Northeast Mexico

Shutterstock/50617759/Alfredo SchaufelbergerSome of the most crucial battles of the 1846-1848 war between Mexico and the United States were fought in the northeast of Mexico. Brownsville (on the US side) and Matamoros (on the Mexican side) experienced the first outbreak of hostilities. Museums in the towns and cities along the way tell this and many other stories and traditions of the region, illustrating as well the fascinating culture and folklore of Old Mexico. On a more contemporary note, the galleries of Monterrey are at the cutting edge of modern Mexican art.

Outside the city you can explore Mexico's largest national park, or set out on a two-day adventure circuit involving extreme sports like river canyoning, abseiling, or swimming through tunnels. Further south you can enjoy tropical bird sanctuaries, jungles and even cloud forests and visit archaeological sites of the enigmatic Huastec and Olmec civilizations. You can even take in some deep-sea fishing before finally reaching Tampico and the Gulf Coast or heading inland to the colonial highlands.

Then there is a choice of either continuing south towards historic Veracruz or heading west to the central highlands via the old silver-mining centre of Pachuca.

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