Monterrey, the capitol of the state of Nuevo León, is the city that I’ve visited the most in Mexico. It’s only about a 2-and-a-half hour drive from the Texas border, and about 7 hours from Austin, where my mom lives.
I’ve made this trip many times, but still get excited as soon as I start seeing mountains in the distance!
This time around, we didn’t go out much. We were there to spend time with my grandma, after all, not sightsee. One beautiful Saturday we did go downtown, however, looking for something new to explore!
Just across the street from this is the Macroplaza, the 2nd largest plaza in the world!
The land where this park is located was once property of a steel mill. A few of the old industrial structures are still in existence, including this one that houses a restaurant. It’s all very beautiful.
This park is HUGE! Here you can find tons of walking paths, multiple playgrounds, an artificial lake, a convention center, a hotel, and even an ice skating rink.
PASEO SANTA LUCíA
An artificial river that connects the Macroplaza with the Parque Fundidora, it was finished in 2007, and was inspired by the San Antonio riverwalk. Voted one of the 13 man-made maravillas (wonders) of Mexico!**
This was my first time visiting the Paseo Santa Lucía. Motorboats go back and forth between the two parks all day, and at only about 1 and a half miles long, the ride takes about 20 minutes. 50 minutes round trip. A cool feature – free wifi all along the riverwalk!
40 pesos for a round-trip ticket, or about $3.50 in American dollars
Waiting patiently in line!
So many things to see! This building is one of the newest in Monterrey.
There are multiple fountains (I counted more than 20!) along the riverwalk.
The boat stops at the Museum of Mexican History, where you can hop off if you’d like. We’ve been to the museum many times, so opted to stay on the boat and go back to Fundidora park, where we had left the car.
Just because we didn’t go out much doesn’t mean I didn’t indulge in some good food! Street food, mostly – tacos, papas asadas (grilled potatoes filled with all kinds of good stuff), hamburgers, fruit with chile and lime, chicharrones (pork skins), just to name a few. My cousins would bring me all sorts of yummy things! I also had plenty of my tía’s tamales.
Elote en vaso (corn in a cup)
This is so unhealthy but SO good. Fresh corn, cream or mayo, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, powdered chile. Mine was made with yellow cheese, too… skip that.
My first time trying sushi in Mexico! It was… different. Very little actual fish present, lots of fried options.
Good, though! Especially washed down with a couple of margaritas.
But the BEST part of visiting Monterrey?
Oh, and I can’t forget the little Mexican dogs. After all, that’s where our little Chiquito is from!
**The other 12 man-made wonders being: Calakmul, Campeche; Underground roads in Guanajuato; Mexico City’s Historic District; Chichen-Itzá; Chepe Railroad in Chihuahua; Mazatlán, Sinaloa; Palenque, Chiapas; Tajín, Veracruz; Teotihuacan; Tulum; Xochicalco; and Monte Albán, Oaxaca. My friend Ana of SpanglishBaby just wrote a great post about Monte Albán, actually.