Located in the state of Nuevo León, we find a city of vital importance for the México. This great city is underlined by its incredible variety of entertainment that feeds the spirit of the “regios” (regales), for the amplitude and magnificence of its cultural spaces, such as being a true icon for big businesses and corporations where its business shines, stretching the four points of the globe: Monterrey, the royal city.
One of the most visited attractions in the city is the Gran Plaza, in the center of the city. Here we find the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) and the Paseo Santa Lucía (Santa Lucía Pass), a place to get together and rest, where Diego de Montemayor founded Monterrey more than 400 years ago. We also find the Faro del Comercio (Commercial Lighthouse), the Fuente de la Vida (Fountain of Life), the Catedral de Monterrey (Monterrey Cathedral), constructed in 1770 and finished in 1899. The Faro del Comercio, situated in front of the Catedral, is one of the distinctive elements of the Gran Plaza: a simple and colossal monument pointed to the sky, which is distinguished as the tallest in the Republic at 170 meters, crowned by laser light equipment whose luminous beam breaks the obscurity of the night with its intense emerald green color.
The celebrated Mexican architect Luis Barragán designed this monument, and the realization of the work was given to the architect Raúl Ferrara. Its construction commemorated the first one hundred years of the Cámara de Comercio in Monterrey in 1984, but even above that, it was homage to the commercial development of the city that today shines as one its most important symbols.
Very close to the hotel zone in Monterrey, a special zone called the Barrio Antiguo (Old Neighborhood) is open to all visitors. In this area, you will find many cafes, restaurants, bars, and discos that offer an unending supply of dining specialties. There are beautiful green areas that elevate the invaluable ecological patronage in the Parque Fundidora (a nature park), a place that during the 19th century served as the center of steel smelting and that, for the pride of all the mountain regions, today shines with an urban esthetic where a city throbs of great development. Inside the Parque Fundidora we find the Centro de las Artes (Center of the Arts), which promotes the patronage of the plastic arts of the state of Nuevo León, and also supports the local and regional art expressed in disciplines such as the performance, the installation, and many others.
Cintermex is the most important center of businesses, conventions, and exposition in Latin America, unequivocal proof of the commercial and social burden that this city possesses, which once generated a tremendous infrastructure dedicated to culture and entertainment like The Parque Temático Plaza Sésamo (Sesame Street Theme Park), the Cineteca Fototeca Nuevo León, the Centro de las Artes, the Track for the inaugural stage of the CART Series, auditoriums, theatres, etc.
In the downtown is where most of the museums are located, whose objectives and spacious features include an endless series of concepts where past and present meet to absorb the attention of every visitor in the gallery. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of Contemporary Art), known as the MARCO, captivates its visitors with an exhibition of a surprising collection of works of art from national and international artists. In the exact place where the city was founded we find the Museo de Historia Mexicana (Museum of Mexican History). By means of an interesting and pleasant journey, it offers different stages of Mexico’s past: the epic of La Colonia (The Colony), 19th Century, and Modern Mexico.
At the top of the cerro del Obispado (Bishopric Hill), very close to the downtown, we find the Museo Regional del Obispado (Regional Museum of the Bishopric). It contains ten rooms where all types of original historic objects are preserved, along with invaluable testimony of the history of Nuevo León of the past centuries. The Planetario Alfa (Alpha Planetarium) is without doubt one of the most visited museums due to the fact of its permanent expositions of science and technology, its astronomical observatory, its bird sanctuary, the Jardín de la Ciencia (Science Garden), and the pre-Hispanic garden or pavilion "El Universo" (The Universe). Besides, in this center of family entertainment, they exhibit movies projected with the spectacular system of Imaxdome. But there is so much more to see and feel in Monterrey! The Bioparque Estrella, with an open area of over 250 hectares where more than 1000 animals of 50 species live together freely, the fun park Bosque Mágico (Magic Forest) located at that side of Zoológico La Pastora (The Pastora Zoo), with green areas, rides, spectacles, etc.
Therefore Monterrey, besides serving as a premier business center, is open as one of the most interesting options of tourism in México. In downtown Monterrey, 15 minutes from the Parque Fundidora, there extends a hotel zone of more than 2000 rooms and 80 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 1,200 people. Housing options aren’t just restricted to this area though; there are more than 70 different quality hotels distributed throughout the city ...and an endless number of incredible experiences waiting for you and your family!
This is Monterrey, an ideal destination, and a royal city.