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Monterrey - A travel report by July
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Monterrey,  Mexico - flag Mexico -  Nuevo León
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Monterrey is a safe city of about 4 million inhabitants. It is very densely populated. One of the more noticeable things is that it resembles a southern U.S. city. It is literally two hours away from the border with McAllen Texas.


I lived in Monterrey for 5 months since I studied abroad there in UDEM. It was great. Monterrey is a wealthier city, very Americanized, cleaner than other cities that I've seen. I actually lived in a near-by town in the greater metropolitan area called San Pedro Garza Garcia. Shopping is a bit more pricey in Monterrey because its residents are more of a middle to high-class range. The touristy areas include the Macroplaza, el Barrio antiguo, the several museums in that same area, the Cola de Caballo waterfalls, and the caves called las Grutas de Garcia.

Favourite spots:
El centrito in San Pedro Garza Garcia: this little town center had it all and I could within walking distance, do my grocery shopping, eat at a restaurant, and go dancing/drinking at night. It was great! Hiking in el Serro la Silla

What's really great:
Living in between mountains is beautiful. It's a shame that locals forget they're even there. It is weird, but you will most likely never see the horizon if you're in the greater Monterrey area. Traveling on the taxis is crazy! You must tell the taxi driver to turn the meter on, or else, they tell you to pay them an outragous amount. So beware! Traveling on the buses (or camiones) is also fun. They have these older buses that are so uncomfortable, ugly, and just dirty! But I enjoyed being on them because they were so cheap and would always get me anywhere I needed.

Sights:
Grutas de Garcia caves
El Serro la Silla, for hiking, expect intense hiking
El Barrio Antiguo
Cola de Caballo waterfalls

Accommodations:
I suggest you stay in San Pedro Garza Garcia, a nearby town of Monterrey. It is just 10 minutes away but so much cleaner, quiter, and safer. It is a residential area with middle-class families.

Nightlife:
There are many clubs to choose from in the Barrio Antiguo
In San Pedro Garza Garcia, you will find them in el Centrito en el Centro del Valle.

Hangouts:
Several American places

Restaurants:
El Rey del Cabrito is pretty famous. When in Monterrey, one MUST eat cabrito (goat).

Other recommendations:
Many shopping areas and malls.

Published on Friday September 17th, 2004


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