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  • Can I drink tap water in Monterrey?
    It is strongly advised not to drink tap water in Monterrey. The water is not considered safe for consumption by visitors who are not accustomed to the local water quality. Drinking tap water can potentially lead to gastrointestinal issues commonly referred to as "Moctezuma's Revenge" or traveler's diarrhea. To avoid any discomfort or health concerns, we recommend that you opt for bottled water or other commercially packaged beverages during your time in Monterrey. Bottled water is widely available and can be purchased at convenience stores, supermarkets, and hotels. It is always a good idea to ensure that the water bottle seal is intact before consuming. Additionally, be cautious when consuming ice cubes, as they are often made with tap water. It is advisable to request drinks without ice or confirm that the ice has been sourced from purified water.
  • Where can I go shopping?
    If you find yourself in need of groceries during your stay in Monterrey, there are several convenient options available to you. The city offers a range of supermarkets where you can find a wide variety of food items and household essentials. H-E-B, Soriana, and City Market are popular supermarket chains in Monterrey. These stores provide a comprehensive selection of products, including fresh produce, meats, dairy, pantry staples, and more. Whether you prefer local brands or international favorites, you'll likely find what you need in these well-stocked supermarkets. For quick and convenient shopping, Monterrey is also home to 24/7 mini stores like Oxxo or 7-Eleven. These stores are scattered throughout the city and offer a selection of items such as cigarettes, snacks, beverages, and even some basic grocery items. They can be a convenient option for late-night or last-minute purchases. If you're interested in a more comprehensive shopping experience, Monterrey boasts numerous shopping malls and centers. Fashion Drive, Punto Valle, and Palacio de Hierro are just a few examples of the shopping destinations available. These malls offer a blend of local and international brands, ranging from fashion and accessories to electronics and home goods. Exploring these malls can be an exciting opportunity to indulge in retail therapy and discover new products.
  • What if I have a medical emergency?
    In the unlikely event of a medical emergency during your stay in Monterrey, we want to ensure that you have the necessary information and resources at your disposal. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and we are here to provide guidance and support. For immediate medical needs, there are reputable pharmacies available, such as Farmacias Benavides and Farmacias del Ahorro. These pharmacies offer a wide range of prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies. In addition to their pharmaceutical services, they also have general doctors available for consultations by appointment. These doctors can provide basic medical assistance and guidance for non-emergency health concerns. It is important to note that in the event of a medical emergency or severe health condition, it is advisable to seek professional medical help at a hospital. We strongly recommend consulting your insurance provider to determine which hospitals and medical facilities are covered by your insurance plan. They can provide you with a list of preferred hospitals or medical centers where you can receive appropriate care. Additionally, it is prudent to keep a record of your insurance information, including contact numbers and policy details, readily accessible. This will facilitate efficient communication and streamline the process in case of any medical emergencies.
  • How spicy is the food?
    In Mexico, you will find an incredible array of spices that add depth, heat, and unique flavors to the local dishes. From the smoky notes of chipotle peppers to the zingy tang of habanero chilies, the spice markets and grocery stores in Mexico are treasure troves of culinary delights. However, we would like to offer a friendly reminder to take it slow when exploring the spicier side of Mexican cuisine. Spices and chilies can vary significantly in their heat levels, and building tolerance is key to fully savoring the flavors without overwhelming your taste buds. It's all about finding the right balance that suits your palate. If you are new to spicy foods or have a lower tolerance for heat, we recommend starting with milder options and gradually working your way up. This will allow your taste buds to adjust and appreciate the nuances of the spices without experiencing discomfort.
  • Do I need cash or can I pay stuff with card?
    While some larger businesses, hotels, and restaurants may accept credit or debit cards, it is important to note that smaller establishments, street food stands, and local vendors often operate on a cash-only basis. This is particularly true for popular spots like taco stands, food markets, and smaller shops. To ensure smooth transactions and avoid any inconvenience, we recommend prioritizing cash for your day-to-day expenses during your time in Monterrey. It is advisable to withdraw Mexican pesos from ATMs or exchange currency at reputable exchange offices or banks as soon as you arrive in Mexico. This will allow you to have local currency readily available for purchases and interactions with local vendors. Carrying smaller bills and change is also helpful, as it can facilitate transactions and avoid any challenges with providing exact change in certain situations. While credit and debit cards may be accepted in some establishments, it is always wise to have cash on hand as a backup payment method, especially when visiting smaller or more traditional places. We kindly remind you that currency exchange rates and fees may vary, so it is recommended to compare rates and consider exchanging money at authorized locations to ensure fair rates and avoid scams.
