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Miguel Hidalgo Statue at Plaza Hidalgo
Miguel Hidalgo Statue at Plaza Hidalgo. He was a Mexican Catholic Priest who rang the church bell to announce the Mexican revolution against the Spanish. Unfortunately he was captured and shot in 1811. Today his call is celebrated during Mexican Independence.
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San Juan Bautista Church
San Juan Bautista Church. The Catholic Church is in the main zocalo (square) of Coyoacan. The church was donated by the Spanish conqueror Cortez and he came to worship. They say the inside of the church is one the prettiest in Mexico unfortunately I didn’t go inside but I think the outside is ordinary. I have seen better-looking church in Mexico. Admission is free and you can take pictures.
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When we went to Plaza Hidalgo at Coyoacan. There was a market, people dancing, and artists selling their paintings. There were a lot of activities going on, it was exciting for us. At the plaza they are many great restaurants, bench to relax and watched people go by, fountain with two Coyotes to take photos and church of San Juan Bautista. We walk from Frida Kahlo museum to Plaza Hidalgo because it was only accessible by foot. We enjoyed Plaza Hidalgo.
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One of the oldest district in Mexico City
We visited Coyoacan colonial neighbor hood is one of the oldest district in Mexico City. Coyotes used to roamed the areas hence the name Coyoacan was given. In here you can visit home of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky but we didn’t visit Trotsky home. At Jardin Cenetario in the beautiful Plaza Hidalgo with cobblestones pave they are nice restaurants, gazebo, San Juan Bautista Church, Fountain with two Coyotes. This square is great to relax and people watching. Near the zocalo (square) they are plenty of street food vendors why not try it. Coayacan district in my opinion is worth visiting in Mexico City.
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Although I had visited Mexico City twice before, I had never visited Coyoacan. On my most recent visit I decided to spend part of a day exploring this little neighbourhood. Some of Coyoacan's history was already known to me: I knew Frida Kahlo had lived and worked in her Blue House, and that she had played host to Leon Trotsky. However, I didn't know much about the area's earlier history: Cortes himself lived in the Coyoacan area while he destroyed the Aztec empire, and they later made it the first capital city of New Spain.
I visited Coyoacan on a holiday Monday, which meant that I was unable to visit any of the museums (such as Frida's Casa Azul or the Trotsky Museum). Instead, I spent the day wandering around the zocalo, looking into the numerous little churches, checking out market stalls along the street and exploring colorful residential streets.
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Coyoacán is one of the 16 delegationes (or areas) into which Mexico's Federal District is divided. Coyoacán also is used to refer to the neighborhood at the heart of the area. The name Coyoacán comes from Nahuatl Coyohuacan, meaning "place where they have coyotes".
with a lively bohemian and artistic culture as well as bookstores, cafés, and clubs.
It was home to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and also to Leon Trotsky, and the houses they lived in are now both museums. Hernan Cortes made his residence there.
Jardín Centenario is one of the two busy squares in Coyoacán where, on weekends, there's a street market where handicraft and local stuff are sold. At the centre of this square, there's the fountain depicting the drinking coyotes that gave the town its name.
A weekend in Coyoacan
Coyoacan is an ideal place to spend the weekend with the family, friends or sweetheart... just walking, listening to the music played at different spots, watching the street performers and the stuff being sold all over the place, having a coffee or ice cream, makes for a relaxing yet fun time with the people you like to hang out with!
Here I am with my good friend Veronica during one of our MANY visits to Coyoacan, where we used to spend the entire day! The picture might give you an idea of what the square looks like during the daytime.
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Coyoacan is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City. VTer Laura_Mexico (Laura) first introduced me to it by giving me a tour on a Saturday afternoon. The weekend is really the best time to visit Coyoacan because there is a great market that takes place in the main square surrounding the Jardin del Centenario a nicely manicured garden. You'll find all kinds of handicrafts and interesting things you'll probably want to buy, so bring some cash. Adjacent to the garden, you'll find Plaza Hidalgo which is also busy with people enjoying the weekend in front of the beautiful Iglesia de San Juan Bautista(pictured here). You have to visit the interior of this church which is really quite impressive. It's also worth strolling down a few blocks to the Capilla de la Concepcion, a tiny chapel where, on the night that we visited, a Quince Anos celebration was taking place.
I also visited again with my friend Adriana a couple nights later. The area has a very different feel at night with lots of cool looking restaurants in beautiful old Colonial style homes. We had a few drinks at El Hijo de Cuervo which is one of the more popular bars in Coyoacan.
Coyoacan is also home to the Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky museums and many great little shops and restaurants.
Coyoacan is a nice area of the city, it's a very live place. If you are looking for something traditional of Mexico joined with something live and modern - this is the place.
Coyoacan is a place where you can walk and see the traditional construcctions in old times, also you can visit the "Frida Kalo Museum" or "Leon Troski Museum - house"
Also you can walk around and you will find many places where you can hava a drink, lunch or waht you want.
Many people is selling stuffs - curiosities most of them are handcrafts.
