Nuevo León, Mexico Regional Landmarks

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Nuevo León State is located in the north west of Mexico. Home of the Chichimec Indians, the name of Nuevo Reino de León (New Lion Kingdom) comes from the Spanish ancient Reino Íbero de León (Iberian Lion Kingdom), taking its current name after the Independence. With a very assorted climate due to its topography, Nuevo León enjoys dry and warm temperatures with rains in summer, and cold winters in the mountains. The region also offers a variety of landscapes, such as canyons, caves, lakes and waterfalls, and pine forests in the Sierra Madres mountains. Considered the centre of a sheep-ranching area, it is also one of the most industrial of the country. Its capital, Monterrey, nicknamed the Sultan of the North, is Mexico's third largest city.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO) - Monterrey

This museum of contemporary art was built by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorretta, designed in the style of a Moorish palace. The museum contains 14 galleries that display exhibitions of Mexican and Latin American avant-garde artists. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 7 pm, Wednesdays and Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm. Closed on Mondays. Admission: 1.5 USD. Free on Wednesday.

Museo de Historia Mexicana - Monterrey

Monterrey's Mexican History Museum displays the country's most complete history of its 1910-1920 Revolution. Other exhibitions include a collection of pre-Columbian Huastec artifacts, a depiction of café society in Mexico circa 1910 and the first bottle-capping machine used by Coca-Cola. Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11 am to 6 pm, Fridays to Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm. Closed on Mondays. Admission: 1.5 USD.

Cathedral - Monterrey

The construction of Monterrey's cathedral began in 1600, taking more than 250 years to finish. Its facade shows a baroque style with neoclassical columns and two huge ornate plateresque medallions on the main door.

Centro Cultural Alpha

Considered the best museum of science and technology in the country, this cultural center includes many educational hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theatre. This cultural complex also includes the Jardín Científico (the Scientific Garden), the Jardín Prehispánico (the Prehispanic Garden) and an aviary. Open Tuesday to Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 2 pm to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm. Closed on Monday. Admission: 3 USD.

Grutas de García - Monterrey

Located 49 km (30 mi) southwest of Monterrey, the Grutas García are estimated to be 50 to 60 million years old, which were submerged by the ocean at one time. This impressive 2.5 km (1.6 mi) route contains 16 caverns, with stalactites and stalagmites, where petrified sea animals can be found in some of its walls. Open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Admission: 2 USD without funicular, 3.5 USD to ride funicular.

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