room was 600 pesos, and they stored my van for 5 days, no charge. That night was their employee Christmas party, so a good time was had by all. They arrainged for a van to take us to the train, Which is 8 kilometers out of town, for 100 pesos.
The fare for first class was 1,000 pesos to Creel. The best scenery is on the south side of the tain, so you will want seat # 's 1,5,9, etc.. They have a 15 minute stop in Divisidero, and you can grab a taco, but not really enough time to see the view.
In Creel, we stayed at Cabanas Bertis for 250 pesos per room. We had breakfast in the owner's kitchen, arrainged a tour, along with transportation to Posada Barrancas, where we stayed at the Cabanas Diaz Family B & B. The tour included 2 missions, mushroom rock, elephant rock, cave dwelling, trip to a waterfall, and visit to Divisidero.
Cabanas Diaz had horseback trips down in the canyon, but we stayed local, and enjoyed the sunshine. I've forgotten exactly what the charges were, but were under 300 pesos per person, Which included the room with firewood, two meals, and copious amounts of beer.
In the morning, Pepe took us back to Divisidero for some more sightseeing, and shopping. We did not stay there originally, as they wanted 2,200 pesos for a room. Back to the train station and El Fuerte. We got there about 8:00 pm, and the taxi's wanted 200 pesos, so we waited them out until two were left and took us back to the hotel for 150 pesos. We toured the fort in the morning, and then back to Mazatlan. Be sure to wear repellent, as the fort is buggy.
We had no reservations, and totally winged it. I do not think one could have planned it any better, and intend to go back after my other travels are completed, and spend more time off the main drag.
Some pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/fugawibill
(This post was edited by fugawibill on Jan 3, 2010, 6:34 PM)