Named after the Spanish Viceroy Count Monterrey. Monterrey is Mexico’s third largest city, it’s not one of those laid back towns with colonial architecture you’ve seen in the movies. It’s vibrant and full of life. The Gran Plaza of Monterrey is the center for the state government of Nuevo Leon. The Plaza’s modern buildings, gardens, and monuments are a reflection of the city that has fully embraced the spirit of modern industrialism.


The mountains surrounding Monterrey offer a breathtaking landscape harbouring many canyons, trails and roads, which cross deserts and forests. Suitable trails are available for casual hikers to expert rockclimbers.

The Sierra Madre Oriental mountains south of the city are included in the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey (National Park), which was added to UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program of Biosphere Reserves.

La Estanzuela state park, about 7 km south of downtown Monterrey and includes a small river and forested area.

La Huasteca, with vertical-walled cliffs and canyons in a desert setting by the city. It is in Santa Catarina, west of downtown towards Saltillo.


The most traditional dish from Monterrey is cabrito al pastor, kid goat cooked on embers based on the Jewish cuisine of the founders of the city. Other local dishes and customs that perhaps date back to the Crypto-Judaism of these founders are the semita (bread without leavening), the capirotada dessert (a mix of cooked bread, cheese, raisins, peanuts, and crystallized sugarcane juice).

Carne asada (grilled beef) on weekends remains one of the most cherished traditions in Monterrey’s families.