By Kimber Gabryszak

The city of Chihuahua, capital of the Mexican state of the same name, has a rich history. Whether “Chihuahua” means "between two waters", "place of the holed-rock", or "dry and sandy place", the word itself predates the arrival of the Spanish while the city was actually founded by Spanish explorers, in 1709. Chihuahua is a somewhat industrial city located near the intersection of the Chuviscar and Sacramento rivers in northern Mexico. It was also the site of many historical events during the Spanish exploration, War of Independence, Mexican-American war, French Invasion, and Mexican Revolution.

Chihuahua is served by one international airport: Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport (CUU). Click here ( to book your flight on To book one of the many hotels in Chihuahua, click here ( and let help find a deal.

When should you visit? recommends nearly any time! Due to the high elevation (over 1500 meters / 5000 feet), the weather in Chihuahua is cooler than many surrounding areas, and the semiarid climate can be enjoyable at any time of year. Winters are mild with only the occasional snowfall.

To get around the city, renting a car is often the best option. Getting around in the city without a car can be an adventure - public buses are available but the service can be intermittent. Daytime exploration of tourist areas on foot or bicycle can be a good alternative and will help avoid construction delays from the city’s ongoing renovations. To get your bearings, suggests a 45-minute tour on the Trolley Turístico, which showcases historic sites across the city.

Many visitors spend only a day or two in Chihuahua on their way to another destination along the Barranca del Cobre and Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico railways, but don’t let that mislead you. The downtown has much to offer: quaint local restaurants, an energetic nightlife, historic architecture, and several parks and plazas.

History buffs rejoice – Chihuahua’s rich history is right at your fingertips. The city’s oldest church, Templo de San Francisco, was built in the early 1700s and sits in the city square; a cathedral built in the late 1700s sits along the Plaza de Armas. The Museo Histórico de la Revolución Mexicana is the former headquarters of Pancho Villa and is now a museum, while the Casa Chihuahua, formerly the federal palace, is now a vibrant cultural center with information in both English and Spanish. suggests checking out lesser-known museums such as the Museo Tariké, covering the history of the city, or the Casa Redonda, a contemporary art museum located in a former railroad roundhouse. The Casa Redonda also offers the railroad enthusiast a glimpse of other railroad relics.

Santa Eulalia is a nearby mining village dating back to the 17th century that is still active today. Tours of the nearby mines (hardhat and lantern included!) are also available.

For the outdoorsy guest, recommends several options. On the northeast edge of town, you will find the Grutas de Nombre de Dios, warm caves showcasing rock formations of all types. Local tour operators also offer a plethora of nearby outdoor trips. Among others, options include rock climbing, kayaking, and burro (a type of donkey) trekking. recommends that you check with the U.S. State Department for advisories prior to planning your trip. Whether you plan on a quick overnight stay, or plan on spending some real time in Chihuahua, make sure you get out of the hotel and take in the city!


  • 1. Templo de San Francisco
  • 2. Museo Histórico de la Revolución Mexicana
  • 3. Casa Chihuahua
  • 4. Casa Redonda
  • 5. Santa Eulalia
  • 6. Trolley
  • 7. Chihuahua Cultural Center
  • 8. Gameros Country Estate
  • 9. Government Palace
  • 10. Modern Art Museum


  • 1. Festival International Chihuahua - September/October
  • 2. Expogan Fair - October


Holiday Inn Express Chihuahua
Av Cristobal Colon No. 11390, Chihuahua, 31109 Mexico
By Arlena M. Boxton

The Holiday Inn Express Chihuahua is located at Av Cristobal Colon No. 11390, Chihuahua, 31109 Mexico and is an excellent and convenient location for business and/or vacation travelers alike.  Located close to Chihuahua businesses and corporations, as well as Chihuahua and surrounding attractions, this hotel offers guests a convenient city location, as well as reasonable rates, attractive amenities and services.   Transportation to/from the airport is by taxi or train.  For guests traveling to attractions and locations within a five mile radius of the hotel a free hotel shuttle is provided.  

Wireless internet access is available in well-appointed, comfortable guestrooms, which include smoking or non-smoking rooms.  Choose from standard rooms with one double bed, suitable for 2 adults; rooms with either 2 double beds, or king-size beds, and suites with 3 double beds.  

Free breakfast for two adults is included in the room rate.  Children under twelve also receive free breakfast, as well as free lunch, and dinner when accompanied by a meal paying adult.   The Holiday Inn Express Chihuahua is so confident in offering its customers the best room rates that it has a “Best Price Guarantee” – find the same type rooms offered elsewhere at a lower price, and your first night in the hotel is free.  

Hotel amenities include: a seasonal heated outdoor pool, Game Room, onsite Health and Fitness Center, a Business Center, Wi-Fi access in public spaces, your choice of hotel laundry and dry-cleaning service, or a “self-service” laundry on site.   Hotel check-in time is at 2 p.m., with check-out at 1 p.m.  (late check-out is available upon request.)    

To help you realize your vacation dreams, or to make the most of your business trip, or even to combine both business and pleasure, click ( and let assist you with your Holiday Inn Express, Chihuahua reservation!