The noble and historic state capital

Strolling the city of Chihuahua is a trip back in time. As the capital of Mexico’s largest state with the same name, it is very important economically and politically. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Concho peoples, today it proudly displays its beautiful churches and homes, a rich legacy of the colonial period.

Where is Chihuahua, Mexico? Chihuahua is located 230 miles from Ciudad Juarez, bordering El Paso, Texas. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the city of Chihuahua offers various outdoor activities including golfing, touring abandoned mines, exploring caves, and walking through forests in search of photo opportunities.

If you seek luxury, there are several options in Chihuahua. Numerous first-class hotels in Chihuahua offer comfortable accommodations for both the business traveler requiring efficient services as well as the leisure traveler wanting to relax before or after taking a train ride to Copper Canyon.

Culinary tours are very popular. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the fish soup known as caldo de oso (which translates as “bear soup”) and discover sotol, an agave liquor typical of the region.

Family trips can be a stimulating experience. A travel plan might include a visit to the Nombre de Dios caves, a walk along the Paseo Bolívar to admire the mansions, and a chance to participate in cultural festivals and sporting events. The Festival de Globo, a hot air balloon show, paints the city’s sky with color. There are also several museums to visit including the Federal Palace and Poncho Villa’s mansion.

Chihuahua has three spectacularly beautiful National Parks: Basaseáchic Falls, Copper Canyon Park, and Cumbres de Majalca, the latter located about 45 minutes from the city.

You may be wondering about the Chihuahua dog. This small, possibly ancient, breed of dog originated in Mexico and was named after the state of Chihuahua.

Activities

  • Shows and Sporting Events
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Camping
  • Shopping
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Village Tours
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Cuisine
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Theme Parks
  • Nightlife
  • Golf
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The largest state in Mexico boasts endless mountains, plains, deserts and plenty of tradition

The geography of Chihuahua is among the most complex in all Mexico, and thanks to its size the landscape changes radically from an extensive mountain range to plains and deserts. These conditions are what lead one of Mexico’s greatest natural wonders to be found in the Sierra Tarahumara: Copper Canyon, home to another spectacle unrivalled in the state, the Basaseáchic Falls.

Another of the attractions of the state is, without a doubt, its archeological variety, which relates the past of the Mogollón and Anasazi cultures, whose few settlements are scattered over the north of the country, in locations hidden in the depths of the desert and the remotest mountain walls. Examples include the archeological zone of Paquimé (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998), Cuarenta Casas, Madera and Cueva Grande, as well as the Cultures of the North Museum.

With a tradition of mining and forestry, this state condenses the identity of the north of Mexico, and is home to a diverse range of peoples, including the Tarahumaras or Rarámuris, Tepehuanes, Conchos, Guarijíos and Tobosos, ethnic groups that share the land with colonies of Mennonites who give variety to today’s northern culture in Chihuahua, represented by the traditions of villages like Creel.

Efforts to colonize this state were intense, as the Indigenous population and the vast, complex territory offered strong resistance. Even so, the earliest Franciscan missions date from the 16th century, and the flourishing of the colony can be seen in buildings dating from the 19th century, such as the governmental palace.

An industrial powerhouse, the state that would function as the operational center for Francisco “Pancho” Villa during the Mexican Revolution reveals its cultural, historical and natural variety to visitors with top-level tourist developments in the capital and eco-adventure alternatives and rustic hotels full of tradition in the mountains and deserts, such as the famous village of Creel. For those in search of the other face of Mexico, Chihuahua has it all.

Climate: Very dry to warm semi-humid
Temperature: 63ºF / 17°C annual average
Location: North of the country
Area: 95,543 sq miles
Capital: Chihuahua

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