Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico


Tampico is a major port city in Mexico and headquarters of the first naval zone of the country

About Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Tampico is a city mainly dedicated to trade and services, with a historic center boasting a very peculiar Art Nouveau architectural style unique in the country, often compared to the American city of New Orleans. This Mexican city was declared Historical and Artistic Monuments Heritage Area in 1993. The heart of the historic center houses Liberty Square, which has a wrought iron gazebo that hosts cultural events. Here you can admire beautiful buildings from the late 19th century and the early 20th century, built during the oil boom, with materials, fittings, and decorative imported items.

The city market is near the square, as well as the former Maritime Customs, which was built under the orders of President Porfirio Díaz. Downtown Tampico also houses Plaza de Armas, tha main square whose most characteristic buildings are the pink gazebo, known by locals as The Octopus, the Neoclassical-style Cathedral of Tampico, and the City Hall, with a replica of the Dolores Bell. Tampico has several historical monuments located in various squares of the city. For example, the Monument to the Heroes of Independence of Mexico, Monument to the Resettlers of Tampico, and the Monument to Benito Juárez, among many others. You can also visit the Archaeological Site of Las Flores, a sample of the Huasteca past.

The Cultural Metropolitan Space or El Metro is 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) from the historic center. El Metro has hosted a wide range of cultural events, such as theater performances, art exhibitions, dance performances, recitals, and concerts. The complex includes the Metropolitan Theater, ideal for opera, dance, and theater plays; the Experimental Theatre, a movable stage; the Temporary Exhibition Gallery, and the Museum of Huastec Culture, which houses around 3,000 pieces, including statues, pottery, paintings, and arquaeological pieces.

If you like to be in contact with nature, you can observe the Morelet crocodile that lives in the Carpintero Lagoon. You can also see pelicans and ducks from Canada and the United States in the Chairel Lagoon and the Tamesí River in the winter season.

Miramar Beach is 30 minutes from Tampico and is an important tourist attraction in the state of Tamaulipas. There you can go windsurfing, snorkeling, and fishing, and ride ATVs.

This port city celebrates several festivals throughout the year. The anniversary of the repopulation of Tampico takes place from April 12 to 27, the celebrations of the Immaculate Conception are from November 30 to December 8, the festival of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos is on February 2 and August 15, and the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on December 12.

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