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Mapimi

Silent memories

Mapimí gives its name to the desert area called Bagón de Mapimí, a reserve where Durango converges with two other states: Coahuila and Chihuahua. Here there are various archaeological and historical remains, which include fossil deposits, petrified rocks and cave paintings.

One of these is the mining town of Ojuela, where the Sierra de la Bufa or del Indio is, so called because if you see it from the town, it looks like the profile of a human face. You can also visit its mine, which has more than 450 kilometers of tunnels where silver, gold and fascinating minerals were previously extracted. Nowadays, Ojuela is a ghost town that impacts by its solitude and silence.

Right here you can also see the Ojuela Bridge, an irresistible area, unique in Latin America, which should be explored by everyone who visits it. The bridge, considered a marvel of engineering, is a monumental work. It is more than 300 meters long and you can appreciate an imposing height of 110 meters. As if that were not enough, a zip line was installed next to it so that the extreme visitors can jump on the ravine.

Of course, we can not talk about Mapimí and not mention one of the most mysterious areas of the desert ... they call it "Zona del Silencio". His name was inspired by various myths. Its fame, which is of great attraction for tourists, is because it has been the site of various natural events, which apparently have no explanation: strong radiation, frequent meteorite falls, and the lack of radio and precision compasses .

Such is its mystery that it is commonly compared to the Bermuda Triangle, the Egyptian Pyramids and Cape Canaveral, all located between parallels 26 and 28.

It is true that there has not been much concern about the strange events in the area, but for other more relevant events, measures have been taken. In this place, researchers from several national and international scientific institutions are responsible for carrying out various projects on the climate, flora and fauna of the reserve.

Another of the charms of this Duranguense town is its historic center, where architecture and environment pay tribute to a mining community. Its main buildings include the Postal Service and the Temple of the Lord of Mapimí, the latter with a Gothic style.

Despite being a small municipality, its cultural and historical wealth shines, it is also known for its hospitality, simplicity and warmth. Dare to visit it!

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Saint James the Apostle Temple Beautiful building constructed during the second half of the eighteenth century.
  • Miguel Hidalgo’s House Museum It is located in a house where the insurgent leaders, Hidalgo, Allende, Aldama and Jimenez, took a rest when they were arrested and conducted to Chihuahua City to be executed.
  • History Museum This building was the National Palace in 1864, when president Benito Juarez installed here his government to combat the French Intervention.
  • Ojuela Bridge Because of its longitude and its features, this bridge used to be considered the second one more important in the world, only after the Brooklyn bridge of New York.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • You cannot afford to miss the opportunity of exploring the Silence Zone.
  • Do not forget to admire the stalagmites and stalactites in Grutas del Rosario (Rosary Caverns.)
  • Our Lord of Mapimí Festivity It takes place on August 6th, and diverse religious ceremonies are celebrated that day.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Roasted cheese. You can try it with ham and chorizo.
  • Menudo. Stomach of the cow deliciously cooked in a broth made with chili.
  • Cuts of meat
  • Broth of beef
  • Sotol. Alcoholic beverage made with a plant of the same name.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • This Magic Town was founded vy Agustin de Espinoza on July 25th, 1598.
  • In 1715, the village was attacked by Toboso Indians; most of the local population died during that raging attack.
  • In 1777, Mapimí was officially upgraded to the level of "Villa."

Popular Craft

  • Ornaments made of crystalized minerals and rocks
  • Jewelry
  • Handicrafts of carved limestone
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