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Another place you can't miss is Coyoacan, a very typical Mexican place where you can find many beautiful handcrafts and a "hippie" atmosphere too. There are some nice restaurants, cafes & bars around the main square in Coyoacan (called Plaza Hidalgo) where you can stroll, buy stuff, sit down and have a coffee or an ice cream (they're nation-wide famous) in one of the open air cafes, etc... On weekends this square gets really "folkloric" and it's worth seeing. There is also an established handcraft market (i.e. it's not mobile as most of the stands you will find around the square, but it's located in a fixed place instead) which I think is only open on weekends and where you can find lovely typical stuff from different regions of Mexico.
Coyoacan is considered one of the most important cultural centers in town: there are many forums, museums & book shops in this area.
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Spend the day at Coyoacan
Coyoacan has a huge shopping area where you can buy many different types of souvenirs and handmade crafts and paintings. I love it here. It's like a little hippie town where almost every vendor has incense, pachouli, and something made from hemp. Throughout the day, there are shows put on, that's what this is a picture of. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants.
Coyoacan is also where Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo lived. You can visit the Frida Kahlo museum and take a walk through her house and garden. Tickets are only about $3.00 per person. No cameras are allowed though, until you walk through the entire house. You can only take pictures of the garden.
I wish I had more pictures, but this is defintely a place you must visit.
This was one of my favorite places in Mexico. There are nice markets on the weekends where they sell handcrafts and food. It's very nice to walk around there to look at things and to listen to the music, which some of the people play.
Coyoacán, a traditional neighbourhood. (1)
The word Coyoacán means the 'Place of Coyotes' in the ancient 'Náhuatl' language (Coyohuacan).
Aztecs felt great admiration and respect for these animals.
Coyoacán was once a small village. After Hernán Cortés conquered Tenochtitlan, he made Coyoacán his headquarters.
Its privileged location led to its eminence as a pre-Hispanic center founded on the shores of the ancient lake, seat of government during the reconstruction of Tenochtitlan and home to magnificent residences grouped around the 16th Century Franciscan cloister.
Now surrounded by urban development, the Coyoacán is an area full of historical places, architectural works, gardens, wooded areas, legends and traditions.
The neighbourhood has an intellectual and bohemian feel to it perhaps because it was the home of such luminaries as Salvador Novo, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, León Trotsky and other.
It’s most lively on Saturday and Sunday, when street vendors set out their wares: handcrafts made by native indians; ballons, soap bubbles, snacks.
A little kid came around selling flowers while you are waiting for your pancakes.
People go looking for the shade of a generous tree and the delicious flavor of the mango or banana ice cream.
You can visit Palacio de Cortés (Cortés Palace), located on the north side of Plaza Hidalgo (Hidalgo Square).
Plaza Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario (Centennial Garden) are twin central plazas separated by a small street, this is where you will find most of the 'happenings' on a weekend, with vendors, music, and artists. The square is bordered by shops and restaurants.
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Coyoacán, a traditional neighbourhood. (2)
Here you will also find the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, the parish church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It's beautiful and well-worth a visit.
About six blocks north of Plaza Hidalgo, you can visit the Museo Frida Kahlo (Frida Kahlo Museum), it's also known as Casa Azul (Blue House).
A few streets away from Museo Frida Kahlo is the Museo León Trotsky (León Trotsky Museum). After Stalin rise to power in the Soviet Union, in 1929, Trotsky was expelled from the country.
Due to the support of Diego Rivera, Trotsky was given refuge by Mexico's President Lázaro Cárdenas. This was Trotsky's home from 1939, until his death at the hands of one of Stalin's assassins in 1940.
The Ex-Convento de Churubusco is just over 1 km east of the Museo León Trotsky.
A 17th-century former monastery, it is of historic importance as the site of one of Mexico's heroic military defeats.
In Coyacán you should visit Plaza Coyoacán Shopping Centre, the Olimpic Pool an Gym (1968) and an excellent park for trainners (Viveros de Coyoacán), Cineteca Nacional, Centro Nacional de las Artes (National Arts Centre), Museo de Culturas Populares (Folk Art Museum)...
Coyoacán is a romantic place for young couples in love.
Stroll the cobblestone streets, take your time on every one of the market stands that interest you and bargain for what you want to buy.
There are also artists painting everyday scenes of Coyoacán, still life, portraits, cartoons and other themes; street musicians playing, mimes and many people enjoying these cultural activities while other just dance 'danzón' at the kiosque.
Note a beggar, elder or child, asking for coins next to bookstores and restaurants, where people and high class intellectuals discuss and exchange ideas and opinions about literature, art, music and politics.
Well, it is a typical place where you can find and enjoy the essence of Mexico City.
A place to relax yourself and have a good day.
Coyoacan: A good sunday afternoon option!
100 years ago, Coyoacan was a little town 10 km south of the city, but the huge development of Mexico city took over and place it now in the southern part of the city. A village inside the biggest city of the world is just incredible to see. This is were Trotsky finished his life, you can visit his house if you ant to, but there is nothing really particular to see. On the other hand the main place of Coyoacan is fulled of musician and artits on WE which makes it a favorite destination for locals and tourists.
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