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 1862-1867.

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
Quinta Gameros
Lerdo Park
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.