Monterrey is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon, the second wealthiest city in Mexico and the ninth in Latin America. The city is the center of the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is ranked as the ninth-largest city in the country, serving as the commercial center in the north of the country and the base of many important international corporations.
If you travel to Mexico, Monterrey and its surrounding areas offer a combination of nature and modernity, tradition and adventure, cuisine and a cosmopolitan environment. Located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental in northeastern Mexico, the region is dotted with incredible natural sites with an endless variety of waterfalls, caves, canyons and mountains.
The Huasteca Canyon for example is a popular destination for family outdoor activities. During summer when the river is shallower visitors can swim and kayak in its tranquil waters. The surrounding cliffs that reach up to almost 1,000 feet in height allow for rock climbing, rappelling, long walking, and mountain climbing. Because of its variety of trails and its spectacular peaks this is also a favorite amongst climbers and weekend hikers.
For those interested in canyon excursions however, Matacanes is a must. Named after its many porous, shower-shaped rock formations of calcareous origin, Matacanes is a spectacular canyon that offers visitors an exciting array of waterfalls, natural slides, crystalline springs, caves, underground rivers and huge gorges. Hiking through this canyon requires a little experience, some level of physical fitness and should be accompanied by professional guides.
A visit to Monterrey will definitely impress outdoor enthusiasts.