El Fuerte

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  • Day81

    Nach drei Monaten auf der Baja California haben wir nun mit der Fähre aufs Festland übergesetzt. In dem hübschen kleinen Kolonialstädtchen El Fuerte parken wir unser Auto für einige Tage und steigen um in den Zug. El Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico, kurz El Chepe, gilt als eine der eindrucksvollsten Eisenbahnstrecken der Welt und ist eine technische Meisterleistung: Auf 656 km Länge führen die Schienen über 37 Brücken und durch 86 Tunnel, und vollziehen teils über- teils unterirdisch mehrere komplette Kehren. Wir befahren den spektakulärsten Abschnitt, eine 275 km lange Teilstrecke, und überwinden dabei fast 2500 Höhenmeter. Die entlegene Gegend, durch die die Gleise führen, ist in der Hand verschiedener Drogenkartelle; deshalb fahren bewaffnete Polizisten im Zug mit.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 3 Wednesday

    It is hot here now. Had a margarita at the hotel then downtown for supper at La Parrillada Asadero. Troi tried the chicken hamburger - good, Val had a papa a la parilla... Essentially mashed potatoes with cheese and grilled cut up steak and heated on the grill. Served with cucumbers, cooked onions tortillas and guacamole, it was delicious.

    Getting bitten by minuscule black bugs of some type.Read more

  • Day5

    Hotel information

    We didn't realize that when we got off the train we wouldn't be in town, we needed to get a taxi to take us in. About 5-10 km, cost us $100 mxn

    There were taxis waiting as well as a rep from the hotel. He was recruiting guests. We decided to check the hotel out. He gave us a price of $800 which we think is a good discount for low season.

    It's just off the main plaza and quite beautiful. It's an old hacienda.

    It was quite hectic at the start but once were got the room key it was all fine. The same fellow who met us at the train got changed and put on a Zorro show for us. This is supposedly the house where Zorro was born. We had a margarita at the bar but went some where much cheaper for dinner.

    Great shower, a/c seems to be working well and we are looking forward to a comfortable night.
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  • Day6

    El Fuerte back to Creel


    Good breakfast. Only ate half took other to go. Left it at hotel, taxi backtracked waiter met Troi at door.

    Got to station and family of dogs knew we had food and wanted it. Too hungry and it cost too much to take pity on them.

    Couple from same hotel recommended Aubrey tours out of Boston

    On the trip back to Creel we saw a few hare running through the field they look to be about 18 inches long and tall. Blend in beautifully with background when standing still.

    I thought I saw a deer, then when I saw big ears I thought it was a burrow, then realized that a burrow did not move so gracefully so knew it WAS a deer. First real wild animal of any size we've seen down here.

    Descansar tunnel took 3.5 minutes northbound a full minute longer than southbound

    Recommendations for el Chepe:
    Left side South right side North. best views from the dining car.

    Buy tickets ahead of time.

    We had seats 11&12 down left side
    43&44 up left side. Best window view
    Numbers start back right, groups of 8per window

    Train almost empty down, more people up

    Maybe due to clase turista

    Trip up... View better from right side but the sun spends a lot of time there 3 hours in and they are still in sunshine. Going down we had it only for last part, and there wasn't much to see.

    Thought adventure park at Divisadero would be waste of money, but maybe that is where to get more views

    Riding in dining car a lot rougher

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday South is First Class Only. On Thursday going up we passed the train that has tourist (clase economico), they added 2 passenger carriages and another dining car (I think). Troi said he saw a guard with a machine gun on it - ours did not.

    Cannot see scale in photos, rocks huge

    If stopping in El Fuerte think about finding some one to share taxi with while on train.
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