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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Cuatro Ciénegas

Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Cuatrociénegas

With hundreds of shimmering cerulean pozas (pools) and streams in the middle of the Desierto Chihuahuense (Chihuahuan Desert), this 843-sq-km nature reserve is a surreal sight. Fed by more than 500 underground sprin…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Puerto Peñasco

Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar

About 30km from Puerto Peñasco are the lunar landscapes of El Pinacate, one of the driest places on earth. This remote, spectacular 7145-sq-km reserve is a Unesco World Heritage site and contains ancient eroded volc…
Top Choice Dunes in Cuatro Ciénegas

Dunas de Yeso

Located within the Cuatrociénegas Reserve, these blinding-white gypsum sand dunes – the second largest in North America – contrast superbly with the six rocky mountain ranges that ring the valley. To visit you’ll ne…
Top Choice Market in Divisadero

Mercado Divisidero

At the foot of the train station sits the Divisidero market with stall-upon-stall of eateries selling mostly tacos, burritos and gorditas (stuffed thick tortillas) filled with a huge variety of homemade goodness lik…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Nuevo Casas Grandes & Casas Grandes

Paquimé

These ruins, in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains, contain the mazelike adobe remnants of northern Mexico’s most important trading settlement. Paquimé was the center of the Mogollón or Casas Grandes…
Top Choice Museum in Chihuahua

Casa Chihuahua

Chihuahua’s former Palacio Federal (built 1908–10) has been used as a mint, a monastery, a military hospital and a post office, but is now a beautifully restored cultural center full of excellent exhibits, with most…
Top Choice Museum in Monterrey

Horno3

Blast Furnace No 3 in the former industrial site of the Parque Fundidora has been converted into Horno3, an exceptionally impressive high-tech, hands-on museum devoted to Mexico’s steel industry. No expense has been…
Top Choice Park in Monterrey

Parque Ecológico Chipinque

This stunning mountainside section of the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey is just 12km from downtown. There's great hiking and mountain-biking on almost 80km of trails through dense forest and up rocky peaks, i…
Top Choice Park in Monterrey

Paseo Santa Lucía

The stunning 2.4km promenade of Paseo Santa Lucía is a world-class example of urban regeneration. This (artificial) river forms a turquoise ribbon through the heart of industrial Monterrey. Take a stroll down this d…
Top Choice Museum in Monterrey

Museo de Historia Mexicana

This sleek modernist museum on the Plaza 400 Años presents an extensive but easily manageable chronological history of Mexico. In the heart of the museum, there’s also an Earth section, full of mounted animals and r…