Coyoacán Travel Guide

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Coyoacán Things to Do

  • Museo Diego Rivera ANAHUACALLI

    At first I was told that this was Diego Riveras house but it wasnt. He never lived here. He built this place because among other things he was also an art collector. He and Frida Kahlo had an extensive, important collection of precolonia art. The property is just under 4 acres and it was designed by Diego himself. This place is very large with...

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  • San Juan Bautista Church

    Located in the main square of Coyoacan this church is said to be one of the prettiest in all of Mexico. From the outside it looks quite plain but once you go inside its another story. Thy say that this church had to be beautiful because this is where the Conquistador Cortes came to worship. This is one of the oldest Catholic churches in central...

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  • Plaza Hidalgo and Jardin Centenario

    This is the main square. There was contruction going on here but it didnt make this place not worth seeing. It was very beautiful. This is known as Coyoacans zocalo. The main square is a beautiful plaza in the center. A church (San Juan Bautista on one side, the Casa Cortes on another and a beautiful garden.Usually there are people hanging out,...

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  • Casa De Hernan Cortes

    So this used to be the house of the conquistador Hernan Cortez. It is now government offices. I think they said it was municipal government. We came here on a Sunday so this was all closed off. On top of that there was construction going on for the Independance Day Celebration and they were also painting. So I never thought that we would actually...

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  • Mercado de Coyoacan

    This is probably the cleanest street market I have ever seen. There were tons of good places to eat if you had the munchies. There are also beautiful flowers for sale, fruits and veggies, spices, clothing. arts and crafts. I was going to eat here but enstead we decided to go somewhere else. It was fun to walk around in here and talk to people and...

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  • Take a walk to visit the colonial homes

    Along the Avenida Francisco Sosa you will find some of the most beautiful homes in Coyoacan. These have been retored to look as they did in the Colonial era. You can walk for a few blocks and imagine what it used to be like back in that time. The streets are cobblestone, there are trees everywhere amd the homes are beautiful.Most of the homes have...

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  • Museo Frida Kahlo

    After having read the biography of Frida Kahlo and looking at varies pictures, this place seemed very familiar to me. I came here once on the Turibus but because of the demonstrations at the University we were side tracked and we didnt get to Coyoacan until very late. Unfortuneatley the Museo was closed. I was so bumbed out. I did get a great view...

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  • Casa Cortes

    This building was built by Cortes as his seat of his spanish adminstration during the siege of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. In 1523 he transferred the colonial government to the site of modern day Mexico City.

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  • Plaza Hildalgo

    This is the main square of Coyoacan and is the site of a popular weekend art market. Coyaocan is a popular weekend destination and the plaza is filled with restaurants and tourist shops.

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  • Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares

    This museum holds temporary exhibits of Mexican popular culture. At the time I was there it had an exhibit of local Indian culture and an exhibit of Children art with "Day of the Dead" theme.

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  • Casa Azul - Museo Frida Kahlo

    This is the museum is in the home of Mexico's premier female artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was married to Diego Riveria, Mexico's most famous artist. The museum contains a decent collection of of Kahlo's and Riveria work along with pieces from their personal art collection.

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  • Museo Leon Trotsky

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Coyoacán Restaurants

  • Local Cafe gives Satrbucks competition

    When in Coyoacan you have to get a cup of coffee in this place. The line wasnt very long when we got here but I heard that the line can get very long sometimes.My sister and Our friend got a coffee, I got a hot chocolate. We also got some pasteries. This place has been here since 1953 and its a simple place. There isnt anything fancy about here but...

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  • Chowing-down in Coyoacan

    As you move about Plaza Hidalgo, and if you face the front of Parroquia de San Juan Bautista - walk along the left side of the church building to its rear and you'll see Calle Higuera intersecting parallel. About 30 feet along Higuera from the "T" intersection, on your left, you'll see a local municipal market in which are located maybe 30 food...

