14Family JourneysCanyons and Kayaks in MexicoTailor-made TourAmaze your family with a trip on the world-famous Copper Canyon railway, cutting a swathe through the dramatic desert scenery inland from Mexico's west coast. The reliable sunshine and fantastic range of amenities of Baja California, with its wild desert landscape scorched by flaming sunsets and indented with hidden coves, add to the delights of this magnetic family holiday destination. There's a day's kayaking suggested here, and each one of your family can choose from a range of outdoor sports or just relax under an infinite eggshell-blue sky. Facilities and equipment are all high quality. Suggested holiday day by day13 days, 11 nightsDay 1 Daytime flight to Mexico City, stay in the historic centre. Day 2 Excursion to explore the huge, mysterious ceremonial site at Teotihuacán, with its lofty pyramids, palaces and temples. Days 3-6 Fly to Chihuahua to board the train which descends through the remote wilderness of the Copper Canyon, at 200m top to bottom one of the deepest and longest on the planet. There are three days of magnificent rail journeys (2-7 hours each) with switchbacks, bridges and tunnels carrying the lonely track which clings to the cliff walls. Enjoy jaw-dropping views over the chasms, and stay in comfortable hotels en route. There are a score of ravines and gorges, and, Left: Teotihuacán can be reached easily from Mexico City and almost certainly predates the Aztecs by several centuries.Right: whether it's for a day or a week, kayaking in Baja California is a great way to view the coastal desert. Bottom: Copper Canyon is one of the most scenic train rides on earth. Bottom right: whale watching (see day 10 of the itinerary).according to altitude, an infinite variety of landscape from snow-dusted peaks smothered in conifers to sub-tropical citrus groves. Day 7 Day at leisure in El Fuerte, overnight ferry to La Paz, Baja California, the peninsula across the Bay of Cortez from the mainland. The glassy sea promises great snorkelling and the desert terrain is perfect for hiking and biking. Day 8 At leisure in La Paz. Day 9 Kayak expedition to explore the bays and coves by kayak. Day 10 Optional full-day trip by boat to watch the grey whales, which swim down from Alaska to breed here and can be up to 13m long (Feb-Mar only). Stroll down the peaceful palm-lined malecón or stretch out on any of the gorgeous beaches nearby. Day 11 Fly to Mexico City. Day 12 Fly to the UK, arriving day 13.TOP TIPThe sun at Baja is very strong, make sure you use plenty of high factor sun cream to filter out the harmful rays.?
15Tailor-made TourEssentials Where do you sleep? 11 nights: 2 nights Holiday Inn, Mexico City; 1 night Hotel Palacio del Sol, Chihuahua; 1 night The Lodge at Creel, Creel; 1 night Hotel Posada Barrancas Mirador, Posada Barrancas; 2 nights Posada del Hidalgo, El Fuerte; 3 nights Posada de las Flores, La Paz, 1 night Holiday Inn, Mexico City. WEATHER WATCHClimate in the canyon varies with altitude, alpine in the highland and subtropical in the bottom. Oct-Nov has the most moderate temperatures; Apr-Jun are the hottest months and Jul-Sep the wettest. KEEP CONNECTEDFor information on phone and internet communications see p13. FAMILY PRICEFrom £5,109 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 sharing a room. Includes local flights, some meals and excursionsExcludes international flights.MEXICO Teotihuacán ChihuahuaMexico CityROUTE CreelEl FuerteLa PazUSABAJACALIFORNIAPACIFIC OCEANI thought I'd maxed out on the stunning Baja trip: great kayaking, then we spent some time swimming with sea-lions in their natural habitat. Brilliant!SD, Stourbridge