Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Monterrey is a dynamic city with a work hard, play hard attitude. It’s a great place to wander and soak up the sounds (and styles) of contemporary Mexico. After exploring the city’s cultural gems and enjoying your boutique hotel, there’s the great outdoors to discover – from deep caves to dizzying waterfalls, horse riding to hiking.
Mexico’s third city is a hub for culture, cuisine and cosmopolitan living
Things to do
With its desert scrub, pine forests and rocky peaks, the vast Parque Ecológico Chipinque gives a beautiful snapshot of Mexico’s flora and fauna. You could mountain bike, hike, run or just escape it all and take in the views from the observation decks. If you’re lucky, you may spot vultures, Red-tailed Hawk and Black Bear.
One of the city’s must-see sights is the Parque Fundidora. Once a huge steel factory it’s been transformed into a cultural centre with museums, concert halls and an amusement park. You could catch a movie, browse the photography, or just be inspired by the industrial architecture. Also, make sure you visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo to see the latest in Latin American art.
Monterrey loves a party and is home to numerous events. As well as national and religious festivals, there’s Latin America’s largest film festival, an international dance, music and theatre festival, and even a puppet festival for kids. Just ask at your luxury hotel to find out about the latest events.
The Obispado was built by Catholic bishops in the 1780s and – set on a hill above the city – it provides amazing, panoramic views.
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