Mexico/Durango: Nombre de Dios

Not far from Durango city is the small dusty town with a simple name Nombre de Dios (“God’s Name”). Turns out, it’s the oldest town in Northern Mexico, founded by Francisco de Ibarra in 1562. The town is famous for quite a few things – it’s designated a Pueblo Magico, it’s in the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the Camino Real del Tierra Ardente, it has a very pretty whitewashed church and a lot of mezcal shops. In fact, it’s famous as the origin for much of the scorpion-containing mezcal (we got a bottle). Nombre de Dios is also the birthplace of gorditas – fat taco-like tortillas that are stuffed with meat. And we had to try that here as well, at the source!