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Tampico Altamira hotels mapTampico, Altamira intro. With beaches, marsh land and historic architecture, the port city of Altamira, Mexico, is a place not to be missed off a visit to the larger city of Tampico, of which it is one of three municipalities. At least half a dozen Altamira hotels are located in this city in the southeasternmost corner of Mexico's most northern state, Tamaulipas. Few Mexican cities are growing at more rapid rates than Altamira, first founded in 1749 and first established as a city in 1828. The largest of the many lagoon marshes here are named San Enrique and Champayan. The Santiago Apostol church has been the city's symbol since it was first constructed in 1750, making it nearly as old as the city itself. The two main Gulf of Mexico beaches in this coastal city are called Tesoro and Dunas Doradas, both of which are situated near its bustling and modern port. Hour-long guided tours of the port are available to students and all other visitors. Rio Tamesi has become a popular ecotourism destination for its campgrounds, water sport opportunities, and its nearby archaeological pyramids.