Northern Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de Pinacate, located in the Sonora Desert, offers a lunar landscape, consisting of the largest concentration of volcanoes and craters on the planet. The coastal area between Puerto Penasco and Guyamas features a few small fishing towns with a relaxed atmosphere and great beaches. On the northeastern border of Sonora stands the most important archeological site in northern Mexico, Paquime.
The large network of canyons in Sierra Tarahumara, also known as Copper Canyon, is a great destination for outdoor lovers. Copper Canyone is a great place for bike adventures, hiking and horseback riding. Apart from the numerous outdoor activities the land features old cave dwellings, monasteries and abandoned mines. Towns like San Ignacio de Arareko and El Fuerte have charming old missionary churches among other attractions.
The elegant city of Chihuahua features great colonial architecture and offers a number of interesting churches and museums, like Museo de Arte Sacro, Museo de la Revolucion Mexicana and Museo de Arte Contemporanea. The Chihuahua region is also home to Hidalgo del Parral, one of the richest mining cities in the country. Among the cities attractions number Parroqua de San Jose, Templo Nuestra Senora de Fatima, Museo Palacio de Alvarado and Museo del General Francisco Villa.
Monterrey and its surrounding area are excellent destinations for mountain lovers. The city blends its old colonial architecture with unique modern structures, like Faro del Comercio and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A series of natural parks encompass the mountainous regions around Monterrey, each with its own set of attractions, from hiking and biking to mountaineering and rappelling. Visitors also have the opportunity to tour the oldest Mexican brewery in Monterrey.