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The Historic Center of Mexico City

A daytime stroll through the heart of Mexico City and its historic center - el Centro Historico
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.567 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. With a population of more than 20 million, the city stretches into neighboring ... more »

Tips:  Tip: Stay alert. The district is crowded and although Mexicans by nature are extremely helpful (some speak some English in the city)... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Alameda Park

Before we start walking the city streets, let's begin at the city's oldest park - Alameda Park.

First established in 1592, the park was renovated in 2012. The two-city-block park resides on the grounds of an original Aztec Marketplace and it is one of the few green spots in this part of the city.

Alameda park is open during daylight hours and... More

The main theater of the city, the Palacio Bellas Artes, was constructed in the early 1900s. The building itself is a work of art. The outside facade is designed in an early-20th Century Art Nouveau style while the inside is classic 1930s Art Deco.

The building is home to some of the city's best art work including a few prize murals painted by... More

On the way to the Zocalo, stop at the famous La Opera Bar (and Restaurant) for a refreshment. Whether it is a coffee or a cerveza (beer) you get much more than a beverage when you visit this iconic destination.

Upon entering, visitors are transported back in time a few generations to a simpler era. The low lights, dark-wood booths, baroque... More

The main square, the Zocalo, is one of the largest squares in the world and it might be the busiest. Festivals and celebrations held in Mexico and Mexico City all center around the Zocalo (or Plaza de la Constitución - the formal name, which is never used).

Inside the square, you can find anything from traditional indigenous cleansing ceremonies... More

After the crowds of the Zocalo, walk over to the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) for an escape.

The historic building once occupied by Hernan Cortés (Cortez), the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Aztecs, offers free access to visitors showing a passport.

Once inside, make sure you spend time in the courtyard, the gardens and... More

With groundbreaking in 1573, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City, is known as one of the largest and oldest cathedrals in the Americas. Originally replacing a church established by Cortes after conquering the Aztecs, the doors of this massive edifice built across many years (completed 1813) remain open to the public... More

The Templo Mayor was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan before Cortes arrived. Its remains still can be viewed just steps away from the Zocalo.

The main temple of the Aztecs was only part of a city believed to contain as many as 78 buildings. This temple was dedicated to the rain god, Tlaloc, and the god ... More