Chihuahua, Mexico Overview
Chihuahua is Mexico’s largest state, extending over 247,084 square kilometers. To the north it borders the U.S.; to the west, the state of Sonora; to the southwest, the state of Sinaloa; to the south, the state of Durango, and to the east, the state of Coahuila. Its name derives from the Náhuatl language, meaning “Dry, sandy place”, which is not surprising considering its extensions of desert, but in addition to the arid zones, Chihuahua includes regions of dramatic mountain scenery, lush and fertile valleys and thundering waterfalls surrounded by forests and vegetation.
Things /& Places of interest:
Chihuahua City – “Lady of the Desert”
- Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe)
- The Major Canyons
- Copper Canyon Hotels, Restaurants and Tour Operators
- Copper Canyon vegetation
Casas Grandes area - A fertile valley in northwestern Chihuahua, the Casa Grandes area is home to the ruins of Paquimé Casas Grandes, a cultural and trade center that reached its peak during the 13th and 14th centuries. Pottery was one of the principal wares of trade, and today the potters of Mata Ortiz are some of the finest, using traditional methods and hand-forming and painting their pieces.
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Hidalgo del Parral - 301 km south of Chihuahua City, Hidalgo del Parral is located in one of the richest mining area of the country – for silver and other minerals. The city was capital of the province of Nueva Vizcaya from 1640 to 1731, and played an important role in the 1917 revolution. In 1923, Pancho Villa was assassinated here, his remains later taken to Mexico City. Hidalgo del Parral offers the visitor views of some stunning architecture of the colonial era.. It’s Temple of San Jose was constructed in the 17th C.; the old Hidalgo Theater for many years was a center of Masonic Lodges; St. Thomas’s Chapel and the Sanctuary of Guadalupe were first erected during the 16th C. The beautiful Alvarado Palace was built between 1899 and 1903, during the region’s mining boom at the end of the 19th C.