  • Is there a lot of Wi-Fi hotspots or do I need a local SIM card?
    During your visit to Monterrey, we understand the importance of staying connected and having access to reliable internet services. While some establishments in the city offer complimentary Wi-Fi, we strongly recommend obtaining a local SIM card to ensure a seamless and convenient internet experience throughout your stay. You can easily purchase a local SIM card from various locations, including OXXO, 7-Eleven, or directly from reputable telecom providers such as Telcel and Movistar. These SIM cards can be used in unlocked mobile devices, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a local data plan. One recommended option is the "Plan Amigo Telcel," offered by Telcel. This plan provides affordable prices for purchasing data packages, allowing you to buy the desired amount of gigabytes (GB) based on your usage needs. With Plan Amigo Telcel, you can stay connected, browse the internet, use navigation apps, and conveniently communicate with your loved ones.
  • Do people speak English in Monterrey?
    In Monterrey, the level of English proficiency can vary among individuals. While English is not widely spoken as a first language, you can generally find people who have a basic understanding of English, especially in areas frequented by tourists or in certain industries such as hospitality and tourism. In larger hotels, upscale restaurants, and popular tourist spots, you are more likely to encounter English-speaking staff who can assist you with common inquiries and provide guidance. Additionally, younger generations, students, and professionals often have a better command of English due to its increasing importance in education and business. However, it is always helpful to have some basic Spanish phrases or a translation app handy, as this can facilitate communication and enhance your overall experience when interacting with locals.
  • Are there going to be more activities after the wedding?
    Traditionally, the Sunday following the wedding day is reserved for a delightful brunch celebration. However, we would like to inform you that the specific details regarding the brunch are still being finalized. We will update you with the confirmed plans closer to the wedding date, ensuring that you have all the necessary information to join us for this relaxed and convivial gathering. Following the brunch, on Monday, the newly-weds will embark on their honeymoon to embark on a new chapter of their lives together. We encourage our guests to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the beautiful destinations that Mexico has to offer. Mexico is a country of incredible diversity, from stunning beaches to vibrant cities, ancient ruins to picturesque colonial towns. Each region has its own unique charm and attractions waiting to be discovered. Whether you choose to indulge in the mesmerizing beauty of the Riviera Maya, explore the cultural richness of Mexico City, or venture into the natural wonders of Oaxaca, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We recommend that you plan your travels accordingly and consider extending your stay to explore the captivating sights and experiences that Mexico has to offer. Our wedding celebration will serve as a perfect starting point for your Mexican adventure, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, cuisine, and hospitality.
  • What colors should I avoid?
    You are welcome to wear any color that makes you feel fabulous and confident, except for one important exception: we kindly request that guests refrain from wearing white. In Mexican culture, white is traditionally reserved for the bride.
  • Can I bring my kid(s) to the wedding?
    In order to create an intimate and serene atmosphere that reflects our vision for this special occasion, we have decided to make our wedding a child-free celebration.
  • What is formal dress code?
    In Mexican culture, formal attire is typically expected, reflecting the elegance and sophistication of the occasion. For women, we kindly request that dresses be of a long length. This traditional choice adds a touch of grace and formality to the ambiance. However, we understand that personal style and comfort are important, and some may prefer different options. Therefore, we also welcome formal jumpers as an alternative. For men, we kindly ask for the classic suit and tie combination. This ensemble represents the timeless style that befits a formal gathering. To complete the look, formal shoes are highly encouraged. We kindly request that sneakers or athletic shoes be avoided.
  • Do I need a Visa to travel to Mexico?
    If you are an EU citizen, we have good news for you! As an EU passport holder, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico for tourism or business purposes. You are granted a visa-free stay for up to 180 days. However, there are some important documents you must carry with you to present to Mexican immigration upon arrival. These include: A valid passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Mexico. Immigration Form: Upon arrival in Mexico, you will need to fill out an immigration form, which is usually provided on the airplane or at the airport. This form will be collected by Mexican immigration authorities. Return Ticket: It is advisable to have a return ticket or proof of onward travel, indicating your departure from Mexico within the allowed 180-day period. Proof of Accommodation: You may be asked to provide documentation such as hotel reservations or an invitation letter from a host indicating your accommodation arrangements during your stay in Mexico. For travelers from other nationalities, it is important to consult the Mexico Migration website or contact the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country to determine the specific visa requirements and necessary documentation for entry.
  • How do I get to Monterrey?
