Monterrey Travel Guide

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Monterrey Things to Do

  • Cola de Caballo

    Cascada Cola de Caballo literally means "Horse Tail Falls", describing how it looks from a distance. It's a pretty waterfall, and it's wonderful to see that natural elements are preserved in Mexico. The 30-peso entrance fee, however, is the first tipoff that this isn't going to be a Canadian-style adventure so much as a US-style marketing...

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  • El Obispado

    4 out of 5 stars

    In the middle of Monterrey's modern day concrete jungle, the Obispado is to be found perched on a hill overlooking the city. Being the former episcopal residence, it is now transformed into a museum commemorating important historical events and personalities. It is an example of brilliant colonial architecture. One can also walk (or drive) up the...

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  • Centro Cultural Alfa

    4 out of 5 stars

    Planetario Alfa is, as the name states,a planetarium,which obviously means you can have a look at the heavens, or during the day time, at the surrounding mountain ranges. However that is not where the fun stops. The complex, promoting itself as "science and technology museum" also features a museum with Mexican antiquities, a pre-hispanic garden, a...

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Monterrey Restaurants

  • El Rey De Cabrito

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a long-recognized Monterrey tradition for its local specialty, roast kid goat. It has a kitschy atmosphere of what a Mexican hunting lodge would look like with all kinds of stuffed deer, mountain lions, etc. As you walk in the grill is on your left and you can see the meat roasting. Roasted kid goat is the reason why you come here...

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  • Local Foods

    4 out of 5 stars

    Try Menudo - not a restaurant, but a wonderful dish in the Mexican style. Menudo is good! Especially at 5:00 AM after binge drinking. Menudo is tripe soup, laced with generous additions of oregano. It is said that menudo cures 'la cruda', or a hangover, as one might experience from massive consumption of tequila. (Forget the burning rotgut tequila...

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  • Street Vendors

    4 out of 5 stars

    Health food? Not here. The street vendors in Barrio Antiguo don't sell tacos or enchiladas. The don't sell burritos. They sell hot dogs. You can get them wrapped in bacon, with peppers and onions, with cheese inside. Of all the street food I've eaten all over the world, these were absolutely decadent, but superb. Chicago dogs or whatever the...

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Monterrey Nightlife

  • Barrio Antiguo

    Barrio Antiguo is full of nightclubs, live music, bars... it's a great place to see and be seen, if that's your thing. It's also a great place to listen to local bands and performers. Dress respectably, especially if you're traveling... and don't drink too much. That's my fatherly advice.

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  • Loud!

    Barrio Antiguo is full of nightclubs, live music, bars... it's a great place to see and be seen, if that's your thing. It's also a great place to listen to local bands and performers. Dress respectably, especially if you're traveling... and don't drink too much. That's my fatherly advice.

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  • Club

    Eh, it's a nightclub... loud music, expensive drinks... the only benefit I found was good company when I was there: fellow students. It's not a bad place and wasn't as packed as some of the nightclubs in town. Lots of dancing. As always, dress respectably.

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Monterrey Transportation

  • Buses

    There's an extensive local bus system here, with marked buses and bus stops. March, 2008- Having spent a lot of time on buses, and it being a long time since I lived there, I still don't remember numbers or routes. I'll see if I can get that information. Two images.

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  • Taxis

    Taxis are the best way to get around Monterrey. They are pretty cheap and are usually never more than 4 or 5 dollars to get around the city. If you dont speak Spanish try and write down the address where you are going because the driver probably wont speak English. Most places (Hotels & Restaurants) will call a taxi for you if you ask.

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  • Metro

    Monterrey subway system is called Metrorrey. Tickets are sold with the number of purchased trips encoded. Fare depends on trips acquired: One trip $4.50 pesos (about 40 US cents) Two $8.50 Four $16 Five $20 Six $24 Thirty $100 (about US$8.70) Fares since Jan 2003, exchange rate Sep 2004. See first website below for map (English). Second one is...

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Monterrey Shopping

  • Malls

    An older building was renovated and turned into a mini-mall, with lots of small booths inside. Most of them will probably not interest tourists very much, but the second floor has a nice variety of offerings in the food court.

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  • Interplaza Shoptown

    An ex-department store that has been re-tooled to be like a mall. One of the best ffeatures is the food court on the second floor. It's a good place for an inexpensive meal, particularlly for families.

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  • Great Shopping Center

    The Mall on Valle Oriente is really great. There are a lot of great stores that you cannot find in most places in the United States. I love Zara, Bershka... and many more there. Average prices

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Monterrey Local Customs

  • Dia de los Muertos

    On November 1st Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertes, during which people go tochurchyards to visit their deceased loved ones. They do this quite exstensively, making it into a family outing almost. During these days beautiful painted, earthenware calaveras (skulls) are offered for sale as well as other earthenware products, such as skeletons and...

