Nuevo Laredo

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Nuevo Laredo
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Monumento Fundadores
(Founders' Monument)
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Coat of arms
Chuparrosa (Hummingbird)
Puerta a México (Door to Mexico)
Siempre con la Patria (Always with the Motherland)
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Location Nuevo Laredo within Tamaulipas
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Location of Tamaulipas within Mexico
CountryFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
State Flag of Tamaulipas.svg  Tamaulipas
Municipality Nuevo Laredo Coat of Arms.png Nuevo Laredo Municipality
Founded by Tomás Sánchez
  Presidente MunicipalEnrique Rivas Cuellar
  City1,334.02 km2 (515.07 sq mi)
 (2010 census)
 metro area includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Colombia, Nuevo León, & Villa Hidalgo, Coahuila
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Codigo Postal
Area code(s) 867
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Website Municipio de Nuevo Laredo
Airport: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL

Nuevo Laredo (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈnweβo laˈɾeðo] ) is a city in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Rio Grande, across from the American city of the same name. The 2010 census population of the city was 373,725. [1] Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with a population of 636,516. The municipality has an area of 1,334.02 km2 (515.07 sq mi). Both the city and the municipality rank as the third largest in the state.


The city is connected to Laredo, Texas by three international bridges and a rail bridge. The city is larger and younger than its American counterpart. As an indication of its economic importance, one of Mexico's banderas monumentales is in the city (these banderas have been established in state capitals and cities of significance).


Nuevo Laredo was part of the territory of the original settlement of Laredo (now in Texas) which was founded in 1755 by the Spaniard Don Tomás Sánchez in the northern part of the Rio Grande. The settlement's territory was granted to José de Escandón by the King of Spain, and the settlement's territory and population remained unified for ninety years, until the war of 1846–1848, the Mexican–American War.

Early in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo divided the territory attached to Laredo between the United States (specifically, Texas) and Mexico. Nuevo Laredo was founded on June 15, 1848, by seventeen Laredo families who wished to remain Mexican and therefore moved to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. They identified with Mexico, its history, and its cultural customs, and decided to keep their Mexican citizenship. The founders of Nuevo Laredo even took with them the bones of their ancestors so they would continue to rest in Mexican ground.

As a border town, Nuevo Laredo is known for its turf war in which drug cartels compete for control of the drug trade into the United States. Nuevo Laredo is a lucrative drug corridor because of the large volume of trucks that pass through the area, and the multiple exploitable ports of entry. [2]

Nuevo Laredo is the base of Los Zetas, originally the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel; the two organizations separated in early 2010 and have been fighting for the control of the smuggling routes to the United States. [3] As of 2012, Los Zetas are thought to be Mexico's largest criminal organization. [4] Drug violence involving the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels escalated in 2003, when the city was controlled by the Gulf Cartel. 2012 has seen an unprecedented series of mass murder attacks in the city between the Sinaloa Cartel and Gulf Cartel on one side and Los Zetas on the other.


Nuevo Laredo is in the northern tip of Tamaulipas on the west end of the Rio Grande Plains. Rio Grande is the only source that supplies its citizens with water. El Coyote Creek supplies Nuevo Laredo's only natural lake El Laguito (The Small Lake). The area consists of a few hills and flat land covered with grass, oak, and mesquite.


Nuevo Laredo features a semi-arid climate. Nuevo Laredo's weather is influenced by its proximity to the Chihuahuan Desert to the west, by the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains to the south and west, and by the Gulf of Mexico to the east. Much of the moisture from the Pacific is blocked by the Sierra Madre Oriental. Therefore, most of the moisture derives from the Gulf of Mexico. Its geographic location causes Nuevo Laredo's weather to range from long periods of heat to sudden violent storms in a short period of time. Nuevo Laredo is cold for Tamaulipas standards during winter, the average daytime highs are around 66 °F (18.9 °C) and overnight lows around 43 °F (6.1 °C); although it is rare for snow to fall in Nuevo Laredo, there was actually snow on the ground for a few hours on the morning of Christmas Day 2004.

Nuevo Laredo experiences an average high temperature of about 99 °F (37.2 °C), and an average low of about 75 °F (23.9 °C) during summer, and 20 inches (508 mm) of rain per year. As Laredo sometimes undergoes drought, a water conservation ordinance was implemented in 2003.

Climate data for Nuevo Laredo
Record high °C (°F)38.5
Average high °C (°F)17.9
Daily mean °C (°F)12.2
Average low °C (°F)6.4
Record low °C (°F)−7.9
Average precipitation mm (inches)20.1
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Source: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional [5]


Nuevo Laredo is governed by an elected Cabildo , which is composed of the Presidente Municipal (Municipal President or Mayor), two Síndicos, and twenty Regidores . The PAN is in control of the city government. The Mayor is in charge of the municipal administration. The Síndicos supervise the municipal budget and expenditures, and the Regidores are elected by the party.

