Peaceful Chihuahua remains unfettered by the trappings of tourism. It has some beautiful parks and plazas, excellent restaurants, and a fine collection of cultural offerings. This capital city of Mexico’s largest state has long been a prosperous city, as evidenced by the restored colonial buildings dotting downtown and the remains of the 5.5km-long early-18th-century aqueduct to the southwest. Its modern economic success is best demonstrated by the flash shopping malls on its outskirts and the proliferation of public art.
The bulk of foreigners use the metropolis only as an overnight stop en route to the Barranca del Cobre railway, so most of the folks you’ll encounter will be locals; a pleasing mix of professionals, working-class, students and dapper rancheros decked out in brightly colored cowboy boots. Many Mennonites and colorfully attired Rarámuri come to town too.