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Durango sits in a huge shallow bowl high in the central plateau of Mexico. Everyone said it was a six hour drive from Mazatlan on the two lane road straight up behind all those trucks. I made it in four but there was a lot of passing involved. There was excellent scenery all along the way on the drive, but when you get to Durango you had better love buildings because it is absolutely impossible to see any background landscape in this high flat place.
On the left is the state legislative building where locals were very surprised and curious to hear visitors speaking English, but later I did find it fairly easy to find other gringos to ask questions of when I needed shopping directions. Since this high plateau is so huge (and flat), the city is more spread out, the streets are all very broad, and you don't get quite the feeling of hustle and bustle that you do elsewhere in Mexico.
On the right is the main church viewed from the city central square. Can't remember what the left picture is of but it must in a different direction from the same city central square. Since Durango is a state capital and economic center, there are quite a few hotels to be found without a bunch of tourists to drive up the prices. Their accounting is quite strict however - we arrived at about the nicest hotel in the center of town on a Sunday (SuperBowl Sunday 1994) and they didn't have change for our 100 peso note! We were lucky we could cough up the correct change or we would have had to move on.
One interesting fact about Durango that I should mention is that it is possibly the most athletic community in Mexico. On one end of the city (I believe it is in the northwest) they have a huge green park with immaculate soccer fields, tennis courts and grounds for virtually any other sporting venue you can imagine. When we drove through we were amazed at so many people jogging along our lane (in designer jogging outfits) that we decided that it must be a local ordinance for each citizen to come here once a day. Unfortunately I was so entranced that I failed to photograph this phenomenon.
Mira el sitio sobre Durango de mi internet amigo Carlos!