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Hiking and climbing mountains all within Monterrey’s city limits… really?

Monterrey is Mexico’s third-largest city and a hub for technology—but don’t be fooled. The name of this city means “King of the Mountains” in Spanish and this is no misnomer.

pg8bIt’s located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range and surrounded by soaring peaks, knife-blade ridges and countless hiking trails.

As for the “king” of Monterrey’s hiking clubs, I’d say that honor goes to La Comunidad Bakpak, an organization that sprang into existence along with the first publication of Bakpak Revista de Aventura (Bakpak Magazine) in 2005.

I asked Alejandro González, the leader of the Bakpak community, to describe five great hiking destinations that people could reach from his home town.

“I’ll do better than that,” Gonzalez replied with a smile. “I’ll tell you about five excellent hikes you can do without leaving the Monterrey city limits.”

Cerro de la Silla

“This is probably the favorite hike of the people of Monterrey,” said Gonzalez. “The Cerro de la Silla is definitely the iconic symbol of the city. People like to hike up to The Saddle in the morning or in the evening along a trail called La Brecha de la Virgen, The Trail of the Virgin, and, in fact, you will find several little shrines along the way.”

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