Torreón is a city of 735,000 people (2021) in Coahuila state in Mexico. It forms the Comarca Lagunera - known as the Cradle of the Mexican Revolution - with the neighboring cities of Gómez Palacios, Lerdo, Matamoros and several municipalities of Coahuila and Durango. It is also part of the La Laguna metropolitan area . The city is known as La Perla de la Laguna ("the pearl of La Laguna").
Torreón is the center of the largest metropolitan area in the state of Coahuila, and it is one of Mexico's most important economic and industrial centers, focusing on textiles, clothing and metals processing.
The city has a desert climate. Rainfall is scarce but more prominent in the summer, whilst temperatures are very hot by day and cool at night, although the urban heat island effect causes temperatures on summer nights to be considerably warmer than nearby areas.
- 1 Francisco Sarabia International Airport (TRC IATA), Torreón San Pedro road km. 9, Center. It is the airport that serves the city and most of the Lagunera region. It connects the city with several cities in the country, such as Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Tijuana and Dallas (Texas).
There is no passenger train service to Torreón.
You can access to Torreón by several federal and state highways. Some of the most important are:
- México 30 Known as the Carretera Torreón-San Pedro (Torreon-San Pedro Highway) connects with San Pedro de las Colonias and Monclova.
- México 40 Known as El Periférico (The Peripheral). It connects with Saltillo (to the East); and Gomez Palacio and Lerdo in the State of Durango (to the West)
- México 40D Known as Libramineto Laguna Norte (North Laguna Beltway). It is a toll highway that surrounds the city. It connects with the same cities as the Mexico 40 but it is much faster and safer.
- 2 Central Camionera, Av. Juárez No.4700 Oriente, Nueva California, ☏ . IThe bus station has several bus lines with national and international destinations.
There are several taxis and buses across the city, but the best way to move around is by car, there are several car rental agencies and they are easy to get in the hotels and in the airport. Another good way to get around is by bicycle. Torreon is in a semi-desert area and it may be hot, so it is recommended to do it in the evening or early in the morning.
In the center of the city it is common to walk to avoid traffic and finding parking spaces.
There are a lot of places to see in Torreon but some of the most important are:
- 1 The Christ of the Noas. A sculpture on top of a hill, with a church and shrines related to the Holy Land. This sculpture is the third largest in Latin America after the one Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia. Christ is shown with open arms, as if giving a big hug, symbolizing protection for the city. It has an excellent panorama, much of the city is observed. At Holy Week it is visited by many local and foreign people.
- The Pearl Channel (El Canal de la Perla): This channel was built in the late 19th century as an irrigation canal bypassing the waters of Nazas river to irrigate the south east of the city. It is used as an underpass by the population in addition to temporary art exhibitions and demonstrations art.
- The Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
- 2 Venustiano Carranza Forest (Bosque Venustiano Carranza).
- Ignacio Zaragoza Grove (Alameda Ignacio Zaragoza)
- Plaza Mayor, Avenida Allende 333 Poniente.
- 3 Teatro Nazas, Calle Cepeda 155, ☏ .
- 4 Teatro Isauro Martínez, Galeana 73 Sur (=), ☏ .
- Door of Torreon (Puerta de Torreón)
- Founders Park (Parque Fundadores)
- Urban Forest (Bosque Urbano)
Among other attractions and museums.
- Local football (soccer) team Club Santos Laguna play their matches at the Corona Stadium north of the city between Federal 30 and Coahuila 60 highways.
- The Jefes Fuerza Lagunera basketball team have their matches at the Municipal Auditorium in Ampliación Colón, Luis Echeverría Álvarez, where other events such as concerts, local sporting events, recreational events and summer courses are also held.
- 1 Centennial Coliseum Torreón, Highway to San Pedro and Periférico S / N, E. Ignacio Allende, ☏ . A bullring and entertainment center.
- 2 Revolution Stadium, Av. Juárez s / n, Centro (near the Venustiano Carranza Forest). This stadium is where the Laguna Vaqueros baseball games are held and musical events are also held.
- Cotton Fair. In the month of September, the traditional Cotton Fair takes place, where cultural and musical events, installation of mechanical games, are held.
- Lala Marathon. Between the months of February and March, the Lala Marathon is commemorated in the Venustiano Carranza Forest, a regional sporting event, in which residents of the Lagunera Region and even nationals and foreigners have participated.
- Galerías Laguna (Galerías, Gale), Periferico Raul Lopez Sanchez 6000, Residencial el Fresno, ☏ . 11:00-23:00. It has a movie theater, 3 department stores, a food area, and a hotel.
- Plaza Cuatro Caminos (Cuatro Caminos, Cimaco), Blvd. Independencia 1300 Ote. Col.Navarro, ☏ , email@example.com. 11:00-23:00. Other of the most popular shopping malls of the city with a wide variety of stores.
You can find cheap and delicious food all around the city in many tacos or gorditas stalls
Mid-range restaurants are mainly located in the Independence Boulevard (Bulevar Independencia), but you can find them in many places of the city. Some popular restaurants are:
- Los Farloitos (The Little Lanterns): It is a local franchise which serves tacos, flautas and tostadas among other Mexican dishes. You can find it in different parts of the city.
- El Pueblito (The Little Village): Also known as the "OK Maguey" is a restaurant decorated as a Mexican village, which also has traditional Mexican food among different cuts of beef. This restaurant is on the Constitution Boulevard (Bulevar Constitución)
- El Pinabete (The Pinabete, a "pinabete" is a kind of tree that grows on the region): This restaurant serves mainly fish and seafood. It is on the Independence Boulevard in front of a Wal-Mart.
- Encomenderos (doesn't has a translation, it is a word game that mixes the words comer which means "eat" and encomendar which means "entrust"): This is a restaurant mainly dedicated to serve tacos.
- El Tacotote (The Big Taco): in the Independence Boulevard, it is a restaurant which serves big tacos.
- El Taco con Botas (The Taco in Boots, a word game for The Puss in Boots): It is also a local franchise which serves very good tacos.
If you like gourmet food, Torreon is also for you. Torreon has a great variety of gourmet restaurants. Most of this restaurants are located in the Feliciano Cobian Avenue. Some of them are:
- Capricciosas Gourmet Pizzas
- Il Monasterio
- Rincón del Bife
- Oriental Grill
- Bistro Garden
Most budget hotels are in the Historical Center of the city; some of them are famous for having hosted prominent figures of the history of Mexico. We can include:
- Hotel Calvete
- Hotel Río Nazas (Nazas River Hotel)
Most mid-range hotels are located in the Independence Boulevard. They are mostly hotels belonging to hotel chains:
- Fiesta Inn: next to the Galerías Laguna Mall
- El Fresno Galerías
- Holiday Inn Express
- Crowne Plaza, Blvd. Torreon-matamoros : 4050, Col.ex-hacienda Antigua Los Angeles, 27260 Torreón, ☏ , toll-free: 01 800 000 04 04. Considered the most luxurious hotel in town, the Crowne Plaza offers a comfortable place to stay with a lot of amenities and a modern building. M$1,462 per night.
Most of the city is considered safe although precautions should be taken and the most marginalized areas avoided. Avoid carrying a lot of money and valuables and at night you should avoid remote areas or with poor lighting.