Poza Rica is an important trading and industrial hub, being the oil industry its main activity
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The city of Poza Rica is located in the north of Veracruz, in the eastern area of Mexico. This community was named after the abundance of fish that inhabited the streams near this destination and it stands out, among other things, for being the administrative headquarters of the Northern Region of Pemex, the Mexican oil company. For this reason, it is common to find some structures related to the extraction of hydrocarbons, and monuments celebrating the importance of this activity in Poza Rica, including the Monument to Oil Workers and the Monument to the Little Machine.
In the downtown area you will find the Poza Rica City Hall, relevant because of the mural created by artist Pablo O'Higgins on its facade. This artwork, which was inaugurated on March 18, 1959, is the most important in northern Veracruz and represents the progression of the city from farming to the oil industry.
During your tour through this community, you will invariably reach the most important and busy esplanades of Poza Rica. The first one is the March 18 Civil Square, which has an auditorium where musical events are performed, housing a bust of the former President Lázaro Cardenas. The second one is Juárez Park, which also features a statue, although it corresponds to the former President Benito Juárez. Also, there is Las Américas Park viewpoint, also called Grandfather’s Hill, decorated with the flags of the nations of the Americas and where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the city.
Poza Rica stands out not only thanks to the oil industry, but also for its geographical location. This destination is an ideal stop for travelers wishing to visit nearby attractions, like Barra de Cazones, a fishing port with splendid beaches where you can go snorkeling, fishing, or just relaxing in its waters; the Archaeological Site of El Tajín, one of the most important Mesoamerican cities during pre-Hispanic times, with about 150 buildings discovered; and Papantla, declared a Magical Town of Mexico, where the ritual of the "bird-men" or the "flying men" was created; it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).