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Northern Adventure to the Border Route

Arteaga, Parras de la Fuente, Saltillo, Torreón, Viesca, Monterrey

Monterrey is where this route through the north of the country begins. It has so many attractions that it becomes difficult to choose which one to visit. One of the tourists’ favorite spots is the Mirador del Obispado (Bishop Viewpoint), very special if you want to admire the city; and for those experienced in climbing, there are ascents to Cerro de la Silla (De la Silla Hill), the emblem of the city! We also recommend you to rent a bicycle and tour the area around Parque Fundidora (Fundidora Park). In the Old Town you can enjoy the colonial atmosphere and eat in one of its many restaurants.

Now head to the neighboring state of Coahuila. The first stop is at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Arteaga, located one hour and fifteen minutes southwest of Monterrey. This place is surrounded by pine trees and is excellent for hiking in the surrounding hills. At downtown Arteaga, you can visit the Templo de San Isidro Labrador (San Isidro Labrador Temple), as well as the many canning and craft shops.

Saltillo is just twenty minutes west of Arteaga. Its Historic Downtown preserves beautiful colonial buildings, such as the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) with its beautiful pink quarry stone façade, the Catedral de Santiago (Santiago Cathedral) and El Casino. In the same area there are several museums that are worth visiting: the Museo de los Presidentes Coahuilenses (Presidentes Coahuilenses Museum), Museo de la Revolución Mexicana (Mexican Revolution Museum) and that of Sarape, among others. Before leaving Saltillo, be sure to try the delicious traditional dishes: the cabrito and the huevo con machaca.

The tour now continues in Parras de la Fuente, an important wine producer in the northeast. We recommend you to go on an excursion to the different wine houses and participate in a tasting. Another attraction is the Cueva de los Murciélagos (Bat Cave), do you dare visit it? In the heart of this Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) you can admire historical buildings: the Municipal Palace, the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Sanctuary) and the Templo de San Ignacio de Loyola (San Ignacio de Loyola Temple). To enjoy the landscape visit the Capilla del Santo Madero (Santo Madero Chapel), you will love it! Tamales a la barbacoa and the parrillada are two of the most popular dishes, be sure to try them!

The Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Viesca is located one hour and fifteen minutes west of Parras de la Fuente. Visit the Municipal Presidency building, the Museo de Arte Sacro (Sacred Religious Art Museum) and the Templo de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Temple). In the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) you will find crafts and sarapes made by local artisans. And don't miss the excursion to the Bilbao Dunes, it is a different and fun experience.

Forty-five minutes northwest of Viesca you will reach Matamoros. One of the places of greatest historical importance, here is the Cueva del Tabaco (Tabaco Cave), a place that guarded the nation's archive during the itinerant government of President Benito Juárez. Take a stroll through the main square and admire the traditional wooden and tin handicrafts offered by the local artisans. We recommend you to visit the Benito Juárez Museum and the Nuestra Señora del Refugio Church.

The tour ends 25 minutes away from Torreón. This thriving industrial city shelters places of interest for the whole family. For starters, go to the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) where the famous Clock Tower is located and afterwards head downtown to enjoy the local cuisine in one of its many restaurants. Admire cultural diversity in its various museums such as the Historic Museum, City Museum and the Arocena Museum, which houses a valuable collection of viceregal art. It is also worth going to La Perla Cultural Corridor, an old underground irrigation canal where you will find restaurants, shops and art galleries. You can also take the tour to the Cristo de las Noas, and admire the landscape.
Monterrey is where this route through the north of the country begins. It has so many attractions that it becomes difficult to choose which one to visit. One of the tourists’ favorite spots is the Mirador del Obispado (Bishop Viewpoint), very special if you want to admire the city; and for those experienced in climbing, there are ascents to Cerro de la Silla (De la Silla Hill), the emblem of the city! We also recommend you to rent a bicycle and tour the area around Parque Fundidora (Fundidora Park). In the Old Town you can enjoy the colonial atmosphere and eat in one of its many restaurants.

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Now head to the neighboring state of Coahuila. The first stop is at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Arteaga, located one hour and fifteen minutes southwest of Monterrey. This place is surrounded by pine trees and is excellent for hiking in the surrounding hills. At downtown Arteaga, you can visit the Templo de San Isidro Labrador (San Isidro Labrador Temple), as well as the many canning and craft shops.

Saltillo is just twenty minutes west of Arteaga. Its Historic Downtown preserves beautiful colonial buildings, such as the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) with its beautiful pink quarry stone façade, the Catedral de Santiago (Santiago Cathedral) and El Casino. In the same area there are several museums that are worth visiting: the Museo de los Presidentes Coahuilenses (Presidentes Coahuilenses Museum), Museo de la Revolución Mexicana (Mexican Revolution Museum) and that of Sarape, among others. Before leaving Saltillo, be sure to try the delicious traditional dishes: the cabrito and the huevo con machaca.

The tour now continues in Parras de la Fuente, an important wine producer in the northeast. We recommend you to go on an excursion to the different wine houses and participate in a tasting. Another attraction is the Cueva de los Murciélagos (Bat Cave), do you dare visit it? In the heart of this Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) you can admire historical buildings: the Municipal Palace, the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Sanctuary) and the Templo de San Ignacio de Loyola (San Ignacio de Loyola Temple). To enjoy the landscape visit the Capilla del Santo Madero (Santo Madero Chapel), you will love it! Tamales a la barbacoa and the parrillada are two of the most popular dishes, be sure to try them!

The Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Viesca is located one hour and fifteen minutes west of Parras de la Fuente. Visit the Municipal Presidency building, the Museo de Arte Sacro (Sacred Religious Art Museum) and the Templo de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Temple). In the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) you will find crafts and sarapes made by local artisans. And don't miss the excursion to the Bilbao Dunes, it is a different and fun experience.

Forty-five minutes northwest of Viesca you will reach Matamoros. One of the places of greatest historical importance, here is the Cueva del Tabaco (Tabaco Cave), a place that guarded the nation's archive during the itinerant government of President Benito Juárez. Take a stroll through the main square and admire the traditional wooden and tin handicrafts offered by the local artisans. We recommend you to visit the Benito Juárez Museum and the Nuestra Señora del Refugio Church.

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