Sunset over the Zone of Silence desert, Mexico. Sunset over the Zone of Silence desert, Mexico.

The Zone of Silence in Mexico – Beyond the Myths!

Well, as you know, there are many stories around anything that is so secretive or mysterious. When it is a long ongoing story, you will see that new tales are curated, and stories are made based on whatever is prevalent because now they can cash out these as experiences. Isn’t it?

Like many other places, the Zone of Silence in Mexico is a desert patch, settled near the Bolsón de Mapimí in Durango, Mexico. Why is it called so, and what are the mysteries surrounding this place? This will be discussed in this article.

1. What Exactly is the Zone of Silence in Mexico?

It is quite difficult if you really want a concrete answer because mythology cannot be verified. So, the Zone of silence goes back to many years. Many things have been happening that have led to making new stories.

Now, if it is the tourist guides who are cooking these up to attract more tourism or some other ancient people just to build mystery and some element of surprise for the place, or it is the locals, who knows?

The Zone of Silence is apparently said to be located in Durango, which is near Mexico, near the Bolsón de Mapimí, and it overlaps the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve.

It is known as the Zone of Silence because it is believed that no radio signals or telecommunication signals are received or sent from here, as the magnetic waves in this region are unique or, as some people call it, very weird.

the Zone of Silence, or "La Zona del Silencio

It was named so in 1966 by Augusto Harry de la Peña, who was the leader of Pemex. A national oil company was on an expedition to explore the area.

Augusto was very stuck up due to the problems he was having with his radio and could not communicate well. Hence, he gave this name.

But then again, this is the story that goes by with the place and the locals, but there have been visitors or even, in some cases, researchers who have done their doctorates and said that the signals had no issues. They could have no issues in working with radios or compasses.

2. The American Missile Story

A missile was fired from the White Sands base in America in 1970, and it was later found out that it somehow did not follow the route that was intended. Rather, it ended 400 miles south of it.

The Air Force officials from the US started a thorough investigation to search for the missile and even hired some locals for the same but kept the location a secret.

Later, it was found in a sand dune, and extradition was very complicated. After around 3-4 weeks, the whole process was complete, and the Americans finally left and took their weapon with them.

The Zone of Silence in Mexico
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This event has been a highlight since then; people still do not know why the missile crashed. Some say the land is cursed and others say it could even be a technical or pilot’s fault. Similarly, several crashes have happened here, along with major meteorite hits like those in 1938 or 1954.

After all these happenings and a lot of tourist pull, the Mexican government added to the attraction by making a Biosphere Reserve, which has its own research station that hosts a plethora of biologists to study more about the unique flora and fauna and the scientists to study all the phenomenon.

3. The Apparent Phenomenon

So, it is believed that supernatural occurrences have been observed in the area; people say that they have seen phantoms or similar beings if that’s what you would call them.

On the other hand, the land is believed to attract meteorites, space debris, and somewhat a zone where there could be unpredicted destruction of any sort.

But like all such stories, you will see that these are more like theories, and conspiracy theories are present to show both sides of any story, and some look really believable while others do not.

The Zone of Silence in Mexico
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So, when these are backed by scientific logic, it was observed that the idea of having ‘weird flora and fauna’ in that area is just a natural phenomenon.

There are no extra-terrestrial happenings, just plain simple mutation. The environment supports very different kinds of animals and plants, like the Bolson tortoise population.

4. Some More Stories and Mysteries about the The Zone of Silence in Mexico

It’s not all just weird and havoc here; there have been some instances and even some beautiful stories. The place is supposed to be a blessing for some people, and it is believed that locals actually made up stories sometimes to keep people away so that they could keep this sacred land to themselves.

Indeed, when travelers or other researchers went to this zone of silence, they later said that the zoners were actually ambivalent. It was not like they really had any issues; it was mostly just talking.

One such instance is of a couple who had been trying to have a baby where they tried all possible ways to conceive, but nothing seemed to work.

The Zone of Silence in Mexico
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But when they moved to this zone of silence, they could have a baby, which apparently became the happiest place in their lives.

So, with all the negative vibes around us, we need to understand something logically. The disruption and all the apparent mess created are due to the terrain, magnetite deposits, and debris from meteorites.

There is abundant celestial activity, but tagging it as extraterrestrial is wrong. If we apply a little bit of science, we will realize it’s just normal physics and nothing spooky or mysterious.


  1. A fascinating review of Mexico’s enigmatic “Zone of Silence”! This piece delves further into the mysterious occurrences that surround this particular region. Painting a vivid picture of this fascinating zone, the author deftly combines scientific discoveries, local mythology, and firsthand observations. This thoroughly researched article provides an engrossing trip into the center of Mexico’s Zone of Silence, regardless of your interest in paranormal phenomena or your general curiosity in the mysteries surrounding our planet. An excellent book that piques your interest and makes you wonder about the inexplicable.

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