Dear 100 Hour Board,
I would love to go visit Monterrey in Mexico. I have heard some scary things about it, though, but I really haven't been able to find recent articles one way or another. I know it was really bad in 2011 and by 2013 was getting better. But I'm having a hard time getting a sense one way or the other how Monterrey (or the Mexican Drug War in general) is in 2017.
-Sr. Quizás de Viajes
Dear San Juan de Montenegro,
I apologize for holding this up. I got in touch with a friend of mine who is from Monterrey and currently lives there. Here is what he had to say:
"Monterrey is a very large city with much to do and see. We have 2 soccer stadiums and we love soccer. We have a baseball stadium, a basketball arena, and we have a number of ice skating rinks and museums. We have mountains where you can climb and hike, with a very hot climate... As far as security goes, 2009 and 2010 were very bad because of drugs and drug traffickers... in 2012 things began to settle down in Monterrey, and currently things are very peaceful.
The people of Monterrey are always working, and currently safety is better because of improved security. We have an independent government working on making Monterrey a better place. To visit Monterrey, merely look into the places you'll be staying and see if you feel like the people are trustworthy or not. Currently we have tour guides and a tourism office so foreigners can visit peacefully."
I don't know if you speak Spanish, but if so you may find this official tourism website for the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon (where Monterrey is located) to be helpful. It has all kinds of contact information there. As far as other recommendations go, I suspect you probably already know what you want to do, though I will mention an American friend of mine visited the Modern Art museum last year and really enjoyed it. I also know a guy who served his mission in Monterrey, so let me know if you would like to talk to him or something.