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DISCOVER DURANGO


Durango

Welcome to the "Guadiana Pearl"


Among hills and canyons covered with forests and lush greenery is the charming city of Durango, officially named Victoria de Durango in honor of the first president of Mexico, Guadalupe Victoria. Its colonial architecture, its cathedral dating back to the eighteenth century and extensive catalog of historic buildings in historic center of the city, one of the richest in Mexico, have made it a favorite national and international tourist destination.

Located in the northern region of Mexico between the states of Chihuaha, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Nayarit and Sinaloa. It is located on the western edge of the Guadiana Valley in central-western Mexico's Central Plateau with an average altitude of 1880 meters above sea level. The state of Durango is the fourth largest in the Republic of Mexico, with 123,451 km2, full of flora and fauna highlighting among these: the bear, cougar, mountain lion, deer and wolf.




Weather




The city of Durango has a dry and semi-dry climate with an average annual temperature of 17 ° C and slightly cold temperatures during winter with temperatures dropping to 2 ° C. Snowfall is rare in the city and happen on average every seven years. Summers are warm with average high temperatures above 31 ° C. Most rainfall occurs in summer, mainly in the months of July and August. The average rainfall in the state is 500 mm per year.



Gastronomy

 

 

Savoring a delicious traditional dish duranguense is an experience like no other. Its dishes are simple but full of flavor. The Durango dish you must try during your stay in the city is the traditional dish named " caldillo". Their preparation is carried out with dry or fresh meat, red pepper and a perfect blend of spices and herbs. Pork leg based in pulque and Analco style mole are other delicacies worthy of the area. After a good meal, enjoy a delicious caramel sweet, made with goat milk.



Personalities


Throughout its history, Durango counts on a considerable list of personalities from various professions born in this state. These include:

Ana Paula de la Peña (tennis pro), Atanasio G. Saravia (historian), Benigno Montoya Muñoz (architect, sculptor and painter), Bibiano González (cycling pioneer in Mexico) Dolores del Rio (actress during the Golden Age of Mexican) Dolores Guerrero (poet), Domingo Arrieta Leon (revolutionary), Fanny Anitúa (mezzosoprano), Fermin Revueltas (painter), Francisco Gomez Palacio y Bravo (writer and politician), Francisco Gonzalez de la Vega (jurist), Francisco Sarabia Tinoco ( Captain pilot aviator, pioneer of Mexican Aviation), Vila Francisco "Pancho Villa" (Revolutionary Military), Francisco Villa ("El Centauro del Norte" Leader of the Mexican Revolution), Francisco Zarco (politician, journalist, historian), Gladys Gallegos (actress, singer), Guadalupe Victoria (first president of Mexico), Jaime Correa Cordoba (soccer player) José Revueltas (writer and political activist), Juan Bautista Ceballos (interim president of Mexico), Leticia Salazar Castañeda (writer, poet), Marlene Favela (actress), Norberto Rivera Carrera (Archbishop), Pepe Guadarrama (member of Los Bukis) Ramon Novarro (actor), Ricardo Castro (pianist, composer) Roberto Guadarrama (member of Los Bukis), Rosaura Revueltas (actress)
Silvestre Revueltas (composer) among others.



Activities



Durango Mountain biking

If ecotourism is to your liking, a bike ride is what we were looking for. The variation of geography in the territory around the city of Durango presents beautiful landscapes of varying difficulty for any fan of this sport.

The favorite places for this sport are the populations of Chupaderos and Tayoltita, as is access to a pair of impressive canyons.






Trip to Villa del Oeste

Theme park, that has been the scene for a dozens movies, located 12 km north of the City Center Victoria de Durango on Highway 45.

The park you can enjoy restaurants, souvenir shops, rides, horse rentals, souvenir photographs with western clothes and a spectacular western style show.
 








Trip to Eagle Rock Dam

Located 29 km north of Durango City on Highway 45, this beautiful dam is located with capacity for 30 million cubic meters of water.

Enjoy a nice evening with the family while you enjoy fishing, swimming or water sports.







Walk through Las Cuchillas

Enjoy a walk through the linear park full of fountains, green areas and beautiful structures. Colorful lights during the night make the foundations glow. Do not forget to bring your camera.








Tourist Tram Ride

Tour the streets of the city in this particular train car. The route passes the most emblematic sites of downtown for about 25 minutes.

Guides accompany visitors during tours providing additional information from the sites they visited.







Shopping in the mall Paseo Durango

The only shopping center in the city and one of the biggest attractions in the state.
The shopping center has restaurants, cinemas and more than 70 shops, jewelry, toys, accessories and more.
In the center of the complex is the Holiday Inn Hotel to rest during your trip.







