Do you go to Juarez?
If you do, you likely only go to the bars and restaurants. And who can blame you? Prices in Juarez are like 1987 Surf Club happy hour. And there’s probably a bad restaurant in Juarez, but I haven’t been to it yet.
But there’s more to Juarez than bars and restaurants.
El Paso has a real problem when it comes to Juarez. Paseños think they know Juarez, even though many haven’t crossed the bridge in years.
Paseños are divided into two camps: those who go to Juarez, at least occasionally, and those who would never go to Juarez in a million years.
“It’s dangerous,” the latter camp says. But that’s just an excuse. They don’t go to Juarez because they never went to Juarez. Maybe it’s a cultural bias. Maybe it’s because they don’t speak Spanish and they’re not good at Charades.
(I can order up to ten beers in most languages, and more if I take off my shoes.)
You should go to Juarez because Juarez is a big deal. Juarez was founded in 1659. Juarez was the de facto capital of Mexico twice. Ciudad Juarez has been home to some of the biggest stars in Spanish language culture, including the comic actor Tin Tan, and Juan Gabriel, the divo of Juarez.
Up until a couple of years ago, learning about Juarez’ history and culture meant hours in the library, or online, or poking around the side streets and dark alleys in neighborhoods you weren’t familiar with (like I did). Even then, you are likely to get an incomplete or slanted version of the city.
Well, I’ve spent a lot of time in Juarez, and online and in the library, too. Juarez Walking Tours offers a three hour visit to our sister city that includes a dose of history and culture and maybe a margarita and a shot of Sotol if you’re up to it.
(I’m a lot more interesting after you’ve had a drink or two.)
Juarez Walking Tours are safe, short, and fun. And if you’re not diligent, you’ll learn something about our sister city and probably about yourself.