With today’s busy lifestyle, where can one go to escape the dullness of everyday routine? Patawalk has the answer for you, what better than a place where industrial growth is prominent yet has the opportunity for exploration and adventure right at its back door? Visit Monterrey and live the adventure of being one with nature!
Monterrey is located in the northeast part of Mexico and it’s has the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Before the Spanish settlement began, Monterrey was a desolate land where several nomad indigenous groups would stop by how to use bollinger bands . It wasn’t until 1582 when the Spanish expeditionary Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva made a deal with the King of Spain (Phillip) and claimed a new territory for Spain, which he called Nuevo Leon (New Kingdom of Leon). Not much came of it until sixteen years later (in 1596) when Diego de Montemayor accompanied by thirteen crypto-Jew families established another settlement. They set their settlement next to a water spring that still flows today, Ojos de Agua de Santa Lucia (Eyes of Water of Santa Lucia). The settlement quickly grew into a city and the population and popularity of it increased as Monterrey’s location facilitated trade between San Antonio (Texas, U.S., but part of Mexico, at the time), Tampico (Mexico) and Saltillo (Mexico). The city became synonymous with industrialization. In the 19th century a steel-production company, known as Fundidora de Fierro y Acero de Monterrey, was built in Monterrey, something that added to the already fast-paced industrialization of the city.
But don’t be fooled by the city’s booming industrialization, there’s much more than meets the eye. For instance, would it have ever occurred to you that you can find a theme park based on the famous American children’s television show, Sesame Street? Well, you can surely find it here. Plaza Sesamo Monterrey (Sesame Street Monterrey) is only one of four in the world! La Casa de los Titeres (The House of Puppets) is a really incredible museum. It truly is captivating to the eye; the museum features a history of puppets, a display of puppets through time and you might even catch a puppet show! One of the most popular places to visit in the city is the Macroplaza; this place was built in the 80s and there’s an innumerable amount of things to see. You can simply walk around, do some shopping, maybe enjoy a bite of something to eat, you can see one of the many sculpture, and even admire its murals which have been created by famous artists. Here you can also see Santa Lucia Riverwalk, which is a man-made river built quite recently. Here you want to simply take a stroll down the river and visit the shops and eateries around it.
If you’re a fanatic of architecture then you must visit at least one of Monterrey’s churches of which some date back to the foundation of the city and boast of unique architectural style. One church you musn’t miss is Catedral Metropolitana de Monterrey (The Metropolitan Cathedral of Monterrey). This cathedral was built around the same time as the city, in the late 1500s. Its style is like a combination of Neoclassical and Baroque. You must truly admire its murals, which are a treat to the eye. Oh, and did I mention that this church received the visit of none othan than Pope John Paul II back in 1990? Basilica del Roble (Basilica of the Oak Tree) is another marvelous building built that can be admired due to its Roman architectural desgin. There’s a story behind its erection which tells of a priest who hid the image of the Virgin Mary in an oak tree (hence the nameof the church) so the nomad indigenous groups wouldn’t get a hold of it. As a matter of fact, that same oak tree is where the church is built on. Another church you can’t miss is Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (The Sacred Heart of Jesus Temple), which was built from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It is really a representative of the popular arquitectural style of the late 1800s; just the mere outside of the temple is quite impressive, but the stained glass windows inside are magnificent.
If you’re looking for the opportunity to become one with nature and are looking to embark on an adventure, then look no further. First off you’ll want to see one of nature’s wonders, Cascada del Chipitin. This is an incredibly beautiful 300-foot waterfall where you must have your picture taken. If you’re into mountain climbing or even hiking, then you’ll be in your perfect environment when you go to Potrero Chico. This particlur area is considered one of the best walls to climb in all of Latin America. Potrero Chico is an awesome place for biking as well, because it has over 700 different routes. Cola de Caballo (Horse’s Tail) is yet another extremely captivating wonder. This is a waterfall and if you see it from afar, you’ll notice how it resembles a horse’s tail. But admiring the waterfall is not the only thing to do there. The waterfall is surrounded by a forests where you can mountain bike, hike, and if you’re truly daring there’s even bungee jumping. How about looking at one of nature’s art: a cave? Then go to Grutas de Bustamante which features some of the most spectacular caves in the world. Another set of caves are located at Grutas de Garcia. These were discovered back in the mid 1800s and they’re believed to be about sixty million years old. Also, scientists believe that these caves were at some point underwater due to the fossils found there. One of the most incrible sights is Pozo del Gavilan (Well of the Hawk), which is a well but seems more like a hole in the ground. It is more than 260 feet deep and has a radius of almost 400 feet, now that’s huge! What’s even more wondrous about this place is that on the well’s walls swallows have their nests, and during nesting season you can see hawks stealing the swallows’ eggs. And if you’re a thrill seeker, then don’t hesitate on climbing down the well. These are only a few of the multitude of natural wonders found in Monterrey’s back yard where you can hike, climb, jump, sight see, and even enjoy some bird and butterfly watching.