Cable Car Durango


Enjoy a cable car ride 82 meters up for a distance of 700 meters from Cerro Los Remedios up to Calvary Hill in the city of Victoria de Durango. Durango is one of four cities nationwide that have a cable car but the only city where the peripheral starts from the historic center of the city.




Sites of Interest



Immaculate Conception Minor Basilica

Cathedral Basilica of Durango of neoclassic style located in the historic center of Durango Victoria in front of the Plaza de Armas. Previous location of the old parish of the Assumption that was destroyed by a fire.  The construction of the new cathedral took from 1620-1844 to complete. Considered the most important in the north of the state, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the north architectural jewel.





Bancomer Building


Beautiful building and current Bancomer bank branch office located next to the Plaza de Armas. The building is two stories tall with corner access with main pillars and arches adorning the exterior of the building.






Ricardo Castro Theatre


Most important theater in Durango, of frenchified neoclassical style, opened on March 27 of 1924 as a movie theater named Ricardo Castro Theatre and renamed in honor of the illustrious pianist and composer Ricardo Castro Durango after its renovation in consequence of a fire in 1951. It was not until its most recent renovation in 1991 the Theatre became a full theater room.





Museum of Archaeology


Small but interesting archaeological museum with the most relevant in the history of Durango and its surroundings. The building where the museum is located was built in the late nineteenth century and converted into a museum on August 3, 1998 by historian Javier Guerrero Romero and architect Juan Eagle. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-18:00 hours Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-20:00 hours.






Regional Museum of Durango "Jose Angel Rodriguez Solorzano"

The museum has on display a wide panorama of the history of Durango. Its architecture was inspired by old Parisian palace with details made out of stone. Previously the building was the seat of the Supreme Court and converted into a museum in 1887 and reopened two years later. In addition to the exhibition rooms, the building has an auditorium, library/archive and shop.







Tunnel Mining Museum

The museum shows an original perspective on the history of mining in Durango. The museum extends for 280 meters at a depth of 10 meters deep from the Plaza de Armas to Placita John Paul II at the Archbishopric.
 During the tour you will find mining transportation, equipment, mining clothes and an extensive mineral collection found in the mines of the city. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-21:00 hours.






Escárzaga Palace (City Museum 450)

Magnificent palace built in 1898. Old home of a wealthy merchant, politician and miner, Escárzaga Pedro Corral. Considered World Heritage by UNESCO since 2010.
Currently is headquarters for the City Museum 450 with 16 rooms that preserve historical items relating to Durango and illustrious people throughout history.








Conde de Súchil Palace

Elegant novohispana style building built in the eighteenth century by the architect Pedro de Huertas as residence for Count of Súchil Valley of that time, don Joseph Ignacio del Campo y Larrea.
Displaying great Baroque facade with columns beautiful fully decorated with vegetal elements on the second level whose center hightlights St. Joseph with the baby Jesus.








Palace of Lágrimas
Palace built in 1894 that currently hosts an international hamburger chain. Its main beveled facade can be seen above the main entrance. The balconies are carefully detailed with blacksmithing design. The property has historical value for being located right on the place of the foundation of Durango and 450 years ago.









Plaza de Armas
Significant symbol and meeting point for celebrations, political campaigns and concerts in the state of Durango for being the origin of the city of Durango and the city's oldest historical site. In the center of it is located a traditional kiosk with impressive historic buildings decorating the surroundings.








Zambrano Palace (Museum of Francisco Villa)

Large building dating from the late seventeenth century located in the Historic Center of Durango where the Museum of Francisco Villa is located, one block from the Plaza de Armas.
Constructed as place of residence for the trader and miner Juan Joseph Zambrano and remained in power of Mr. Zambrano until a year after his death when the state government rented the building.
The museum has 10 rooms with various memorabilia retelling the story of  the man from the state of Durango and revolutionary hero.




Victoria Theatre

Oldest theater complex in northern Mexico with more than 200 years old located next to the building where the Government Palace was located in la Zambrono Palace. Originally the theater was named the theater Teatro Coliseo, roofless with access only through the palace Zambrono. Later remodeled in 1910, expanding the space, creating access to the street Bruno Martinez and renaming it Theater Victoria in honor of the first president of Mexico born in Durango, Guadalupe Victoria.






Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Romanesque historic building with hints of Gothic built between 1891 and 1948. Three front arches frame the main entrances to this magnificent building.

In the second floor you can admire the work in quarry highlighted by balconies and structures of the towers, topped by cupolas.









Archaeological Site Ferrería

Located on the hill along side the river Tunal 10 km southeast of the City of Durango. Ferrería houses the state's most important pre-Hispanic ruins. On the site you can see the ruins of pyramids, ball games courts, patios, circular structures, temples, terraces and housing complexes. 

Apart from the ruins, visitors will also find a small building with two rooms where the artifacts found at the site are displayed. The archaeological site is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9: 00-17: 00 hours.