The third largest city in Mexico, Monterrey is the commercial, transportation and industrial hub of northern Mexico. Being located very close to the American border, it’s also a place where Americans like to spend money.

Location and how to get to

The city is located just 200 km south of the US/Mexico border which makes it a very interesting vacation spot for the Americans. Generally they arrive by car (Interstate 35 south).

Monterrey is served by two airports which receive both domestic and international flights. The US airlines use General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY). You can fly into Monterrey directly from Chicago, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, to name just a few. Flights from European cities are also available. To get from the airport to downtown you can use the Skybus (less than US$10 one way).

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Buses connect Monterrey with both US cities (south of USA) and other Mexican cities.

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Monterrey has a humid subtropical climate with really enchanting springs and autumns. The summers are scorching hot while the winters are relatively cool. The city is very extreme in whether patterns. It can be hot in the winter for several days and it can be very cold during the middle of the summer. Snowfall is very rare.


Aug Avg high 35C/95F; avg low 23C/74F
Jan Avg high 19C/67F; avg low 8C/48F

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Things to do

Although an industrial city, the tourists might be surprised to find interesting places to visit and explore.

Among the best things to do in Monterrey we can list:

  • Cerro de la Silla : the mountain is the most famous landmark in the city. There are hiking trails available for those who want to challenge themselves.
  • Cerro del Obispado: is an historic site, currently home to a museum. It offers some of the best views of the city.
  • Macroplaza: is an incredible square filled with statues and fountains. Around it, there are important buildings and museums to check out.

If you want to get out of the city, take a day trip to Cascadas Cola de Caballo. The incredible park with its waterfalls is located just couple of miles outside the city.

Safari Parque Estrella is located just at 30 min from Monterrey and is an incredible opportunity to enjoy the time with your kids. There’s a petting zoo and lots of animals to check out.

Monterrey is also very eco-friendly. Chipinque Ecological Park is a great choice for enjoying a day in the nature. You can hike and then spot for a lovely Mexican meal at one of the lodges.

Matacanes is another great place if you love the outdoors. You can practice white water rafting or go hiking. And you must swim in one of the incredible cool pools.

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