Welcome to Durango!
Durango State is entirely landlocked and surrounded by more famous neighbors in the wine-producing Coahuila, Chihuahua, and the beach is located in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. As one of the country’s most isolated cities, Durango, Mexico, is often overlooked by many travelers. However, Durango boasts some of the most beautiful historic buildings in Northern Mexico, as well as being surrounded by starkly beautiful desert and the breathtaking Sierra Madre.
For a worldwide local who wants to venture off the beaten track, Durango has a lot to offer. This is an insider’s guide on some of Durango’s finest spots.
Architecture and History
As soon as you step out of Durango Airport, you’ll see why the city is famous for its colonial center that is full of gorgeous historic architecture, but the local stand-out has to be the Catedral Basilica Menor de Durango, which is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Mexico. Defined by its complex and elongated construction, it is a fascinating blend of Baroque, Neoclassical, and Churrigueresque styles, and is pretty beautiful, on the inside too!
Worldwide Local Tip: Pack your ghost hunting gear! The bell tower of the cathedral is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a nun, Beatriz, who fell in love with a French soldier named Fernando. She died awaiting his return from the tower, and if you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of her shadow against the arches of the cathedral.
Durango is full of interesting, quirky museums (don’t miss the tank of scorpions in the Museo de la Ciudad 450!), but one of its most fascinating is the Benigno Montoya Museum of Funerary Art. This beautiful, historic cemetery doubles as a museum of funerary art, and showcases hundreds of the remarkable, unique sculptures of Benigno Montoya, and the quarry master from the beginning of the 20th century.
Worldwide Local Tip: It is well worth checking ahead to book a guided tour in order to get the most out of your visit. You can talk to the manager at any Durango hotel for help with this. The local guides are exceptionally knowledgeable, witty, and interesting, and will even throw in a few spine-tingling ghost stories about the cemetery as a bonus!
Take a Ride to the Top of the City
A must for any visitor to Durango is a ride on the teleferico, the cable car that soars high above the city. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the lovely Durango weather while taking in the surprisingly beautiful city, as well as some exceptional views of the majestic landscape that surrounds it.
Worldwide Local Tip: At one end of the cable car is the Mirador de los Remedios. Not only is this the oldest church in Durango, but it regularly hosts cultural events, exhibitions, and an outdoor cinema! Go just before dusk for an amazing sunset followed by an incredible, atmospheric cinema experience.
Enjoy Your Time in Durango, Mexico!
Through the desert or across mountains, with a beautiful, historic town full of culture and free of tourists, is a pleasant reward after the long drive. Its remote location has developed some fascinating traditions. The locals are immensely friendly and welcoming to intrepid travelers, who have made the journey for a visit. A worldwide local knows that stepping off the tried-and-tested trail, is usually the best path to the best, unique experiences, and this has never been truer than for a trip to Durango.