Monterrey, in north eastern Mexico, offers both the comforts of an urban metropolis and the exciting adventure opportunities afforded by the surrounding mountain ranges. An essential part of any plan to travel to Mexico, Monterrey has grown exponentially popular in recent years.
The following are 9 fun facts about Monterrey.
1. It is the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon
Monterrey is the capital and largest city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León.
2. It is Mexico’s 9th largest city
The city is anchor to the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is ranked as the ninth-largest city in the nation.
3. It has a rich indigenous history
Little is known about the area before its founding in 1596, but a semi-nomadic group known as the Chichimecas was said to occupy these lands before the arrival of the Spanish.
4. The FIFA World Cup was played here in 1986
In 1986, Mexico staged the FIFA World Cup, with several important games taking place in Monterrey. This was a noteworthy year in the sporting history of both Monterrey and the country.
5. Goat meat is a local favorite
The deeply traditional and most popular dish of Monterrey is “cabrito”, kid goat cooked on embers based on the Jewish cuisine of the founders of the city.
6. It has the highest bungee jump in Mexico
Of all the things to do in Monterrey, bungee jumping at the Cola de Caballo is one of the most popular, exciting attractions. With a height of 230 feet this jump is ranked as the highest bungee jumping site in Mexico.
7. Canyoneering is a very popular activity
Matacanes is named after its many shower-shaped rock formations. This spectacular canyon offers visitors an exciting array of waterfalls, natural slides, crystalline springs, caves, underground rivers and huge gorges.
8. The city’s old steel foundry is now a museum
The Horno Alto Nº 3 mill, today boasts a unique rappel and zip-line route that tours the entire structure of the old foundry, from a height of almost 263 feet, through all of its intricate passageways, until it reaches tierra firma below. It is considered one of the signature adventure tours that the city has to offer.
9. Monterrey still produces a lot steel
Even though much of the heavy industry has long since departed the city, some 25 percent of Mexican steel is still produced here, as well as much of the country’s glass and beer.