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Chihuahua

Chihuahua is the capital city of the state of Chihuahua, the largest Mexican state. Rich in culture and history, this city has extreme weather conditions and offers excellent cuisine that is based around high-quality beef. Located in a valley and surrounded by mountains and canyons the area’s landscape is perfect for adventure and eco-tourism, including the famous route through the Copper Canyon on the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico, more commonly known as the “El Chepe” train.

Chihuahua is a dynamic city where you’ll see a fascinating contrast of modern architecture and a deep cultural heritage. It is home to a number of colleges and universities as well as major industrial parks and manufacturing companies, which are the city's main source of employment. This industrial destination also has plenty of history and culture with many museums and colonial buildings making up some of the most popular attractions in the city of Chihuahua.

A Little Bit of History 

Historia of ChihuahuaThe city of Chihuahua was founded on October 12, 1709, by the Spanish explorer Antonio Deza y Ulloa. This is where the architect of Mexico’s Independence, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, was imprisoned and died. It was also the home of the first Mexican president, Benito Juarez, who came to this land to preserve the national sovereignty and fight against the French invasion. Francisco "Pancho" Villa, who was a hero of the Mexican Revolution, also lived here and used the city as a base to command the Northern Division army. His mansion has since been turned into a museum and is one of the main cultural attractions in Chihuahua.

During the French occupation and a war between the liberals and conservatives, Chihuahua was the country’s capital and the seat of the federal government. The late nineteenth century saw the beginning of industry, the construction of the railroad and a productive infrastructure driven by both local economic interests and foreign investors.

Chihuahua Profile

  • It's the second largest and most populated city in the state of Chihuahua
  • It has diverse geographical features, including rivers, valleys and mountains
  • It's the starting point of the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico (El Chepe Train)
  • There are lots of natural areas for adventure tourism and hunting
  • Known for light industry in the form of Maquiladoras (free trade zone factories)
  • Has a rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage
  • Has extreme seasonal temperatures
  • Features a world-class urban infrastructure
  • Home to a variety of colleges and universities
  • A commercial city with lots of industrial parks

Things to do in Chihuahua

  • Tour the historic center and admire colonial buildings, including the cathedral, the Federal Palace, City Hall and Quinta Gameros.
  • Discover the downtown area onboard the “El Tarahumar” tour bus, which takes you to the main attractions and museums.
  • Visit the Hidalgo Museum and Gallery of Arms, where Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was arrested and shot.
  • Go to the former home of Pancho Villa, now the museum of the Mexican Revolution.
  • Explore Plaza Mayor, where you’ll find the dancing fountains and the Angel of Liberty statue.
  • Visit Revolution Park and see the mausoleum of Francisco Villa.
  • Tour the house where Benito Juarez lived, now known as the Museo de La Lealtad Republicana.
  • Go see the Guadalupe Sanctuary, one of the oldest temples in the city.
  • Try delicious local cuisine, including the famous discada, succulent steaks and burritos, all accompanied by a refreshing drink of Sotol.
  • Spend a fun evening in the Golden Zone, and explore the Periferico de la Juventud or Avenida Bolivar, where you’ll find the city’s main restaurants, nightclubs and bars.
  • Visit the Corona Garden or La Cerve and have a fun night out while you enjoy a delicious Chamorro (beef shank).
  • Buy some traditional handicrafts made by the indigenous Tarahumara people.
  • Take a tour of the Nombre de Dios Caves, located north of the city.
  • Get on board the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico (El Chepe Train) and discover the Sierra Tarahumara and the impressive Copper Canyon.
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