Chihuahua is the capital city of the state of Chihuahua, the richest state in Mexico. Tourism, cattle raising, exported goods, and mining are the reasons for this wealth.
Chihuahua, located in Northern Mexico, is 1,440-km (893 MI) northwest of Mexico City and 375 km (233 MI) south of the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border.
Chihuahua was founded in 1709, with the name Real de San Francisco de Cuellar. In 1823 it officially became a city. Some of Mexicos most famous historical figures are associated with Chihuahua. Two famed revolutionaries, Father Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende, were executed in Chihuahua. In 1865 Benito Juarez, leader of resistance against foreign invasion and an advocate of Mexican liberalism, lived in Chihuahua when the French invaded in 1862. In 1910, Chihuahua was occupied by Pancho Villas army during the Mexican Revolution. Now Chihuahua is typically a stopover for tourists on their way to the Copper Canyon railroad.
The hottest months, May to September, have average temperatures in the middle 80s (degrees Fahrenheit), with lows in the middle 60s (degrees Fahrenheit). While the days are hot, the evenings are quite chilly; it would be smart to wear a jacket. The colder months, November to January, temperatures are in the mid 60s (degrees Fahrenheit) with lows hovering in the lower 30s (degrees Fahrenheit). Warmer dress is recommended in the winter season.
Rates range from $43 to $170 US dollars for the top end hotels. With pools, fitness rooms, spas, health clubs, bars, and meeting rooms, the higher end establishments are well worth the price. Most hotels are located within minutes of the downtown area and many cultural sites.
There are not very many restaurants in Chihuahua, but they do serve hearty and delicious meals. Mexican fare is the most popular here with a wide array of dishes available. With its cafeteria/ restaurant/ bar, the Dega restaurant in the Hotel San Francisco, is the popular spot with locals and tourists alike.
With only a few nightclubs, most of the hotspots are located in hotel lobby bars. Musicians, dances and performers entertain tourists in the evenings.
There are few markets and shops in Chihuahua and most are catered to tourists. The Mercado de Artesanias, a block long market, sells everything from crafts, and jewelery, to candy and T-shirts. The Casa de las Artesanias del Estado de Chihuahua has the best selection of regional crafts in the state.
Although there is a wide variety of meat dishes, beef is the most common as one would expect of a cattle-raising city. Prepared in many Mexican ways and in many dishes, it is widely used and enjoyed in all restaurants.
Banks: The banks in Chihuahua are generally opened Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. There is also a Money Exchange at the bus terminal, but better rates can be found at the banks downtown.
Internet: The Cyber Caf?Canaco is located on the 2nd floor of the Chamber of Commerce. Cost per hour is $3.75 US.
Transportation: As in many other cities in Mexico, taxis work on a zone system. Discuss prices before hiring a taxi to avoid unpleasant price surprises. Local buses in Chihuahua are cheap and reliable and go everywhere one would want to in Chihuahua. Rental cars are also a convenient way to travel. Outlets are located in downtown Chihuahua.