Monterrey is the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo León, Mexico, which shares its border with the United States. It is sometimes referred to as the “Sultan of the North” because of its large industrial base and the many businesses that call the city home. The city dates to 1596. A nearby mountain, Cerro de la Silla, or Saddle Hill, is the city’s logo.
Nuevo León is famous for its adventure sports - including rock climbing and rappelling. The state’s natural landscape includes caves, canyons, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains, making Nuevo León popular for outdoor activities such as climbing, rappelling, and hiking.
The Sierra Madre Oriental–highest peak of which, the Cerro El Potosí, rises 3720 meters (more than 12,000 feet)–is partly located in Nuevo León. The Potrero Chico canyon itself is a natural basin 3 miles wide by 6 miles long with steep 2000 ft grey limestone walls, it is the world famous big wall sport climbing paradise in northern Mexico.
The region around Santiago provides many activities for the adventurous. Once a waterfall, El Salto is ideal for rappelling, with peaks reaching heights of 30 meters (98.4 feet); some rappelling sites at the Chipitín waterfalls are 50 meters (164 feet) high.
The “Grutas García” (García Caves) and the “Cañon de la Huasteca” are other important places to visit.