The Sotol Circle

The Sotol Circle

A tour exploring the tequila type drinks of Chihuahua

with a grand view of the Copper Canyon and the world renowned train.

From the experts at Authentic Mexico Travel


The spirits of the Copper Canyon region are several and delicious. This trip will give a variety of experiences seeing the origins, sipping the drinks and seeing the production (in season) of sotol, lechuguilla, tesguino, and perhaps bacanora or pulque.


Here is a brief itinerary:


Day 1- Fly into El Paso and travel to Janos to experience Don Cuco sotol. Evening in Casas Grandes at the restored hacienda “Casa de Nopal”.


Day 2- Cross the high ranch country towards Copper Canyon and experience local sotol on the way. Evening in Creel.


Day 3- Board the world renowned Copper Canyon train and head through the heart of the canyons to Temoris. Evening meal at a local dive in this village with some sips of various local lechuguilla.


Day 4- Hike down to the train and head for Areponapuchi- more local sotol and lechuguilla. Evening with Lola Mancinas- a great chef and wine maker.


Day 5- Time to experience the gondola and zipline, then off to Chihuahua City through Mennonite country. Evening jaunt to the oldest bar in Chihuahua- Antigua Paz. We stay at the historic “San Felipe el Real”.

Day 6- Return to El Paso


This trip leaves from the El Paso airport and ends in Chihuahua City. Price includes all meals but 4, all transport, guides, hotels. Alcohol not included.

Departures can be in any month except June.

Price is $1175, single occ add $180.

Deposit is $500 payable to TopTrips, 514 S Edwin, Champaign, Il 61821. Balance due 30 days prior to departure date.

There are options for adding on more time in Copper Canyon.

Call Dave Hensleigh at 217.369.9897 or email for details and to arrange a trip.

Sotol at Don Cuco in Janos

Don Cuco sotols come in several varieties…I like the Suave or the Reposado.