Faro de Comercio
Rising from the southern end of Macroplaza is the impressive Faro de Comercio, a great place to take pictures of Monterrey’s contrasting architectural styles and visit important city landmarks. Designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, this monumental orange tower is an imposing 230 feet (70 meters) tall. The Faro de Comercio honored the 100th anniversary of Monterrey’s National Chamber of Commerce with its inauguration in 1984.
Position yourself at the base of the tower and gaze up at its tall structure. On a clear day it’s possible to take pictures of the tower with the mountains of the Sierra Madre as a backdrop. Note how the tower’s modern style contrasts with nearby historical landmarks, such as the 18th-century Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterrey (Monterrey Metropolitan Cathedral). After sunset, the tower often projects a bright green light circling from its summit, illuminating downtown Monterrey.
About 30 minutes is enough time to visit the tower and take photos. Afterward, sit on one of the benches in Macroplaza and watch an interesting mix of characters pass by. See excited tourists, street performers and local artisans selling arts and handicrafts.
Be sure to investigate the other attractions around Macroplaza. These include the bronze Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno (Neptune’s Fountain) and the equestrian statue of Ignacio Zaragoza, a former Mexican general. Learn about local history and culture at the Museo Metropolitana de Monterrey (Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey). Spot work by famed Mexican artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Gabriel Orozco, at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art).
Located in the heart of downtown Monterrey, the Faro de Comercio is easily accessible via public transportation. Buses stop on the streets that surround Macroplaza and the nearest metro stop is Estación Zaragoza. Use metered parking available adjacent to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.