The Capital City offers an abundance of places to WIne & Dine, catch a few cultural shows, attend annual events and learn about its vast history. Visit DURANGO
Gómez Palacio is a city named in honor of former Durango governor, Francisco Gómez Palacio y Bravo..The city is part of a large metropolitan area, which includes Torreón Municipality and Matamoros Municipality in Coahuila, as well as Lerdo Municipality in Durango, with a combined metropolitan area population of 1,215,817
For those seekng time away from the City nestled in nature, Puentecillas offers plenty of forest, lakes and rivers to cool down and explore. Visit PUENTECILLAS
Mapimí significa “piedra en alto o cerro elevado” Founded in 1598 by the Spanish, the mining town was a producer of valuable minerals. To learn more about this Pueblo Magico visit: Mapimí
Nombre de Dios is the State's oldest established town incorporated by the Spanish in 1562. A must visit are the nearby 60 ft waterfalls called El Saltito
When we think of Old West movies, the first thing that comes to mind is America (that or Clint Eastwood). It is true that cowboy and Native American productions are an emblem of Hollywood cinematography. But what is not so well known is that many of those films were shot in Durango, Mexico.
Some of the greatest westerns among other famous movies were filmed in Durango Mexico that include famous celebrities: Ringo Starr, Paul Newman, John Cussak, Kevin Cistner, Anthony Quinn, Dolores del Río (originally from Durango), Andrea Palma, Ramón Novarro, Los Bracho, Los Revueltas, Jorge Russek, and in more recent productions: Salma Hayek , Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Caterine Z Jones, Brendan Fraser, among others.
Durango is considered the state with the most beautiful sunlight in the country, and that natural light is prominent practically all year round. The State has impressive open sets, such as the mythical La Joya ranch, where the locations used by John Wayne took place, Chupaderos and Paseo del Viejo Oeste are also found, as ideal sets for filming westerns.
Legendary actor John Wayne was so in love with Durango that in 1969 he bought the La Joya ranch and built his own western American stage there. His films such as Giant Among Men, The Jackals of the West, and His Own Blood were filmed there.
So next time you see a western classic, like The Unforgiven, remember that part of that production is stamped “Made in Mexico.”.
Located just 20min outside of the Capital, visit the Western town seen in dozens of Hollywood movies. Villa del Oeste is one of the most popular western movie sets in the country. 13 feature films were shot here, such as Sidney Poitier’s Hate on the Meadows. Villa del Oeste is now a tourist attraction where you can eat in an old tavern, watch a cowboy show, and take a photo dressed up as one of them (even with a rifle in hand).
Francisco (Pancho) Villa, Mexican revolutionary, whose real name was Doroteo Arango, was born in Rio Grande, Durango, Mexico, on October 4, 1877. After becoming a cattle rustler, he took the name of a notorious bandit.
Your visit to Durango is not complete without a little bit of a cultural experience at the famous Museo Francisco Villa.
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