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Coyoacán Nightlife

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    by AnnaLupilla Written Jan 10, 2006

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Coyoacán Transportation

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    by gomexico Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    The closest Metro stations serving Coyoacán are "Viveros" and "Coyoacán" on Line 3. Personally, I prefer getting here by getting off the train at the "Coyoacán" station and walking the short distance (15-20 minutes) through Coyoacán to the historic center of the colonia.

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Coyoacán Local Customs

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    by gomexico Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    "El dia de la Candelaria" is the day of the Candle or Light, known as the Day of Purification. It is celebrated on February 2nd. That day, the Nativity scene is put away with a party given by the person who got the Baby Jesus in his/her piece of bread during the Rosca de Reyes celebration. He or she will be responsible for making a "Ropon" or christening gown for Baby Jesus. Generally, they have a Dinner with Tamales (Tamales are corn bread filled with meats in a sauce or raisins wrapped in corn husks).

    Many women in Mexico bring to their local church small dolls, baby Jesus dolls, dressed in all sorts of costumes. The dolls are blessed by the local priest and the people return home with them and return year after year doing the same thing.

    In Coyoacán, you can watch the day-long procession (a.m. is best) at the 16th Century Dominican-built Parroquia de San Juan Bautista on Plaza Hidalgo, adjacent to Jardin del Centenario.

    This is a once-a-year event that you can combine with the Feria de Tamal and other events in the area taking place at the same time.

    Woman with baby doll stops to buy flowers.

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Coyoacán Tourist Traps

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    by gomexico Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Not all "tourist traps" are bad, I guess . . . but for me central/historic Coyoacan is one big mob of tourists and I'm a bit put-off by that.

    Rents are higher there, most restaurants and bars charge higher prices there than in many other parts of Mexico City, clothing and other stores charge more, etc., etc. If you wander about, and around the corners from the most popular places . . . you're likely to find reasonable prices and fewer people. However, for most tourists . . . it's a losing battle.

    Count me among persons who don't like Frieda, Diego and Leon . . . but they are a draw for lots of foreign tourists.

    Unique Suggestions: How to make a visit more "bearable"? Go with the flow, see what's there but don't expect too much and don't spend too much time there . . . Mexico City is a fascinating place and there are many other areas that'll likely interest you, too.

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Coyoacán Off The Beaten Path

  • The Anahuacalli

    This museum designed by Diego Rivera shows the collection of prehispanical pieces this muralist gathered during his life.Diego Rivera was a great admiror of Mexico ancient cultures and he wanted to make a museum to preserve the pieces after his dead and for mexicans to know their history, the result is this weird building resembling the aztec...

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  • National museum of popular cultures

    I consider this little known museum to be one of the best places to learn about the culture of my country. It was inaugurated in 1982 and since then they organize temporal exhibitions wich are showed on one of the six rooms of the museum for several months before the new one arrives, this guarantees that every time you visit it you'll find...

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  • Glorieta Miguel Angel de Quevedo

    Avenida Universidad runs from north to south, and Quevedo from east to west. In the intersection of these two avenues there is a little roundabout or glorieta. Its southwest quadrant corresponds to Chimalistac neighborhood, while its northeast quadrant to the different Colonias that make up Coyoacan neighborhood, which must not be confused with the...

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Coyoacán Sports & Outdoors

  • Azteca Stadium

    Do you like football?Then you would probably like to visit the Azteca stadium, one of the biggests in the world, the only place to hold two world cup final matches, and the place were both Pele and Maradona gave some of their best games.though unknown even to a lot of mexicans it's possible to visit the stadium every day if there is not a game...

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  • Football in the aztec stadium

    The aztec stadium is the biggest stadium in Mexico, but it has lost a lot of teams. Some years agos up to five teams played in this stadium so you got at least two matches per week, currently just the Club América has it as it's home. Two teams, Cruz Azul and Pumas moved to other stadiums in the city, other two Necaxa and recently in 2007 the...

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    by AnnaLupilla Written Dec 1, 2005

    Favorite thing: For visitors arriving from Chimalistac, the best street to go to the center of Coyoacan is Calle Francisco Sosa, one of the most beautiful streets in this area. It begins in Avenida Universidad, about 300 m to the north of Glorieta.

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