Attractions

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 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 a network of more than 500 unde…
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

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 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…
Top Choice Museum in Saltillo

Museo del Desierto

Saltillo's top attraction, this no-expense-spared museum is highly enjoyable and informative (even if you don’t speak Spanish). Exhibits reveal why sea currents can create deserts and how sand dunes are formed. Chil…
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…
Winery in Parras

Casa Madero

This, the first winery in the Americas, was established at Parras in 1597, a year before the town itself sprang up. It’s now an industrial-sized operation exporting wine all over the world, although it's still house…
in Monterrey

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…