Medical tourism

Monterrey is not only the capital of the state of Nuevo León; it is also considered Mexico’s industrial capital. San Pedro Garza García, one of the most developed municipalities in the country, is located in the metropolitan area, and the city is home to important industrial and financial groups, as well as world-class multinational companies. Simply put, Monterrey is a dynamic business hub.

A wide array of certified hospitals, renowned physicians, and experts in all medical specialties has also made Monterrey very attractive for medical tourism. Nuevo León’s hospital network is formed by 61 medical units, and the state ranks first in the country for its talent production, which includes 15.7% of all physicians, 20.4% of gynecologists, and 18.5% of pediatricians. Moreover, Nuevo León is one of the leading entities in terms of medical services, as the cost of surgical procedures may be reduced between 30 and 50% compared with U.S. hospitals.

Another reason why Monterrey is increasingly attracting more and more medical tourism is its wide range of direct flights, with 32 national and 16 international destinations. The latter are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Havana, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Panama, San Antonio, Tokyo, and Seoul. The duration of the flight from any American city with a direct connection is less than four hours. 

Because all of these factors—cost savings, short travel time, medical infrastructure, and quality of care—Monterrey is already one of the favorite medical tourism destinations for patients from Texas, Arizona, and California, according to “Cluster Monterrey, City of Health”. Given its attractive medical offer, infrastructure, technology, and location, it is not surprising that the city is also positioning itself as the capital of medical tourism within Mexico.

Tourist Attractions

Monterrey, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Mexico, is an ideal destination for tourism. It brings together culture, history, modernity, and an enormous passion for protecting the environment and its wonders. These are some of the places you can visit on your next trip.

Museums

Museo del Acero Horno 3

At Horno3, an interactive science and technology center, you will have a red-hot experience. Based on the steel industry’s fascinating processes, this museum uses play to promote scientific and technological education among children and youths. Horno3 offers different experiences, such as traveling back in time to see how the old smeltery used to function, getting to know all steelmaking processes through interactive resources, learning about the history of our industrial heritage, and exploring the wonderful world of scientific thinking through fun demonstrations and experiments.

MUNE
(Museo del Noreste)

At MUNE you will find the history of northeastern Mexico and learn how its culture, which developed in a setting of natural contrasts, inspired the creation of this museum. The stunning permanent exhibition covers the history of the region—including the states of Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Texas—from ancient times to the present day. The visit is a downward journey through different epochs of history staged on intermediate floors connected by ramps.

Museo de Historia Mexicana

The Mexican History Museum is one of the favorite tourist attractions to learn important facts about the foundation of Monterrey and the whole country. Made up of more than 1,200 pieces distributed in an area of 15,000 square meters, the museum is famous for illustrating like no other the different aspects of life in Monterrey and Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the twentieth century.

Parks

Papalote Museo del Niño

If you want your kids to learn and have fun at the same time, the Papalote Museo del Niño is a very good option. Here they will be able to explore the history of the region since the Jurassic period and understand how flora and fauna have evolved until the present. The Aramberri Monster, the Living Museum, the Green Roof and the giant IMAX screen will surprise you so much that you will want to return for the little ones to keep learning.

Kidzania

This space of educational entertainment is an interactive city for children from 2 to 16 years old. Kids can freely explore an area of more than 7,000 square meters and obtain firsthand experience with more than 100 exciting professions. By allowing participants to adopt different roles, Kidzania mixes inspiration, fun, and learning.

Loroventura

Loroventura is located right in the heart of the city, within the Fundidora Park. Here you will find nature, birds, dinosaurs, and extreme attractions for both children and adults, ranging from interactive pavilions with macaws and lemurs to boat rides and Jurassic tours.

Bioparque Estrella

With more than 300 hectares, the Estrella Biopark is one of the largest theme parks in Mexico. In this beautiful nature reserve, you will find more than 800 animals of 50 different species—mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish—and you will be able to have incredible experiences in the park’s 20+ attractions, aimed at visitors of all ages. There is no doubt that you will have a great time with your family in this beautiful natural area.

Ecotourism

Nature lovers often enjoy activities that allow them to test their limits and give them an adrenaline rush. There are also those who prefer quieter, deeper experiences to disconnect completely from everyday life. Regardless of your style, Monterrey offers a large number of activities that are ideal to be in direct contact with nature. Some of them are:

  • Camping

  • Canyoning

  • Mountain biking

  • ATVs

  • Climbing

  • Speleology

  • Kayaking

  • Mountaineering

  • Bird watching

  • Skydiving

  • Paragliding

  • Horse-riding

  • Fishing

  • Rappelling

  • Trekking

  • Segway

  • Spa

  • Zip line

  • Helicopter ride

  • Hot air balloon flight

Convention Centers

In Monterrey there are numerous convention centers and well-equipped venues for events of all types and sizes: medical or academic conventions, industrial exhibitions, sports tournaments, concerts, social, cultural, or religious events, international summits, etc. Given its great infrastructure, Monterrey has also established itself as one of the main congress venues in Mexico and Latin America. Simply put, the city has vast experience in organizing all kinds of world-class events.

