Durango offers cultural activities, adventure and during the summer the climate also becomes an attraction
Mazatlan, Sin. If you travel from Mazatlan to Durango, you will be impressed by the fabulous and majestic landscapes that are drawn along the roads that lead to this beautiful place, and you can enjoy the cuisine of the region of both states.
The Sierra Madre Occidental is a mountain range of more than a thousand kilometers in length, which keeps the most shocking natural secrets of Mexico, with incredible flora and fauna. A paradise to enjoy.
Almost six years after the inauguration of the superhighway, Durango strengthens Mazatlan tourism, as thousands of visitors on weekends and during holiday seasons, enjoy the different tourist products.
The highway has a total length of 230 kilometers, consisting of 61 tunnels that add up to 19.3 kilometers, in addition to 115 structures, steps, viaducts and bridges, including the Bicentennial.
If you travel to Durango by car, it costs 676 pesos one way and the same amount in return for the payment of toll booths, and you can enjoy the traditional gorditas stuffed with stews and typical dishes from Sinaloa and the neighboring state.
In three hours, you can enjoy a different climate and you will also find hotels and cabins with prices for all budgets, as well as activities and walks to be done that are free, and others with very accessible prices.
The center of the capital city has architectural jewels of Baroque style. To be able to admire its wonderful monuments it is worth walking through its pedestrian streets with the view always upwards. In addition to having one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country, you should visit its Plaza de las Armas, the Plaza IV Centenario, the Conde de Súchil Palace, the Victoria Theater, the Palace of Tears and more.
Previously it was in its place the old Parish of the Assumption, that caught fire, to be built in its place this Cathedral in 1695. Its facade is of sober baroque style. Inside, you will see Byzantine and fresco motifs from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as part of the 18th-century furniture, such as the choir stalls. One of the many legends of Durango tells that in the nights of full moon you can see the silhouette of a nun in the bell tower.
Now a pedestrian corridor, in this walk you have everything you need to enjoy the Historical Center of Durango: cafes, restaurants of all kinds, bars, ice cream shops, temples, handicraft shops, and several shops. From here you can also see the Nun Beatriz that appears in the bell tower of the Cathedral. On weekends shows are presented for fun for the whole family.
Along the Pan-American Highway is this theme park that was built as a film set by Billy Huges. It was filmed around 150 national and international films, including “The Bandits”, starring Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. Now it is a tourist attraction and every weekend they show western-style shows, with cowboys, Can-Can girls, and Apache Indians.
The show is on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and holiday periods from Monday to Friday, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with an entrance fee of 40 pesos per adult and 30 pesos. children.
FRANCISCO VILLA MUSEUM
It is located in the Zambrano Palace, with a beautiful baroque facade. The museum has 10 rooms with different themes; in the permanent halls are exhibited infographics, models, objects, photographs, graphics and videos that narrate the childhood, the revolutionary struggle and the place in the history of Mexico of General Villa, also known as the “Centaur of the North”.
This place is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an entrance fee of 20 pesos per adult, 10 pesos for children and children under five years old are free.
Its building inspired by Parisian palaces and built in the nineteenth century is a show in itself, however inside you will also find more than 1,400 objects distributed in its 16 rooms. These pieces offer you a global vision of the Durango region, considering its geological, prehistoric, archaeological and cultural aspects, from the Colony to our time.
This museum has a schedule of: Monday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance to this place has a cost of 10 pesos adults, 5 pesos children and free admission for children under 7 years.
It is one of the four city cable cars in the country, where you can enjoy the view of a part of the Historic Center of Durango at 82 meters high, covering a distance of 750 meters. It has stations in the Cerro de los Remedios and Barrio del Calvario. In the first, you can enjoy an impressive view from its viewpoint, as well as cultural events and an open-air cinema. The cable car is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. With a general cost of 20 pesos round trip
Another way to enjoy the wonderful Historical Center of Durango is by taking its Tourist Tram with a guide, which is a tour of approximately 50 minutes, you will walk through the main attractions. You will see the Cathedral, the Palace of Zambrano, the Victoria and Ricardo Castro Theaters, the Temples of Analco and Santa Ana, the Civil College, and Old Normal School, the Palaces of the Gurza and Escárzaga and the Old Railway Station.
The tours cost 27 pesos, with a schedule from Monday to Friday, from 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Saturday and Sunday, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
You can access this tunnel through two places: through the Placita Juan Pablo II, or through the Plaza de Armas. With 10 meters of depth, during this walking tour, you will see machines, tools, clothes of miners and minerals that were donated by mining companies in the region. The objective is that through this experience the mining history of Durango is rescued. General admission is 20 pesos, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.
ADVENTURE AND NATURE
Durango has two sides to offer tourism: the cultural and ecotourism or adventure tourism. In this destination the hotel offer continues to grow, since it has more than six thousand rooms with prices ranging from 400 to thousand 900 pesos, as well as around 40 tourist centers, which not only offer extreme sports, such as bungee jumping, zip line, and rappelling, but also horseback riding, hiking, etc.
The alternatives to enjoy nature range from luxury hotels and equipped, comfortable and comfortable cabins and even camping in community dormitories with sanitary services and palapas.
If you want to rest and disconnect from work routine and have a family life, without a doubt the Sierra Madre Occidental de Durango is the best option for it, since it currently has 600 cabins with a high demand, these with a cost of 1,500 pesos per night, depending on the size of the cabin, and for camping have a cost of 150 pesos per car.
There are also packages that in addition to lodging, food and activities with prices that go up to 2 thousand pesos per night per person, of course, if you are interested in hunting. The opportunity to leave the city and go into the mountains is really worth paying what your pocket allows, as you can get to know beautiful waterfalls, ride horses, observe a family of deer, see almost domesticated wolves , birds, listen to the river and see the blue macaws in the distance.
Durango has one of the largest forest reserves in Mexico and all the parks have unforgettable and magical views, such as La Pirámide Park, environmental conservation project and nature tourism with the Ejido de Chavarría Viejo, which is located in the majestic Sierra Madre Occidental, right in the middle between Durango and Mazatlán, and consists of 220 hectares in development for family, school, business, between friends and individuals.
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