A national architectural gem

This city of northern Mexico is officially called Victoria de Durango. Situated in the Guadiana valley in the center of the state, it has often been called the “pearl of Guadiana.”

Durango, the most extensive and populous city in the state, was founded as “Villa de Durango” by Francisco de Ibarra on July 8, 1563.

Walking through the Historic Center of Durango is like opening an architecture book. It boasts the largest number of historic buildings in the north of the country, which earned Durango a spot on the route called the “Camino Real de Tierra Adentro”, or “The Royal Road of the Interior”, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

With so many imposing buildings, the city of Durango has converted many mansions and palaces into museums and cultural centers, exhibiting precious antiquities, religious art, historical archives and ethnographic collections which reflect the artistry of the indigenous groups who first settled this region.

But Durango also has room for outdoor activities, taking advantage of its geography and rich biodiversity. You have outdoor sporting options in the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and desert areas, or you can simply take an eco-vacation with your family.

Visitors to the city of Durango can also enjoy excellent tourist services and accommodation, from boutique hotels to cabins built in forests with breathtaking views.

And when it comes to entertainment, let us not forget that since the 1950s, this city has caught the eye of major film producers, who have immortalized its fine architecture and rugged scenery on film.

    Activities

  • Village Tours
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Kayak
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rappel
  • Extreme Sports
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Archeology
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Architecture
  • Cuisine
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nightlife
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A favored state in the north of Mexico, grand in size, nature, culture and history

Situated in the north of the country, the state of Durango is the fourth largest in territorial terms, making it a showcase of diverse ecosystems that may be divided into four main regions: the Mountains, Valleys, Semi-Desert and the Ravines, which are home to a vast wealth of flora and fauna that endow them with unique value.

Durango boasts spaces ideal for visitors to engage in all kinds of adventure sports, including camping, mountain biking, rappelling and kayaking, which may be enjoyed in the perfect surroundings and winding paths of such places as the Mexiquillo Ecological Park, high waterfalls such as Salto Agua Llovida – at 262 feet – and the waters of lakes like Puentecillas and the desert paths of the Zone of Silence, legendary because of the amazing electromagnetic events that take place there.

The spectacular landscapes of the region are best seen from the Espinazo del Diablo (“Devil’s Backbone”), a striking mountain ridge from which panoramic views open up over the beauty of the Sierra Madre Occidental.

The La Michilía and Mapimí Reserves and the Guadalupe Victoria Dam, the caves of the Sierra del Rosario and the archeological zone of La Ferrería are further must-see sites around the state.

Wandering along the streets of the 39 municipalities that comprise the state, you can feel the beating of the region’s historical, cultural and architectural heart, and how it manifests in the beautiful buildings adorning every corner. In the state capital these include the Basílica Menor Cathedral, from the mid-18th century, and the Church of Santa Ana, built between 1723 and 1734, both in a Baroque style.

Meanwhile in La Villa del Oeste and Chupaderos an unusual sight are the backdrops to old Western films shot here, revealing the importance these Durango landscapes had for the film industry.

Durango is thus a state comprised of imposing buildings, marvelous natural landscapes, colorful fiestas, original handicrafts and interesting cuisine, notably the traditional Durango stew. It is a space brimming with unrivalled culture and nature.

Climate: Dry and semi-dry
Temperature: 63°F / 17°C annual average
Location: Northeastern Mexico
Area: 47,665 sq miles
Capital: Victoria de Durango

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