Must-see attractions in Copper Canyon & Northern Mexico

  • Paquime, Casas Grandes, a prehistoric archaeological site in Chihuahua, Mexico.


    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    These ruins, in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains, contain the mazelike adobe remnants of northern Mexico’s most important trading…

  • Horno 3, a blast furnace turned museum located in Parque Fundidora in Monterrey.



    Blast Furnace No 3 in the former industrial site of the Parque Fundidora has been converted into Horno3, an exceptionally impressive high-tech, hands-on…

  • Facade of Casa Chihuahua.

    Casa Chihuahua

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    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…

  • Overlooking Monterrey, Mexico from Parque Ecológico Chipinque.

    Parque Ecológico Chipinque


    This stunning mountainside reserve is just 12km from downtown Monterrey. There's great hiking and mountain-biking on over 60km of well-marked trails…

  • Paseo Santa Lucia, Monterrey, Mexico.

    Paseo Santa Lucía


    The stunning 2.3km promenade of Paseo Santa Lucía is a world-class example of urban regeneration. This (artificial) river forms a turquoise ribbon through…

  • Museo de Historia Mexicana in Monterrey.

    Museo de Historia Mexicana


    This sleek modernist museum on the Plaza 400 Años presents an extensive but easily manageable chronological history of Mexico. In the heart of the museum…

  • Dunas de yeso, the gypsum dunes of Cuatro Ciénegas in Coahuila, Mexico.

    Dunas de Yeso

    Northeast Mexico

    Located within the Cuatrociénegas Reserve, these blinding-white gypsum sand dunes – the second largest in North America – contrast superbly with the six…

  • Valley of the Monks.

    Valle de los Monjes

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Around 7km east of San Ignacio's town center, through verdant farmland, is the Valle de los Monjes. A spectacular outcrop of vertical red rock formations…

  • Interior of the Francisco Villa Museum.

    Museo Francisco Villa

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    Housed in a spectacular colonial mansion, this well-conceived museum pays deep homage to the Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. Sixteen rooms worth…

  • Bosque Secreto

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Five hundred years ago, over 550,000 sq km of dry tropical forest stretched down the coast from northern Mexico to Panama. Today only 2% of virgin forest…

  • Museo de la Ciudad 450

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    This impressive city museum features an interesting collection of interactive exhibits, from pre-Hispanic times through colonization to the present day,…

  • Museo de las Aves de México

    Northeast Mexico

    Mexico ranks 10th in the world in terms of avian diversity, and this fascinating museum displays more than 3000 stuffed and mounted species, many in…

  • Museo del Desierto

    Northeast Mexico

    Saltillo's top attraction, this no-expense-spared natural history museum is highly enjoyable and informative (even if you don’t speak Spanish). Exhibits…

  • Isla San Jorge


    Also known as Bird Island, Isla San Jorge is one of the best boat excursions in northern Mexico. This rocky island 40km southeast of Peñasco is home to…

  • Playa Los Algodones


    Named for the cotton-ball-like dunes on the south end of the beach, Playa Los Algodones is arguably the most beautiful beach in northern Mexico. The sand…

  • Trapiche

    Northwest Mexico

    This fabulous hands-on museum is a must if you're traveling with kids. There are areas and activities for all ages, including virtual reality games, giant…

  • Parque la Colorada


    Created by an eco-minded group of residents back in 2014, this lush reserve encompasses some 112 hectares of pristine tropical deciduous forest. Well…

  • Mirador La Bufa

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Along the scenic drive to Batopilas, about 100km south of Creel, is one of the region's most spectacular views: La Bufa canyon. Dropping 1800m, it's deep…

  • Monument to Workers (Monumento a los Obreros) in Macroplaza square in the historic city center of Monterrey.



    A monument to Monterrey’s late-20th-century ambition, this city-block-wide series of interconnected squares, also known as the Gran Plaza, was created in…

  • Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Parque Fundidora


    Formerly a vast steel-factory complex, this once-blighted industrial zone has been transformed into a huge urban park. Designers cleverly retained the…

  • Poza Azul in the World Biosphere Reserve of Cuatro Cienegas, located at north of Mexico in the estate of Coahuila, a biological reserve with a small ecosystems with a unique fauna and flora around the world.

    Poza Azul

    Northeast Mexico

    The official visitor center for the Cuatrociénegas nature reserve, this small structure has informative displays about the reserve in Spanish and English…

  • Lake Arareco near Creel, Norhtern Mexico, in the Copper Canyon area.

    Lago Arareko

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Meaning 'Horseshoe' in Rarámuri, the peaceful waters of this U-shaped lake reflect the surrounding pines and rock formations. Paddleboats can be rented…

  • Cascada de Basaseachi in Mexico.

    Cascada de Basaseachi

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Few natural sites in Mexico boast the exquisitely pristine beauty of the country’s highest full-time waterfall, Cascada de Basaseachi, where a plume of…

  • Isla Tiburón, Kino Bay, Mexico.

    Isla del Tiburón

    Bahía de Kino

    This mountainous island, Mexico's largest, lies 3km off the coast from Punta Chueca. It was once a Seri homeland, but was depopulated when the island was…

  • Plaza de Armas, Durango, Mexico.

    Plaza de Armas

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    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,…

  • MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) located on city landmark Macroplaza.

    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo


    Don't miss the outstanding Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, its entrance marked by Juan Soriano's gigantic black dove sculpture. Inside, its idiosyncratic…

  • Museo y Centro Cultural Menonita, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico.

    Museo Menonita

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    This well-conceived museum, created in a traditional Mennonite architectural style, holds hundreds of household goods and farm tools from the early years…

  • Landmark Tower of Commerce Monument (Faro Del Comercio) in historic city center of Monterrey.

    Faro del Comercio


    At the southern end of the Macroplaza, the red 70m concrete tower Faro del Comercio (Lighthouse of Commerce) soars above the city, its green lasers…

  • CEDO


    CEDO is a wonderful place to learn about Rocky Point’s fascinating desert-meets-sea ecosystem. Dedicated to the conservation of the upper Gulf of…

  • Viñedos Don Leo

    Northeast Mexico

    In the picturesque Valle del Tunal, this mountain-backed vineyard is one of the highest in the world. The 2100m growing conditions along with technical…

  • Museo Casa Venustiano Carranza

    Northeast Mexico

    Housed in Venustiano Carranza's childhood home, this well-conceived museum relates the life story of Cuatro Ciénegas' most famous son. From mayor to…

  • Huápoca

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    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…

  • Museo Loyola

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Sitting alongside the Cusárare Mission church, this museum holds an exceptional collection of colonial religious paintings.

  • Jardín Botánico Benjamin Francis Johnston

    Northwest Mexico

    This verdant park occupies part of the former estate of Benjamin Johnston, the American who founded the sugar mill around which Los Mochis grew up in the…

  • Paseo del Viejo Oeste

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    Many of the big-screen cowboys have swaggered through this film set. Today the set is a souvenir-drenched theme park with mock film productions on…

  • Mirador San Carlos


    The magnificent views from this overlook shouldn't be missed on a visit to San Carlos. From a lofty perch 200m over the crashing waves, you can take in…

  • Misión Cusárare

    The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    This mission was built by Jesuits in 1741 as a religious meeting place as well as a school to teach the locals Spanish and different trades. In 1826…

  • Isla San Pedro Nolasco


    A popular spot for snorkeling and dive excursions 28km west of San Carlos, Isla San Pedro Nolasco is a rocky island nature reserve that's home to a large…