Mountains in Monterrey (Photos)

Laying in a hard hostel bed in Mexico and listening to Scout in the bathroom dealing with the aftermath of eating a goat head, seemed only fitting for our friendship.

Scout and I met teaching English in Costa Rica and lived in a massive house with our coworkers. Our rooms were connected by a bathroom that didn’t lock from either side. Because of this, our first few interactions were walking in on the other squatting on the toilet or with a face full of shaving cream. We became pals pretty quickly.

Now a few years removed from Costa Rica, Scout teaches high school Spanish in New Orleans.

At the end of January, he told me that he was leaving NOLA for Spring Break, which coincides with the Mardi Gras celebrations. He said that the was going to Monterrey, Mexico and half-jokingly asked if I wanted to tag along. I half-jokingly said yes, but after realizing I had some flight credits and extra PTO, I pulled the trigger and booked my first trip out of the country since Covid.

This was my third time ever in Mexico and while I’m no travel pro – I felt fairly prepared with intermediate Spanish, a few rolls of film, and TUMS.

Monterrey is the third-largest city in Mexico and before my trip that’s really all I knew about it. There is some information for tourists and backpackers online but it seems that it’s often skipped over by travelers for the beaches or Mexico City.

It is very close to the Texas border, but we only interacted with a few English speakers during our trip, which I found surprising. One thing I had read beforehand was that the city has a relatively high median income due to lots of industries for locals and professionals. I met one woman who had worked for a large Sprint telecenter and another man who worked in automotive production. The city also has the largest macroplaza in the country with lots of government buildings off the walking path. I ran a few miles around the plaza one morning and was met with curious stares.

There was some political event going on in one of the buildings and while I have no clue what it was about or why this man was being interviewed, I’ve learned it’s always a good idea to snap a photo of a politician when given the chance.


We knew beforehand that we wanted to hike the lovely mountains that provide a backdrop to the city and information online said that “the antennas” hike was very difficult. We figured that description was for out-of-shape people and not for two young strapping men like ourselves. Boy, we were wrong.

10 kilometers on hard rock. The first half straight up to an observation center on top of one of the peaks, the way down punished our knees and tired legs. I wanted to meet the scientist who worked and presumably lived up there. At the top, the clouds rolled in which mostly obstructed our view of anything below. However, we embraced the cool breeze, laughed at the whole situation, and were rewarded with nearly a minute of views of the valley.


Despite soreness from the hike and Scout dealing with stomach pain, we made it out of Monterrey safe and sound. Another fun (mis)adventure in the books with half-decent photos to remember it.

One response to “Mountains in Monterrey (Photos)”

  1. This looks like such an amazing trip! I’ve never been to Mexico – the closest I’ve been is San Diego – but I definitely want to someday! Looking forward to your next adventures ~

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