Hi Magno readers! The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs you will go a little beyond in your trips in Mexico. Hope these pieces of advice be useful for you. Thank you for following me on my social media.
So, some recommendations for the Chihuahua state are:
* The big state, Chihuahua. The state with majestic wild landscapes, Chihuahua. The heart of the “Rarámuri” nation, Chihuahua. Chihuahua state is a land of contrasts, colors, textures, and adventures. Exploring its Magno territorial extension is a challenge for explorers.
Its tourist attractions of recognized quality only await all those who want to discover those images, those postcards that only the land of the “Sierra Tarahumara” runners can offer us. These jewels and more, compound the state of Chihuahua.
* I recommend in the case of Chihuahua don’t let more time pass and go out to meet the impressive magnitude of the “Barrancas del Cobre” (Copper Canyon). This series of natural canyons with their impressive ravines full of flora and fauna are natural treasures that we are fortunate to see today. The starting point is “Divisadero”, Chihuahua. At this place you will see the images that will last forever in your memory.
* First Magno Travel Tip. Insider’s point. Take the “Barrancas del Cobre” railway, the “Chihuahua-Pacífico” train, better known as “El Chepe.” This railway company will allow you to go conquering onboard its wagons and throughout its 653 kilometers (405.75 miles), all those points where the incredible canyon nature will overflow our senses.
“El Chepe” has two routes, the “Chepe Express” and the “Chepe Regional.” The “Chepe Express” has its beginning in “Los Mochis” state of Sinaloa, a coastal city facing the Pacific Ocean, and ends its tour in the town of “Creel” Chihuahua state.
In the case of the “Chepe Regional” you can take it both ways in “Los Mochis” and in the capital city of Chihuahua. This last tour is the longer of the two. You can already imagine the fantastic level of landscapes and live paintings in full color that you can see in those 653 kilometers (405.75 miles) of railway extension that it offers us.
The Sierra Tarahumara will put before our eyes those unmissable natural works of art. Don’t forget to bring enough memory in your cameras to saturate them with divine images.
* “El Divisadero”, Chihuahua. Unless you take the “Chepe” railroad to know other points of the “Barrancas del Cobre” or you decide to take a guided tour on your own, “El Divisadero” is probably one of the most beautiful spots of the Copper Canyon, if not the most beautiful, so that is my first tip for tours in the “Sierra Tarahumara”.
* I definitely recommend you not to miss the opportunity to capture lavish images from above, 360-degree views aboard the Copper Canyon cable car. With an extension of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) and ten minutes ride one way and another ten minutes return approximately, it is the place your body and soul must be present to delight yourself with exquisite natural views.
* Second Magno travel tip. Depending on your love for views in natural landscapes, I recommend visiting “Divisadero” in the same canyon both in the summer and winter. In the summer, depending on the abundance or absence of rains, these canyons will be full of green vegetation that will make them look wonderful.
In winter or the rainless season, these rock formations will show a less saturated green color as a result of the absence of abundant foliage on the rocks; anyway you will always appreciate their spectacular nature. So, my Magno followers, will make the best of decisions whether to travel thisspot in the summer or in winter.
* Third Magno travel tip. Free for all my Magno followers. There is a geographical point especially located in the aerial route that the cable car does in its way ahead, the point known as the “Mesa de Bacajiparé” point, which offers its explorers the possibility of looking at the territorial meeting of the “Barrancas del Cobre”, the “Barrancas de Tararecua” and the “Barranca de Urique”, which show their impressive level of elevations from the ground and the amazing depth they have.
* More Magno travel intelligence for the “Barrancas del Cobre”. Are you fan of the selfie sports league? Well, here you can “play” the final match. I recommend taking your feet to the “Piedra Volada” viewpoint, which is located near “Divisadero.”
* More pieces of advice? For sure friends. I recommend not to miss, especially in the winter, a sunset at “El Divisadero”, and, if you are lucky, a full moon will frame this work of art live on the horizon.
