Chihuahua is a state in northern Mexico with a mainland slightly bigger than the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by the Mexican states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango and Coahuila and the U.S. states of Texas and New Mexico. Chihuahua is the largest state in Mexico by area, and therefore has the nickname, El Estado Grande.

The dog is probably more famous than the city, but for travelers Chihuahua is a good destination and a perfect starting point for a rail journey into the Sierra Tarahumara and Copper Canyon (las Barranca de Cobre). As capital of the state with the same name, Chihuahua, founded in the early eighteenth century, thrives as the center of a vast economic region based on mining, agriculture and livestock.

One of the most notable features of Chihuahua is the Barranca del Cobre, or Copper Canyon, a spectacular canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon.


Tree lined boulevards, colonial mansions and thriving markets are the main attractions of the city. The Museo de la Revolucion is another must see; it’s the authentic 50 room quinta where Pancho Villa lived during the Mexican Revolution.

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