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Chihuahua & It's Surroundings

Chihuahua, Mexico Map

Chihuahua City is the State Capital of the biggest state in the country. It has an elevation of 4,724 feet. It has an extreme climate, but enjoys four seasons. It's an important agricultural, cattle, industrial, and mining center. In 1709, the Governor of the New Bizcaya authorized the establishment of a settlement near the mines of Santa Eulalia de Merida, on the banks of the Chuviscar and Sacramento. Nine years later, they changed its name to San Felipe el Real de Chihuahua, and it became a city on July 19, 1823.

Chihuahua witnessed many transcendental historical incidents. One can observe graphically the history of this land visiting the murals painted on the main patio's walls of the Government Palace. It is a beautiful building constructed in 1892, and has the Altar to the Country honoring Miguel Hidalgo, Father of the Country.

The San Francisco temple is the oldest in town built in the 18th century. The Casa de Villa or Museum of the Revolution has a great display on Pancho Villa and houses the Chihuahua's Cultural Center. A museum is 19th century construction and once was the house of Luis Terrazas, the most prominent cattle rancher of the epoch. The Center for Contemporary Arts is located in the government building just across the street from the Hidalgo Palace. It hosts the great masters from Chihuahua and Mexico, and also has temporary exhibits. Quinta Gameros, today is the University Cultural Center and is worth a visit.

The magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral was constructed in the 18th century from the richness of Santa Eulalia's mines. Chihuahua has world class services and a great variety of tourism alternatives for your enjoyment.

SANTA EULALIA is also known as the cradle of the city. Recommended is a visit to the Santa Eulalia Church. Enjoy eating at a fine restaurant located in a restored typical house, and enjoy the local color.

ALDAMA is located 20 miles to the northeast of Chihuahua City. It is a mining, agricultural, and fruit center, and it is famous for its exquisite fruit desserts. Suggested is a visit to the San Jeronimo Church built in the 18th century. Also recommended is a visit to the ancient Santa Ana Mission which is 26 miles northeast of Aldama. Nearby is the Granero Lake, where you can fish, relax, and practice water sports. Accommodations are not available.

COYAME is located 90 miles northeast of Chihuahua City. Visit the wonderful caverns along with the thermal water pools. This is an excellent day tour. Accommodations are not available.

CUMBRES DE MAJALCA is located 21 miles to the north of Chihuahua City off highway 45 after a left turn onto a gravel road for 18 miles. Cumbres de Majalca is the closest National Park and forest to the city. Accommodations are not available.

SANTA ISABEL is located 30 miles to the west of Chihuahua on highway 16. It is a small town founded by the Franciscans in 1678. It is an ideal site for picnics. There are swimming pools, playgrounds, and modest restaurants.

CUAUHTEMOC is located 65 miles to the northwest of Chihuahua City. It has an elevation of 6,758 feet. Cuauhtemoc has a large Mennonite Community. Attracted by a climate, these Canadian farmers decided to settle here transforming a desert land into a fertile valley. Most of them still live as they did, when they arrived, almost one hundred years ago.

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