Thinking about Durango makes the imagination fly, that it reaches the northern landscapes, that the atmosphere is filled with a woody aroma and that the fear of scorpions is left behind. This, the fourth state with the greatest territorial extension of Mexico surprises those who visit it and discover it for its cultural richness, incomparable nature, and gastronomy, a sum of elements that will make you go back in time.
Durango, crossing in time
A tram ride is ideal to start touring Durango, especially its main neighborhoods, Analco, Tierra Blanca, Remedios, and Calvario; then, from the cable car, at a maximum height of 100 meters in free fall, you will be able to appreciate an unparalleled view of the also called Victoria de Durango.
Cradle of illustrious personages, like Francisco Villa, the Revueltas brothers or Dolores del Río, Durango surprises by its spectacular blue sky that merges with the resplendent quarry of its temples and 747 historical monuments; all concentrated in the night show "History of light and sound" projected in the mural of the Bicentennial Convention Center.
Of eclectic architecture, the Cathedral Basilica Minor, built in honor of the Immaculate Conception, is a must stop for visitors. Its construction began in 1685 and ended in 1844. Inside it houses the Episcopal Gallery with invaluable works by Juan Correa dating from the New Spain period, canvases by José de Ibarra and Miguel Cabrera, unique pieces such as the @Tenebrario de la Edad media@ and sculptures by Benigno Montoya.
In its various neoclassical altars carved in the quarry, the cathedral shelters relics that are uncovered in the "Todos los Santos" during the first days of November; In addition, it has what is considered to be the second seat in the country with the greatest ornamentation.
With 12 museums and art galleries located in the heart of the city, highlights the Government Expansion, now a museum dedicated to Francisco Villa, in which interaction with visitors is a priority to know the life of the Northern Centaur.
The museum receives about three thousand visitors per month. The building built at the end of the 18th century by the miner José de Zambrano was transformed in 2013 into a place of exhibition, in which the visitors know the revolutionary and private life of the caudillo in a tour of 13 halls.
Gastronomy is a fundamental pillar of Durango since it combines the traditional cuisine that emerged 455 years ago with the foundation, the flavors of mezcal and the most current mixtures of craft beer.
The dried chili gives the seasoning to the red roast and the Durango caldillo, while the water of the tuna and pinole refreshes the walker's throat.
For the daring scorpions, appetizers accompanied by a good mezcal of Nombre de Dios or beer made with durangueñas hands give the plus to the trip.
If your palate is delicate, you can taste the traditional gorditas of different stews, without neglecting the cheese, curd, and curd, while the pupils delight in the beauty of the Fundidora de la Exhacienda La Ferrería.
More than 100 kilometers from the city, the mountain range is present in the El Salto del Agua Llovida ecotourism center. The 125-meter free-fall zip line gives adventurers the explanation of the name of the 85-meter waterfall, which is made up of the Las Playas and El Infiernillo streams, since, when the southwest winds hit the waterfall, a breeze forms that bathes the visitors and amazes with its rainbow.
The waterfall is a controlled reserve where there can not be more than 100 people per day. The green of the macaws, white-tailed deer, wild boar and in some cases cougars can be seen by cyclists who enjoy nature, hikers or simply by lovers of the mountains and the smell of pine and rain.
If what you want is to spend a weekend in the pure style of the old west, the evil Tom Hanson Parker welcomes the theme park Walk of the Old West, which in 1954 was born as a set for the film White Feather and now the adventure of the bonanza arrives every weekend with three shows in three different towns.
The cowboys and Apaches engage in a dispute, while they are watched by the astonished gazes of boys and grown-ups to burst out in applause with the sensual dances of the cancaneras, while tasting a rich craft beer.
GOOD TO KNOW
Durango means "beyond the water" in Nahuatl.
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