- Museo Guillermo Ceniceros, devoted to the exhibition
of the works of this artist of Durango, who
donated a great part of his paintings to the City in 1998. The
authorities thought that the Las Flores Ranch would be the perfect
place in which they could be shown.
And they were not proven wrong, because the contemporary style of the paintings of Ceniceros make a splendid contrast with the old architecture of the former ranch.
The Museum is composed by 11 halls, five of which contain the works of Ceniceros and the remaining six are devoted to several other renowned contemporary artists.
The agenda for visits is from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.
The Hacienda Ferrería Las Flores is situated at 4 kilometres from the City of
. The arrival route is through the Domingo
Arrieta Avenue and then by the State's Roadway.
-Grutas del Rosario - Caverns,
a natural cavity
allows accessing a cavern with bizarre calcareous formations and
an arrangement of many stalactites and stalagmites, which got created
through thousands of years of the dribbling of carbonated lime waters.
To enter the cave it is necessary to first walk for some 500 metres, along which several 'chimneys', 'castles', 'shrines' and even 'monsters' will keep appearing on the way. These are the surnames with which the locals had christened these peculiar stony formations. Some others, due to their sonority, had been named as 'the harp', 'the kettledrum', 'the piano', 'cords' and 'metals'.
The cavern is located in Mapimí, in the District of Lerdo (20 kilometres
). It is strongly recommended to explore
the zone with the company of an experienced guide and to bring along
torchlight and lamps.
-Zona El Silencio,
is an enigmatic and mysterious
place, because the compasses go wild and are unable to locate North,
watches stop ticking, radio waves get lost and once in a while,
as some people insist, some strange flying objects have been seen
crossing the sky (UFOs).
Regarded as a pole of concentration of the terrestrial energy, El Silencio is actually a huge white desert (due to its salty contains) surrounded by mountains with craters originated from the falling of meteorites, which had left a layer of outer space fragments and metallic dust on its surface.
The nights in El Silencio can not be described other than magical, allowing the visitor to feel the sheer strength of the universe. It is only a matter of raising our eyes to enjoy a firmament filled with stars, or to gaze through one of the telescopes available in the area to discover some distant galaxies and nebulae.
Besides all its mysteries and its esoteric aura, this piece of desert is also the habitat of a peculiar fauna, as the kangaroo rat, a small rodent that throughout his one year life span does not drink a single drop of water, for all the liquid he needs is supplied by the seeds with which he feeds on. Or the giant turtle, one of the largest and strangest of the planet, for it lacks a tail and is unable to hide its head inside its shell, but whose yellow eyes protect them from solar radiation.
El Silencio is a part of the Biosphere Reserve of Mapimí, which
was created in 1978. It has 50 square kilometres of extension and
is located at the meeting point of the borders of the Durango
Chihuahua and Coahuila States. The researches show that 500 million
years ago, this geographical area was covered with water, forming
the Sea of Thetis, wherein marine fossil layers have been discovered.
There are also some archaeological remains.
To come to El Silencio you have to take the Roadway 49 to the Town of Cevallos, from where you must follow a 65 kilometre road. It is recommended to count with the assistance of an expert guide.
-Espinazo del Diablo - The Devil's Backbone,
a natural viewing point at an altitude of 2.200 m.a.s.l., from where
the majestic outskirts of the Sierra Madre Occidental can be observed.
The setting is really a splendid one, consisting on a sight of a
thick carpet of greenery, conformed by pines and ilex trees that
progressively diffuses towards the horizon.
It is situated at the kilometre 168 of Roadway 40, an asphalt stretch
that communicates Durango
with the Mazatlán Port.