Stretching along the Rio Grande, Ciudad Juarez is often called the “City of the Future”. Day-trippers can enjoy everything from archaeological sites to historical monuments, bullfights, rodeos, mariachi festivals and world-class Hispanic art collections.
Things to do in Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juarez is known for its special events, but the historic centre is its biggest attraction. Rising above the bustle of modern life, the fluted twin towers of the neoclassical Cathedral of Ciudad Juarez overlook Plaza de Armas. Keep an eye out for other icons of Mexican culture, such as the massive red X at Plaza de la Mexicanidad.
Chamizal Park straddles the international border with an expansive green space for playing games, skating and jogging. Wander through the park’s Archaeology Museum of Chamizal to find displays highlighting Tula warriors, Mayan masks and ancient artefacts. Head to the Art Museum of Juarez City to admire works by renowned artists, such as Lucia Maya and Jose Luis Cuevas.
Shopping is a lively experience at City Market and Juarez Market, which are central gathering spots for dining, drinking and live music. You can pick up traditional blankets, jewellery, pottery, leather goods, upscale artisan glass pieces and intricately woven textiles.
Travelling with little ones? Visit Tumbleweed Interactive Space for hands-on fun with technology, science and art. Adults will enjoy visiting the Kentucky Bar, considered the birthplace of the margarita and once frequented by movie stars John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Steve McQueen.
Getting around Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juarez is pedestrian-friendly in the historical and market areas. Rental cars are available at Abraham Gonzalez International Airport, about 12 kilometres away, while taxis and buses are also available.