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Durango, Mexico

Durango, is the capital of the Durango State, and the State’s largest city. It is set in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, which provide the majestic backdrop to the desert. Although the mountains tower above the city, it is worth remembering that Durango is 1880 meters above sea level. This makes it far cooler than much of Mexico with locals enjoying a moderate climate. Be warned though, it is very easy to get sun burned at this altitude, especially as you don’t feel the heat as intensely as on lower ground.

Durango is a sleepy, slow town best known as the location where hundreds of western movies were shot. If you find yourself with a sense of déjà vu here, this is probably the reason. Currently Durango is fairly off the radar to most expats. Those who do come here enjoy an authentic lifestyle and most integrate easily into the local community.

Durango is a University City and the throngs of students lend it a positive and forward thinking atmosphere. As well as the University, there Durango has a well-regarded American school providing private education to those who prefer to follow the U.S. curriculum. Many children of expats end up here making it the place to go if you want to meet up with fellow expats.

Unlike some parts of Mexico, Durango is a clean and tidy city. The people are proud of their cobbled streets and you will not find the litter here which can be prevalent elsewhere. This allows Durango, and especially its historic center, to shine more brightly than other Mexican cities.

The historic center in Durango has many of the oldest buildings in Northern Mexico. The star attraction is the Baroque-Churrigueresque cathedral is a neoclassical building with two bell towers which ring out throughout the day. The inside of the cathedral is home to a variety of religious paintings and the outside is illuminated at night.

Durango has a number of excellent museums which celebrate all aspects of Mexican history and regularly host art exhibitions. Durango has a fascinating history and the museums do a good job of bringing this past to life.

For the best way to see Durango take a trip on the cable car for a sweeping, panoramic view of the whole city. Keep an eye open for the any mysterious goings on while you are up there, Durango has the reputation of being Mexico’s own ‘Bermuda  Triangle’ and many strange things have been reported over the years.

Like Colombia, Mexico continues to get a very negative write up in the press and there are frequent travel warnings and horror stories reported on the news networks. It is important to remember that there are bad areas everywhere, and the U.S. has some of the worst in the world. Providing you are not involved in drug trafficking, you have little to fear. You can easily find out which areas you should avoid by speaking with locals or basic research online.

The Cost Of Living In Durango, Mexico

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Mortgage Not included here, as too variable.
HOA Fees MXN 2,000
Property Taxes MXN 173.50
Transportation MXN 2,100 This is for normal travel around town, rather than a worker’s commute.
Gas (domestic) MXN 322 When used for cooking and hot water.
Electricity MXN 505 Without AC.
Water MXN 93 Rate for 2021.
Cell Phone MXN 200 Service from Telcel, includes calls to US and Canada. Includes data package.
Internet MXN 399 From TelMex, cheaper if you get package with phone.
Cable TV MXN 329 From MegaCable, 91 channels TV with 50 channels music.
Household Help MXN 0 If a full-time maid is required, add MXN 248 per day, minimum (not live-in).
Entertainment MXN 6,686 Gym, 2 movies, 2 theatre visits, 8 dinners out, and 8 coffee shop visits.
Groceries MXN 5,000
Gym Membership MXN 250
Medical Appointment MXN 500
TOTAL MXN 18,557

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent MXN 10,000 Three bedroom, unfurnished house in Jardines, 217 square meters.
Transportation MXN 2,100 This is for normal travel about town, rather than a worker’s commute.
Gas MXN 322 When used for cooking and hot water.
Electricity MXN 505 Without AC.
Water MXN 93 Rate for 2021
Cell Phone MXN 200 Service from Telcel, includes calls to US and Canada. Includes data package.
Internet MXN 399 From TelMex, cheaper if you get package with phone.
Cable TV MXN 329 From MegaCable, 91 channels TV with 50 channels music.
Household Help MXN 0 If a full-time maid is required, add MXN 248 per day, minimum (not live-in).
Entertainment MXN 6,680 Gym, 2 movies, 2 theatre visits, 8 dinners out, and 2 coffee shop visits.
Groceries MXN 5,000
Gym Membership MXN 250
Medical Appointment MXN 500
TOTAL MXN 26,378

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent MXN 5,500 One-bedroom apartment.
Transportation MXN 1,500 This is for normal travel about town, rather than a worker’s commute.
Gas MXN 322
Electricity MXN 505 Including electric heating but not air conditioning, clothes dryer, or dishwasher use.
Water MXN 93 Including washing machine use.
Cell Phone MXN 150 From Telcel, limited data plan.
Internet MXN 399
Cable TV MXN 329
Entertainment MXN 4,618 Gym, 1 movie, 2 theater visits, 4 dinners out, and 8 coffee shop visits.
Groceries MXN 3,500 All local-brand items only, shopping at markets and grocery stores.
TOTAL MXN 16,916

Using A U.S. or Canadian Car In Mexico (Monthly Costs)

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Registration in Mexico Assuming a U.S. or Canadian Vehicle
Insurance in Mexico MXN 2,004.00 Based on six-month policy for a foreign vehicle
Registration in home country MXN 688.33 Using U.S. national average
Insurance in home country MXN 2,409.17 Using U.S. national verage
Maintenance MXN 500.00
Fuel MXN 331.60 Includes 20 gallons of gas per month
Car Total, Monthly MXN 5,933.10 Price based on non-communing use

Owning a Mexican Car (Monthly Costs)

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Car registration MXN 791.67 For 455,000 peso (US$22,000) vehicle registered in Sinaloa
Insurance MXN 795.58 Based on one-year policy for Sinaloa vehicle
Maintenance MXN 500.00
Fuel MXN 331.60 Includes 20 gallons of gas per month
Car Total, Monthly MXN 2,388.85 Price based on non-communing use

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