Located in Northeastern Mexico, Nuevo Leon is a state home to some 4.5 million people, and is an ideal area to visit the next time you’re on holiday in Mexico. The reason behind this is the considerable variety of experiences that visitors can enjoy within the state’s bounds. Impressive contrasts between nature and man, culture and adventure, and incredible cuisine and lifestyle are sure to impress tourists and travellers alike.
The capital city of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, is a spot where the collision between modern living and history is really seen. The city’s Macroplaza is a perfect example of this, and tends to surprise visitors when they see the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral rubbing shoulders with the Faro de Comercio (Lighthouse of Commerce) whose green laser beam is visible in many places city-wide.
The Macroplaza is also the staging ground of the Bella Via Festival, an important cultural event in honor of the coexistence of local and foreign artists of considerable talent. During the festival, the entire area of the plaza becomes a veritable canvas with hundreds of works of art and impressive reproductions.
Yet around Monterrey, the true gorgeous nature of Nuevo Leon is revealed in the form of a mountain range. The range, which is very popular with both visitors and locals, is ideal for exploration and adventurous exercise. There are rock formations, canyons and waterfalls, the result of millions of years of a changing landscape, just waiting for people to explore them. Such sites make great spots for camping, rappelling, hiking and similar activities of an eco-tourism style, for which there are a number of tour companies available for bookings. While you’re in the area be sure to experience a dive into the Cola de Caballo (Horsetail) waterfall, a sail around La Boca dam, or a hike through the Matacanes, el Salto and Laberinto canyons which are world-class.
What is most worth mentioning in recommending Nuevo Leon to potential visitors is the state’s incredible cuisine. Even those eager for just a taste will find more than they bargained for with mouth-watering meals like the following:
Tacos de Trompo: Marinated smoky pork with spicy chili, pineapple, onion and cilantro
Cabrito: Specialist roasted lamb dish
Frijoles Charros: Open fire cooked beans with chili, herbs and meat
Machaca: Scrabbled eggs and shredded beef mixed with chili pepper and onions
Cortadillo: Beef combined with tomatoes and fresh chili
And if after that you have room for dessert, there’s the Glorias (burnt milk and nut sweets) to really fill your stomach to the brim.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for your wild side, or impressing your culinary explorer, Nuevo Leon will have you leaving satisfied and eager to come back for more. There really is so much to do in the area, and this article has only covered a sliver, most focused around Monterrey, so make sure you do a lot of research to ensure that you’re not missing out on anything during the time that you have.