As the capital city of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Ciudad Victoria sits on the western part of the state. Travellers can use Skyscanner to find the best deals on car rentals so they can explore the area.
Car Rental Options in Ciudad Victoria
Visitors venturing to Ciudad Victoria from other countries oftentimes arrive via General Pedro J. Mendez International Airport, also known as Ciudad Victoria Airport which is 18 kilometres from the city centre. Once they land, they can choose from Premium Rent A Car or Icrent A Car, both found directly at the airport. Although travellers can rent from a place away from the airport, such as Hertz or Europcar in Reynosa, these spots are more than 300 kilometres away.
Most car rental companies in Mexico have minimum age restrictions, and drivers must reach at least 25 years of age and have had at least two years of driving experience.
Getting Around the Area
Most of Mexico's interstate roads have tolls, so travellers should make sure they have enough money on-hand to pay for them. Although these roads have expensive tolls, they are well maintained and give drivers a quick and effective way of travelling through the country.
Speed bumps are common in the country's urban areas and on highways, so travellers should drive with caution around these areas. Some car rental companies check for speed bump damage. Pot holes are also an issue on some smaller roads. Oftentimes in rural areas there are no fences keeping livestock contained, so on occasion cattle and other animals wander across the road.
All gas stations in Mexico are full-service stations, so drivers should ask the attendant to either fill up the tank or put a specific monetary amount in the tank. Paying for fuel is mainly a cash-based system, and travellers should tip 3-5% of the cost.
What to See in Ciudad Victoria
Renting a vehicle in Ciudad Victoria gives travellers a chance to tour the area without worrying about public transportation schedules. The area offers a variety of outdoor events and attractions.
About 30 minutes from the airport down Ciudad Victoria/Mexico 70 is the Regional Museum of History of Tamaulipas, or TAMux. The interactive museum opened its doors in 2004 and has five halls dedicated to areas of nature. Visitors explore the origins of the universe through present day. Admission is free for children 5 years old or younger and people with disabilities.
Straight east of the airport about 25 kilometres is the Tamatan Zoo. The zoo was once the country estate of President Manual Gonzalez, and in 1991 it became a zoo, which features giraffes, African lions, swamp crocodiles, and emus. Admission for people with disabilities is free, while senior adults and children are free on Tuesdays.
Bird watching is a popular activity in this area, and travellers can grab binoculars, water, and comfortable shoes to discover more than 400 different bird species that venture to this area. Peregrina Canyon, about 40 kilometres from the airport via Ciudad Victoria/Mexico 70, is a great spot to see them.
Travellers can also download the Skyscanner app to find great deals on car rentals, flights, and hotels in Ciudad Victoria. Once they do, they can venture off and explore this Mexican city's attractions.