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Legends tour

Chihuahua

A crucial aspect of our oral traditions are legends: tales transmitted from generation to generation and kept alive by those who turn them into a legacy, and then passed down to preserve that magical aspect of a nation’s identity. Through narrations of how historical events became mixed with popular beliefs, or how certain places came to be when no other explanation can be found, apart from legend.

Chihuahua is no exception. A great deal of the Mexican Revolution was forged there, along with a series of anecdotes which remained intact in the memories of those who were around at the time and were able to narrate what they had seen. These kinds of stories, which are parallel to events recorded in books, are commonly known as historical legends, due to the fact that they combine elements of fantasy and reality.

One such example is the legend of “El perro de Riva Palacio”, which tells a tale of how Pancho Villa ordered the shooting of a telegraphist who was opposed to his cause. Just as the execution was about to take place, the telegraphist’s dog got between its master and his executioners, causing it to be chained up. The dog escaped at the exact moment of the execution, and both dog and master were killed. Legend has it that you can still hear the dog crying at night, around San Andrés.

Legends can sometimes be as macabre as they are astonishing. If you want to hear many more legends such as “La Pascualita”, “Las Minas y el otro Mundo”, or even “Los Fantasmas de la Casona” —about a place which is still open to this day, only now as a restaurant—, you can do so with agencies like ‘Chihuahua Bárbaro’. This group of tourist guides and actors, performs dramatized tours of legends from the capital city and other municipalities in the state.

You can join these tours every day at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., when they set off from Calle Victoria. What’s more, there is also one which offers stories and tales for the little ones, which starts at the same times. All of these tours involve the group of spectators traveling on board a tram with the actors, who use venues and facades in the heart of the capital, as their stage.
A crucial aspect of our oral traditions are legends: tales transmitted from generation to generation and kept alive by those who turn them into a legacy, and then passed down to preserve that magical aspect of a nation’s identity. Through narrations of how historical events became mixed with popular beliefs, or how certain places came to be when no other explanation can be found, apart from legend.

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Chihuahua is no exception. A great deal of the Mexican Revolution was forged there, along with a series of anecdotes which remained intact in the memories of those who were around at the time and were able to narrate what they had seen. These kinds of stories, which are parallel to events recorded in books, are commonly known as historical legends, due to the fact that they combine elements of fantasy and reality.

One such example is the legend of “El perro de Riva Palacio”, which tells a tale of how Pancho Villa ordered the shooting of a telegraphist who was opposed to his cause. Just as the execution was about to take place, the telegraphist’s dog got between its master and his executioners, causing it to be chained up. The dog escaped at the exact moment of the execution, and both dog and master were killed. Legend has it that you can still hear the dog crying at night, around San Andrés.

Legends can sometimes be as macabre as they are astonishing. If you want to hear many more legends such as “La Pascualita”, “Las Minas y el otro Mundo”, or even “Los Fantasmas de la Casona” —about a place which is still open to this day, only now as a restaurant—, you can do so with agencies like ‘Chihuahua Bárbaro’. This group of tourist guides and actors, performs dramatized tours of legends from the capital city and other municipalities in the state.

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