The capital of the state of Chihuahua and a large, prosperous city in the center of the state. Chihuahua is famous for norteno food (rather similar to Tex-Mex), a delicious if healthy cuisine that makes liberal use of beef, cheese, and chiles.
The colonial center is beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. The outer areas of the city are affluent by Latin American standards but uninteresting for the average tourist. The center has museums dedicated to Pancho Villa (a major folk hero in the north), another museum about the national mint, government palaces, and historic churches as well as luxurious mansions and villas.
There are also good dining spots and cantinas for males and it's very rare that a female is not welcome. The city's natives are friendly and helpful, unlike Mexico's more southern cities.
In the north and in the hills, it can be cold here during the winter. It even snows once or twice a year. During the summer, temperatures can reach 40°C. Wear light, fresh, and comfortable clothes. Autumn is a particularly pleasant time of the year to visit the area.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico. In academic and professional level, English and French are also spoken. Additionally, because this is north Mexico and a lot of the people living here have worked and lived in the US at some point in their lives, it is usually quite easy to find someone who can speak English to you.
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 By car
Being 4 h south of Juarez/El Paso by expressway, the city is an easy drive to reach; there is no major city on the way, but there are roadside diners.
 By plane
Roberto Fierro Airport is 18 km from the city; a taxi is about $7.00.
 By bus
Chihuahua's bus terminal is located quite a distance out of town. There are buses to all major cities in Mexico. The Chihuahuense bus line will take you to central Mexico or to Tijuana from the main terminal in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
 By train
Chihuahua is the start of the famous Copper Canyon railway linking Chihuahua with Los Mochis, called "Chepe"  One-way tickets cost around 99 pesos (75 dollars) in second class and 1980 pesos (140 dollars) in first class. Advance booking is advisable for second class but essential for first class.
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Chihuahua is a great tourist destination; a PBR championship, concerts, art and international festivals take place all year-round, but mostly on mid-October, you will find the city and its people very charming and down to earth.
Even though Chihuahua suffered a massive destruction of colonial buildings (During the 1970s) in order to widen the main streets and avenues in the downtown, it stills preserves some valuable monuments from the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the more interesting sites in the city are listed below:
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Cowboy boots, yee-haw! You will never in your life find a place with higher density of shops selling cowboy boots, and you'll find them in colors you hardly knew existed. Go nuts, you know you want them!
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Be careful! The best chiles rellenos in the world, served on a flour tortilla. The seeds are not removed, making for a fire in your mouth that is unsurpassed.
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The cheap sleeps in Chihuahua are all found east of the cathedral, between Calle Libertad and Victoria.
 Stay safe
Northern Mexico, especially the state of Chihuahua, has experienced a sharp increase in violent drug-related crime since 2007. Chihuahua is much safer than Ciudad Juárez but still has had its share of cartel killings in the last two years. Most killings have specifically targeted drug dealers and their families, and tourists have rarely been affected by violent crime. Avoid bars and nightclubs that cater to a criminal element. Military checkpoints may be set up in the city and the roads around the city. Always stop at these checkpoints.
Dialing code for Chihuahua City: 01+52+(614)+Phone Number
Emergency phone numbers
Radio Patrols: 060
Red Cross: 065
General emergencies: 066
International Operator: 090
Tourist Security: 01 800 201 55 89
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