The El Paso Juarez region is a unique area. It is really three states, two countries, and one region. The three states are Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua. Obviously the two countries are the United States and Mexico. The region is a beautiful blend of multiple cultures that all seem to melt together in El Paso-Juarez.
El Paso and Juarez are joined forever despite the fact that there is a national boundary, a border fence, and a river separating them. You really cannot talk about one city without the other. They share a culture and a history all of their own. The key word here is share.
Many El Pasoans travel to Juarez on a regular basis. Many Juarenses travel to El Paso on a regular basis. Many families in El Paso have family members in Juarez and vice versa. Before the days of the drug wars, people were always going back and forth. Oftentimes El Pasoans would cross to Juarez just to have lunch - and perhaps a margarita or two.
Today, the drug wars have simmered down a bit. Although there is still violence in the area, I am told that the downtown area of Juarez is very safe now. I would not hesitate to go over there - especially during the daylight hours with a group. Unfortunately, a tour that I was scheduled to take to Juarez had to be cancelled because of long lines at the border. Juarez has some great things to see and the more that I learned about the town the more I want to cross the border and visit.
Although I was not able to cross over to Juarez we were able to learn about some of the cultural sites over there. The city of Juarez features an ancient Catholic mission, a beautiful Cathedral, and several Museums and Parks. La Equis "The X" is a modern landmark in the city.
While I was in the region, I heard so much good news out of Juarez. Although the city is still dealing with the repercussions of the drug wars, there is new found hope in Juarez.
If anybody from Juarez is reading this blog, I want you to know that I can't wait to visit your city someday. I am thrilled to see the progress that has been made since the height of the drug wars. I truly respect the Juarenses for all that they have been through and for all that they are trying to accomplish. I know that I will have a great time writing five stories about your city for this blog.
Back in El Paso, the future looks bright as well. New buildings, including some hotels, are being constructed. Old buildings are being refurbished.I am thrilled that I got to visit this region and I'm very much looking forward to going back. If you have not visited El Paso-Juarez you owe it to yourself to explore this region. It is a unique place with a beautiful history.
Bars and nightlife
World Famous Kentucky Bar & Grill
The world famous Kentucky Bar & Grill claims to be the birthplace of the margarita. Several distillers from Appalachia relocated to Juarez during prohibition.
Culture and experiences
Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera
This Museum tells the story of the Mexican Revolution along the border with the United States. I hope to visit on a future trip.
La Rodadora is the new Children's Museum in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. I did not get to visit because of the border situation but I understand that it is a world-class children's museum. I am putting it on my bucket list for a future trip. The fact that a children's museum has opened up here is a great Testament to the hard work of Juarenses to take back their city.