Nuevo Laredo
Monumento Fundadores (Founders
Monumento Fundadores
(Founders' Monument)
Coat of arms of Nuevo Laredo
Chuparrosa (Hummingbird)
Puerta a México (Door to Mexico)
Siempre con la Patria (Always with the Motherland)
Nuevo Laredo is located in Tamaulipas
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is located in Mexico
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo is located in North America
Nuevo Laredo
Nuevo Laredo
Coordinates: 27°29′09″N 99°31′51″W / 27.48583°N 99.53083°W / 27.48583; -99.53083
MunicipalityNuevo Laredo Municipality
Founded byTomás Sánchez
 • Presidente MunicipalCarmen Lilia Canturosas Villarreal
 • City1,334.02 km2 (515.07 sq mi)
 (2010 census)
 • City373,725
 • Metro
 metro area includes Laredo, Texas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Colombia, Nuevo León, & Villa Hidalgo, Coahuila
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Codigo Postal
Area code867
Federal RoutesCarretera federal 2.svg Carretera federal 85.svg
WebsiteMunicipio 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 Laredo, United States. 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, United States by three international bridges and a rail bridge. The city is larger and younger than its US 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 (Texas) and Mexico (Tamaulipas). 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.

A shortage of natural gas led to blackouts in Texas and along the border during the February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm. Millions on both sides of the border were left without gas or electricity, heat or running water. Factories and restaurants were forced to close, and people lost their jobs. Mayor Enrique Rivas Cuéllar called upon the population not to panic.[2] Also, as of February 19, 2021, Nuevo Laredo reported 4,714 cases of COVID-19.[3]

Drug-related violence

Main article: 2012 Nuevo Laredo massacres

See also: Mexican drug war

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.[4]

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.[5] As of 2012, Los Zetas are thought to be Mexico's largest criminal organization.[6] Drug violence involving the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels escalated in 2003, when the city was controlled by the Gulf Cartel. 2012 saw 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. The 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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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) 4.7 4.2 2.5 3.3 4.5 3.7 3.0 3.6 5.5 3.6 3.1 3.7 45.4
Source: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional[7]


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).[8]

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
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).[9][10] 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 teacher training programs:

See also: Colegio Bilingue Real



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

City Population Distance (km)
Laredo, Texas 236,091 0 mi (0 km)
Monclova, Coahuila 294,191 124 mi (199 km)
Monterrey, Nuevo León 3,664,334 125 mi (201 km)
Reynosa, Tamaulipas 526,888 130 mi (209 km)
Corpus Christi, Texas 409,741 131 mi (211 km)
San Antonio, Texas 1,942,217 154 mi (248 km)
Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas 462,157 167 mi (268 km)
Saltillo, Coahuila 648,929 181 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, and picnic areas with barbecue pits and playgrounds.[11]


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 and one independent Art Gallery "Casa Black" that opens 2 times a year for a single weekend. The theater has a museum, library, and a cafeteria.[12] The Teatro de la Ciudad (en:City Theater) is a theater which presents plays, dance recitals, concerts and musical shows and special events.[12] 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.[12]



Ciudad Deportiva Baseball Park
Ciudad Deportiva Baseball Park

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (Owls of the Two Laredos) are a team in the Mexican Baseball League who split their games between Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas.[13] 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.

Their games in Nuevo Laredo are played in Parque la Junta, which opened in 1947[14] and has a capacity of 6,000 people. The team left the park in 2003 for Estadio Nuevo Laredo, located on the west side of the city, a move that was criticized. In 2019, Parque la Junta 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.[15]

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[16] 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.[13]


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 2007–2008 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 establishments, like Wal-Mart Super Center, The Home Depot, and Cinépolis. Other shopping centers are, Plaza Real, Plaza 2 Laredos, Plaza commercial La fe.



