Durango was founded in 1563 for its gold and silver deposits. It's a traditional Mexican town, with architecture influenced by Europeans, not too touristy, with lots to see. The touristy part was outside the town. Durango was home to over 100 western movies - John Wayne made 7 movies here. We passed on the movie tour.
Our Hotel - Hostal de la Monja
After the drive, we treated ourselves to a nice late lunch. We had our choice of several traditional Mexican restaurants. Lunch at El Esquilón was delicious and a great way to ease into Durango.
Restaurant El Esquilón
We visited several museums. The first one had a permanent exhibit of local artist Guillermo Ceniceros and a visiting exhibit of another Mexican artist, Rafael Coronel - "Shrouds and Shadows".
Rafael Coronel exhibit
Raphael Coronel exhibit
Durango is in the mountains at 6,000' elevation, so the nights were cool, but great weather for exploring the town. Here is a night scene near our hotel.
We wanted to try new things this season. We stopped at another traditional restaurant for a Mezcal margarita - different from tequila and also excellent. We returned again the next day for a snack and we discovered one of our new favorite Mexican meals, Pozole soup or stew. It's made with either a spicy red or green sauce with hominy and chicken or pork and a plateful of other tasty ingredients to add.
Mezcal Margarita at Raices
After the Pozole we decided to try the traditional Mexican coffee - Café de Olla. It is brewed all day in a large pot with coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, brown sugar and vanilla. We had no problem staying awake all afternoon.
Sleep wasn't an option so we continued our walking tour of Durango at night. One destination for both locals and tourists was a cable car ride to take in the view of the city.
Teleférico (Cable Car)
Selfie from Cerro de los Remedios
We really enjoyed getting to know another Mexico town and look forward to visiting others!
Catedral Basilica de Durango