Ciudad Juarez is the largest city in the State of Chihuahua. Its proximity to the neighboring country of the United States has driven growth in the industrial sector making the city a great business investment. Ciudad Juárez is located in the heart of the Chihuahuan desert, which is considered the largest in North America.
Altitude: 1137 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Time Zone UTC-7
Population: 1,321,004 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 656
Founded in 1659, Ciudad Juarez was originally called Mission de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Mansos del Paso del Norte. As one of the most important border cities in Mexico, the U.S. consular office is considered to be one of the largest on foreign soil. An important part of the economic growth of this destination lies in the maquiladoras, or free trade companies, businesses, and the 17 industrial parks of the city.
Its location to the border, investment center, and the consular office has driven the growth of the hotel infrastructure towards a business aspect. Its attractions include shopping centers where it is possible to find national and international brands at affordable prices.
The city center includes buildings of cultural and historical significance such as the Mision de Guadalupe, the Ciudad Juárez Cathedral, and the Chamizal Archaeological Museum among others. The city also has its own International Center of Trade and Conventions. Just outside the city, the vastness of the desert leads to the Samalayuca dunes of white sand which have been a protected national area since 2009.
A place that is certainly not to be missed is the Paquimé archeological site; an UNESCO World Heritage located 280 kilometers from Ciudad Juarez.
How to get there?
Ciudad Juárez is located in the Chihuahuan desert on the northern border between Mexico and United States. The city is crossed from the north, east, and west by the Rio Grande and to the south are the mountains of the Sierra de Juarez and the Samalayuca dunes. The city is served by the Abraham González International Airport.
By land, it connects to the rest of the country through Federal Highways No. 2 and No. 45.
For crossings to the United States, Ciudad Juarez has the following international bridges: Internacional Paso del Norte Bridge, Internacional Reforma Bridge, Internacional Cordoba de las Americas Bridge, Internacional Zaragoza-Ysleta Bridge.
The rail system offers freight transport to the city of Chihuahua and Nuevo Casa Grandes. There are two lines that cross the Rio Bravo heading to the United States.
Distance from Ciudad Juarez to other destinations in Mexico
- El Paso, Texas: 5.4 km.
- Chihuahua, Chihuahua: 370 km.
- Hermosillo, Sonora: 749 km.
- Torreón, Nuevo León: 843 km.
- Monterrey, Nuevo León: 1,172 km.
- Tijuana, Baja California: 1,184 km.
- Zacatecas, Zacatecas: 1,201 km.
- Mazatlán, Sinaloa: 1350 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 1,487 km.
- Querétaro, Querétaro: 1,597 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 1,803 km.
The desert climate of Ciudad Juárez is extreme so differences in the weather are common and range from high temperatures in the summer to frost in the winter.
November - March: Maximum 20°C, minimum - 2°C.
April and October: Maximum 25°C, minimum 8°C.
May - September: Maximum 35°C, minimum 12°C.
The rainy season is from July to September.
Frost occurs in December and January.
What to pack?
Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, light sweater for the evening, and comfortable clothes.
In the winter a coat, boots, scarf, pants, and gloves.
Attractions and places of interest in Ciudad Juarez
Benito Juarez Civic Auditorium, Paso del Norte Centro Cultural (CCPN), University Centro Cultural, International Trade Center, Benito Juarez Monument, Market Mercado Juárez, La Casa de Adobe, Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
Museum of Modern Art of the INBA, Museum of the Revolution on the Border, Chamizal Archaeology Museum, Concorde Museum, Valley Museum, La Rodadora Museum, City Center of the Arts (old city hall), Regional Museum of San Agustin (33 km. from Ciudad Juárez), Historical Museum of Cuidad Juarez of the INAH Obispado, Theatre of the Nation, Zaragoza Grand Courtyard. Central Park, Borunda Park, Chamizal Las Dunas (dunes) de Samalayuca Park, X-tremo Park, Bertha Chiu Park, Rio Grande missions, San Jorge Recreation.
La Zona Dorada (the Golden Zone), Plaza Sendero Mall, Plaza Juarez Mall, Las Torres, Galerias Tec.
Holidays and festivals in Ciudad Juarez
March-April: City Festival, Easter Holy Week.
July: Dune Adventure Festival.
September (15) Independence Day in Mexico.
September - October: Omawari, a meeting of sister nations at the Chihuahua International Festival.
Octobre 31-November 2: Day if the Dead.
December: (12) Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.