Durango is the capital of the state of Durango in Northern Mexico. The city was founded on July 8, 1563 by Spanish Basque explorer Francisco de Ibarra. During the Spanish colonial era the city was the capital of the Nueva Vizcaya province of New Spain, which consisted mostly of the present day states of Durango and Chihuahua.
Do not be surprised if you don't see many white, black, or Asian tourists as Durango is not a popular Western destination, as it's a land locked city.
By Air: General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport (IATA: DGO, ICAO: MMDO) serves Durango with flights to Mexico City, Tijuana, Houston, and Los Angeles.
By Bus: There are several bus lines available. These include Omnibus de Mexico, Mexico Omnibus Plus, Tourists Luxury, Executive Senda AVE, North Transport, Transport North Premier, Futura, Transport Chihuahuenses, Mexico Interstate Bus (ELITE). In addition several bus lines run buses directly to the US. These include Autobuses Americanos, Omnibus Mexicanos, and Turimex Internacional. Along with local lines, these are located at the city's bus terminal, General Domingo Arrieta.
Within the city, taxicabs are available and Durango is one of the cities with the lowest taxi rates in the country.
Regional Museum of Durango
- Casa del Conde de Súchil - Built in the colonial era as a residence of José del Campo Soberón and Larrea,a lieutenant governor of Nueva Vizcaya in the late 18th century, it was built between 1763 and 1764 by a master mason named Pedro Huertas, who gave the house an excellent façade and magnificent baroque interior punctuated by Rococo-style detailing. The whole construction was made with duranguense quarry onto which engravings are stamped to give it a touch of distinction above all other buildings of its kind.
- Catedral Basilica Menor - Widely known as "Catedral Basílica de Durango", it is situated in the heart of the city of Durango and is considered the most important architectural representation of the state, and one of the most beautiful buildings in northern Mexico. The original construction began under the leadership of Bishop Garcia Legazpi in the 1695, and designed by architect Mateo Nuñez. The main façade is baroque-style, and includes Corinthian columns and niches built to protect the image of St. Peter and St. Paul. The choir stage, built in the early 18th century is gilded and made of carved mahogany with polychrome styling. The cathedral boasts the second most beautiful richly carved choir stage in the country; second only to that preserved in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. The altar formed by a Neoclassical style cypress, guards the image of the Purisima Concepcion; a polychrome and gilded carving of the 18th century. On the altar there are paintings by duranguense artists Miguel Cabrera and Juan Correa.
- Plaza de Armas
- Templo de Santa Ana
- Templo de San Agustin
- Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
- Templo San Juan Bautista de Analco
- Plaza IV Centenario
- Palacio de Zambrano - Baroque-style building built in the late 18th century by order of Spanish miner, Juan Jose Zambrano, the wealthiest man in a province of Nueva Vizcaya, New Spain at the time. Made of quarry the building consists of two levels: the first is a portal with voussoir arches, supported by padded ornamental columns. The second level of the portal, showcases the main balcony with a prominent bell; a replica of the "Campana de Dolores". Throughout the interior, paintings by Francisco de la Cruz Montoya, completed on September 15, 1950, as well as works by Esquivel Ernesto Flores completed in April 1981 are on display.
- Palacio Municipal - This neoclassical building was built in 1898 as a private residence of Peter Escárzaga, a wealthy Durangueño miner. Inside the building there is a mural painting, by the Durangueño artist Francisco Montoya, of a cross that represents the city's history from its founding until the present time, for example the conquest of Nueva Vizcaya, the discovery of the Cerro del Mercado, the Revolution and the independence movement. This beautiful building is owned by the City of Durango since 1930, when it was purchased to become City Hall.
- Teatro Ricardo Castro
- Parque Guadiana - El Parque Guadiana (Guadiana Park), is considered an urban forest that provides environmental services to the city such as the carbon cycle, temperature control, and psychological benefits to those whom visit the park. Parque Guadiana is also the habitat for many fauna species, especially the avifauna species that are found within the park. El Parque Guadiana also offers kid-friendly infrastructure where children can play, a specialized trail for runners and walkers, fountains, an Olympic pool, and a town hall that was inaugurated in 1960. It also has a small train that goes around the Lago de los Patos "lake of the ducks", and until recently, a recreational bicycle path, ( it currently is being remodeled) in a wooded area that serves as a source of cool air to cyclists.
- Instituto de Cultura del Estado de Durango, situated in a palace-like former porfirian hospital, with many good museums (entrance free)
- Museo Temático de Cine Thematic Film Museum
- Museo de Arquelogia Ganot-Peschard Ganot-Peschard Museum of Archaeology
- Railway station with a beautifully restored steam engine in front of it
- See the western filmsets in Chupaderos (bus from terminal, 10 Pesos) and in Villa del Oeste (Tue - Sun, 11-18h, 25 Pesos). Villa del Oeste is about 1km from Chupaderos. Villa del Oeste now doubles as a theme park, with shootouts at the weekend, with three different performances between 12.30 and 5.30, first two in Spanish, and the third delivered in silence to Western scores. The setup has found a balance between West World and Disney, with a fair amount of cheesy fun - with the towns shops converted into shops, bars and restaurants.
The city of Durango has numerous shops and boutiques that offer a variety products and goods. The city houses stand-alone supermarkets from chains including Soriana, Casa Ley, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Gigante and Oxxo.
Durango’s main and first official shopping mall is Paseo Durango with anchor stores such as Liverpool, Suburbia and eateries such as Applebee's, Subway, Italian Coffee Company, and Musashi. Paseo Durango also includes a movie theatre, and offers banking services, and various recreational activities.
The main market of the city is the eclectic Mercado de Abastos Francisco Villa located on the Southern-Central portion of the city which houses candy shops, Mesoamerican pottery, jewelry, haberdasheries, and it is the city's largest supplier of whole-sale produce, dairy, and meats.
Mercado Gomez Palacio is the oldest market in the city, which dates back to over 200 years and continues to sell the typical green produce as well as candles, typical clothing, sombreros, keys, hardware, flowers, jewelry, and bicycle-repair-services.
- Centro Deportivo Juvenil, Colegio Militar, near pedestrian bridge 0.5 km south of bus terminal. Basic accommodation in dorms, dorms 50 Pesos.