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CHIHUAHUA

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.

LOCATION:

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.

HISTORY:

Chihuahua was founded in 1709, with the name Real de San Francisco de Cuellar. In 1823 it officially became a city. Some of Mexico’s 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 Villa’s army during the Mexican Revolution. Now Chihuahua is typically a stopover for tourists on their way to the Copper Canyon railroad.

WEATHER:

The hottest months, May to September, have average temperatures in the middle 80’s (degrees Fahrenheit), with lows in the middle 60’s (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 60’s (degrees Fahrenheit) with lows hovering in the lower 30’s (degrees Fahrenheit). Warmer dress is recommended in the winter season.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

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.

RESTAURANTS:

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 it’s cafeteria/ restaurant/ bar, the Dega restaurant in the Hotel San Francisco, is the popular spot with locals and tourists alike.

NIGHTLIFE:

With only a few nightclubs, most of the hotspots are located in hotel lobby bars. Musicians, dances and performers entertain tourists in the evenings.

SHOPPING:

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.

CUISINE:

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.

SERVICES:

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.

WHERE TO GO:
Museo Historico de la Revolucion en el Estado de Chihuahua: 
Also known as Pancho Villa’s House. Pancho Villa lived in this 50-room 
mansion with his wife, Luz Corral in 1909. When she died in 1981, the house 
was willed to the government. Now it’s rooms are filled artifacts and objects 
of Chihuahua’s history and culture. 

The Catedral: This Baroque church was started in 1726, but not 
completed until 1825 due to Native uprisings. With its 24-karat gold ceiling, 
marble altars, cedar and brass figures, and a huge German made organ, this 
building is a sight to see. In the back of the church there is a museum 
showing the works of seven local artists from the18th century.

Palacio de Gobierno: (State Capitol) This building was built by the 
Jesuits as a convent in 1882. In 1891 it was then converted into government 
offices. Destroyed by a fire in 1940 and rebuilt in 1947, murals around the 
patio portray famous scenes from the history of the state of Chihuahua. 
There is also a plaque depicting where Father Hidalgo, the father of 
Mexican independence, was executed in 1811.

Palacio Federal: (Federal Building) The city’s post office and 
telegraph office are found here, as well as the dungeon where Father 
Hidalgo was held for 98 days before being executed. His weapons, 
trunks, crucifixes, and copies of personal letters are on display.

Iglesia de San Francisco: Built in 1721, this is the oldest church 
in Chihuahua that is still standing. From 1811 to 1827, Father Hidalgo’s 
body was interred in the chapel.

Quinta Gameros: (Cultural Center of the University of Chihuahua) Built 
in 1910, this Art Nouveau mansion is one of the cultural centers in 
Chihuahua. There are over two centuries of European art on display 
here.
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WHERE TO EAT:
On just about every corner in downtown Chihuahua you can find a hot dog or 
seafood stall vendor.  Fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats are sold fresh 
at the mercado popular.  The Club de los Parados restaurant, an adobe 
style house, was opened in the 1950’s by a rich cattle rancher, Tony Vega.  
Beef, particularly steak, is the main choice on the menu here.  A small 
“ranch-style?bar is located just off the main dining room.  The Dega 
restaurant located in the San Francisco hotel serves American style 
buffet breakfasts, barbecues, fish, burgers and salads.  Both tourists, 
locals, and works frequent this popular bar/cafeteria/restaurant.  It is 
said that some of the best Mexican food served in Chihuahua can be found 
at the Rincon Mexicano.  Mariachi musicians play nightly while you dine.  
Locals will tell you that La Casa de los Milagros was the favorite of 
Pancho Villa and his companions.  Now, it’s the popular place for music, 
Mexican snacks, and drinks.  Shrimp burgers, baked potatoes, foot long 
hot dogs, hot wings, and five taco’s for two bucks are the specialties 
at Ah Chiles. 
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WHAT TO DO:
There are many fine buildings dedicated to the history and culture of 
Chihuahua. Take a tour through the silver mines, visit the chapel where 
famed revolutionary Father Hidalgo’s body was kept for 16 years, tour 
the museums, chapels and churches, or simply wander the streets.

Excursions: Jump on one of the buses at the old bus station and head 
to the Santa Eulalia silver mine for a tour, then visit the mining museum 
in the town of the same name.

Tours: There are some reputable tour agencies in town that will take 
you on a tour of Chihuahua City. 


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WHERE TO SHOP:
The Mercado de Artesanias is a block long market that sells items such as 
T-shirts, regional crafts, candy, jewelry, and clothes.  The best regional 
and Tarahumara crafts can be found at the Casa de las Artesanias del Estado 
de Chihuahua.  The Rock Shop carries regional jewels and gems as well as a 
variety of crafts.
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