Disclaimer- this was a business trip, Monterrey a destination by need not by choice. But every place has its own goodie bags and Monterrey did not disappoint. What makes a trip worthwhile is to find someone local, someone who knows the places to take you, takes good care of you and does not charge you an obnoxious amount. So first a shout out to our local hero: Joel Torres,Taxi Santa Lucia; + 52 1 44 81 1382 5862:
Monterrey is a modern city very American yet maintains that Mexican flavor! It’s safe and yet has places best kept away from but that could be any big city anywhere in the world. So stuff happens, yet there is the omnipresent Federal police:
All right now that we have that out of the way – focus Monterrey and around Monterrey.
The Saddle Mountain (Cerra de la Cilla) is Monterrey’s signature peak. Place yourself anywhere and you cannot miss it any time of the day:
Monterrey is an Industrial city one of the richest in Mexico and the Fundidora park pays tribute to its Industrial past:
A mile and a half long canal connects the Fundidora Park to Paseo Santa Lucia. This scenic outpost 300 acresof park, fun, dining and amusement is a nice place to spend a late evening. Don’t take my word? See the guy on the right top corner. I found him in that spot, same pose three hours after I first saw him:
The Macro Plaza (Gran Plaza) is the city hub. A 100 acre park this contains several monuments, the most famous is the Faro de Comercio (the Lighthouse of Commerce), which dominates the cityscape and is the tallest in Mexico.I mistook that for the tallest CD/DVD Rack and the Cathedral of Monterrey. The Cathedral is itself over 400 years old and houses several Spanish paintings:
You can also find the the Theater of the City, the Esplanade of Heroes, the Governmental Palace, the Museum of the Governmental Palace and the Fountain of Life.
As the sun sets the park takes a character of its own:
El Obispado presents the best views of the city:
That was Monterrey city. It was now up to Joel to show sights outside Monterrey. Our next stops would take us to the Cola de Caballo falls, Grutas de Garcia, Santiago Magico, Presa de la Boca and Los Cavasos.
If the sight were delicious the food was outstanding. We lunched at Restaurant San Carlos, dined at Chino Latino and other places in the neighboring plaza. The best Mexican food undoubtedly in Mexico. And then we made the mistake of trying Indian in Mexico – Curry Sultan- no they don’t serve bottled water, no credit cards please and if you still want to brave it there make transport arrangement in advance. The iron grills on every door in the neighborhood was not exactly a good sign of confidence!
It was then that we decided to leave it to Joel to take us to some really authentic rural places for “real” Mexicanfood and neither Joel nor the food disappointed!
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