Poza Rica de Hidalgo is a city of 200,000 (2015) people in Veracruz. 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 km (9.3 mi) away.
Poza Rica means "rich pool" because it is known for its abundance of fish. Poza Rica in modern times is known for being an oil town, like the equivalent of Odessa, Texas, although maybe not as ugly.
Unlike most Mexican cities, it does not have old buildings because it is a new city founded in 1951. For that reason it has contemporary architecture with well-lined and designed streets with a modern look.
Poza Rica is an important industrial and commercial center, and a central hub for several road transportation lines.
Mexico City is about 220 km (140 mi) from Poza Rica.
El Tajín National Airport in Tihuatlán serves Poza Rica.
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), which exits south of the country (Xalapa, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos, Villahermosa, Ciudad del Carmen, Chiapas, etc.)
- 1 Castillo de Teayo (37 km northwest of Poza Rica, in Municipio Castillo Teayo). Ruin from the pre-Colombian Huastec civilization.
- Pablo O'Higgins mural on the façade of the city's municipal palace. It is the most important artistic work abroad in the entire northern area of Veracruz. It is on the facade of the municipal palace of Poza Rica and is called "From the primitive pre-Hispanic agricultural work to the current development of the oil industry." An innovative technique enabled the first outdoor mural that has the tonalities and nuances of the fresco.
- The archaeological zone of El Tajín is about 15 km (9.3 mi) from Poza Rica.
- Petroleum festival (Desfile del 18 de Marzo) - it's a big deal for the local inhabitants.
- The area is tropical, with two beaches within one hour, Tuxpan, and Tecolutla, and one within 40 minutes east, Cazones.
The local cuisine is distinguished by typical regional dishes Totonac and Huastec, of which the best known is the Zacahuil, plus a variety of typical Mexican snacks, among which are sopes, bocoles, molotes, tlacoyos, enchiladas, and blanditas.
- 1 El Mesón Huasteco, Calle 2 de Enero 20, Cazones. 07ː00-17ː30 daily. Try some Huastecan/Totonacan food.
- 1 Hotel Cristal, Constitución #100, ☏ . Nice breakfast spread and a restaurant on site for lunch and dinner. Spacious rooms and beds. M$377.
- 2 Hotel Poza Rica, 2 Norte y, Calle 10 Ote S/N, ☏ . Breakfast, gym, restaurant. In the center of the action with many stores and restaurants around. M$692.