and relatively hassle-free way to get to
Juarez is through the El Paso/Juarez
trolley Co. Don’t worry about knowing
Mexican traffic laws, reading maps or
locating street signs. For a $12
round-trip fee, the trolley driver will
take you to "el otro lado", the
other side, leaving you free to enjoy 10
stops that include malls, markets,
restaurants and art galleries. The
trolleys leave hourly, 10 am – 5 pm,
daily from the Convention Center on San
Francisco and Santa Fe. Many of El
Paso's hotels have bus tours as well.
you set foot on bustling Avenida Benito
Juarez, you’ll know you are in another
country. While you might not be used to
vendors who are as assertive as Carney
hawkers, or the gauntlet of beseeching
palms thrust in your path, the area’s
energy and bi-cultural flavor is
appealing. Filled with shops,
restaurants, nightclubs and people, the
place is exciting.
offers something for every type of
shopper, from the markets where
“chaffering” is still practiced, to the
fancy boutiques where artsy
one-of-a-kind objects are sold, to the
more familiar territory of shopping
malls. Shopping is easy in Juarez. Many
businesses accept credit cards as well
as US Dollars, and English is readily
starting place is the Juarez City
Market, open from dawn to dusk. The
sizable, two-story building offers the
opportunity to buy jewelry, pottery,
woven goods, baskets and numerous other
crafts at bargain prices, as well as
entertainment from the occasional street
performer. The market is a pleasant walk
from Avenida Benito Juarez, although
taxis are readily available too.
and look around before buying in the
market place. Often, after buying
something in one shop you’ll find the
same thing in another, only in amore
appealing color or for a lower price.
Besides, you can always go back to a
shop to buy something, but returning a
purchase is next to impossible. Also,
the simple act of walking away from a
shop often compels a vendor to call you
back and lower the price. If you are
planning on buying more than one item
from a shop, you often can use that as a
leverage to get a lower price.
Avenida 16 de Septiembre you’ll find one
of the largest open markets in the
Northern Mexico, near the old
Guadalupe Mission. Snap a picture of
the 1600s cathedral, constructed of
adobe. Legend has it that its shadows
point to the Lost Padre Mine, where
Spanish gold is reputed to be stashed
away in the Franklin Mountains. Nearby
is the old customs house, now a museum.
mandatory stop for shopaholics is
Pueblito Mexicano, on Avenida
Lincoln. This mall, designed to look
like a colonial Mexican pueblo, also
features a folkloric theater and museum.
also a big attraction in Juarez. From
tortas to cabrito, you’ll find an
enormous variety of food and eateries.
And if your palate isn’t set for south
of the border, international cuisines,
including American, can be found.
Adventurous spirits need to beware of
the side-of-the-street carts bearing
succulent elotes, sizzling tacos and
such. Yes, it’s all delicious, but it’s
to September, you might see walls
plastered with posters displaying proud
matadors and fierce toros. With the best
matadors being as celebrated in Mexico
as basketball heroes are in the states,
it’s easy to understand why bullfighting
is a popular sport. Plaza Monumental
Bullring, on Pan American highway,
is the fourth largest bullring in the
world, seating 17,000.
exciting option is the Hipodromo y
Galgodromo de Juarez, a newly
remodeled haven for the sporting-minded.
It features greyhound-racing Wednesday
through Sunday year round. There is
wagering on most US pro and college
sports events and live in US horse
nightlife in Juarez makes it a real
playground. Unlike American cities whose
downtowns become ghost towns after dark.
Natives come out in the evening with
their families and friends, making the
plazas, streets, and commercial areas
great for people watching.