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Chipinque National Park

Chipinque National Park is only a 15 minute drive into the mountains from Monterrey’s suburbs. The park has a plethora of hiking and biking trails that in total extend over 15 kilometers.

The Chipinque hotel in the area is a mountain lodge style hotel. Staying there overnight is a very pleasant and rustic experience.

Presa de la Boca

Presa de la Boca is an artificial lake created by the Rodrigo Gomez Dam, or “La Boca.” On the lake you can take part in a variety of water sports including jet skiing, wakeboarding, rowing, and many others. Presa de la Boca is also a great fishing destination.

The Rodrigo Gomez Dam also houses many shops and restaurants for visitors to come and enjoy.

Cola de Caballo

The name Cola de Caballo means Horse Tail in English because the waterfall actually resembles a real horse’s tail. The 82 foot falls are a must see and are easily accessible from the town of Santiago, which is only 25 miles south east of Monterrey.

Grutas de García

The Garcia Caves are located 40 miles North East of the city of Monterrey. The caves are somewhere between 50 and 60 million years old and are roughly 2,500 feet above sea level. To reach the caves you can take a 10 minutes gondella ride, or you can choose to hike up the steep rocky terrain for about an hour.

The caves have 2 pathways, one is about 2.5 km long with 16 chambers, while the other is about 1 km long with 11 chambers. The caves feature very interesting stalagmite and stalactite formations. Walking around the caves can be physically taxing, so be prepared to traverse across the steep rocky terrain inside of them. A word of caution, the caves are not handicap friendly and they definitely aren’t not wheelchair accessible.