Ojinaga is a city in Chihuahua on the border with Texas.
Ojinaga was founded around the year 1200 by Pueblo Indians. In 1535 it was visited by Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca with a party of four, the survivors of the 1528 shipwreck of a failed mission to explore Florida. It was later the site of the Battle of Ojinaga, as Pancho Villa was being chased all over the region during the Mexican Revolution.
Most places of interest are located within a block or two of the central plaza.
- Manuel Ojinaga Museum - Hosts artifacts from the Mexican Revolution, Indian items, locally found fossils.
- Norteño bands - Many famous norteño musicians are from here, and Ojinaga has its own unique style, adding saxophones to the accordion-heavy mix.
- Fausto's Art Gallery, Calle Juarez, 626 453 0505. Artwork by regional artists, southwest furniture, and local Indian handicrafts.
- La Poblana, Calle Juarez, in front of Fausto's Gallery. Home-style Mexican cooking popular with the working class.
- Los Comales, Calle Zaragoza, a block off the main square. Surprisingly good seafood, given the city's location.
- Sanborn's, 453 1224. A favorite with locals of Ojinaga and Presidio. Try the chile verde con carne. No credit cards accepted.
- Tortas Raúl, 453 1544. Mexican sandwiches, burritos, and other light meals. Good for lunch.
- Al Super, Trasvina Street (west from the bridge on Libre Comercio, then north on Trasvina. Will be on east side of the street). Al Super is a modern chain supermarket with a great selection of items. When staying in and around Presidio/Ojinaga, it is a great go-to stop for meat, produce, snacks, medicine, and the like. They've got a great selection of alcoholic beverages, which can be had for much cheaper than on the US side. Beware of export/import restrictions, however!
- Lobby's, Ave. Libre Comercio (On the north side of the street less than a mile in from the bridge.). Standard Mexican food at a reasonable price. Great quesadillas!
- Hotel Armendariz, Zaragoza No. 713, 626 453 1198. Doubles from 300 pesos.
- Hotel Cañon del Peguis, Blvd. Libre Comercio No. 1501, 626 453 2952. A more upscale hotel with doubles from 644 pesos.
- Peguis Canyon, 25 miles down highway 16, is a 4000-foot canyon, one of the most impressive sights of the Big Bend Region.