By Emily Cook
Monterrey
Mexico
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Monterrey may not be the first place that comes to mind when searching for vacation destinations, but this high-tech economic powerhouse offers a surprising array of activities and cultural points of interest. Known as the “Sultan of the North,” Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico. Seated in a valley at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Monterrey’s metropolitan vibe makes it a natural for fine dining, culture and an exciting nightlife. In addition, the outskirts of Monterrey offer some of the best eco-tourism and outdoor adventure activities so visitors can have the best of both worlds.

EscapeWizard.com can help you plan your next adventure to Monterrey. Easily accessible by air, Monterrey’s General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) serves many U.S. cities as well as most cities within Mexico. The airport is approximately 30 minutes from the city center by car and taxis are readily available. Visit the EscapeWizard.com website to book your flight today by using this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). You can also find the perfect accommodations for your travel needs and browse hotel options by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Your first stop in the city of Monterrey should be the Macro Plaza, one of the largest plazas in the world. EscapeWizard.com also suggests you also spend some time exploring Monterrey’s many museums. The Museo de Historia Mexicana (Museum of Mexican History) is a great place to start, while the Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey (Monterrey Metropolitan Museum) and the Museo Regional de Nuevo Leon (Nuevo Leon Regional Museum) are also worth a stop as they exhibit information more specific to Monterrey city and Mexico’s northeastern region.  There is even a museum dedicated to the history of Mexican baseball, so EscapeWizard.com recommends you visit the Salón de la Fama (Hall of Fame) if baseball is your game.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends you explore your creative side by stepping into one of Monterrey’s highly regarded art museums. Intricate glass works can be found at the Museo del Vidrio (Glass Museum) while Latin America’s most influential contemporary art is on display at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Contemporary Art Museum, or MARCO). 

The city of Monterrey really lights up as the sun goes down, with a bustling night life and world class dining. EscapeWizard.com recommends you try the local fare, which is often highlighted by delicacies including goat meat: roasted (cabrito), zaraza (braised) and dried (machaca) which is generally served with scrambled eggs. Beans, rice, tortillas and salsas are also widely available, as are exceptional Mexican beers and sweets. After dinner, there are a multitude of bars and nightclubs that offer a wide range of music.

The outskirts of Monterrey are filled with natural wonders. EscapeWizard.com suggests travelers make a special trip to the Chipinque Ecological Park, a nature reserve that is teeming with wildlife, has an extensive network of mountain biking trails and offers exquisite views of the city. The Cañon de la Huasteca (Huasteca Canyon) is also a great stop, with a massive canyon over 1000 feet deep located within Monterrey National park that is perfect for rock climbing while Cascada Cola de Caballo Ecotourism Park is the perfect spot for those who enjoy adventures on horseback. 

EscapeWizard.com encourages those who like a little adventure to explore the Grutas de Bustamente (Bustamente Caverns) or Grutas de Garcia (Garcia Caverns). Both are home to extensive caverns dating back thousands of years. Visitors to Bustamente, part of the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, can explore the vast canyon systems over 200 feet below the surface, while visitors to Garcia might be lucky enough to find marine fossils. For those who really love to push the limits, bungee jumping and rappelling are also available at such places as Cañon de Portero Chico (Portero Chico Canyon) which offers Tyrolean Rapelling and climbing opportunities from its 3,000 foot cliffs. 

With average temperatures hovering around 73 degrees most of the year, Monterrey’s climate is ideal for any activity. In the summer, however, the temperature can get quite toasty, reaching as high as 113 degrees so check the weather before your trip, and pack accordingly. 

Between the rich cultural events, diverse topography, fabulous food and extensive opportunities for adventure, Monterrey offers visitors an array of entertainment choices. Before booking your travel experience, EscapeWizard.com recommends checking the State Department website for any travel advisories in the region. Then, let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next trip to Monterrey and discover the wonders of this under-explored Mexican city. 
Hotels in Monterrey
By Cheryl L. Cholley
Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey
Blvd Antonio L. Rodriguez No. 1880, Monterrey, Nuevo Le, 64650, Mexico
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The Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey, a mere 35 km from Mariano Escobedo International Airport, is the perfect location for your time in Monterrey.  This picturesque hotel is situated near many of Monterrey's finest attractions.  The City Center and Plaza San Pedro Mall are nearby, as are the Plaza Sesamo Park and the Bosque Magico Park.  You will also find the hotel conveniently located near the offices of large corporations and close to the industrial sections of Apodaca and Santa Caterina.  The hotel offers free shuttle service and self-parking.  Check-in time is 3 p.m.

