Durango city was declared Historic Monument site in 1982. Its main characteristics are its XVII-century urban layout and the honesty of its people; one of the main attractions is the cathedral and its facade, one of the most beautiful in the country.
Architecture: Durango is not just a city with a beautiful novohispanic architecture, other currents such as art noveau and functionalism are greatly represented in the city.
It is important to bring to attention the cathedral with all the chairs bathed in gold, the only one in Mexico; and the city hall, great building from the XVII century that has elegant patios with arcs and many mural paintings.
Museums:In Durango, as in almost every city in Mexico there is a great variety of museums that you may discover in your many tours around the city.
Some of the best are the Archeology museum, where you can learn about the mysteries of art, and history of the many cultures of the region; and the Regional art museum or "La casa del aguacate" (The avocado house), dedicated to promote the art of the Tepehuano people, who dedicate their lives to discover the soul that the desert gives to the materials they use.
Archeology:The many cultures that fluorished in the desert left beautiful manifestations of their culture; a lot different from the ones that are world wide famous mexican cultures (aztec, mayan)they left just a few buildings, although in Ferreria, 8km from the city you'll find some piramids, temples, and worship sites.
Movie Filming Sites:
Going north of the city you'll find a long corridor of towns where hundreds of mexican and Hollywood stars left thousands of memories: memories of history and movies, fantasies built on wood and adobe.
People on San Vicente Chupaderos, 14 km north of the city can swear that on their town built as those in the wild west, have been filmed over 100 pictures. While you are in Durango you should visit this town, the experience will be unforgettable!
EcotourismThe desert is a place where you can stare at the infinite, Only those who know it, know about its extraordinary beauty, and also knows that life flows in a different way here.
But in Durango, not everything is desert, there are some great rivers and springs where the cold and hot water mix. Guadiana park has all the amenities than any great waterpark in the US, and it is one of the main attractions in the state. On the other hand Sahuatoga park has a zoo, theatres and huge green areas where you can hike or just relax in a picnic.
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Durango can be easily accessed through a modern international airport.
By road:you can drive from Chihuahua city (667 km) or Zacatecas city (303 km) on Hwy 45, from the pacific ocean get to Durango from Mazatlan (322 km) or Torreon (247 km) on Hwy 40
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Durango's Tourism board: 011-52(618) 811-2139
The Durango Antropolgy and History Institute: 011-52(618)812-7019