Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
History and culture
You could get in touch with history of the city and culture in Matamoros
historic downtown and museums. Downtown natters with any ambler on the
pedestrian walkway: La Reforma Theater , Cross House, Main Square and Our Lady
of the Refuge Cathedral hide revelations only for those willing to listen. City
museums exactingly break up with any surrounding architecture, inviting to
stroll through the depths of history and life in this unrestful northeastern
region. The Mexican "Agrarismo" Museum, Casa Mata bastion and the Museum of
Contemporary Art of Tamaulipas are at a time contrary and complementary: class
struggle for land, hope for protection and the refined of modern arts all
converge in the cultural world beneath Matamoros ' sun.
There are lot of options for getting fun at Matamoros. The Gulf of Mexico offers
fun under the sun at the celebrated Bagdad Beach , perfect scenario for opened
stage important events. Space of sand and waves limited to the north by the Rio
Bravo ; of beach fishing, bare feet, colorful floaties and shell souvenirs
carefully set over wooden carts.
Matamoros nightlife lives all over! Clubs can be found on Alvaro Obregon street
to the north - close to the border - downtown or further to the south for
recently opened alternatives. Cruising down Obregon Street is a popular weekend
night routine for young people, a fine way to meet others, followed by the
obligated nightclub and the latter grilled tacos. Shopping
enjoying a historic sight-seeing walk, take just a few steps across the Gateway
International to start a walking shopping tour through Alvaro Obregon Street to
Juarez Market. A colorful way to discover along the handcrafts shops the taste
and flavor of Matamoros traditional cuisine. Juarez Market is "the" place to buy
a nice Mexican souvenir! A walk through downtown's pedestrian walkway will take
you right to this place, located at Abasolo and 9th street .
Matamoros is a city in the north of the
Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Matamoros
is located at 25°52′N 97°30′W, across
the Rio Grandefrom the US state of Texas. In 2003, Matamoros had an estimated
population of 405,300.
Matamoros is about 1000 km away from
Mexico City and 571 from Houston, Texas. The city was renamed for Independence
War hero Mariano Matamoros in the early 19th century. The city also holds the
"H" for "Heroic" or "Heroica" before the name because the city was defended from
invaders trying to take over it over.
The city, as did South Padre Island and the southern tip
of Texas had its first-ever
white Christmas in December 2004 - first measurable snow to fall there since
The city is in an important geographical location and acts
as U.S.-Mexico border town, across from the city of Brownsville and South Padre
Island, Texas. There are several international bridges which cross the Rio
Grande into the United States of America, each
of which has a toll of around USD
$2 or MXN $20. Unsurprisingly, the crossing is easier coming from the US to
Mexico, where car searches aren't as frequent as in the opposite direction.
Matamoros is described in vivid detail in the popular song
Mi Matamoros Querido (My Beloved Matamoros), the large selling single by
singer Rigo Tovar who was born there. It is also the subject of Matamoros
Banks by Bruce Springsteen.
Few facts are known about the Indian tribes that predated the area's
During a brief expedition in 1519, Capitan
Alonso Alvarex baptized the currently named Rio Brave as Rio de las Palmas
No known events follow in the area until 1686 when Capitan
Alonso de León "el mozo" is commissioned to explore the area's river. The
Capitan informs the river is deep enough to sail its entire length until it ends
in the Gulf of Mexico.