Name Frequency Language City Website
El Diario de Nuevo Laredo Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
El Mañana (Nuevo Laredo) Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
LareDOS Monthly English Laredo
Laredo Morning Times Daily English Laredo
Laredo Sun Online Newspaper English Laredo
Lider Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Primera Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo
Última Hora Daily Spanish Nuevo Laredo

AM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
530 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo
790 XEFE La Mera Ley Nuevo Laredo listen live
890 KVOZ Radio Cristiana Laredo
960 XEK La Grande Nuevo Laredo listen live
1000 XENLT Radio Formula Nuevo Laredo
1090 XEWL W-Radio Nuevo Laredo listen live
1300 KLAR Radio Poder Laredo listen live
1340 XEBK exa FM Nuevo Laredo Archived 2010-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
1370 XEGNK Radio Mexicana Nuevo Laredo listen live
1410 XEAS Ke Buena Nuevo Laredo listen live
1490 KLNT ESPN Radio Laredo
1550 XENU La Rancherita Nuevo Laredo listen live
1610 WPMQ285 TxDOT HAR Laredo

Long-range AM stations

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

Frequency Callsign Brand City of License Website Webcast
680 KKYX Country Legends 680 San Antonio listen live
720 KSAH Norteño 720 San Antonio
740 KTRH Newsradio 740 KTRH Houston listen live
760 KTKR Ticket 760 AM San Antonio listen live
990 XET La T Grande Monterrey listen live
1030 KCTA KCTA 1030 AM Corpus Christi listen live
1050 XEG Ranchera de Monterrey Monterrey listen live
1140 XEMR MR Deportes Monterrey
1200 WOAI News Radio 1200 San Antonio listen live
1210 KUBR Radio Cristiana San Juan  • listen live[permanent dead link]
1530 KGBT La Tremenda 1530 Harlingen

FM radio

Frequency Callsign Brand Format City of License Website Webcast
88.1 KHOY Catholic Radio Religious Laredo listen live
88.9 XHLDO-FM Radio Tamaulipas Public Radio Nuevo Laredo tamaulipas.gob listen live[permanent dead link]
89.9 KBNL Radio Manantial Spanish Religious Laredo
91.3 XHNOE-FM Stereo 91.3 FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
92.7 KJBZ Z93 Tejano Laredo
94.1 XHTLN-FM Imagen / RMX Laredo Talk / Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
94.9 KQUR Digital 94.9 Spanish Top 40 Laredo listen live
95.7 XHBK-FM Exa FM Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo
96.5 XHTWO-FM Radio TWO Norteño/Contemporary Nuevo Laredo
97.1 XHNLO-FM Multimedios Radio Spanish Contemporary Nuevo Laredo listen live
98.1 KRRG Big Buck Country Country Laredo
99.3 XHNK-FM Digital Ecstasy Classic Hits Nuevo Laredo listen live
100.5 KBDR La Ley Tejano Laredo listen live
101.5 XHAS-FM Ke Buena Norteño Nuevo Laredo listen live
102.3 XHMW-FM Los 40 Principales Spanish Pop Nuevo Laredo listen live
103.3 XHAHU-FM Radio Nuevo León Spanish Pop Anáhuac listen live
104.5 NEW La Más Pesada Norteño Nuevo Laredo
104.9 XHNLR-FM Radio UAT University Radio Nuevo Laredo
106.1 KNEX Hot 106.1 Urban / Rhythmic Top 40 Laredo listen live
106.5 NEW La Tremenda Norteño Nuevo Laredo
107.3 XHGTS-FM Me Gusta 107.3 Top 40 Nuevo Laredo listen live
162.55 WXK26 NOAA Weather Radio Weather Laredo  •