Public safety

Public safety is provided by three municipal departments: (1) municipal police (Dirección de Seguridad Ciudadana), (2) traffic control (Dirección de Seguridad Vial), and (3) the emergency services department (Dirección de Protección Civil, Bomberos y Desastres). [6]

As well as the State Police Force Tamaulipas ("Fuerza Tamaulipas") replacing former Acreditable State Police ("Polícia Estatal Acreditable")

Because of the drug-related violence, Federal level departments take part in the security effort, SEDENA Military Police ("Polícia Military") Mexican Army Troops, SEMAR Mexican Navy Troops and Federal Police.


The Monument to mothers in front of the Best Western Plus Nuevo Laredo Hotel. Monumento La Madre Royal Crowne Plaza.jpg
The Monument to mothers in front of the Best Western Plus Nuevo Laredo Hotel.

Nuevo Laredo (along with Laredo, Texas) is the most important trade border crossing of Latin America (approximately 8500 trucks cross the border each day). [7] [8] Its geographical position has enabled this city to grow and specialize in the international trade business. Nuevo Laredo has a very developed logistics and transportation industry, complemented with a variety of hotel chains, restaurants and a cultural center where events such as the Tamaulipas International Festival take place.

Nuevo Laredo is on the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico. Both Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas are now the gateway to Mexico's burgeoning industrial complex, offering diverse markets, business opportunities and profit potential, which both business and industry cannot find anywhere else. Nuevo Laredo is the only Mexico/U.S. border city strategically positioned at the convergence of all land transportation systems. The main highway and railroad leading from Central Mexico through Mexico City, San Luis Potosí, Saltillo and Monterrey join with two major U.S. rail lines at Nuevo Laredo and major American highway Interstate 35, thus offering fast access to the most important metropolitan areas and seaports of Texas, as well as northern states and Canada. For more than a decade, Mexico's economic policies have greatly increased Mexico/U.S. trade and cross-border production in the Nuevo Laredo area.

There are three bridges in the Nuevo Laredo area: International Bridge #1 (the oldest); International Bridge #2 (also known as Juarez-Lincoln; no pedestrians); International Bridge #3 (also known as the Free Trade or Libre Comercio Bridge; inaugurated in 1999; cargo only). Also the Colombia-Solidarity (Solidaridad) Bridge (located about 20 miles (32 km) NW of the city in Colombia, Nuevo León). There are no urban areas on either side of this bridge.

Nuevo Laredo is a strategic investment point. On this site there are six recognized industrial parks: Oradel Industrial Center, Longoria Industrial Park, Rio Bravo Industrial Park, Modulo Industrial America, FINSA Industrial Park, and Industrial Park Pyme.


The educational infrastructure amounted to 288 school sites which are 71 kindergartens, 148 elementary schools, 34 junior high schools, 14 high schools, 13 vocational schools and 12 universities.

Higher education

There are twelve universities in Nuevo Laredo. Undergraduate studies normally last at least 3 years, divided into semesters or quarters, depending on the college or university.

Every graduate gets a bachelor's degree (Licenciatura or Ingenieria). Some of these universities also offer postgraduate studies. A "maestría" is a 2-year degree after a bachelor's degree, which awards the title of Master (Maestro).

Nuevo Laredo has three teachers' schools:



Nuevo Laredo is served by the Quetzalcóatl International Airport with daily flights to Mexico City. The neighboring Laredo International Airport in Laredo, Texas has daily flights to Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Tri-weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada and bi-weekly seasonal (May–August) flights to Orlando, Florida.

Mass transit

Transporte Urbano de Nuevo Laredo (TUNL) is the mass transit system that operates in Nuevo Laredo with fixed routes with millions of passengers per year. TUNL works with a fleet of fixed-route buses. TUNL hub is located in downtown Nuevo Laredo.

International bridges

Major highways

Major highways in Nuevo Laredo and their starting and ending points:

Nearby cities

CityPopulationDistance (km)
Laredo, Texas 236,0910 mi (0 km)
Monclova, Coahuila 294,191124 mi (199 km)
Monterrey, Nuevo León 3,664,334125 mi (201 km)
Reynosa, Tamaulipas526,888130 mi (209 km)
Corpus Christi, Texas 409,741131 mi (211 km)
San Antonio, Texas 1,942,217154 mi (248 km)
Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas462,157167 mi (268 km)
Saltillo, Coahuila 648,929181 mi (291 km)

People and culture

Parks and zoos

Parque Viveros (en:Viveros Park) is a 124-acre (0.50 km2) forest park that overlooks the Rio Grande on the eastern side of Nuevo Laredo. The park features a zoo, two large swimming pools, walking trails, picnic areas with barbecue pits and playgrounds. [9]


