Poza Rica

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Poza Rica
Poza Rica de Hidalgo
View over Poza Rica
View over Poza Rica
Official seal of Poza Rica
Location PozaRica.png
Coordinates: 20°32′N 97°27′W / 20.533°N 97.450°W / 20.533; -97.450Coordinates: 20°32′N 97°27′W / 20.533°N 97.450°W / 20.533; -97.450
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
Municipality Poza Rica de Hidalgo
Founded November 20, 1951
 • President C. Sergio Lorenzo Quiroz Cruz
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 181,438
 • Demonym Pozarricense
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code 93261
Area code(s) 782
Website Todos Somos Poza Rica

Poza Rica (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈposa ˈrika]), formally: Poza Rica de Hidalgo is a city and its surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Its name means "rich pool", because it was a place known for its abundance of fish. In this century oil was discovered in the area. It has since been almost completely extracted. This resulted in the decline of oil well exploration and drilling activities but there are many oil facilities.

It shares borders with the municipalities of Papantla, Tihuatlán, and Coatzintla, and stands on Federal Highway 180. The archaeological zone of El Tajín is located approximately 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from Poza Rica. The area is intensely tropical, with two popular beaches within one hour, Tuxpan, and Tecolutla, and one within 40 minutes, Cazones. Mexico City is about 220 kilometers (140 mi) from Poza Rica. Unlike most Mexican cities, it does not have old buildings because it is a new city founded officially on November 20, 1951. For that reason it has contemporary architecture with well-lined and designed streets with a modern look. While the petroleum industry features heavily amongst the industrial landscape in Poza Rica, the city also has a wide variety of other industries. As one of the largest and most populous cities in Veracruz, Poza Rica is an important industrial and commercial center, and central hub for several road transportation lines. The city has recently seen a lot of growth, with several commercial centers opening around the city. The city had an official population of 174,512 inhabitants and the municipality had 181,438 at the census of 2005. However, the Poza Rica metropolitan area, which includes the municipalities of Papantla, Tihuatlán, and Coatzintla, showed a total population of 458,330.

Main Attractions[edit]

Poza Rica is close to the Costa Esmeralda, the northern beaches of Veracruz, such as Tecolutla, Tuxpan, Cazones and Playa Esmeralda. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Tajin is 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) away. It has a downtown area which provides a good shopping experience. It has a local famous height called "El cerro del abuelo" where it's possible to see the whole city and its "quemadores", big petroleum burners which were used to light the city in the early years. There are few of them at the present time. Every year there is a holiday called "Desfile del 18 de marzo" (March 18 Parade) which commemorates Mexican oil expropriation and has two beautiful parades, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It is a city with a predominantly young population.


Recently the city has experienced a revival in economic activity, driven by investments in oil production by the parastatal PEMEX.'s Economy is driven by trade, the petroleum industry, fashion and tourism. what has brought a boom in trade, which together with its strategic location and concentration of services, causes a daily flow of residents from other towns, municipalities and nearby cities like Papantla, Gutiérrez Zamora, Tecolutla, Martínez de la Torre and Tihuatlán in the state of Veracruz, extending its area of influence of the neighboring towns and villages State of Puebla that converge to it for various reasons, among which are health, employment, education or shopping, as it is located in the major centers of supply, trade and services.

' Malls'

The city of Poza Rica has 3 malls. Plaza Gran Patio Poza Rica which contains stores suburbia, walmart, vips, MM cinemas, Cinemex, Burger King, Solo Tennis, playground, Casino The Home Depot, Office Depot, Peter Piper Pizza, Church's Chicken pizza hut, between other. Crystal Square which contains Chedraui and factories in France. And Poza Rica Square which contains Soria, MM cinemas, Cinemex, Toy, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) exa fm radio and Burger King.

'The 5 Barrios de Poza Rica'

The city consists of five neighborhoods, all neighborhoods are among thousands.

'Cross Poza Rica:' is the most elapsed from the city because it is where you will find most of the trade source of the city there you can find electronic stores, sports shops, clothing stores, stores self, music shops, markets, offices, banks, cinemas, restaurants and bars.

'52 'is an area which is northeast of the city also has markets and busy shopping centers located there GREAT PATIO Commercial Square.

'Totolapa' is the third area of the city has passed but is located across the bridge of Poza Rica.

'Petromex' is one of the colonies where most of pozarricenses.

'Arroyo del Maiz:' is the area which houses the Tecnologico de Poza Rica also Conalep School.


The city of Poza Rica has 36 parks: the most important are.

'Parque Plaza March 18' It is the city's central park is located between Avenues Lazaro Cardenas and Calle 8 Norte has an auditorium for musical events. Also instead of many young people who practice their favorite hobbies such as rollerblading biking etc.

'Juarez Park' It is the second largest park in the city, located on 16th Avenue West is a public park. Among the attractions that have different articles are positions for youth and the general public. Also instead of many young people.

