Located in the largest state of Mexico, nestled in a valley surrounded by the Sierra del Norte, and crossed by the rivers Chuviscar and Sacramento, the city of Chihuahua offers visitors culture, cuisine, history, archeology, stunning landscapes, and is considered a great investment due to its excellent location, world class infrastructure, as well as the quality of its workforce.
Altitude: 1433 meters above sea level
Time Zone: UTC-7
Population: 809,232 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 614
Before the city was established this area was inhabited by the Conchos Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe. The remoteness of this region from central Mexico and the ferocity of the natives made it difficult for the Spanish to settle here, who, upon realizing the mineral wealth of the soil, doubled their efforts to establish one of the mining towns in the current city of Chihuahua.
The importance of Chihuahua lies not only in its wealth of beautiful scenery and minerals, but also in its historical value as a witness to key historical events. It was here that Ignacio Allende, Marino Jiménez, Juan Aldama and Miguel Hidalgo were held days before their execution in the courtyards of the military hospital, where the Loreto convent once was. Chihuahua offers a wide variety of historical and cultural museums in which one can learn and explore some of the most pivotal stages of the country's history.
One of the main attractions of the city is the house of General Francisco Villa who is one of the most representative figures of Chihuahua. His old house, known as Quinta la Luz, is now a museum dedicated to the Mexican Revolution. As capital of the state of Chihuahua, the city is fitted with a world class infrastructure, shopping centers, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, a golf course, and two theaters. In turn you can see the natural beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites that have been created over the years in its caves and explore the rich biodiversity of Chihuahua with approximately 433 common species. Within the culinary tradition of Chihuahua you find machaca or dried meat, burritos, lamb cooked in the oven and chapoteadas, the sotol, a drink inherited from the indigenous Tarahumara, to name a few.
On the outskirts of the city you can board the El Chepe; a train traveling from Chihuahua to Los Mochis, the same railroad that runs through the splendor of the Sierra Tarahumara, desert, canyons, rivers, and ravines, including the famous Canyon Copper.
How to get there?
Chihuahua lies in a valley surrounded by mountains that run from north to south of town, to the west are the mountains of Huerachi, Majalca, La Campana, El Nido, El Pajarito and Sierra Azul.
To the east lie the mountains of Nombre de Dios, El Cobre, La Parrita and Ojo Laguna.
To the southwest are the mountains of La Silla, El Charco, Mápula and El Cerro Grande.
Northwest of the city lies the valley of Tepalaopa-Aldama. The highest points are Cerro Grande with a height of 2,300 meters above sea level, followed by Cerro Coronel at 1,800 meters above sea level.
You can get to the city by air, rail, and highway.
By air, there is the General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport where domestic and international flights arrive.
Chihuahua is the starting point of the Chihuahua-Pacifico El Chepe Railroad which is considered one of the 13 Wonders of Mexico created by man because its route showcases some of the most beautiful scenery that can be seen from a train.
The bus station for the city receives buses from all over Mexico and some parts of the U.S. The highways are Route 16 and 45.
Distances from Chihuahua to other mexican cities
- Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: 367 km.
- Hermosillo, Sonora: 691 km.
- Monterrey, Nuevo León: 807 km.
- Zacatecas, Zacatecas: 831 km.
- Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes: 950 km.
- Mazatlán, Sinaloa: 980 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 1117 km.
- Tampico, Tamaulipas: 1326 km.
- Tijuana, Baja California: 1409 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 1,433 km.
Due to its location between the plateau and the desert, the climate of Chihuahua ranges from dry warm temperatures and a cold winter.
It is considered an extreme climate as its minimum is -8°C and the maximum reaches 39°C.
The rainy season is during the months of July and September.
November to February: High of 21°C, Low 1.9°C.
March, April, and October: High 28°C Low 7°C .
May to September: High 34°C Low 14°C.
What to pack?
If you plan to travel in the winter you must wear a coat, boots, pants, warm clothes, gloves, and hat.
If you plan to travel in the summer you must bring sunscreen, light clothes, sandals or closed shoes, and a sweater for the evenings.
Attractions and Activities in the city of Chihuahua
Tours, ecoturism activities and sports such as Trekking, Dune Buggy, Paintball (Gotcha), Motocross, Climbing.
Casa Redonda Chihuahua Museum of Contemporary Art, Sebastian Museum, University Cultural Poliforum, Museum of Sacred Art, Semilla Museum, Center Museum of the Mexican Revolution, Museum of Republican Loyalty, Hidalgo Museum and Gallery of Guns, Museum of Paleontology Casa Chihuahua Museum Center of Cultural Heritage, Tarike Museum, Quinta Carolina.
Grottos of Chihuahua, National Park Los Llorones, Chihuahua Dam .
Historical Center, Libertad street, Plaza Mayor, Saltarinas Fountains, Cathedral of Chihuahua.
Leisurely walk down Paseo Bolivar de Quinta Gameros, Avenida Zarco, Zona Dorada (Nightlife) , Aqueduct Park La Deportiva, Chihuahua Fashion Mall, Plaza Galerias, El Palomar Central Park, Chihuahua Gate, The Tree of Life-The seven churches of the city.
Holidays and Festivals in the city of Chihuahua
May: Carnival of Santa Rita EXPOGAN (Livestock Expo)
September: (15-16) Celebration of the Independence of Mexico
October: International Festival of the City of Chihuahua
November: Balloon Festival, (1 and 2) Day of the Dead
December: Christmas Parade
December: (12) Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.