Chihuahua

Overview

Introduction

Chihuahua is interesting primarily for the surrounding desert scenery and the city's historical importance—it played a major role in the Mexican Revolution. Pancho Villa used Chihuahua as a base of operations, and the mansion that served as his home and headquarters has been converted into the Museo de la Revolucion Mexicana. It contains the bullet-riddled car in which Villa was assassinated in 1923, as well as military artifacts, historical photographs and other items.

The Quinta Gameros Museum houses excellent art-nouveau furnishings. Also be sure to see the cathedral and its collection of religious paintings. Father Hidalgo, father of Mexican independence, was executed in Chihuahua. The dungeon he was kept in is beneath the post office.

Located 235 mi/375 km south of El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua is also where many people begin the Copper Canyon train trip. This city has seen an escalation of violence in recent years, so check the current travel advisories when booking a trip.

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