The Deserts of Chihuahua
In northern Chihuahua there is a ruin near Casas Grandes called Paquimé. It is the southernmost example of Pueblo Culture, and was a contemporary and outlier of famous Chaco Canyon which also included the people of Mesa Verde in Colorado and the Mogollon of southern New Mexico. The Paquimé made beautiful pottery that served as an inspiration for the people in Mata Ortiz who today produce some of the most beautiful pottery in the world.
The ruins of Paquimé, nestled in a river valley between dry mountain ranges.
Pots in the museum. Just a small sampling!
A very skilled young woman painting hundreds of parallel lines and delicate designs - all free-hand!
Typical mountains and desert scenery of northern Chihuahua.
Scenes from El Fuerte - in the state of Sinaloa
Closer to the coast, the landscape resembles Arizona but with a bit more water near the river.