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Feb 8, 2011, 3:14 PM

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This is a dead forum, Tamaulipas, is not some place that anyone wants to go to , to go through, invest in or live in. My interest is in Villa Hermosa


Feb 9, 2011, 4:42 PM

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Re: [prorader] Tamaulipas

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You probably know that flooding is common in Villahermosa, many rivers there. A second floor would be a good thing, just move your furniture upstairs until the water goes down.



Apr 13, 2011, 8:03 PM

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Re: [prorader] Beautiful Tamaulipas

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It isn't that no one wants to go there. There is plenty to see in Tamaulipas, first and foremost El Cielo, a protected mountain sanctuary with four or five distinct eco-systems tucked away in the Sierra Madre oriental. It is truly the state's jewel in the crown. And there are also wonderful waterfalls near the town of Mante (a jumping off point for El Cielo. Tamaulipas has alot to offer, much more than would be apparent to the average tourist.

The main problem is that in state travel has now become somewhat risky, if not downright dangerous (particularly night travel) within the main corridor. Warning to travelers: do not travel these highways at night, stick to the toll roads during the day and you should be okay. The various cartels (the Gulf Cartel vs. the Juarez one) are battling for control, and the government is having a hard time containing the violence. Border cities such as Reynosa and Matamoros can be dangerous as violence is sporadic and unpredictable. (in February of 2009 a notorious gun battle took place there). An ICE agent was shot and killed there last month.

Of special concern is the town of San Fernando, which is said to be under control of the Gulf cartel. San Fernando is approx. 80 miles south of Matamoros, and along the highway to Ciudad Victoria, the provincial capital. It was the site last year of a mass killing (mostly central and south american migrants) and last week 59 more bodies were discovered. Moreover, thugs working for the cartels have been known to drag tourists and other passengers off buses using the state's highways.

Those skeptics reading this, take note: this is no joke nor is it an exaggeration and these thugs do not discriminate with nationality. There is a very definite risk involved, if you do not take proper precautions.

On a brighter note, unlike Chihuahua and other Mexican states the violence seems to be confined to the border region, forementioned towns, and along the highway from Reynosa to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state. Don't let all the hoopla keep you from enjoying the wonderful treasures this state offers. Just make sure your bus will not be traveling at night through the region or if driving stick to the toll roads during the day time hours only.

(This post was edited by vwbus1969 on Apr 13, 2011, 8:11 PM)


Apr 14, 2011, 2:17 PM

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Re: [prorader] Tamaulipas

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 Take out a map and you will find Tamaulipus is not the only state on the Gulf Coast. Read a history book and you will find the Gulf Coast is where Cortez landed. There are huge investments and factories in the Tampico area and more money being invested there regularly. The state of Tamaulipus has never been a tourist destination but has always been a rich state commercially.


Apr 14, 2011, 4:33 PM

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Re: [turnabout] Tamaulipas

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145 bodies dug up so far in San Fernando according to the state government and the army is still searching.

(This post was edited by Rolly on Apr 14, 2011, 4:40 PM)


Apr 15, 2011, 6:34 AM

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Re: [norteņo] Tamaulipas

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I read the newspapers this morning and did not see those numbers, after 125 whatīs another 20 mean? It still is one small area in the state of Tamaulipas which is just one state that lies along the Gulf of Mexico. So now you would like to destroy the reputation of all states that are on the Gulf Coast? What is the point of your post and the OP?


Apr 15, 2011, 1:42 PM

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Re: [vwbus1969] Beautiful Tamaulipas

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"On a brighter note, unlike Chihuahua and other Mexican states the violence seems to be confined to the border region, forementioned towns, and along the highway from Reynosa to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state."

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

First, the "border region" is not a small insignificant part of Tamps as the biggest cities and majority of the state population lives there. In addition to Matamoros and Reynosa, there is Nvo Laredo. Not to mention numerous hell holes like Cd Nuevo Guerrero, Mier, Cd Miguel Aleman, Camargo, Rio Bravo, etc. where even the military is afraid. Second, Cd Victoria is the state capital and has been the scene of numerous violent attacks including car bombs. Third, I've probably seen more incidents reported for Valle Hermoso than Matamoros. Tell ya what, name a safe city in Tamps.

Stick to the toll roads in the daytime and you'll be ok? What toll roads? There are not many in Tamps. other than the Reynosa/Monterrey cuota you warned about. As for not driving at night, I won't disagree with that but has anyone actually seen any data to back it up? There is no shortage of day time incidents reported. These narcos are not vampires and most definitely not afraid of the light.