Top things to do in Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Nuevo Casas Grandes & Casas Grandes

Paquimé

These ruins, in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains, contain the mazelike adobe remnants of northern Mexico’s most important trading settlement. Paquimé was the center of the Mogollón or Casas Grandes…
Top Choice Museum in Chihuahua

Casa Chihuahua

Chihuahua’s former Palacio Federal (built 1908–10) has been used as a mint, a monastery, a military hospital and a post office, but is now a beautifully restored cultural center full of excellent exhibits, with most…
Top Choice Museum in Durango

Museo de la Ciudad 450

This impressive city museum features an interesting collection of interactive exhibits, from pre-Hispanic times through colonization to the present day, and deal with Durango's economy, mining, traditions and cultur…
Top Choice Food Hall in Chihuahua

Plaza del Mariachi

An upscale food court set in a colonial-style building with exposed brick, a central courtyard and a gentle mist to keep patrons cool. There are eight restaurants – with more to come – featuring mostly Mexican menus…
Top Choice Museum in Durango

Museo Francisco Villa

Housed in a spectacular colonial mansion, this well-conceived museum pays deep homage to the Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. Sixteen rooms worth of multimedia displays, films and personal effects tell the s…
Top Choice Deli in Durango

Cremería Wallander

This delightful deli sells the artisanal products of the Wallander family farm as well as regional delicacies, fresh bread, preserves and pastries. Outside in the back courtyard you can enjoy healthy breakfasts, meg…
Top Choice Historical in Hidalgo del Parral

Las Jornadas Villistas

For a week leading up to the anniversary of Pancho Villa’s death (July 20), Parral goes wild. Thousands of bikers show up and horseback riders make a six-day journey from the north, recalling Villa’s epic journeys. …
Top Choice Cafe in Durango

Wirikuta Cafe

Mind-blowingly good coffee is dispensed at this sleek cafe, where coffee culture is taken seriously. The friendly and passionate baristas also sell excellent pastries and artisanal breads. For something more substan…
Archaeological Site in Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

Huápoca

Huápoca has trails to a triple set of cliff dwellings that the Mogollón inhabited from about 1200 to 1450. You get only distant overlooks of the first two, Cueva del Nido del Águila (Eagle’s Nest Cave) and Cueva Mir…
Plaza in Durango

Plaza de Armas

Flower- and fountain-filled Plaza de Armas is graced by the handsome baroque Catedral del Basílica Menor. A popular meeting spot, there's a bandstand, shade trees and loads of benches. In the late afternoon and even…