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Travel Guide for Mexico:Nuevo_León

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Mexico:Nuevo_León that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
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Basic Facts

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Official State/Region Name: State of Nuevo León
Capital: Monterrey
Population: 3 834 141 (year 2000)
Telephone Code: (81) for Monterrey and the metropolitan area
Area: 64,210 km2 that represents the 3.3% of the total Mexican territory.
Altitude: about 500 meters above sea level.
Highest Mountain: Cerro El Morro and Cerro del Potosi - 3710 and 3700 meters above sea level.

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Nuevo León offers a wide range of things to do and see: e.g. Faro del Comercio (Trade Beacon), Grand Plaza, Fountain of Life, State Capitol Building, Monterrey´s Cathedral, Cascada Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Falls), La Huasteca Canyon, El Potosi Peak, Caves of Garcia, Potrero Chico´s Canyon, Fundidora Park, Chipinque Ecological Park, Mountain Hiking, Rappel, Cave Exploration, Bungee Jumping, Kayaking and other acuatic sports, MARCO (Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey), Museum of Mexican His ... more


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Check out where in the globe we are located at

there are some other maps on the same page, from Nuevo Leon's Tourist Office.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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Ok let's say you're staying in our State for 1, 3 or 7 days. This is what I would recommend:

1 Day: Wake up early in the morning and start your journey at the Macroplaza. Make sure you don't miss The Fountain of Life, The Trade Beacon (Faro del Comercio) and the State Capitol Building. Take a look into the Cathedral and head towards the narrow streets of Barrio Antiguo. Have lunch there or go to Avenida Morelos, a popular pedestrian area where you can see dozens of shops and rest ... more


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Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

There are two ways to reach the state of Nuevo Leon:

First, by air: Monterrey's International Airport has many flights coming from other Mexican cities or direct flights from/to the United States, e.g. Dallas, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, etc.
Second, by ground: either by one of m ... more


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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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There are hundreds of good restaurants on the State and on the city. On Monterrey, don't miss El Rey del Cabrito (where you can try the baby goat), Taqueria Juarez for the best Mexican food, Restaurant Garcia, Las Palomas, etc. Too many to list them all.
A wide array of big supermarkets(Wal-Mart, Soriana, Gigante, Carrefour) and corner shops(Oxxo, 7-Eleven, Extra).
Street Food,
Don't miss the taco's stands, you will ... more

Money and Costs

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Exchanging Money The Mexican economy operates on the rise and fall of the Peso. While most businesses in the city will accept foreign currency, especially US dollars, using pesos is your best bet. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many casas de cambio (exchange houses). Mexican banking hours are normally Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 or 5:00 P.M.; however for money exchange the hours time are normally from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Casas de cambio are open later than mos ... more

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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There are a lot of places in Nuevo Leon and specially on the city to enjoy many different types of music. Monterrey nightlife is lively, plentiful and features a lot of diversity that should satisfy the desires of the most seasoned fun seekers. The center of nightlife in Monterrey is definitely Barrio Antiguo, but there is plenty of action spread out over the rest of the city. Theatre, concerts with big name entertainers, discos, small coffee houses, Norteña music shows, salsa clubs, jazz and ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Nuevo León has three kinds of climate:
Hot and dry: mainly in the north.
Cool: In the central area occupied by the Sierra Madre Oriental.
Dry and desert-like: in the south.

Nuevo Leon's weather is pleasant during late fall and winter, and hot and humid during late spring and summer.

Average temperatures by season:
Spring: 30 °C Summer: 36 °C Fall: 20 °C Winter: 20 °C

When to come? It depends on what you are looking for...


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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Government and Politics

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As in any other state in Mexico, Nuevo Leon's dominant religion is Roman Catholic, with 87.9% of total population. It is followed by other Cristian religions with 8.2%, and there is a 2.8% who does not have a particular belief (2000 Census).

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Useful phone numbers:

Corporation for Touristic Development of Nuevo Leon:
Mexico - 01 800 83 222 00
USA-CAN - 1 800 235 24 38

If you need help in the highway, the Green Angels will support you: Tow truck, tools, translations to near towns, all this without any cost for you. If you wish to contact the local office the phone number is:
Angeles Verdes - (81) 83 40 21 13

Red Cross - (81) 83 42 12 12
Green Cross - (81) 83 11 00 14
Turistic Se ... more

External Links

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Official State/region Website:

Offtopic Messages

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