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Street Sellers, lots of people
In a nutshell
Trendy but worth a visit.
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Written Jan 10, 2006
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.
Updated Feb 17, 2005
"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.
Updated Feb 17, 2005
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.
Written Mar 3, 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.
Written Dec 1, 2005