Walking tour by Chihuahua downtown

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Cute Chihuahua dog sculpture

I took these pictures in December 2005, just a little before moving to Louisiana. I guess I was nostalgic about what I was leaving behind. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to add a little description of the visual tour. I started at the Angel of Independence, which was built recently, maybe in 2003 or so. Before that year, Chihuahua downtown did not really have much to see, nothing in comparison to other Mexican cities like Morelia, Guanajuato or Zacatecas. Now there is a bigger area to walk by doing some sightseeing, shopping and of course eating some Mexican snack.

I passed by the Government Palace and other downtown buildings that are certainly to be admired in the Chihuahuan capital. Chihuahua is a relatively new city, it was founded on October 12, 1709; that's why it doesn't have the same esplendor of the cities of the New Spain founded almost two centuries before.

Quinta Gameros
Like all the Mexican north, Chihuahua has a very dry climate, with few rains through the year (very similar to the American southwest).

But eventhough you can't find many of the baroque architecture of the rest of Mexico, there are some areas of the city with interesting XVIII and XIX century architecture, like the Paseo Bolivar, a very beautiful avenue that you should visit if you are in the city. The most important of these buildings is the Quinta Gameros, a fantastic mansion from the late XIX century that had to be abandoned when Mexican revolution started. There are also a few nice cafes and bars in the area.

You can definitively walk for a couple of hours and get to know more of the history of the home city of Pancho Villa, and certainly find many statues in his honor throughout the city. He was actually born in Durango, but did most of his actions in Chihuahua, so we claim him as one of our own.

Chihuahua is definitively not the most touristy city in Mexico, but a day or two to enjoy it would be cool if you are sometime passing by. Another interesting fact about it is that the state of Chihuahua is pretty much the only Mexican state with the privilege of having snow in winter.

patirkc_AAA says:
Great post and photos on Chihuahua!
Posted on: Dec 01, 2015
montecarlostar says:
U should! Mexico is a wonderful country!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012
pretty_girl says:
Hope one day I will visit Mexico:)
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012
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Cute Chihuahua dog sculpture
Cute Chihuahua dog sculpture
Quinta Gameros
Quinta Gameros
Angel of Independence
Angel of Independence
Capitol of Chihuahua
Capitol of Chihuahua
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo
The Paraninfo
The Paraninfo
Inside the capitol
Inside the capitol
Mural of Miguel Hidalgo
Mural of Miguel Hidalgo
Angel of Independence
Angel of Independence
The chapel of St. Francis
The chapel of St. Francis
A cowboy
A cowboy
Casa Chihuahua museum
Casa Chihuahua museum
Libertad street
Libertad street
Cathedral
Cathedral
Gazebo and City Hall
Gazebo and City Hall
The Founder of the City: Antonio D…
The Founder of the City: Antonio …
Cathedral
Cathedral
Downtown Chihuahua
Downtown Chihuahua
Old house at the Paseo Bolivar
Old house at the Paseo Bolivar
Quinta Gameros
Quinta Gameros
Most Holy Family Church
Most Holy Family Church
Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa
The Coronel Hill
The Coronel Hill
Snow in Chihuahua
Snow in Chihuahua
Chihuahua dog sculpture by the Pas…
Chihuahua dog sculpture by the Pa…
Chihuahua dog sculpture
Chihuahua dog sculpture
Snow and more snow!
Snow and more snow!
Chihuahua... or Narnia? LOL
Chihuahua... or Narnia? LOL
Snow and Christmas tree
Snow and Christmas tree
By the Cathedral with snow
By the Cathedral with snow
The City Hall with now
The City Hall with now
Pancho Villa with snow
Pancho Villa with snow
Downtown buildings
Downtown buildings
Dancing fountains
Dancing fountains
Chihuahua City at dusk
Chihuahua City at dusk
Close up of Chihuahua downtown fro…
Close up of Chihuahua downtown fr…
Chihuahua
photo by: montecarlostar