Iguala is a city of 133,000 people (2020) in Guerrero, Mexico. It is known as the "city of tamarinds" for its tamarind trees surrounding the downtown cathedral. It was the birthplace of the Mexican flag: José Magdaleno Ocampo who crafted the Flag of the Three Guarantees here after Mexican gained independence from Spain in 1821.
In 2014, a tragic kidnapping incident of 43 students took place in Iguala in 2014.
The climate is very warm throughout the year, exceeding the maximums of more than 30 °C every month. The hottest months are April and May where the maximums always reach 37-39 °C, arriving on some days with temperatures equal to or higher than 40 ° C. In winter, the days are still warm with mild nights, the maximums are between 30-33 ° C, while the minimums are between 14-16 ° C. The rainy season is from June to October. An average of 1022 mm of annual rain falls in Iguala.
Iguana is 102 km (63 mi) from the state capital, Chilpancingo, and 190 km from Mexico City.
- Federal Highway 95D (Iguala - Cuernavaca - México, DF ) toll
- Carretera Federal 95 (Iguala - México, DF, Iguala - Acapulco )
- Federal Highway 51 (Iguala - Teloloapan - Ciudad Altamirano )
- State Highway 1 (Iguala - Huitzuco - Atenango del Río - Copalillo )
- Federal Highway 95 Federal Highway 55 Iguala-Taxco-Ixtapan de la Sal
There are two bus terminals:
- Iguala Central Terminal
- Central de Autobuses "Estrella de Oro" (Iguala)
The city has Urban Combis with a cost of M$8, and there are also different types of routes which lead to different rural communities that border the city, such as Santa Teresa, Sabana Grande, Col, Lázaro, Cárdenas (the botanana), Tuxpan, Tomatal, Tepecoacuilco de Trujano, Coacoyula, Zacacoyuca, Metlapa and the municipality of Buenavista de Cuéllar and of which its price ranges between M$19 and M$24 depending on the community to which it is directed.
There are also 2 urban bus routes with a cost of M$12.
The minimum taxi fare is M$30, within the outskirts of the city.
- 1 Parroquia de San Francisco de Asís (St Francis of Asisi Church). It was built in the 19th century in the Neoclassical style. It is surrounded by Tamarind trees, and for them Iguala is known as "la Ciudad Tamarindera" (the Tamarindo city).
- 2 Museo de la Bandera y Santuario de la Patria, Calle Benito Juárez SN, Centro, ☏ . A good place to get some nationalistic feelings about Mexico and an appreciation about the history of the area.
- 3 Zócalo de Iguala. Town square and monuments.
- 4 Lagoon of Tuxpan (Laguna de Tuxpan). Good place to fish if you have a license or get away. It is known for its beauty, and popular seafood restaurants.
- 5 Asta Bandera. M-F 10ː00-18ː00, Sa Su 10ː00-17ː00. A good place to go for exceptional views over Iguala and for contemplating your small stature compared to the flagpole trying to touch the troposphere here.
- The Iguala Flag Fair is held in late February annually. It is one of the most important annual festivities for the people of Iguala. It is celebrated with a parade of floats, cockfights, and Mexican handcrafts and folk art exhibitions. Iguala's local artisans create gold and silver jewelry.
- 1 Hotel White House, Juan Aldama 54, Centro, ☏ . Wifi, a/c, swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant. M$691.