Monterrey is the main city of Nuevo Leon, a state so north it borders Texas in the US. It is one of the largest cities in the country, and rules the northeast. Home to ITSEM, one of the most prestigious private universities of Mexico, Monterrey is also an education powerhouse. At only 540m above sea level, the altitude is much easier to handle than that of Mexico City. It does get very hot, with the warmest months being April through September, with average highs of over 30C.
What to do in Monterrey, Mexico
Monterrey sits between mountains, the most famous of which is the Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Mountain) at the east of the city. Enthusiastic hikers can climb its peaks, which range between 1750m and 1820m. The hiking trail is 5.3km and takes about 3 hours to complete.
The centre of the city is also home to a host of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alfa Planetarium and the Museum of Anthropology & Paleontology. Do make sure you take plenty of spending money, as the city is one of the most expensive of the country, with Cancun.
The city has several culinary peculiarities, including cabrito or goat. You could go to a restaurant and order half a baby goat, but I chose to have goat tacos instead. For those that don’t fancy goat, the city is also famous for its grilled meats such as arrachera, marinated beef.
Most North Americans know and visit the city for its healthcare services as it is a popular medical tourism destination, known as “la Ciudad de la Salud” or the City of Health. Many of its hospitals have international accreditations and welcome foreign patients with open arms.