The spacious rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey are offered with one or two beds.  You'll find the work desk complete and efficient with ergonomic chair and two dual line phones with data ports.  You'll find the complimentary DSL Internet service and secure in-room printing to the business center helpful for completing your work efficiently and on time.  In your room you'll also find a mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker for your comfort and convenience.

Relax, when your day is through at the outdoor heated pool, or in the whirlpool.  The workout center will help you stay in shape while on the road, too.  Wake up each morning to a cooked-to-order breakfast from the Great American Grill, conveniently located on-site, and open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. seven days a week.  The Grill also offers a buffet in the evenings, including Oriental, Mexican and International selections.  You'll also find the room service is convenient if you'd prefer to eat in your room.

Check-out time at the Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey is a convenient and unhurried 1 p.m., so take it easy on your last morning and enjoy.  If you intend to visit Monterrey, the Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey is the place to be.  You may book your room easily, and at a great rate through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Monterrey
By Rose Overbey
Sheraton Ambassador Hotel
Avenue Hidalgo 310 Oriente, Monterrey, Mexico
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The Sheraton Ambassador Hotel is a great place to stay while visiting Monterrey, Mexico. This comfortable hotel is well maintained and located near many attractions. The Stadium of University and Technological Stadium are nearby. The Alfa Planetarium is also close. A 24-Hour front desk is open to help guests at all times. Bellmen and porters are on hand to assist guests with any needs.

The amenities are sure to please guests. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. In each room is the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, an LCD Flat Panel Television complete with cable channels and in-room movies. A hairdryer, iron and ironing board are also available. Guests will be pleased with the fantastic service the hotel offers; turndown service, wake-up service and maid service are all complimentary.

Rooms are air conditioned and there is also a desk for guests to use. The room also includes a mini bar, coffee maker and room service at all times.

In case you need to pick up a couple souvenirs, the hotel features a gift shop. Babysitting Services are available if guests want a “grown-up” night away from the children. If guests need to get work done while they’re on the road, there is also business center available to handle your needs.

Guests will be pleased to find an outdoor pool to enjoy. There are comfortable chairs in the lush setting by the pool to soak up the sun. There is also a fitness facility and steam bath and whirlpool. If guests need more relaxation, there are also massage treatments available!

On site is the Los Vitrales Restaurant. Guests will enjoy the delicious food at the 24-hour restaurant. The sports bar is also a fun place to relax. Live entertainment is also available at the sports bar on site. The lobby bar in the hotel features a piano bar for guests to lounge around in after a long day.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Sheraton Ambassador Hotel. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Monterrey
By Susan Alpert
Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey
Av Insurgentes 3961, Vista Hermosa, 64640 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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The Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey is located in one of the most fashionable sections of Monterrey Mexico. As a guest here, you will have spectacular views of the surrounding Sierra Madre mountain range that is popular with climbers from around the world. Yet, you are only a half hour from the airport and walking distance via a stunning bridge to the Galerias Monterrey Shopping Mall.  Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey is a little more than three miles to the Museum of Contemporary Art Museum (MARCO) and less than 16 miles to the magnificent Horsetail Falls. It is very near many of the world’s leading international corporations including CEMEX, Vitro, Four Points, Alfa and Cydsa, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma, Fanal, and the banking district.  Sheraton Galerias Monterrey lets you combine business with pleasure, or, if you are on vacation, pleasure with just pleasure.  It is definitely a new treasure of the Sierra Madres.

The Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey has 87 smoke-free executive rooms and 22 suites all equipped with Wireless High Speed Internet Access, data port, in-room safe deposit box, voicemail, and a coffee maker.  The courteous staff can assist you with reservations, directions, and airport transportation.

Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey’s many amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, business center, and the casual Sierra Madre Restaurant. It has five meeting rooms including the large Ballroom Theater, which can be reserved for weddings or your own international trade agreements.

Monterrey is the capital and largest city of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico.  It is also the country’s leading international industrial and high tech city with extraordinary scenery and old world charm.  Let The Four Points of Sheraton Galerias Monterrey be your hotel for comfort and convenience in this great city. Book your reservation on EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).