Reynosa is a city of 490,000 people in Tamaulipas, Mexico. It lies across the border from McAllen, Texas.



Reynosa has a long history of being unnoticed. It was just a part of land that many people in the past had fought for. Reynosa was first noticed on 6 July 1686, a long exploring expedition was held by Mr. Agustin Echeverz and Zuvízar, Governor of Nuevo Reino de León and is commanded by Captain Alonso, and they camped on the hills where Reynosa is located today. In December 1748, an expedition led by Colonel Jose de Escandon wanted to establish a new province plan to create 14 villages, including that of Reynosa. The convoy consisted of 1500 settlers and 755 soldiers. In September 1800, a flood occurred that literally swept people off the land; people were saved in canoes and rafts, taking refuge in the hills of El Morrillo. Then, later in 1802, the people in Reynosa relocated. By November 24, 1926, Reynosa is finally elevated back to the way the city was and prospering since.


Reynosa is located at 26 º 05 'north latitude and 98 º 18' west longitude at an altitude of 38 meters above sea level. It is within the northern part of Tamaulipa, Mexico.


In 1990, Reynosa had a population of 282,667 inhabitants. Since then, the population has practically doubled by having 607,532 inhabitants in 2010.

Get in

You can get to Reynosa by plane, car, or bus.

By plane

Reynosa's small regional airport is General Lucio Blanco Airport (IATA: REX), it is located about 5 miles southeast of downtown on Mexico Highway 2 (also known as "Libramiento Monterrey" at this point). The airport handles domestic flights only and is served by three carriers: Alma, Volaris, and Click Mexicana.

U.S. passengers can fly into neighboring McAllen (IATA: MFE), which is served by Allegiant, Continental and American, and then take a taxi or city bus to the Hidalgo border crossing.

By car

From points in south Texas, take U.S. 83 to McAllen and then exit at 23rd Street (route 115) and head south about 6 miles to the international bridge checkpoint at Hidalgo.

From points in Mexico:

The Aduana office to get car import permits is on Alvaro Obregon, just a few blocks to the left as you cross into Reynosa (go left on Miguel Aleman --- it turns into Obregon --- the office is on your left just after you round the bend).

By bus

It takes about 2 hours to get from McAllen, TX to Reynosa, Tamoulipas, including the wait for the bus.

Get around

There are many things to do around Reynosa,including going to church, swimming in the public pool, going out to eat the best fresh tamales... but in order to get to all these fun places you could either: walk,(many people don't have a car)drive, take the bus, or bike. It is said to be that in some parts of Mexico like Reynosa, they don't respect bicyclers or walkers that are on the street. That is why the choices for most people really narrow down to: drive, or take the bus. Of course many people risk their lives and still walk or bike in the streets,but majority does not. Despite all of the danger, Reynosa is a beautiful city to visit and Latinos enjoy it as is.


There are not that many historical things in Reynosa, Mexico to see. However, there are a few historical monuments like A Juárez, Hidalgo and Morelos. Also, there is an Architectural monument, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was built in 1810; it has a neoclassical style.

Another thing that tourists could look forward to are the popular festivities: Harvest Fair each year in August. The feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe starts on March 5th. During that time tourists can see several groups of dancers perform their dances as they wear very colorful outfits.


There are so many incidences of cartel violence in this town that the wise traveller would do best to study and evaluate the concern for personal safety versus the inclination to explore the region.


There are a wide range of shops in Reynosa, varying from supermarkets, to crafts markets selling little nik-naks for tourists. Reynosa is near the pedestrian-only Hidalgo shopping street connecting Plaza Principal to Zaragoza Market. This bazaar is filled with Mexican handcrafts, from colorful woven blankets and baskets to kitschy sombreros and miniature guitars. Many tourists are attracted to shops such as this because tourists wherever they go, they want to purchase something to remember the place by, or as gifts for friends and family.


Reynosa is a city that is not distant from the U.S. Border; so although, there are many Mexican authentic restaurants and chain fast foods found in the U.S. as well. For example, Burger King, Chili's, Subway


Reynosa is known to be "Boys' Town", an area where prostitution is legal and where they can go to bars and nightclubs.




Stay safe

Reynosa has recently experienced turmoil as federal police continue their crackdown on the Gulf Cartel drug traffickers. It is not advisable to be out on the streets or cross through the city after dark, and most businesses now close by 10PM with frequent military stops and searches occurring after that time. Reynosa's police chief was arrested by federales in March 2008 on suspicion of corruption. Approach Reynosa with caution at this time.



Go next

Routes through Reynosa

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