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Chihuahua Mexico - A Different Travel Experience

Updated on November 21, 2013
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No, we are not talking about that cute breed of dog found in the designer bags of many Hollywood stars. Chihuahua is also the name of Mexico's largest state, and translates "Lady of the Desert". While it is true that the said state has vast desert areas, it also boasts a beautiful colonial center, and impressive natural marvels that range from exciting rugged terrain to breathtaking large canyons.

Copper Canyon's Beautiful Landscape - Mexico

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Located in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Chihuahua's Sierra Tarahumara is a canyon system that is seven times larger than Arizona's Grand Canyon. From afar, the valley walls appear like a massive mural of copper and green due to the lichens that grow on it.

A trip to Chihuahua promises to be unique, fun and a very memorable cultural experience, and the place pulls out all the stops to satisfy its visitors. Arm yourself with some Spanish, but given the proximity of the state to the US, it should be easy to find someone who can give you directions in English.

Sierra Tarahumara during autumn season

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Camping site over the Sierra Tarahumara

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Refer to the map to find Chihuahua, Mexico

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Railway to Chihuahua, Mexico

National Geographic Traveler magazine describes the tour as: “a train ride on the Chihuahua al Pacifico and a rugged five-day hike through the Sierra Madre. Your reward is joining several traditional communities, some of whom live in caves and under
National Geographic Traveler magazine describes the tour as: “a train ride on the Chihuahua al Pacifico and a rugged five-day hike through the Sierra Madre. Your reward is joining several traditional communities, some of whom live in caves and under | Source

Government Palace of Chihuahua

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The old El Palomar Central Park

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A trip to Chihuahua promises to be unique, fun and a very memorable cultural experience, and the place pulls out all the stops to satisfy its visitors. Arm yourself with some Spanish, but given the proximity of the state to the US, it should be easy to find someone who can give you directions in English.

The numerous museums attest to the state's commitment to preserve the physical structures of its colonial past. But this attitude has not restrained its people to build for the future as well! The Federal Palace of Chihuahua was a former jail turned into a valuable modern art museum. What used to be one of the most notorious neighborhoods has been developed to become the El Palomar Central Park, now a sprawling haven which has been the venue of numerous art exhibits and concerts. At Ave. Zarco Residential Area you will find some of the most notable pre-revolutionary mansions and villas in the city. Drop by the Museum of the Revolution, and learn the story of hero of Mexico's fight for freedom, Pancho Villa.

Grutas de Nombre de Dios

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A closer look to the rock formation inside Grutas de Nombre de Dios

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At Chihuahua, make sure to visit the Grutas de Nombre de Dios, a gargantuan system of warm caves that house some stunning stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formation. And there should be no reason why youĂ­ll miss out on getting those ubiquitous cowboy boots! They come in different sizes, colors, and designs and you will be hard pressed to be able to resist them.

The famous Chilaca Chili of Mexican Cuisines - Would you dare eat something as hot and spicy like this?

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The popular Mexican Cuisine - Caldo del Oso with Colorado pepper

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Dining in Chihuahua

Chihuahuan cuisine is known for its generous use of beef, cheese, and of course, chiles! The Chilaca Chili (dehydrated chili pepper) is a must-try while Caldo del Oso (made of fish and Colorado pepper) should be a perfect prelude to other exciting Chihuahuan dishes. For dessert, try out the "chapeteadas" (caramel apples) and torrejas (bread with honey and cinnamon as top). Complete the meal with the classic Margarita, a cocktail made of tequila, lemon juice and salt

Chapeteadas for Dessert - They lool like Japanese candies,

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Torrejas for another dessert!

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Trip to Chihuahuan Desert

If you want to experience a weird world in the barren Chihuahuan desert, plan a trip down the Zone of Silence. The area has been found to have high levels of magnetite which makes it difficult for signals to penetrate it. Accordingly, it shares the same latitude as the Bermuda Triangle. This should account for several witness testimonies of reported bizarre activities like flying saucers, alien encounters, and strange lights.

When you see this sign, you know you're on the right way to the Zone of Silence

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Purple Cacti in the Chihuahuan Dessert - What a Beauty!

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