Nuevo Laredo has three main theaters the "Centro Cultural", "Teatro de la Ciudad", and "Casa de Cultura". The Centro Cultural (en:Cultural Center), is Nuevo Laredo's main theater with a sitting capacity of 1,200 guests. The theater has presented high level shows high level, plays, concerts and dance recitals. The theater has a museum, library, and a cafeteria. [10] The Teatro de la Ciudad (en:City Theater) is a theater which presents plays, dance recitals, concerts and musical shows and special events. [10] The Casa de Cultura (en:House of Culture) houses music, painting, dance and literature workshops and also presents major artistic and cultural events such as art exhibitions, concerts, film samples, dance recitals and plays, among others. [10]



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Ciudad Deportiva Baseball Park

The Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo (Nuevo Laredo Owls) formally known as the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (Owls of the Two Laredos) were a Mexican Baseball League team that played in the Zona Norte (Northern Division) of the Mexican League until 2010. The Ciudad Deportiva was their home Baseball park which had a capacity of 12,000 fans. The Tecolotes returned to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for the 2008 season after a 4 years absence in the city when the team was transferred to Tijuana and renamed Potros de Tijuana (Tijuana Colts). The Rieleros from Aguascalientes were transferred to Nuevo Laredo as the Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo. [11] The Tecolotes were the Mexican League Champions in 1953, 1954, 1958, 1977, and 1989 and runner-ups in 1945, 1955, 1959, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993.

The Parque la Junta (La Junta Park) was opened in 1947 [12] and has a capacity of 6,000 people. The stadium was the home to the five-time champion Mexican Baseball League team Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (The Owls of the Two Laredos) from 1947 to 2003. In 2019 the stadium was refurbished to once again host the Tecolotes.


The Bravos de Nuevo Laredo is a football club in the Tercera División in Nuevo Laredo. The Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez (Benito Juárez Sport Complex) is their home stadium. The Bravos are an institution formed in 2004 by a groups of business people in Nuevo Laredo, whose objective is to organize a football team in the city with aspirations it will become a professional football club. This has been the first team to have all of their games transmitted live via internet through up to the end of the 2010 tournament. [13]

The Ciudad Deportiva (Sports City) is a sports complex built in 2007 which main feature is a baseball park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. It is home to the Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo [14] Mexican Baseball League team. The Ciudad Deportiva can seat up to 12,000 fans at a baseball game. Phase one of this project has been completed which only included the Baseball Park. Phase II of this project will include a new soccer stadium within Mexican Primera Division standards for a possible expansion of one of its teams to Nuevo Laredo. Phase II also includes a gym that will seat 1,500 fans to enjoy basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics among other sports. [11]


The Toros de Nuevo Laredo is a basketball team in Nuevo Laredo, playing in the Mexican professional league Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP). The Toros de Nuevo Laredo play in the Ciudad Deportiva Indoor Stadium. They entered the league in 2009 to join the North Conference. Prior to the Toros de Nuevo Laredo, Nuevo Laredo had the Venados de Nuevo Laredo which played on the LNBP for the 20072008 season.


The city has a variety of tourist attractions such as:

There is a fairly large array of night-time entertainment venues. Most establishments (clubs, bars, and restaurants) are located in the historical district. Other restaurants (including chains such as Carl's Jr., Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and McDonald's) are located along Avenida Vicente Guerrero and Avenida Reforma. Nuevo Laredo has a red light district called Boy's Town, (or "La Zona").

The city has some malls like Paseo Reforma, it was opened in May 2008, this mall has many commercial establishment, like Wal-Mart Super Center, The Home Depot, and Cinépolis. Other shopping centers are, Plaza Real, Plaza 2 Laredos, Plaza commercial La fe.



El Diario de Nuevo Laredo DailySpanishNuevo Laredo
El Mañana (Nuevo Laredo) DailySpanishNuevo Laredo
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Laredo Morning Times DailyEnglishLaredo
Laredo Sun Online NewspaperEnglishLaredo
Lider DailySpanishNuevo Laredo
Primera Hora DailySpanishNuevo Laredo
Última Hora DailySpanishNuevo Laredo


