3 Days in Monterrey: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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Travelers love the diversity of Monterrey. Its rich culture, vibrant night life, unique arts scene and wealth of outdoor adventures make it the perfect place to experience the beauty of Mexico. Here are some ideas on the best way to spend three days in Monterrey to get the most out of the city, the mountains and the countryside.

Day 1: Explore the City, See the Arts
Begin the day in the popular Macroplaza, where locals and travelers have been gathering since the early 1980s. Wander the halls of the Palacio de Gobierno and the ornate Biblioteca Fray Servando Teresa de Mier library, then head to the nearby Jardin Hundido to relax among trickling fountains and well-kept gardens. After Macroplaza check out Museo del Vidrio, where local glass artisans demonstrate their craft and hundred year old works are on display. Finally round out the day with dinner and a drink on the cobblestone streets of the famous Barrio Antiguo. Tuck into plates of spicy food while the sun goes down and the energy turns up, then spend the evening dancing the night away at one of the popular discotheques.

Day 2: Into the Wild
Escape the hustle of the city and head just 12 miles outside of town to Cumbres de Monterey National Park. Located in the northern foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental, this outdoor wonderland has plenty to do, see and experience. Hike the well-forested trails and check out the indigenous wildlife that lines the paths, then trek to Cascada Cola de Caballo. The popular waterfall is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic and a refreshing swim before heading back to the bustling city center.

Day 3: Get Underground
After exploring the wilds of Cumbres de Monterey National Park above ground, spend a day down below wandering the 16 hidden chambers of Parque Grustas de Garcia, where temperatures always ring in at a comfortably cool 65 degrees. This impressive network of caves includes el salon de la luz, where natural light cascades through rock ceilings onto the cave’s floor below. Photographers will love snapping photos of the unique landscapes tucked far below the surface of the park.

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Cumbres de Monterrey National Park Canyoneering Adventure

Climb, rappel and swim your way through the Chipitín Canyon area in Cumbres de Monterrey National Park. On this full-day tour from Monterrey, try your ...  Read more

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $244.99

Monterrey Hot Air Balloon Ride

Float up, up and away in a hot-air balloon over the mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental! After traveling by minivan from your hotel in Monterrey to Allende, ...  Read more

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Duration: 35-45 mins (approx.)

From USD $316.99

Monterrey Bungee Jump

Strap on a harness and free fall from one of the highest bungee-jump sites in Mexico! After a safety briefing led by professional bungee instructors, set aside ...  Read more

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

Huasteca Canyon Via Ferrata Zipline and Rapelling Adventure from Monterrey

Conquer the famous Via Ferrata and fly from peak to peak on this zipline and rappelling adventure at La Huasteca Canyon in Cumbres de Monterrey National Park. ...  Read more

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Monterrey City Sightseeing Tour

Get to know cosmopolitan Monterrey on this sightseeing tour that will introduce you to the city’s top landmarks. It’s a great way to orient yourself with the ...  Read more

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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