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5 Reasons You Should Visit This Underrated City In Mexico Right Now

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After a tourism record-shattering year, Mexico has firmly established itself as America’s favorite international travel destination. 

It's really no wonder, given this country’s picture-perfect beaches, abundant cultural attractions, and beautiful weather. 

With much of the USA in the grips of a winter cold snap, it's safe to assume many of us are scheming up sunny travel escapes. 

Being our neighbor and the home of iconic destinations like Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico is an obvious choice for an easy winter sun vacation. 

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The only challenge is deciding just where to go in Mexico. 

Maybe you’ve already crossed Mexico City off your bucket list and are curious about the country’s other urban destinations. 

Or if a beach vacation to Cancun isn't quite piquing your interest and you’d prefer somewhere less touristy, then Mexico’s second-largest city might just be perfect for you.

Monterrey Mexico Skyline at Sunset

It's Never Been Easier To Get To Monterrey 

Flying to Monterrey this season will be easier than ever thanks to new non-stop flights from the ultra low-cost Mexican airline Viva Aerobus. 

On January 25th, the carrier began offering its first non-stop flights from Denver International Airport to Monterrey twice a week. 

And Denver is just the first out of six major US airports that will see new flights to Monterrey this year. 

Austin, Orlando, Miami, Oakland, and New York will also be launching new nonstop routes through Viva Aerobus. 

Tickets for these new flights will start from $65 for a one way trip according to the carrier.

Fundidora Park Fountain With Mountainous Backdrop Monterrey Mexico

Perfect Weather

Late winter is the perfect time to explore this city if you want the best weather.

Monterrey’s driest months are in winter, so you can look forward to plenty of sunshine during your holiday. 

Visiting Monterey in January and February means you can expect average high temperatures in the mid-70s to low 80s. 

This Spring-like weather is the perfect break from cold, cloudy days. 

Going to Mexico during these cooler months will allow you to comfortably hike and wander the colorful streets without tiring quickly from the Mexican heat.

Mexico, Monterrey, colorful historic buildings in the center of the old city, Barrio Antiguo,

Monterrey’s A Great Destination For Nature Lovers

Located in the Northwestern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, framed by the majestic Sierra Madre mountain range, Monterrey is an underrated destination for nature lovers. 

Within an hour of the city, travelers can find fascinating caves, rushing waterfalls, and memorable hikes. 

The Ecological Park Chimpique boasts over 60 km of hiking and biking trails, its crown jewel being the 2,260-meter peak Copete de las Aguilas, nicknamed Eagle’s Peak. 

This popular, challenging hike rewards visitors with unmatched views of the city and surrounding landscape. 

Mountain enthusiasts can also hike Cerro de la Silla, the massive mountain that watches over Monterrey. 

Take a short drive outside the city, and you'll find the 60 million-year-old Garcia Cave system, which offers unique caverns to explore.

La Huasteca Monterrey (Mountain Landscape)

Excellent Museums and Its Beautiful Macro Plaza

Macro Plaza is one of the largest plazas in the world and the cultural center of Monterrey. 

You’ll find several must-see buildings and attractions located here, including the Cathedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterre, Government Palace of Nuevo León, and Fountain of Neptune. 

The plaza is an excellent place to spend a day taking in the city on foot and seeing where modern Mexico blurs with its charming old architecture. 

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, or MARCO, is one of Mexico’s best modern art museums and a can’t-miss attraction for culture enthusiasts and art lovers visiting Monterrey. Budget travelers will rejoice that the art museum has free admission. History buffs will enjoy an afternoon spent at Museo De Historia Mexicana (Mexican History Museum) or the Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey.

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The Charming Streets Of This City’s Old Town

If you venture east of the Macroplaza, you’ll soon be greeted by the colorful buildings and cobblestone streets of Barrio Antiguo. 

This idyllic neighborhood is the center of Monterrey’s nightlife and the perfect place to spend an afternoon of people-watching in cafes or shopping at Mercado Barrio Antiguo, a mall designed in the fashion of a historical market.

Monterrey is the right combination of modern Mexico and charming old town streets, complete with enough natural beauty, cultural interest, and delicious Mexican cuisine to make for a great trip. 

Mexico, Monterrey, colorful historic buildings in the center of the old city, Barrio Antiguo

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