Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo

In northwestern Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas, is the city of Nuevo Laredo, a border city with Laredo (Texas, USA). The cities are separated by the Rio Grande but are connected by four international bridges where 3,000 trailers cross daily making the land port of Nuevo Laredo the most important international trade route of America.

Nuevo Laredo, TAMPS

State: Tamaulipas

21°29'11" N 99°30'29" W

Altitude: 130 meters above sea level


Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6

Population: 373,725 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)

Area Code: 867

The Rio Grande is a long waterway of 3,034 kilometers that comes from the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado in the Rocky Mountains.

The four international bridges that cross it linking Nuevo Laredo to the U.S. city of Laredo are the International Gateway to the Americas Bridge, International Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, International World Trade Bridge and a railroad bridge.

Nuevo Laredo is equipped with world class tourism and a transportation infrastructure. It has, among other services, luxury hotels and resorts, business hotels with meeting rooms, and an 18-hole golf course. The traditional meat dishes of Nuevo Laredo range from grilled beef, roasted pork and goat, and a typical northern dish of flour tortillas with fried goat.

Getting There

Nuevo Laredo is located on the south bank of the Rio Grande a natural border between Mexico and the United States.

The city of Nuevo Laredo is connected with the United States by the International Bridges of From the Americas, Juarez-Lincoln , and the World Trade.

The Quetzalcoatl International Airport has flights arriving from inside Mexico and from major U.S. cities.

You can reach Nuevo Laredo by taking the highway Carretera Federal No. 85 Monterrey-Nuevo Leon, as well as Carretera Federal No. 2 and from the United States Carretera No. 35.

Distances from Nuevo Laredo to other destinations in Mexico and the U.S.

  • Laredo, Texas, United States: 1 km.
  • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 201 km.
  • Reynosa, Tamaulipas: 209 km.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas, United States: 211 km.
  • San Antonio, Texas, United States: 248 km.
  • Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas: 269 km.
  • Saltillo, Coahuila: 291 km.
  • Zacatecas, Zacatecas: 670 km.
  • San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi: 722 km.
  • Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes: 782 km.
  • Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro: 913 km.
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco: 979 km.
  • Mexico City, Federal District: 1121 km.


Nuevo Laredo has a dry climate with an average temperature of 21°C.

The maximum temperature is 45 ° C in the summer and a minimum of -5 ° C in the winter.

During spring and summer hail storms with strong gusts of wind can occur.

What to Pack

In the summer bring cool comfortable clothes, a hat, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

In the winter a jacket, coat, gloves, boots, and a scarf.

Tourist Attractions in Nuevo Laredo

Five "Lienzos Charros" where every year, between February and November, the city hosts of the traditional Charreadas which are similar to rodeo events.

Numerous monuments and buildings throughout the parks and plazas of the city such as the Cathedral del Espiritu Santa which is also the headquarters of the Diocese of Nuevo Laredo.

The "Reloj Público" (Public Clock) that sits atop a tower in the Art Nouveau style is 15 meters and is formed by three bodies in white quarry.

The Monument to Benito Juarez, a bronze sculpture of almost 3 meters in height that crowns a column of an 8 meter flagpole located in Morelos Archaeological Park. Its mast weighs 120 tons and measures 102 meters.

The Natural History Museum (Tamux) displays dinosaur skeletons and has a tour of the flora and fauna of the region from the Jurassic era to the present day. It also offers permanent exhibitions about the universe and the evolution of man and other temporary exhibitions.

The Historical Archives which preserves among others the manuscript of the first written history of the city known as Reseña Historica Compendiada de Nuevo Laredo.

Reyes Meza Museum, an art museum with two rooms reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The Nuevo Laredo Regional Zoo that opened on December 12, 2007 with 185 animals from 25 species and housed in 19 enclosures or habitats.

Other Amenities: Golf Course, El Laguito Recreation Park, Church del Santo Niño, Old Bank Longoria Museum, Cultural Center, Gabriel García Márquez Word Station, the Old Customs Building, Viveros Park, City Theater Teatro de la Cuidad Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Maclovio Herrera Market.

Festivals and Events

From February to November: Rodeo in the five Lienzos Charros of the city.

January 31: Chili Cook Off Event.

February: Embrace Brotherhood Ceremony, with parade.

February: Bullfighting.

April: Horseback Riding in the three states (Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León).

June 15: Anniversary of the Founding of the City.

September 3 to 5: Annual Golf Tournament.

September: September Festival of Nuevo Laredo: Industrial, Commercial and Livestock Fair.

September 15 and 16: Independence Day.

October: October Horseback: Tamaulipas International Festival. Carrera Panamericana (race car rally).

November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead Celebration.

Nov. 26: Whitetail Deer Hunting Season Starts.

December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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