Top Choice Plaza in Monterrey

Gran Plaza

A monument to Monterrey’s late-20th-century ambition, this city-block-wide series of interconnected squares, also known as the Macroplaza, was created in the 1980s by the demolition of a prime chunk of city-center r…
Top Choice Park in Monterrey

Parque Fundidora

Formerly a vast steel-factory complex, this once-blighted industrial zone has been transformed into a huge urban park. Designers cleverly retained the iconic smoke stacks and industrial relics to give a surreal and …
Top Choice Museum in Monterrey


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 River in Monterrey

Paseo Santa Lucía

The stunning promenade of Paseo Santa Lucía, which stretches 2.4km, is a world-class example of urban regeneration. This (artificial) river forms a turquoise ribbon through the heart of industrial Monterrey, offerin…
Park in Monterrey

Parque Ecológico Chipinque

A stunning mountainside section of the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey. It’s incredible that such a wild locale can exist so close to such a large city. There's great hiking and mountain-biking on trails throug…
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Cañón de la Huasteca

About 10km west of Monterrey’s city center, this spectacular canyon is studded dramatically with 300m-tall rock formations and gorgeous desert landscapes. It’s astounding that such isolated, sublime natural space ca…
Museum in Monterrey

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Don't miss the terrific Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, its entrance marked by Juan Soriano's gigantic black dove sculpture. Inside, its idiosyncratic spaces are filled with water and light and major exhibitions (all t…
Museum in Monterrey

Museo del Noreste

Technically this is a separate institution to the Museo de Historia Mexicana, but, practically speaking, its galleries on the culture and history of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Texas, packed with video scre…
Museum in Monterrey

Museo de Historia Mexicana

This sleek modernist museum presents an extensive but easily manageable chronology of Mexican history. There’s also an Earth section, full of mounted animals and realistic-looking plants at its heart. All explanatio…
Gallery in Monterrey

Centro de las Artes

Three disemboweled redbrick factories compose the Centro de las Artes, filled with rotating modern-art exhibitions. Centro de las Artes I is known as Cineteca, because it also shows independent and foreign films.