    If you are planning to travel to Monterrey, Mexico, General Escobedo Airport is one of the most convenient airports to consider. Here's a guide on how to reach Monterrey from various locations: From the United States: General Escobedo Airport has several connecting flights from major U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, and Philadelphia. These flights offer convenient options depending on your location. Please note that if you choose a connecting flight in the United States, you will need a valid U.S. visa to transit through those airports. From Europe: The only direct flight from Europe to Monterrey is from Madrid. If you are traveling from Europe, you can book a flight from Madrid directly to Monterrey. Alternative options: If you are unable to find a suitable flight directly to General Escobedo Airport, you can consider traveling to other major airports in Mexico, such as Cancun or Mexico City, and then connect to Monterrey-s General Escobedo Airport from there. Both Cancun and Mexico City have multiple domestic flights to Monterrey. Monterrey's airport, General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, is located a distance away from the city center. It is essential to consider this when arranging your transportation upon arrival. To ensure a smooth and convenient journey from the airport to your accommodation, we recommend using ride-hailing services such as Uber or booking an airport taxi. These options provide a reliable and comfortable means of transportation, allowing you to reach your destination without any hassle. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will find designated areas where you can request an Uber or find authorized airport taxis. These services offer a convenient and safe way to travel to your desired location in Monterrey.
  • How early do I have to arrive to Monterrey before the wedding?
    To ensure that everyone can fully participate and soak in the pre-wedding celebrations, we kindly recommend that you plan your arrival in Monterrey no later than Wednesday, April 24th. This will give you ample time to settle in, unwind, and join us in the exciting events we have planned prior to the wedding.
  • Can I rent a car?
    Monterrey is a car-centric destination, with limited public transport and a layout that is not particularly walkable. While renting a car provides flexibility and convenience, we understand that driving in Mexico as a foreigner can be challenging due to unfamiliar roads and driving styles. We want to assure you that there are various activities and attractions in Monterrey that can be easily accessed without a car. Ordering rideshare services such as Uber can be a convenient and reliable way to navigate the city and explore its vibrant culture, cuisine, and entertainment offerings. However, we do acknowledge that some specific experiences may require a car. For example, if you wish to venture into the breathtaking La Huasteca mountain or explore the stunning natural beauty of Chipinque, having a car will provide you with the freedom to fully immerse yourself in these enchanting locations. We encourage you to consider your personal preferences, comfort level, and the activities you wish to partake in when deciding whether to rent a car during your stay. If you opt for renting a car, we recommend familiarizing yourself with local traffic laws and driving customs beforehand to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the roads. Rest assured, whether you choose to rent a car or rely on alternative transportation methods, there will be plenty of opportunities to embrace the rich cultural experiences and create cherished memories in Monterrey.
  • Can I use Public Transport?
    While public transportation is available in Monterrey, we kindly advise against relying solely on it during your visit. The city's public transport system, including buses and taxis, may not always meet the standards of efficiency, safety, and reliability that you might be accustomed to. It is also not well connected in the municipality of San Pedro Garza Garcia.
  • Is Monterrey walkable?
    In terms of urban areas and getting around the city, relying solely on walking might not be the most convenient option due to the city's layout and infrastructure. However, we have identified several parks where you can enjoy scenic hikes and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Monterrey. One such remarkable destination is Parque Fundidora, a vast urban park that was once an industrial site. Here, you can enjoy walking paths, gardens, and even rent bikes to explore the extensive park grounds. Another notable location is Parque Ecológico Chipinque, located in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. Chipinque offers a range of hiking trails amidst breathtaking landscapes, providing a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. We recommend researching and planning your visits to these parks in advance to fully appreciate the hiking experiences they offer. Additionally, please take necessary precautions such as wearing appropriate footwear, carrying sufficient water, and following trail guidelines for a safe and enjoyable adventure
  • Is Monterrey safe?
    We would like to offer some guidance and recommendations to ensure your stay is enjoyable and secure. Monterrey is renowned for its warm hospitality and vibrant atmosphere. To enhance your experience and provide an added sense of security, we suggest considering accommodations in the neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia and its vicinity. This area is known for its upscale hotels, excellent dining options, and a peaceful environment that will contribute to your comfort and convenience. While we encourage you to explore the charm and cultural richness of Monterrey, we also want to emphasize the importance of safety during your travels. If you plan to visit other cities after our wedding, we kindly advise against traveling to the border regions with the United States as a foreigner. It is essential to prioritize your well-being and security by avoiding areas that may present potential risks.
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