Come see the largest state in Mexico, which size is close to that of the United Kingdom. Book now and stay at any of our hotels in “The Big State”: Hilton Garden Inn Chihuahua and Hampton Inn by Hilton Chihuahua City. Chihuahua means “the lady of the desert” and although its true the state’s name derives from the desert of that same name, considered the largest in North America, you will be surprised to know this great state boasts the largest number of forests in all of Mexico. So, we invite you to visit this wonderful destination characterized by its mountains and canyons. With so many things to do in Chihuahua, we have compiled some recommendations so you may spend an incredible vacation. Below, you will find our selection of the most memorable, unforgettable and rewarding activities and tours to do in Chihuahua.
What to do in the capital of Chihuahua?
We recommend you visit the capital’s center, especially the Government Palace and the mural of Aaron Piña Mora, representative of the state’s history and where Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was shot. You will be completely enthralled by the eccentricities within the Cathedral of Chihuahua, including its German organ and image of the Christ of Mapimí. The Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Republican Loyalty are tremendous reminders of Mexican pride and history. To ensure you don’t leave a single stone unturned, make sure you hop aboard a tourist trolley, “El Tarahumara.”
Other excursions you should consider include a walk through the iconic sculpture of the city, the Chihuahua Gate, and you will love its vibrant red color and geometric designs, figures, created by Enrique Carbajal. Just 15 minutes from the historic center, take advantage and enter the Name of God Grottoes.
Cumbres de Majalca National Park
Located 1.5 hours from the capital you will find the Cumbres de Majalca National Park. You will come across interesting rock formations and an abundance of nature, including pine and oak forests and animals such as pumas and white-tailed deers.
Paquimé Archaeological Zone
This site is completely different from what you have visited before. The Paquimé or Casas Grandes culture left us with an urbanization that resembles a town out of Star Wars. From above, the urbanization looks like a land maze; however, the houses are made of adobe and archaeologists consider that there are at least 2,000 rooms. Tour the House of the Ovens, the House of the Snakes and the House of the Macaws. Really impressive!
Sierra and Cañón del Peguis Ecotourism Park
To access this canyon, you must take a canoe and paddle along the Conchos River. Yes, you read correctly, to visit you must paddle to the mouth of the canyon. At the entrance, you can see cave works, which are vestiges of history and former visitors. This is a sublime way to experience nature in full swing. Do not miss this opportunity to be totally connected with the beauty of nature and breathe in the fresh air. There are so many activities to choose from, like rafting, rappelling or boat rides. Not everything is extreme tourism, so ask your guides about the best options for you.
National Geographic called it “unexplored territory offering us a landscape out of a science fiction movie”. You can visit the Cave of the Swords, as these caves are also known, and get to know this new world or see some of the largest moon stones on Earth (to give you an idea, the highest are 10 meters). Imagine walking among giant crystals! However, this jewel that seems to be from another planet, has restricted access, both for conservation and research purposes, so ask your travel agency and/or guide if you meet the necessary requirements in terms of health and age before planning a visit. Keep in mind this cave’s temperature and humidity are impressively high, therefore, the tours are a maximum of 10 minutes in duration. If they were longer, you would suffer from dehydration.
Copper Canyon Tour
Photographs that resemble postcards, sunsets that take your breath away, rainbows, waterfalls, nature and pure air will accompany you during the Copper Canyon tour. The vastness of the world will envelop and inspire you. In this place there is no past or future, only the vibrant colors and natural life that surround you. Surely you did not know that Copper Canyon doubled in depth and is quadruple the extension of the United States’ Grand Canyon. This wonder of nature is made up of 7 canyons: Copper Canyon, Urique Canyon, Sinforosa Canyon, Batopilas Canyon, Candameña Canyon, Chínipas Canyon and Oteros Canyon, which you can get to know through various tours.
Get on the Copper Barrancas Railroad or “El Chepe,” which runs from Chihuahua to Los Mochis. The train makes several stops along the way so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take incredible photos and appreciate the landscapes. You can choose the Chepe Express route or the Chepe Regional route. The Express runs from Creel to Los Mochis, making 4 stops, while the Regional crosses the Sierra Tarahumara, passing through 37 bridges and 86 tunnels, and allows you to choose from 3 different stops. Keep in mind the departure time of the Chepe Express from Creel is at 7:30 AM on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and the Regional Chepe leaves Chihuahua at 6:00 AM on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Creel is not only the “gateway” to the Barrancas, it is also a magical town in Mexico whose inhabitants, the Raramuri, will surely arouse your curiosity and admiration for their extensive culture and natural beauty. We recommend you visit the Museum of San Ignacio de Loyola, the Plaza de Armas, the Church of Cristo Rey (neo-Gothic), Las Peñas and the Valley of the Monks. If you want to renew yourself with a dip in hot springs, go to Recowata. To arrive, you must descend the Barranca de Tararecua. Put a star on Arareko Lake, the splendor of the landscape and tranquility will make you feel free. Take advantage and visit the Cusárare Waterfall, which is surrounded by a pine forest.
The Basaseachi Waterfall
The tour to the Basaseachi Waterfall National Park will allow you to visit the two highest waterfalls in Mexico. The highest, the Piedra Bolada waterfall, can be found in the Barranca de Candameña. Keep in mind that Piedra Bolada is for those who love extreme and adventure tourism. So, if you are in good physical shape and interested in a challenging hike and you also like rappelling, we recommend you visit it during the rainy season and stop by the Mirador de Huajumar. The Basaseachi Waterfall, the fifth largest in America and the 20th largest in the world, can be seen at any time of the year. You can choose to visit only the upper part or go down to the waterfall. This tour that lasts about 4 hours, includes suspension bridges and stairs, and the excitement begins to increase when the sound of the water gets louder and louder as you approach it. It is a challenging but rewarding walk. We recommend you wear a bathing suit because you are going to get wet, also wear comfortable shoes, preferably ones intended for water activities. We also suggest you bring water, a cap and snack food.
Copper Canyon Adventure Park
Zip lines, suspension bridges, rappelling, rock climbing, hiking, mountain bikes and horseback riding are just some of activities that will awaken your sense of adventure and you get your adrenaline racing in seconds. This coupled with the fantastic and spectacular landscapes of the Barrancas will make this park one of your favorites. But the main attraction of this park is without a doubt the cable car, the third longest in the world. This is your opportunity to capture the best photographs of the Copper Canyon, Tararecua Canyon and Urique Canyon. It is worth mentioning that the Urique Canyon is the deepest among all the ravines.
Each canyon has its peculiarity and intrinsic natural beauty. If you have time, the second largest canyon, the Barranca de Sinforosa will make time stand still before your eyes and the view will leave you stunned, especially from the Cumbres de Huérachi and Cumbres de Sinforosa viewpoints. The Barranca de Batopilas is differentiated by its mines and by the town that shares its same name, which is found when lowering the canyon. Admire it from the La Bufa viewpoint. It is impossible to imagine such beauty.
There are too many things to do in Chihuahua, we know that. It is a great state that offers endless activities and opportunities for exploration – from the famous Copper Canyon tour to the Naica Caves or the train ride – making your vacations in this great state truly unforgettable. Come and visit us at any of the Hilton hotels, where we will take care of every detail of your stay so that you can focus on having fun.