“La última y nos vamos” (the last one and we go, as we say here in Mexico). Do you like zip lines? Thus you are in their kingdom. In the “Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre” lives the queen mother of all them in the world.
Yes, as you read it, in the world. In addition to several attractions for all the family members, you will find world-class services, the so-called zip line “Ziprideryou”.
With a length of 2,530 meters (2,766 yards) and flying above the canyons at a height of over 200 meters (656 feet), coupled with speeds between 80 and 125 km (49 to 77 miles per hour), this is the zip line that delivers the most exquisite emotions in the world. See you there.
* Magno natural recommendation: The “Cascada de Basaseachi” (Basaseachi Waterfall” in the national park of the same name. Located approximately 285 kilometers (177 miles) from the capital city of Chihuahua, in the municipality of Ocampo, it offers its hungry visitors another natural painting framed by this waterfall over 246 meters (807 feet) high.
Besides, high and wonderful walls of rock formations, flora, and fauna of the park will enchant all those who love nature. In the rainy season, the “Piedra Volada” waterfall will take shape, which many locals say it has an even higher fall than that of Basaseachi.
* More beauty in Chihuahua? Sure. The capital city of Chihuahua. As I always recommend, starting in the Historic Center is a guarantee of fascination. What will you see? All these magnific points of interest.
The Cathedral of Chihuahua, the “Plaza de Armas” with its beautiful kiosk, the Government Palace, the House Museum of Francisco “Pancho” Villa, the magnificent mansion “Quinta Gameros,” “Casa Chihuahua” too, the tourist tram “El Tarahumara” to see by first hand the history and events that shaped Chihuahua’s state.
Something else? Of course. The Historical Museum of the Mexican Revolution, El “Acueducto Park”, and the Chihuahua Aqueduct, the picturesque “Sebastián Casa Siglo XIX” museum, the “Parque Metropolitano Tres Presas”, the “Casa de Juárez Museo de Chihuahua,” the “Plaza del Ángel,” the Mammoth Museum, and the “Santuario de Guadalupe.”
The “Casa Chihuahua” Museum will also be there, where the “Miguel Hidalgo Dungeon,” father of Mexico’s independence movement was imprisoned here before being shot. The “Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús”, the “Parque Lerdo”, “El Reliz” park, the tour of the Historic Haciendas and the “Nombre de Dios” caves, among several others; however, these are the must-see ones.
* The “Dunas de Samalayuca” (Samalayuca Dunes). I recommend not to miss them at all. Located south of Ciudad Juárez at 35 KILOMETERS (21.74 miles), it is a paradise for all those who are called by mother earth.
What do you do there? First, be accompanied by a guide or as part of a guided tour, because of its length, it is easy to get lost. You will contemplate the magnificent landscape, “listen” to the silence, also the whisper of the wind. There are no words to describe what you will see here.
Admire the high and capricious formations that form the dunes, besides practicing some extreme sports such as cycling, sandboarding, contemplation of the site, tours in off-road vehicles, and exercising our cameras with championship selfies.
A Magno travel recommendation? Sure. I recommend visiting it in the autumn and winter seasons since, in the spring and summer, the heat coming out from the dunes can be suffocating. There are no essential services for the visitor. It is pure and plain nature.
* Paquimé. Magno infallible travel advice to Chihuahua state. Located in the municipality of “Casas Grandes” 280 KILOMETERS (173.98 miles) south of Ciudad Juárez which is the closest point. The archaeological zone of the “Casas Grandes,” a world heritage site, will fascinate you.
The environment and the settling are fabulous, its thick adobe walls, and the history that surrounds this site tell us of a different pre-Hispanic settlement, very different from what you can usually admire in other parts of Mexico.
Made up of three architectural ensembles, ceremonial precincts, squares, and residential buildings, the “Paquimé” culture left us a jewel that becomes a “must” on your visits to Chihuahua state. The site has all the essential visitor services.