The multistory Progreso Market has more than two dozen shops featuring arts and crafts from all over Mexico as well as a grocery section and a pharmacy. It is enclosed by a wall and offers a bit of refinement not found out on the main street. The shops did not seem to be as crowded here as on the main strip. Perhaps this was because it was at the...more
The main drag just across the bridge is the "zona centro" of this little town, just like in other border towns. It's a great place to shop, eat, and drink. Plenty of bars and restaurants up and down the main calle (street). One of the safest border towns I know of. I go there at least once a year and have never seen any cops, only private security...more
We chose Garcia's Panoramic Restaurant because it seemed to us to be the best choice in town. It is a nice dining room, complete with linen table cloths, on the second floor above one of the nicer gift shops on the main strip. From our window table we could look out over the traffic and hustle in the marketplace below. The service was very good....more
The streets of Nuevo Progreso were extremely crowded and most U.S. insurance policies don't cover you here. Because the town is so small everything in it is within easy walking distance. We walked all the way out to the far end of town and down side streets in either direction with no trouble. Unless one is going further into the interior of Mexico, the best thing to do is park at the large free parking area on the Texas side of the border and walk over the bridge.
We must have browsed in at least a couple of dozen shops in Nuevo Progreso, but our largest purchase was a beautiful large handmade hammock from this craftsman we found on one of the side streets. Here he is pictured working on one of his creations, with his daughter looking on.
What to buy: Inexpensive prescription drugs and dental work are said to be the two biggest draws here. Mexican blankets are also a good buy, as well as many crafts and items of clothing. We bought a big bottle of vanilla extract, which is much cheaper here than at home.
Here is another street entertainer we saw. This amigo was dressed in native ceremonial garb, playing a flute, beating a small drum, and dancing all at the same time. Is that what is called multitasking? We encountered several beggers on the streets of Progreso, but were more inclined to give to someone like this who was willing to at least work a...more
At several points along the main five blocks of Av. Benito Juarez in Nuevo Progresso we saw several different street entertainers. Their music was enjoyable and we thought that it added a festive touch to the character and ambience of the town. We sat on a bench in front of these two talented xylophone players and enjoyed several lively latin...more
Most folks who walk across the border to shop and eat in Nuevo Progreso stay to the main thoroughfare that meets up with the bridge crossing. But if you go just a few blocks off the main path, you'll find much smaller crowds, nicer shops, and cleaner restaurants.
Also, fewer children selling chicle.
A friend from Houston drove down my way here in the deep deep South Texas to the border towns on the Rio Grade Valley, a hop-n-a-skip to Mexico for dental work. Now, I have to be honest, I live in Harlingen, Texas, which is about 30 minutes away from both Matamoros and Progreso, and yet, because of the much hyped up violence on the news about drug...more
The border between Texas and Mexico is marked by the fabled Rio Grande for 1,300 miles of mostly desert terrain. The Rio Grande rises in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and flows south through New Mexico before reaching the Texas/Mexican border. It flows in a generally southeasterly direction before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico between...more
When we stopped to rest on a bench along the main street of Nuevo Progresso, we were looking at the pictures we had just taken with our digital camera. This curious little girl came up, uninvited, and almost climbed into my lap to take a look. I asked her mother if I could take the daughter's picture - so here it is. We tipped the mother and...more