Gastronomy

Monterrey has a wide culinary variety. Due to its location, climate, and mixture of ethnic groups, among other factors, the city has witnessed a series of unique dishes emerge in its more-than-400-year history. Local cuisine can be described as spicy, salty, and tasty, while pastries have Spanish and Mozarabic roots.

Monterrey boasts more than 250 specialty restaurants. The cuisine of northern Mexico tends to be very different from that of other regions. In particular, it stands out for having the best cuts of beef in the country. Therefore, visiting Monterrey is a wonderful opportunity to savor a unique culinary proposal. Before your visit comes to an end, you must also try roast cabrito, one of the typical local dishes.

Shopping Malls

There are numerous shopping malls in the metropolitan area of Monterrey. Besides modern, world-class facilities, in these establishments you will find a wide range of products by the best national and international brands. Malls provide options for all tastes, from the latest in fashion to handicrafts from all regions of Mexico (folk art, silverware, wood and blown glass products, pottery and embroidery, rugs, mud lamps, Huichol art, etc.). The quantity and variety of leather products must be emphasized. Monterrey probably even has one of the largest inventories of cowboy boots in the country. For all these reasons, shopping malls are a paradise for consumers and one of the favorite destinations of the region’s inhabitants.

These are some of the city's main shopping centers: Citadela, Galerías Monterrey, Galería Valle Oriente, Mercados de Artesanías, Paseo San Pedro, Plaza Fiesta San Agustín, Fashion Drive, Plaza Comercial Arboleda, Esfera City Center, Nuevo Sur, Punto Valle, and Palacio de Hierro, among many others. In the Valle area it is also possible to find international designer boutiques, such as Cartier, Versace, and Louis Vuitton, as well as jewelry stores like Damiani. 

Monterrey no sólo es la capital de Nuevo León; también se le considera la capital industrial de México. En la zona metropolitana está San Pedro Garza García, uno de los municipios más desarrollados del país, y la ciudad es sede de importantes grupos industriales y financieros, así como de emporios internacionales de prestigio mundial. Destacan, entre muchos otros, FEMSA, CEMEX, Grupo Alfa, Ternium, Vitro, Lamosa y Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma. Además, diversas firmas de consultoría internacional, como Boston Consulting Group, Bain, KPMG, McKinsey, London Consulting Group y Harbor Intelligence, tienen oficinas en la ciudad. En pocas palabras, Monterrey es un dinámico centro de negocios.

La ciudad también se ha vuelto muy atractiva para el turismo médico, ya que cuenta con hospitales certificados, médicos reconocidos y especialistas en todas las materias. La red de hospitales en Nuevo León consta de 61 unidades médicas, y el estado ocupa el primer lugar en la producción de talento, con más de 15.7 % de los médicos en el país, 20.4 % de los ginecólogos y 18.5% de los pediatras. Además, destaca como una de las entidades líderes en materia de servicios médicos, con una reducción en el costo de procedimientos quirúrgicos de entre 30 y 50 % en comparación con hospitales estadounidenses.

Another reason why Monterrey is increasingly attracting more and more medical tourism is its wide range of direct flights, with 32 national and 16 international destinations. The latter are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Havana, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Panama, San Antonio, Tokyo, and Seoul. The duration of the flight from any American city with a direct connection is less than four hours.

Because all of these factors—cost savings, short travel time, medical infrastructure, and quality of care—Monterrey is already one of the favorite medical tourism destinations for patients from Texas, Arizona, and California, according to “Cluster Monterrey, City of Health”. Given its attractive medical offer, infrastructure, technology, and location, it is not surprising that the city is also positioning itself as the capital of medical tourism within Mexico.

Tourist Attractions

Monterrey, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Mexico, is an ideal destination for tourism. It brings together culture, history, modernity, and an enormous passion for protecting the environment and its wonders. These are some of the places you can visit on your next trip.

Museums

Museo del Acero Horno 3

At Horno3, an interactive science and technology center, you will have a red-hot experience. Based on the steel industry’s fascinating processes, this museum uses play to promote scientific and technological education among children and youths. Horno3 offers different experiences, such as traveling back in time to see how the old smeltery used to function, getting to know all steelmaking processes through interactive resources, learning about the history of our industrial heritage, and exploring the wonderful world of scientific thinking through fun demonstrations and experiments.