CH VC DT Callsign Network City of LicenseOfficial Website
22.117.1 XEFE Televisa local Nuevo Laredo
8.18.1 KGNS NBC–HD Laredo
8.28.2 KGNS-DT2 ABC–HD Laredo
8.38.3 KGNS-DT3 Telemundo Laredo
10.1 CP 10.1 CP K10QK-D CarismaTV Laredo
1111.125.1 XHBR Canal de las Estrellas–HD Nuevo Laredo
14.314.3 KYLX-LP Testing Laredo
15.115.1 KLMV BVB Laredo
15.215.2 KLMV-LD2 TeLe-Romantica Laredo
15.315.3 KLMV-LD3 Televida Laredo
15.415.4 KLMV-LD4 Vida Vision Laredo
2121.150.1 XHLNA Azteca Trece–HD Nuevo Laredo
21.250.2 XHLNA-TDT2 Proyecto 40–HD Nuevo Laredo
27.119.1 KLDO Univision–HD Laredo
27.219.2 KLDO-DT2 LATV Laredo
31.131.1 KXOF-CD UniMás Laredo
3333.151.1 XHLAT Azteca 7–HD Nuevo Laredo
39.127.3 KETF-CD Fox–HDMyNet–HD Laredo
39.227.4 KETF-CD2 MundoFox Laredo
4545.132.1 XHNAT Multimedios Plus Nuevo Laredo
45.232.2 XHNAT-TDT2 Milenio TV–HD Nuevo Laredo
45.332.3 XHNAT-TDT3 TeleRitmo Nuevo Laredo
5757.138.1 XHLAR Televisa Nuevo Laredo-HD Nuevo Laredo

AM radio

FrequencyCallsignBrandCity of LicenseWebsiteWebcast
530 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo
790 XEFE La Mera LeyNuevo Laredo listen live
890 KVOZ Radio CristianaLaredo
960 XEK La GrandeNuevo Laredo listen live
1000 XENLT Radio FormulaNuevo Laredo
1090 XEWL W-RadioNuevo Laredo listen live
1300 KLAR Radio PoderLaredo listen live
1340 XEBK exa FMNuevo Laredo
1370 XEGNK Radio MexicanaNuevo Laredo listen live
1410 XEAS Ke BuenaNuevo Laredo listen live
1490 KLNT ESPN Radio Laredo
1550 XENU La RancheritaNuevo Laredo listen live
1610 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo

Long-range AM stations

The following Clear Channel AM stations can be heard in Laredo:

FrequencyCallsignBrandCity of LicenseWebsiteWebcast
680 KKYX Country Legends 680 San Antonio listen live
720 KSAH Norteño 720San Antonio
740 KTRH Newsradio 740 KTRH Houston listen live
760 KTKR Ticket 760 AMSan Antonio listen live
990 XET La T Grande Monterrey listen live
1030 KCTA KCTA 1030 AM Corpus Christi listen live
1050 XEG Ranchera de MonterreyMonterrey listen live
1140 XEMR MR DeportesMonterrey
1200 WOAI News Radio 1200San Antonio listen live
1210 KUBR Radio Cristiana San Juan   listen live [ permanent dead link ]
1530 KGBT La Tremenda 1530 Harlingen

FM radio

FrequencyCallsignBrandFormatCity of LicenseWebsiteWebcast
88.1 KHOY Catholic RadioReligiousLaredo listen live
88.9 XHLDO Radio TamaulipasPublic RadioNuevo Laredo tamaulipas.gob listen live [ permanent dead link ]
89.9 KBNL Radio ManantialSpanish ReligiousLaredo
91.3 XHNOE Stereo 91.3 FMSpanish ContemporaryNuevo Laredo listen live
92.7 KJBZ Z93TejanoLaredo
94.1 XHTLN Imagen / RMX LaredoTalk / ContemporaryNuevo Laredo listen live
94.9 KQUR Digital 94.9Spanish Top 40Laredo listen live
95.7 XHBK Exa FMSpanish ContemporaryNuevo Laredo
96.5 XHTWO Radio TWONorteño/ContemporaryNuevo Laredo
97.1 XHNLO Multimedios RadioSpanish ContemporaryNuevo Laredo listen live
98.1 KRRG Big Buck CountryCountryLaredo
99.3 XHNK Digital EcstasyClassic HitsNuevo Laredo listen live
100.5 KBDR La LeyTejanoLaredo listen live
101.5 XHAS Ke BuenaNorteñoNuevo Laredo listen live
102.3 XHMW Los 40 PrincipalesSpanish PopNuevo Laredo listen live
103.3 XHAHU Radio Nuevo LeónSpanish Pop Anáhuac listen live
104.5NEWLa Más PesadaNorteñoNuevo Laredo
104.9 XHNLR Radio UATUniversity RadioNuevo Laredo
106.1 KNEX Hot 106.1Urban / Rhythmic Top 40Laredo listen live
106.5NEW La Tremenda NorteñoNuevo Laredo
107.3 XHGTS Me Gusta 107.3Top 40Nuevo Laredo listen live
162.55 WXK26 NOAA Weather Radio WeatherLaredo  

Internet radio

Power Hits HD Classic Rock listen live Laredo

Notable people

See also

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Coordinates: 27°29′10″N99°30′25″W / 27.48611°N 99.50694°W / 27.48611; -99.50694