Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Ciudad Juarez,Mexico

Ciudad Juarez is located in northern Mexico, on the banks of the Rio Bravo and is adjacent to the city of El Paso, Texas in the United States

About Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Its official name is Heroica Ciudad Juarez and it is the largest city in the state of Chihuahua and the eighth largest metropolitan area of Mexico. Named after Benito Juarez, it is one of the northern cities of the country with greater historical significance to the nation. It has many assembly plants, making it one of the three major industrial areas of the country. It offers five international crossings into the city of El Paso.

The historic center of Ciudad Juarez represents a journey through the history, architecture, and folklore of this border city. One of its landmarks is the old Mission of Guadalupe, built in 1659, which served as a resting place for traders. Next to it you can find the Cathedral, with its neoclassical facade, built in 1957 to preserve the historic Mission. Behind both churches are the old Military Barracks, and then the City Hall, built in the Porfiriato period, witness of many historical events.

Ciudad Juarez has several museums worth visiting, such as the Museum of the Revolution in the Border (MUREF), formerly the Ex Aduana Museum, where the treaty that ended the Mexican Revolution was signed; the Adobe House MuseumLa Rodadora Interactive Space Museum, the Art Museum of Ciudad JuarezEl Chamizal Archaeological Museum, and the Regional Museum of Valle de Juarez in the town of San Agustin.

The city has several venues for cultural events, highlighting the Paso del Norte Cultural Center, one of the most modern centers in the north, the Municipal Center of the Arts, the Benito Juarez Municipal Civic Auditorium, the INBA Exhibition Room, among others. Moreover, Ciudad Juarez has reserved spaces ideal for family activites. Hermanos Escobar Central Park, divided into two sections, east and west, is one of the most beautiful for having boat rides on an artificial lake, rides, and green areas, as well as some animals. Another good recreational option is the historic El Chamizal Federal Public Park, which offers a small Spa and extensive green areas for picnics.

Other recreational facilities you can visit include Borunda Park, with rides and stalls of typical food; the Anita Recreative Waterworld, Las Fuentes Recreative Park, and Plaza de la Mexicanidad, also called Plaza de la X, where various massive events are held, such as concerts and cultural performances.

Ciudad Juarez has several important monuments; such is the case of the Monument to Benito Juarez, the main landmark of the city; the Umbral del Milenio, at the entrance of the city; the Arc de Triomphe replica, set in the Champs Elysees residential area; and the Macro Flag of Ciudad Juarez. There are sports venues as the Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium, the Juarez Vive Stadium, the University Gymnasium, and the Lienzo Charro.

In the Golden Zone of the city is the new Consulate of the United States and in the surroundings you can find several hotels, shops, a modern shopping center, public and private hospitals, and restaurants.

Approximately 50 kilometers (30 mi) to the south of the city are the dunes of Samalayuca, a protected natural area, characterized by large sand dunes. There were found three archaeological remains: Ojo de la PuntaEl Consejo, and La Mina.

For shopping you can go to the downtown area, where several markets are set, or visit shopping centers in the newest areas of the city, including Las Misiones, Galerias Tec, or Plaza Nicole, among others.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).