ˇBienvenidos a Chihuahua!
Welcome to Chihuahua!
Chihuahua is a city of 680,000 located in the north of Mexico,
only 140 miles west of Presidio, Texas. Chihuahua City is the capital
of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The elevation is 4690 feet. It
was founded in 1709 as a center for the silver mining industry.
Because it is somewhat isolated from the rest of Mexico, Chihuahua
has developed a strong regional identity. But it has also played
an important part in the history of the country, serving as the
nation’s capital when Mexico was invaded by the French in
Chihuahua is now a modern city with a traditional colonial “centro”
or downtown. The downtown area, centered on the Plaza de Armas,
boasts the impressive government buildings, a 115’ marble
column (with the Angel of Freedom on top), baroque cathedral, and
other chapels and religious edifices. Most sites are within walking
distance of the Plaza de Armas:
Igelsia of San Francisco
Casa de Juarez (House of Juarez)
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Museo de Revolucion
Temple of Santa Rita
Casa de la Artesanias (House of Artesians)
The “El Tarahumara Trolley” is a recommended way to
tour the city. It starts in front of the Cathedral and takes one
hour to tour the town. You can get off and on four times on one
ticket. It runs from 9 am to 6 pm.
Outside of the city:
Nombre de Dios caverns -- 20 minutes north.
Aquiles Serdan or Santa Eulalia -- oldest mining town
Aldama -- the old Santa Ana Mission
Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre)-- is actually six massive gorges,
spread over 25,000 square miles of rugged terrain. Elevations 7500-9500
feet, but peaks rise to12,000 feet.
There is a famous railroad through the canyon. Trains (first and
second class) run through to the coast (Sea of Cortez) city of Mochis,
north of Mazatlan. It’s a spectacular trip.
It’s a 406 mile trip that takes 14-16 hrs. You can get off
the train and spend the night along the way. El Divisadero, at 7400
feet, is one of these places. Creel is another. Several tour companies
offer simple and elaborate tour.