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Sunday, September 04, 2005

About Monterrey, Mexico


City of Mountains
Monterrey is located in the northern part of Mexico, about 150 miles from the U.S. border in Texas. It is the capital city of the state of Nuevo Leon and Mexico's third largest city, with a population of about 1.2 million.
The city is surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains at an elevation of 200 feet above sea level. The mountain view is spectacular. The mountain view is dominated by the distinctive Cerro de la Silla, a saddle-shaped peak, which has become a symbol of Monterrey.
Monterrey is Mexico's top industrial center. More goods are produced here than in any other Mexican city. It is estimated that the city accounts for about 25 percent of Mexico's total manufacturing base.
It is also a very modern city, although many colonial buidings have been preserved.
Attractions for Visitors
Gran Plaza
In the strikingly modern downtown area is located one of the largest plazas in the world, with 40 hectares of buildings, walkways, esplanades, fountains and gardens. The plaza is the focal point for restaurants, shops, major hotels, and also hosts the most important public buildings. In the center of the plaza stands the city's symbol, El Faro del Comercio - "The Lighthouse of Commerce."
Mexican History Museum
Located in the center of the city, this excellent museum gives you an overview of the Mexican Colonial Period and Modern Mexico. The museum's exhibits are arranged chronologically, moving from presentations on Ancient Mexico, through Colonial times to Modern Mexico. This museum is a good place to learn about Mexico's history.
Garcia Caves
Located close to Monterrey are a series of spectacular and dramatic caves dating back more than 60 million years ago.The caves are located halfway up a steep rocky cliff and may be accessed by an authentic turn-of-the-century cable car. Guided tours of the caves are available.
Bioparque Estrella
Not far from Monterrey is a 250-hectare wildlife park featuring a drive-through safari where visitors can drive 7 kms and view more than 600 animals from 40 different species that now live and procreate in the park. Among the species are ostriches, giraffes, zebras, red deer, monkeys, black buck water buck, orixes, axis, silks, hippopotamus, camels, kangaroos and lambs. The park also has a separate zoo area where children can interact with different animal species.
Pastora Park
Located in one of the city's main green areas is a calm and beautifully maintained park in which the people of Monterrey go to relax and spend a pleasant day. The park has a natural lake where you can row a boat, a replica of a small typical Mexican town, and a zoo. There are gardens, ponds and waterfalls, and several facilities to hold get-togethers or picnics. There are also several restaurants and souvenir shops located in the park area.

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