Jaime Heliodoro Rodríguez Calderón sometimes referred to by his nickname El Bronco, is the Governor of the northern state of Nuevo León. Most notably, he is the first independent candidate to have won a governorship in Mexico. He served as mayor of García, Nuevo León (2009–2012) as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and was best known for his hard-line stance against organized crime. Rodríguez won the 2015 race for Governor as an independent candidate on June 7, 2015, winning half the votes of the election compared to his traditional party competitors, who split the remainder of the votes. He will serve as governor until 2021.
Cosmopolitan Monterrey is Mexico’s third-largest city, second-largest industrial center and número uno in per-capita income. This economic powerhouse has a strong entrepreneurial ethos, humming cultural scene, vibrant universities and the best nightlife in northern Mexico. With sprawling suburbs of gargantuan air-conditioned malls and manicured housing estates, this is also one of Mexico’s most Americanized cities. Boasting world-class museums and a jagged mountain backdrop that offers terrific outdoor adventure sports, the city's attractions are diverse and myriad. (Excerpted from Lonely Planet)
SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA
The 2017 NASCO Reunion host hotel and conference venue are located in San Pedro Garza García (also known as San Pedro or Garza García). It is a contemporary commercial suburb of the larger metropolitan city of Monterrey. The city hosts the headquarters of corporations such as ALFA, Cemex, Gamesa, Vitro, Pyosa, The Home Depot México, and Cydsa. San Pedro boasts one of the best preserved national parks in the country, the Chipinque park, within the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey. The park is located at the foothill of the Sierra Madre, and is the only naturally forested spot in metropolitan Monterrey.
THINGS TO DO
- Take a trip to see the waterfalls at "Cola de Caballo". Located in Santiago, Nuevo León.
- Take a trip to Grutas de Garcia (about 40 min away) and see the caves, there is a cable car that takes you to the entrance. Then you have to pay for a guided tour that lasts for about an hour.
- Take a day trip to Presa de la Boca. The shops are magnificent. An elegant lunch can be enjoyed at Las Palomas in the town of Santiago, up on the hill.
- Take a safari at the Bioparque Estrella.
- Pack a picnic lunch and go exploring in La Husteca, Matacanes, Chipinque, or one of the other nearby parks.
- La Huasteca - Dramatic canyons cut through the mountains on the edge of Monterrey with sheer rock cliffs and an impressive display of nature's power.
- Chipinque Ecological Park - Chipinque is one of the white-faced mountains towering over Monterrey, this one over the suburban municipalities of San Pedro and Garza Garcia. Drive up to the mesa where you can picnic while your kids enjoy the playground. Go hiking or mountain biking on the rugged trails that go up through the mountains to a fire-spotting station, or onwards toward the reservoir near the outlying town of Santiago. There is a rustic mountain lodge offering affordable family lodging and a restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine in a setting with unparalleled views of the city below.
- Matacanes - Matacanes is a Mecca for the rugged outdoors sportsman, it's a narrow, whitewater river rushing through the Sierra Madres, cascading over waterfalls, and forcing its way with all due haste towards the Gulf of Mexico. People come to Matacanes to hike the verdant green mountain trails, to swim in the cool pools, to rappel down sheer cliff faces, and to see a side of Northern Mexico that few guide books take the time to explore.
- El Potrero Chico an internationally renowned rock climbing area 1 hr ride outside the city. It is also great for biking and trail running.