Cosmopolitan Monterrey is Mexico’s third-largest city, second-largest industrial center and número uno in per-capita income. The economic powerhouse of ‘La Sultana del Norte’ is justly proud of its entrepreneurial ethos, its humming cultural scene, its vibrant universities (Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey is one of Latin America’s best), its eclectic cuisine and its nightlife.
With sprawling suburbs of gargantuan air-conditioned malls and manicured housing estates, this is also one of Mexico’s most Americanized cities. A major transportation hub, it makes a convenient stopover on the road south, with world-class museums and a renowned party scene, while a jagged mountain backdrop harbors outdoor adventure possibilities.
All of this makes Monterrey fiercely independent and very different to any other Mexican metropolis you’ll encounter. Sadly, its appeal has recently been overshadowed as the city has become synonymous with some of Mexico’s worst drug violence, much of which has been played out even in the city center. Our information on Monterrey was therefore updated by telephone for this edition.