Chipinque Ecological Park
The Cerro de Chipinque is a mountain in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. The mountain is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental range and the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park. The Chipinque Ecological Park is on the north slope of the mountain.
The mountain is surrounded by Santa Catarina Valley, San Pedro Valley, Mount El Mirador, La Silla River, Ballesteros Canyon, and La Huasteca Canyon. The mountain is a symbol of the Monterrey metropolitan area.
The summit reaches 2229 m above sea level.
Chipinque Park is home to everything from black bears to butterflies. There are also several species of birds, squirrels, a breed of wild cat that looks disconcertingly like a chubby house tabb, as well as pumas, coyotes, and grey foxes.
Here, you might even catch a glimpse of the excellent, native to Mexico coati, a raccoon-esque creature with a stripy tail, or a deer. Be on the lookout for the (non-venomous) black snakes though.
If you do see black bears, don’t try and get close to them. Just stay still and wait for them to pass you by or retreat slowly. Chipinque also has a butterfly house and an insect house and both are free to enter.
There are tons of routes you can pick and choose from when you’re there, and they’re ideal for whatever age and skill level.
Rules state that lighting fires are prohibited, but you can definitely still lug a coolbox of food to the Meseta and have lunch. There are also a few water fountains at various points on the route so you could top up your bottle if need be.
- Entry costs vary if you enter on foot, bike, or drive into the park.
- Parque Chipinque is open 365 days a year from 06:00 to 20:00.
- The admin offices close at 18:00 and the park itself at 19:30.
It’s so much cooler than the rest of Monterrey. The average temperature in Chipinque is around 21 degrees, which, is much more bearable than the 40-something-degree heat four months of the year in Monterrey.
Dress appropriately – leggings, sneakers, a light T-shirt, and perhaps a thin jacket with a hood in case of rain, and shoes with good grip.
There’s a small café right near the entrance that takes both cash and card, so if you want to grab a quick drink or snack before or after your ascent then you’ll need some money on you in some form or another.
However, if you want to buy something during the walk you’ll need loose change.
It’s very close to Monterrey:
- around 20 minutes from the city center by car
- maybe an hour by public transport
You can take an Uber from Monterrey, which takes around 20 minutes, saving you the steep and windy walk up to the actual entrance. You also can take the Route 130 bus, get off in San Pedro, and then take a taxi.
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