MUNE
(Museo del Noreste)

At MUNE you will find the history of northeastern Mexico and learn how its culture, which developed in a setting of natural contrasts, inspired the creation of this museum. The stunning permanent exhibition covers the history of the region—including the states of Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Texas—from ancient times to the present day. The visit is a downward journey through different epochs of history staged on intermediate floors connected by ramps.

Museo de Historia Mexicana

The Mexican History Museum is one of the favorite tourist attractions to learn important facts about the foundation of Monterrey and the whole country. Made up of more than 1,200 pieces distributed in an area of 15,000 square meters, the museum is famous for illustrating like no other the different aspects of life in Monterrey and Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the twentieth century.

Parks

Papalote Museo del Niño

If you want your kids to learn and have fun at the same time, the Papalote Museo del Niño is a very good option. Here they will be able to explore the history of the region since the Jurassic period and understand how flora and fauna have evolved until the present. The Aramberri Monster, the Living Museum, the Green Roof and the giant IMAX screen will surprise you so much that you will want to return for the little ones to keep learning.

Kidzania

This space of educational entertainment is an interactive city for children from 2 to 16 years old. Kids can freely explore an area of more than 7,000 square meters and obtain firsthand experience with more than 100 exciting professions. By allowing participants to adopt different roles, Kidzania mixes inspiration, fun, and learning.

Loroventura

Loroventura is located right in the heart of the city, within the Fundidora Park. Here you will find nature, birds, dinosaurs, and extreme attractions for both children and adults, ranging from interactive pavilions with macaws and lemurs to boat rides and Jurassic tours.

Bioparque Estrella

With more than 300 hectares, the Estrella Biopark is one of the largest theme parks in Mexico. In this beautiful nature reserve, you will find more than 800 animals of 50 different species—mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish—and you will be able to have incredible experiences in the park’s 20+ attractions, aimed at visitors of all ages. There is no doubt that you will have a great time with your family in this beautiful natural area.

Ecotourism

Nature lovers often enjoy activities that allow them to test their limits and give them an adrenaline rush. There are also those who prefer quieter, deeper experiences to disconnect completely from everyday life. Regardless of your style, Monterrey offers a large number of activities that are ideal to be in direct contact with nature. Some of them are:

  • Camping

  • Canyoning

  • Mountain biking

  • ATVs

  • Climbing

  • Speleology

  • Kayaking

  • Mountaineering

  • Bird watching

  • Skydiving

  • Paragliding

  • Horse-riding

  • Fishing

  • Rappelling

  • Trekking

  • Segway

  • Spa

  • Zip line

  • Helicopter ride

  • Hot air balloon flight

Convention Centers

In Monterrey there are numerous convention centers and well-equipped venues for events of all types and sizes: medical or academic conventions, industrial exhibitions, sports tournaments, concerts, social, cultural, or religious events, international summits, etc. Given its great infrastructure, Monterrey has also established itself as one of the main congress venues in Mexico and Latin America. Simply put, the city has vast experience in organizing all kinds of world-class events.

Gastronomy

Monterrey has a wide culinary variety. Due to its location, climate, and mixture of ethnic groups, among other factors, the city has witnessed a series of unique dishes emerge in its more-than-400-year history. Local cuisine can be described as spicy, salty, and tasty, while pastries have Spanish and Mozarabic roots.

Monterrey boasts more than 250 specialty restaurants. The cuisine of northern Mexico tends to be very different from that of other regions. In particular, it stands out for having the best cuts of beef in the country. Therefore, visiting Monterrey is a wonderful opportunity to savor a unique culinary proposal. Before your visit comes to an end, you must also try roast cabrito, one of the typical local dishes.

Shopping Malls

There are numerous shopping malls in the metropolitan area of Monterrey. Besides modern, world-class facilities, in these establishments you will find a wide range of products by the best national and international brands. Malls provide options for all tastes, from the latest in fashion to handicrafts from all regions of Mexico (folk art, silverware, wood and blown glass products, pottery and embroidery, rugs, mud lamps, Huichol art, etc.). The quantity and variety of leather products must be emphasized. Monterrey probably even has one of the largest inventories of cowboy boots in the country. For all these reasons, shopping malls are a paradise for consumers and one of the favorite destinations of the region’s inhabitants.

These are some of the city's main shopping centers: Citadela, Galerías Monterrey, Galería Valle Oriente, Mercados de Artesanías, Paseo San Pedro, Plaza Fiesta San Agustín, Fashion Drive, Plaza Comercial Arboleda, Esfera City Center, Nuevo Sur, Punto Valle, and Palacio de Hierro, among many others. In the Valle area it is also possible to find international designer boutiques, such as Cartier, Versace, and Louis Vuitton, as well as jewelry stores like Damiani.

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