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Cerro de la Silla, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Cerro de la Silla
Monterrey is the state capital of Nuevo Leon and is Mexico's 3rd largest city with over 3.5 million inhabitants. The city is primarily known for its industry and commerce and some consider it the best place to conduct business in all of Latin America. Because of the amount of industry situated here, the city has its share of pollution and congestion.

However, just outside the city there are several gorgeous nature destinations to explore. Huasteca Canyon, located 20 miles west of the city, is a natural setting filled with striking mountain silhouettes and windswept rock formations. Another lovely spot southeast of the city is the Cascada Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Falls), a trio of waterfalls that dance above mossy-covered rock. Cave exploring is possible at Garcia Caves, which can be found to the northwest of downtown Monterrey. Many believe these caves to be some of the finest in all of Mexico, both in size and in beauty. Hiking and mountain-bike riding are also very popular just outside the city's confines.

Cascada Cola de Caballo cerca de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Cascada Cola de Caballo
The city of Monterrey is located in the Sierra Madre Mountains 1,800 feet above sea level. Often referred to as the city in the mountains, Monterrey's landscape is dominated by a striking mountain peak called Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Hill). This landmark has become a symbol of the city and its presence can be admired from virtually any spot in the city. Although Monterrey is a major industrial city, it is beautiful as well and there are numerous sights to see and enjoy. Be sure to visit Barrio Antiguo (Old Town), a historic part of the city that features colonial architecture and where many of the city�s finest restaurants, charming cafes and nightspots can be found. Horse drawn carriage rides are an option through this part of town and for info on these tours, check with any downtown hotel.

In the heart of the city is the Gran or Macro Plaza of Monterrey, one of the largest city squares in the world. Built in the 1980's, the plaza features modern architecture, walkways, fountains and the Tower of Commerce, the highest monument in Mexico. Each night a laser beam circles the city and the nearby mountains. The Government Palace is located at the north end of the plaza and features colonial architecture. South of the palace is the Esplanade of the
Faro de Comercio, Macro Plaza, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Faro de Comercio, Macro Plaza
Heroes which feature monuments to several of Mexico's heroes. The Museum of Contemporary Art, commonly referred to as MARCO, is located on the southern end of the Gran Plaza. This exquisite modern building features the work of Rivera, Siqueiro and Soriano.

For a museum that showcases the history of the country, visit the Museum of Mexican History that is located east of the Government Palace. This venue focuses on the Mexican Revolution and also houses a collection of Huastec Indian artifacts. Adjacent to this museum is the Paseo Santa Lucia, a charming walkway along the canal that has some great restaurants and cafes. It's a lovely spot to visit during the evening hours when decorator lights add a romantic touch to the walkways and the atmosphere is quiet.

The Cuauhtemoc Brewery, located just north of downtown Monterrey, is a must-see for both the beer lover as well as the baseball fan. The brewery houses a Baseball Hall of Fame featuring famous Mexican baseball players. A million bottles of beer are produced each day at this location and this company represents the largest and oldest brewery in all of Mexico.

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