VC DT Callsign Network Resolution City of License Official Website Notes
1.1 23.1 XHLNA Azteca Uno HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
1.2 23.2 XHLNA-TDT2 ADN 40 SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
2.1 29.1 XHLAR-TDT Las Estrellas HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
3.1 35.1 XHCTNL-TDT Imagen Televisión HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
3.4 35.4 XHCTNL-TDT4 Excélsior TV SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
4.1 25.1 XHBR-TDT Televisa Nuevo Laredo HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
5.1 25.1 XHBR-TDT2 Canal 5 SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
6.1 32.1 XHNAT-TDT Multimedios Plus HD 720p Nuevo Laredo  •
6.2 32.2 XHNAT-TDT2 Milenio TV SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
6.3 32.3 XHNAT-TDT3 Teleritmo SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
6.4 32.4 XHNAT-TDT4 MVS TV SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
7.1 33.2 XHLAT-TDT Azteca 7 HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
7.2 33.9 XHLAT-TDT2 a+ SD 480i Nuevo Laredo  •
8.1 8.3 KGNS-TV NBC HD 1080i Laredo  •
8.2 8.4 KGNS-DT2 ABC HD 720p Laredo  •
8.3 8.5 KGNS-DT3 Telemundo HD 720p Laredo  •
8.5 8.7 KGNS-DT5 True Crime Network SD 480i Laredo  •
10.1 10.1 KXNU-LD Telemundo HD 720p Laredo  •
13.1 13.3 KYLX-LD CBS HD 1080i Laredo  •
13.2 13.4 KYLX-LD2 The CW SD 480i Laredo  •
15.1 15.1 KLMV-LD MeTV SD 480i Laredo  •
15.2 15.2 KLMV-LD2 Estrella TV SD 480i Laredo  •
15.3 15.3 KLMV-LD3 Movies! SD 480i Laredo  •
15.4 15.4 KLMV-LD4 Jewelry TV SD 480i Laredo  •
17.1 17.1 XEFE-TV Televisa Local HD 1080i Nuevo Laredo  •
27.1 19.1 KLDO-TV Univision HD 1080i Laredo  •
27.2 19.2 KLDO-DT2 LATV SD 480i Laredo  •
27.3 19.3 KLDO-DT3 TBD SD 480i Laredo  •
27.4 19.4 KLDO-DT4 Stadium SD 480i Laredo  •
27.5 19.5 KLDO-DT5 Court TV SD 480i Laredo  •
31.1 31.1 KXOF-CD Fox / MyNet HD 720p Laredo  •
31.2 31.2 KXOF-CD2 Grit SD 480i Laredo  •
31.3 31.3 KXOF-CD3 Laff SD 480i Laredo  •
39.1 27.1 KETF-CD Unimas HD 720p Laredo  •
39.2 27.2 KETF-CD2 Comet SD 480i Laredo  •
39.3 27.3 KETF-CD3 Charge! SD 480i Laredo  •
39.4 27.4 KETF-CD4 Azteca America HD 720p Laredo  •

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Link to tables of population data from Census of 2010. INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geografía e Informática". Archived from the original on 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. ^ Figueroa, Carlos. "Pide alcalde de Nuevo Laredo no caer en pánico ante escasez de gas". (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "index NLD status COVID-19". Index Nuevo Laredo. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Longmire, Sylvia (5 May 2012). "Nuevo Laredo heats up as Sinaloa-Zetas conflict leaves 23 dead". Mexico's drug war. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Dissecting a Mexican Cartel Bombing in Monterrey". Stratfor. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Zetas are Mexico's 'largest drug gang', study says". BBC News. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Estado de Tamaulipas-Estacion: Nuevo Laredo". Normales Climatologicas 1951–2010 (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Archived from the original on 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ Organigrama Archived February 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ ";Nuevo Laredo Industrial Profile". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  10. ^ "Transportation". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  11. ^ history of Parque Viveros
  12. ^ a b c "Nuevo Laredo Culture". Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  13. ^ a b El Mañana Article of the Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo and the newly built Ciudad Deportiva Archived 2009-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ World Stadiums Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Bravos de Nuevo Laredo Official Website "La Pagina Brava" Archived 2008-04-02 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  16. ^ Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo Official Website

Coordinates: 27°29′10″N 99°30′25″W / 27.48611°N 99.50694°W / 27.48611; -99.50694