' Parque de las Americas' The Parque de las Americas is the park where is located the horn all the flags of America, is located on the hill grandfather.

'Sights' The city has 18 monuments


The city accounts: 5 Nursery 81 Preschool 110 Elementary 46 public and private high 36 Baccalaureate 2 Adult Education 10 Universities including 7 private and 3 public Major universities in the city are the UV Universidad Veracruzana University Spanish America, the Gulf of Mexico University, the University of the Huasteca, and technological Poza Rica.


The city has 21 public libraries The most important are LIBRARY Adolfo Rendon Rendon. Located in Central East and davits in Cologne Petromex. Lira Francisco Lara Library. Located in the Parque Juárez. Founders Library. Located in Chapultepec street corner in Colonia Francisco Sarabia Manuel Avila Camacho.


Public transport is the main means of transport of pozarricenses Transport in the city are buses that take you to different areas of the city

'Transportation Taxi' Poza Rica taxis are tsuru model that move around the city.

'Central Bus Terminal' For land transport with the rest of the country, Poza Rica has three bus terminals The North Central where more than 30 lines come from across the country (Estrella Blanca, ADO, Axis Gulf, First Plus, Chihuahuan, AU, PLATINUM ADO, ADO GL, Premium Green, Futura, Omnibus de Mexico) the second terminal has access only to passengers going to the neighboring city of Tuxpan. (ADO Bus) The third terminal is in the Petromex (Alternate Petroleum) simply exits south of the country (Xalapa, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos, Villahermosa, Ciudad del Carmen, Chiapas, etc.)


Most of the pozarricenses profess the Catholic faith, but there are groups of Pentecostals, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, evangelical Christians, Baptists, among others.

'City Urban tribes'

In the city are various youth groups like emos, skaters, Punk, Rappers, Cholos, reggaeton, Rastafarians, metalheads, Goths, Darcketos, Popular, Zoot, Hippies, etc..


Poza Rica is one of the most dangerous cities in the northern part of the state as it is an area where strong settle criminal organizations. In 2008 SEDENA PFP and the Navy adopted to monitor the city and chose other strategies to reduce crime in the city.


Tourism is a major economic activities of the city as each year thousands of tourists visit national and international tourism that comes into the city but are Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Pachuca, Monterrey, Tulancingo, Reynosa, Matamoros, McAllen, Dallas, Houston, etc.. The main destinations are the beach which is just 45 kilometers from the city center as well as the archaeological site of Tajin because every year there is held the summit and also tajin Teayo Castle.

Gastronomia == == As for the local cuisine, this is distinguished by including typical regional dishes Totonaca and Huasteca, of which the best known is the Zacahuil, plus a variety of snacks typical Mexican, among which the sopes, bocoles, molotes, tlacoyos, enchiladas blanditas, etc.

Sports == ==

The football baseball and basketball are sports that are practiced in Poza Rica. The city has a football team 3rd. Professional division called Poza Rica oil, has a team in the 2nd. Division called Los Lobos. During the oil splendor the city had a professional baseball team. The Ranger soccer is considered high quality football. It excels in the football tournament of the Barrios, an event that is organized by the newspaper La Opinión and of which he was founder José Hernández Soto, character linked to major sporting events in the city. The city has a football stadium located Heriberto Jara Corona in the northern part of the city is home to the Oilers in Poza Rica.


The administrative boundaries of the municipality and are determined by the municipality northeast of Papantla, south to the town of Coatzintla and to the northwest by the municipality of Tihuatlán, separated from the latter by the course of the river Cazones.

Geology and relief[edit]

The center of the city sits in a small valley on the basin river Cazones, in the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico, with an average altitude of 60 m, although most of the land it sits on uneven ground, mostly hills northeast of the city, among which the Cerro del Meson, with a maximum height of 242 meters. The predominant soils are of the type vertisol, with a high content of clay s expansive forming cracks in dry seasons.

Since its inception, the rapid urban growth in extension exceeded the capacity of available flat land in the city, expanding the urban area to the northeast of the city, using increasingly uneven ground and hills bordering the town of Papantla, inhabiting the slopes of the hills that surround the city center.



The town of Poza Rica is located in the watershed of the river Cazones, this River 100 km long born in the mountainous region of Hidalgo and flows into the Gulf of Mexico, has a higher average annual runoff of 40 / s in its mouth. The city is also surrounded by several Cazones River tributary streams such as the Mollejón, Hueleque, Salsipuedes and Arroyo Corn, which is regularly affected by flooding the annual rainy season.

Mexico's only nuclear power plant (Laguna Verde) is about 200 kilometers (120 mi) away, near the state's capital city of Xalapa, Veracruz.


El Tajín National Airport in Tihuatlán serves Poza Rica.[1]


  1. ^ "DIRECTORIO DE OFICINAS DE VENTAS." Aeromar. 4/7. Retrieved on December 18, 2010.

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