Guadalupe
Mexico
By Doree Simon

With what seems like an overabundance of popular beach destinations in Mexico, it’s easy for travelers to overlook some of the country’s less famous (but not less wonderful!) land-locked cities. One such gem is Guadalupe, located in the Northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León (NL). Nestled right along the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains, Guadalupe will show visitors a side of Mexico they ever knew existed.
 
Just a short drive from the Texas-Mexico border, Guadalupe can be easily reached by plane. General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) is just a thirty-minute drive from Guadalupe. Click on the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to explore WhatsCheaper.com’s flight options. While many hotels provide transportation to and from the airport, travelers can also find affordable rides through reputable taxi companies at the airport. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you make the best possible travel arrangements. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to search for lodging accommodations for your travel needs.
 
Perhaps Guadalupe’s greatest feature is its prime location, which puts it in close vicinity to Nuevo León’s capital city of Monterrey, beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and the gorgeous surrounding mountains, caverns, waterfalls, and cities in Mexico’s Northeast region. Travelers can get around Guadalupe by metro, car, or their own two feet! However, to explore the surrounding areas, WhatsCheaper.com recommends that travelers consider renting a car or talking to their hotel staff about other transportation options.
 
Guadalupe’s unique history has greatly influenced its current ambiance, which stems from a timeline of diverse city leaders. Dotted with large sugar cane and corn plantations in the 1600s, Guadalupe was home to diverse civilizations as various indigenous tribes, including the Chichemecas, once populated the area at the same time as plantation owners. But Guadalupe was taken by Spain in 1715 and became a mission. Monterrey, Guadalupe and many other surrounding cities later played a large part during the Industrial Revolution, but as the economy changed, so did Guadalupe. Now considered a “villa,” the city’s architecture and culture show a distinct and layered personality.
 
Many of Guadalupe’s most entertaining attractions can be found right outside the city. Fundidora Park, built on the site of the former Monterrey Foundry Property, offers fun for the whole family. The park’s attractions include a lake, walking track, road course, convention center, hotel, ice rink, Sesame Street Park/Water Park, Monterrey Arena, art museum, playgrounds, and other cultural venues. You can’t miss the Old Steel Mill at night. Its intergalactic lights make it look like something out of a children’s movie. Nearby, the Magic Forest Amusement Park (Bosque Mágico) and Pastora Zoo (Parque Zoológico La Pastora) in Pastora Park are other fun-filled attractions that offer something for everyone in the family.
 
WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you make some time to explore Monterrey, which is about a ten-minute drive from Guadalupe’s city center. Compared to other Mexican cities, Monterrey’s air-conditioned shopping malls, dazzling sky-scrapers, buzzing night clubs and vibrant museums make the city quite unique. The architecture and culture will help you to get a sense of its industrial history. Make sure to stop by Plaza Zaragoza to explore the Baroque cathedral and nearby Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey. This museum’s Latin American art collection is worth the visit! Despite this city’s Americanized feel, travelers still have plenty of opportunities to find authentic Mexican cuisine and culture all around them.
 
With mild winters, hot summers and scarce rainfall, Guadalupe’s climate is ideal for travelers at any time of the year. Cola de Caballo, or Horsetail Falls, is one of Mexico’s most gorgeous waterfalls and is located just a short drive from Guadalupe and Monterrey. As bus transportation to these destinations can be limited, WhatsCheaper.com suggests asking your hotel staff for the best transportation options for your needs.
 
Off-the-beaten-path and against the dramatic scenery of the jagged Sierra Madre Mountains, Guadalupe is sure to educate and entertain everyone in your family. Make sure to check the State Department Travel Advisory Notices for any international travel alerts for Guadalupe and the surrounding area. Then, click WhatsCheaper.com to begin booking your trip today!

MUST SEE IN Guadalupe LIST:

  • 1. Fundidora Park
  • 2. Magic Forest Amusement Park
  • 3. Pastora Zoo
  • 4. Horsetail Falls
  • 5. Museo Virreinal de Guadalupe
  • 6. Central Park of Guadalupe
  • 7. Convento de Nuestra Senora
  • 8. Colegio Apostolico de Propaganda Fide

Guadalupe EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Constitution Day - February
  • 2. Benito Juarez's Birthday - March
  • 3. Labor Day - May
  • 4. Independence Day - November

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Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Linda Vista
Av Miguel Aleman 6064, Colonia Torre Linda Vista Guadalupe, Mexico
By Cheryl Smith

Located in the northern part of Mexico, Monterrey is an interesting city of contrasts. From its beautiful natural spaces and historic small villages to its thriving city center and extensive calendar of festivals, Monterrey has something for everyone to enjoy. Only 20 minutes from Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Linda Vista is the ideal home base for business and exploring.  

Choose from 107 Homestead Executive guestrooms featuring complimentary lobby level parking, the plush goodness of the signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort (SM) Bed, and a magical view. Sleep securely knowing elevators are only accessible with a room key and your very own in-room safe. Curl up in air conditioned comfort in your sitting area, or surf the web with complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access which is available in all guest rooms, and public areas. Fall asleep to the latest in-room movie or cable channel on your 32" LCD Television. Disability Accessible Rooms, including bathroom grab bars, are available.

Order room service, or head downstairs for a casual, Mexican meal in the onsite Las Mañanitas restaurant until 11 p.m. Or stop by the cozy Family Room for beverages until midnight. Stay in shape in the spacious gym, complete with hi-tech equipment, or take a soothing dip in the heated swimming pool. If work is on the agenda, check out the fully-equipped Business Center, complete with modern PCs and Macs, printer and fax, and a private boardroom. Meeting and Event facilities are also available on site.

Satisfy your inner foodie with seven different specialty restaurants just a short stroll away. Get your heart pumping with a zip line tour of Canon de Potrerillos. Visit the Sesame Street theme park for a day of smiles. Tour Boca De Potrerillos, an ancient ceremonial site filled with cave paintings and petroglyphs. There is also no shortage of shopping opportunities, both modern to traditional, from sculpted wood and pottery to leather and blown glass. Whether your taste is for food, shopping or entertainment, the Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Linda Vista is your ideal gateway to Monterrey and WhatsCheaper.com makes it easy to book today (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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