Chihuahua, proud capital of Mexico’s biggest state, has more character than any other city in Mexico’s north. Many travelers use it only as an overnight stop before or after riding the Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico, but Chihuahua is worth considerably more of your time. Its center combines attractive colonial buildings, several beautiful plazas, good restaurants and bars and brilliant museums (the likes of which few places in Mexico can equal) which bear witness to the key episodes of Mexican history that unfolded here. It’s true that certain streets quiver under an incessant tirade of belching traffic and that parts of downtown are swamped with building works and cheap clothes stalls, but this furor is ultimately part of the appeal: a real Mexican city, going about its business.
Chihuahua destination guides
Coleadero: steer wrangling in Chihuahua
Northern Mexico is cowboy country, sanctuary to bandits and revolutionaries alike; and Chihuahua is its untamed beating heart.