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Mexico’s third-largest city swells with innovative sights, sounds and places to be, as one of the country’s sleekest settlements. This industrial giant offers Mexico’s highest standards of living, with museums and more to match. Walk through the streets of this modern metropolis and experience its museums and contemporary architecture or take a day trip to view the city from the famous saddle-shaped Cerro de la Silla Mountain.

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Take a trip to the capital of Nuevo León and discover the best things to do in Monterrey. Visit the famous Macroplaza, Mexico's largest zocalo and take in the many historical buildings and museums lining the park, like the Monterrey Cathedral and the Contemporary Art Museum along with the Neoclassical governor’s palace. Experience the beauty of nature with a hike in the nearby mountains before ending the night revelling in Barrio Antiguo’s famous nightlife.


Barrio Antiguo Monterrey.


Spanish, although many speak English due to the city’s international influence.

What to eat

Cabrito is the region’s most famous specialty, consisting of a whole kid goat slow roasted over hot coals and served with tortillas, onions, and salsa. For breakfast, locals have machacado: a scrambled egg dish made with dried salted beef.

What to bring back

Leche quemada candies are a regional specialty, made from caramelizing sweetened goat’s milk. It’s sold in different varieties with our favourite being the aptly named “Glorias”, which are rolled in chopped pecans for a delicious crunch.

Fun Fact

Monterrey is home to one of the only authentic Inuksuk found outside of Canada! It was built on-site by Inuit artist Bill Nasogaluak as a gift from the Government of Canada and contains two stones brought over from Canada. You can visit it yourself at the Santa Lucía riverwalk.

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.

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