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  • Traditional Dress

    A few old men still use ranch style sombrero, in some case hand made. In this photo the girl is celebrating his 15 aniversary, in Mexico these celebratios is very special because it mark the end of the children and the beginning of the young woman.

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  • Music & Dance

    Regional music is dubbed musica norteña, northern music, which is unique, very lively, kind of Mexican polka, with accordion, guitar and drum, and has lots of groups and fans. It is obviously not only from Monterrey but from all northern Mexico. In some tourist areas, where you can hire a mariachi group, you can also hire a trio norteño to play...

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Monterrey Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving

    Mexican traffic is an adventure with its own set of peculiar rules and takes some getting used to. Non indigenous drivers may want to be careful or leave the driving to a local if possible. During the wet season (September) conditions may change in the blink of an eye during thunderstorms that turn the streets into rivers in an instant. Driving...

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  • Local Dogs

    Dogs, in the sense we normally consider them, at least from the perspective of American or European societies, are pets. Here they are pets as well, but often are not as forgiving of trespassers as our pooch might unfortunately be. While there are the well-fed, house-trained, guard dogs that bark from behind a fence, there are also the haggard,...

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  • Weather

    During rain season (september-december) the rain can be very furious and intense, that is the reason because streets become into deep rivers and turn your car into a light boat. so be careful where not to drive if it is raining, ask some local for help, and belive me, you gonna give thanks for the advise!.

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Monterrey Tourist Traps

  • ATM TIPS!!!!

    Usually the tourist are looking for an ATM for have cash, but their look for the "ATM" letters when in Mexico you have to look one of the next words: "RED" or "CAJERO AUTOMATICO"A lot of "CAJEROS" have the English option for don't have problems to understand.... Also remmember that is ok if you pay with your credit card in almost all the stores in...

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  • As every big city, the tourist...

    As every big city, the tourist trap more comun is about taxi and little informal commerce at the street.If they notice you are a tourist they will say that is more expensive than the regular price. Try to ask some different people of taxi drivers before to take a taxi how will cost you and if in the 'mercados' don't accept the first price of the...

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Monterrey What to Pack

  • Layers, layers, layers! The essentials

    If you plan on going to Monterrey, no matter the time or place, you should always layer. I personally always carry a sweater, because during the summer they turn up the air-conditioning (clima) pretty high. If it's winter, layering is also recommended. Regios tend to get very cold, with heat on at pretty extreme temperatures when the weather...

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  • Packing List

    If you are thinking tasting some hot and powered dishes, like tacos with hot sauce, I recommend you bring some 'diarrea' medicine, just in case. If you come in Summer, you must need a cap, and maybe some sunblock!!!

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  • Packing List

    Light clotes, Monterrey is Really HOT, from April to October. Bring At least Stomach Medicines, mostrly if you have never tried mexican food, is very spicy, and contains lot of fat. All kind of batteries are available, and 120 V power.

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Monterrey Off The Beaten Path

  • Grutas de García

    Outside of the city you can find more interesting places Grottos de García (like Caverns): they are at about 40 km. from the city of Monterrey, in the municipality of Garza García. You are arrive to them by a cable car and that travel the 16 rooms of underground formations. Cascada cola de Caballo: is at about 36 km. from Monterrey in the...

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  • Cola de Caballo

    Waterfall Cola de Caballo Buses leave at the central bus station and go about an hour, then a mini bus will take you up to waterfall. To get in without paying the fee walk up the street a bit and take one of the trails leading down on the right hand side.

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  • Bioparque Estrella

    Bioparque Estrella (Star Biopark) is an atractive free zoo, where people can see african spices in this huge park. Many others activities let to know regional flora and fauna. It is 40 Km south of Monterrey by National higway.

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Monterrey Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sabino_P Updated Mar 4, 2003

    Soccer or futbol as its call in the rest of the world.
    two local teams are tigres and rallados. tigres play at the universitario stadium. rallados play at the tec stadium.

    Equipment: there are two stadium the universitario and the tec de monterrey. both are located next to local universities.

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Monterrey Favorites

  • Shopping

    Behind the Mexican History Museum youn can walk around the Santa Lucía River, a little boats wait for you, this is a romantic place, with many restaurants and coffe shops. Please find the craftmanship hand made right from center and south Mexico, prices are cheap and there are a lot of wood made toys, regional and national candies.

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  • Macroplaza

    The heroes square is a remember of our history, monuments to great mexican history personalities can be founded here. This is the governors palace, made from pink stones, you can see inside some painted windows about Mexican history. During evenings some people come here to listen world wide music masterpieces.

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  • Obispado

    To stay in the Obispado, if is possible at the sunset, to get an impressionan view of the city and the great Cerro de la Silla. Hey, it is a very romantic place!!! SEE ALL MY GENERAL ACTIVITIES This is one of the most romantic places to be with your couple, listen the traffic sounds in this quiet hill seeing the sunset.

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