As the capital of Chihuahua, Mexico’s largest state, the city of Chihuahua offers a prime destination for travelers interested in deeply-rooted Mexican culture. Famous for the local norteño food (traditional northern Mexican similar to Tex-Mex), dishes like macacha con huevo and frijoles maneados use dehydrated meats and cow or goat milk cheeses to create memorable tastes. The city is full of beautifully restored Colonial-era architecture, such as the structures found at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Our Lady of Regla, and St Francis of Assisi Cathedral and City Hall. There are several museums located around the city, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Casa Renonda, the Museum of Religious Art, and the Museo de la Recolución Mexicana all of which will give you a glimpse into the city’s centuries-old history. And yes, the Chihuahua—one of the smallest breeds of dogs—originates from its namesake, officially recognized in 1904.
Things to See
Chihuahua hosts events and festivals year round such as the La Feria de Santa Rita, the city’s most traditional cultural event. La Feria de Santa Rita is full of art expositions, international musicians, theatre and much more. The city also puts on a variety of events that embody the local ranchero (cowboy) culture, including traditional Mexican corridas (bullfighting), country music festivals, and rodeos. Calle Libertad, the popular downtown historic district, offers the opportunity to stroll and explore shops that reflect historic Mexican culture. This area also houses the Government Palace, containing walls decorated with exquisite murals depicting Mexico’s fight for independence. Calle Libertad’s charming street, Pasea de Simón Bolivar, is lined with Colonial homes, villas, and popular restaurants where you can easily spend the entire afternoon exploring.
Hotels in Chihuahua
IHG combines convenience and comfort with properties located near downtown, the business district, and the historic city center, as well as many tourist attractions. You can easily find a place to stay that is perfect for everything you have planned for your trip to Chihuahua.
Where to Stay
Chihuahua’s historic district, Calle Libertad, is home to the Colonial architecture and a variety of art and history museums, ideal for leisure travelers. As the scent of traditional norteño food and fresh tortillas being prepared fills the air, follow your nose to find a lively cantina where you can spend your evening. For business people, downtown Chihuahua represents the key business district of the city and where the industrial parks are located.
How to Get to Chihuahua
The General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport is centrally located and offers flights to and from cities in Mexico and a few direct flights from the U.S. Fixed-price taxi services can be found within the terminal building—the majority of local taxis are not metered, so you will be given the price beforehand. Local buses run throughout the city, however you may be better off exploring the local sites in the historic city center on foot. Use caution when traveling around the city after dark or in unfamiliar areas, steering clear of the bars and nightclubs after 10 or 11 PM in most areas of the city.