Next door to the Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Juarez Cathedral with its Neo-classical facade, is built where the old graveyard used to be. There's a large iron fence around the two churches with an open gate on the south side. Near this gate you can often find the mission's self-appointed tour guide, Angel. Angel is an old man with salt...more
Directly across from the main plaza, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de El Paso del Norte y do los Mansos, was the first mission established in the area. The present structure was completed in 1668. A joint effort of Mexican, Mansos Indian and Spanish labor, the church took six years to build. Today it remains the oldest surviving church structure in...more
Located in the Ex-Aduana (former Customs House) building downtown, the Juarez History Museum chronicles the history of Juarez and the state of Chihuahua. Featuring permanent and visiting exhibits, there is much to see about the area from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. The Mexican Revolution and the exploits of Pancho Villa are...more
Tradition holds that the small image of San Lorenzo destined for the Guadalupe Mission "decided to stay" when the load became so heavy that the cart could not be moved. The small image may be seen in a niche toward the left inside the church. The main building was restored in 1959.more
Come here and taste authentic mexican food, along with nice people.
Just ask for "Barrigas Restaurant" any taxi driver or anyone else will know a location.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish? oh there are so many, just try anything. But if you don't like hot food, just ask the waitress for something mild :P
Park on the US side of the border, and then walk across the bridge. You will pay about 25cents per person to cross and another 25cents to return. No VISA is necessary.
Shopping in Juarez was exciting in itself! We mostly stayed in the bargain mall area and were able to wait till a few of the prices came down
What to buy: This may sound cheesy, but be sure you purchase something that says "Juarez" on it . . . I love collecting items from other countries, and would have missed an opportunity to add another tourist item to my collection.
What to pay: Bargain . . . don't expect to walk away with the best possible prices, but learn how to talk the vendor into lowering their items.
Luggage and bags:
Bring fresh bottled drinking water !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress comfortable. Remember that when shopping, you are not in an airconditioned mall, so dress light so you don't have to carry a sweater or coat that may have seemed like a great idea in the a.m. but way too useless in the afternoon heat.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera if you intend on taking memories home, but a good idea if it has a strap that you can wear around your neck and free up your arms for checking out the merchandise while you're shopping.
Casas por Cristo offers short-term house-building mission trips to Acuña and Juarez in Mexico and San Raimundo in Guatemala. I've been on two trips to Acuña and one to Juarez, and all of them were amazing. It takes about three days to build the house, and in that time you can get to know the family really well, especially if you speak Spanish, and really get a feel for how the locals live while giving back. Many times the families would even cook for us, which gave some interesting insight to their daily lives. If you're going to be in the area and you have a group of 10 or more people, you can do your own build, otherwise if you are an individual or couple, they have Team Casas builds in all three cities at various times throughout the year, where individuals from all over come together to build a house for a family. It's definitely a great way to give back, see how locals live, and experience Mexico!
If you ever get the opportunity to cross the border, I encourage you to do so. We sometimes are so ignorant because we chose to be. Let curiosity of seeing another culture take over ... take little with you, but be sure to carry bottled water and money for shopping! Park your car in EL Paso, pay a quarter and cross the bridge that separates the US from Mexico.
Fondest memory: Bargain shop when you come to local markets. Be aware of bargaining tips ... try for lowering the prices, but do NOT be too cheap! I loved looking through all the quaint stalls through all the local crafts and wares they had to sell.