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Garibaldi Night Tour
"Your guided tour begins with a visit to the Zocalo the main plaza located in the heart of Mexico City. The Zocalo is one of the largest city squares in the world and is bordered by the Cathedral to the north and the National Palace to the east. You will see both monuments lit up on your night tour. The Z a meeting place of the most famous Mexican musicians the mariachis. You'll visit a restaurant in Plaza Garibaldi for a classic Mexican show to learn about the folklore and traditions of Mexico. While here you'll see a short cockfight recognized as an ancient form of entertainment in Mexico. Listen to the live music enjoy your complimentary drink and dance the night away.Note: Be aware that the classic style of cockfighting practiced in Mexico ends with the killing of one of the roosters. Cockfighting is legal in Mexico and yet has been heavily debated both
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Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour
"After early morning hotel pickup in Mexico City your tour starts with the 30-mile (48-km) drive north to Teotihuacan a World Heritage–listed archaeological site that dates back to 100 BC and is known as the ‘City of the Gods.’ You’ll arrive as soon as the site opens before most tour groups and visitors begin to fill up the place. With an informative guide explore the plazas murals and structures during this peaceful time of day that enhances the ancient city’s already-mystical atmosphere. Hear stories and facts about Teotihuacan’s long history and recent discoveries and see sites like the Temple of Quetzalcoatl
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Gay Heritage Walking Tour in Mexico City
"Your walking tour starts in an Aztec site to know about attitudes towards the human body in the Pre-Hispanic age. After this we arrive to a square where ""sodomites"" had to face inquisition in early times. Learn about this and also know how famous men and women managed to have relationships in different historical times. You'll also pass shops with colorful display of bizzare objects handicrafts and curious corners. Then you'll walk along lovely colonial mansions some of them with the memories of elegant men and women devoted to their lovers.Finally
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Zocalo / Plaza de la Constitucion

The Zocalo (also known as Plaza de la Constitucion) is the main square in the historic centre of Mexico City - also the largest city square in Latin America. The main architectural treasures of the Zocalo is the Cathedral and the Palacio Nacional, residence of the Mexican president, built on the spot of the pre-columbian Moctezuma Palace. In the immediate vicinity, remnants of the Aztecs` great temple can still be visited. Some of the hotels along the Zocalo (like the Hotel Majestic) have rooftop restaurants with a great panoramic view over the Zocalo.

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MichaelFalk1969
Jan 21, 2014

Worship (or Just Take Photos)

Mexico City's cathedral (officially, the Catedral Metropolitana) is a huge space that is open to the public daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Other than the sheer size (it's the largest cathedral in North or South America!) there is nothing particularly spectacular about it, but it's worth noting the significant slant to the floor, which is caused by the wet ground below the cathedral. As you enter the site armed guards may or may not rifle through your bag looking for contraband, but once inside you're free to roam around (using discretion during church services). Remember not to take flash photos and to remove your hat before going inside.

Jetgirly
Feb 25, 2012

Zocalo: The Cathedral

Undoubtedly Mexico City’s most well known landmark and top of the list on the “must see” list.

Considered by Mexicans to be the heart of Mexico City, this enormous plaza surrounded by gorgeous colonial governmental buildings serves a stage for hundreds of civic, artistic, and political events every year. Everyday is a different story here: indigenous dancers, traditional spiritual healers, free concerts ranging from ska and pop superstars to opera and world music; political rallies, protests (some including naked participants), and even an ice skating rink are just a few of the myriad events that take place in the Zocalo. Also each afternoon at 6pm Zocalo is taken over by the military as they perform a ceremony to take down the enormous flag that serves as a center piece to this magnificent Mexican trademark

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draguza
Feb 12, 2012

Nacional Monte de Piedad

The Nacional Monte de Piedad is a not-for-profit- institution and pawnshop whose main office is located on the northwest corner of the Zocalo on the corner of Monte de Piedad and 5 de Mayo streets.
It was established between 1774 and 1777 by Pedro Romero de Terreros as part of a movement to provide interest-free or low-interest loans to the poor. It was recognized as a national charity in 1927 by the Mexican government.

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Jan 05, 2012
 
 
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Zócalo

We have been told that the Zocalo is the largest plaza in Latin America. It was very pleasant to know that it is the second largest in the world after Moscow's Red Square. It can hold up to nearly 100,000 people.
The plaza used to be known simply as the "Main Square" or "Arms Square," and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square).
It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexica ceremonies, the swearing in of viceroys, royal proclamations and military parades.

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Jan 04, 2012

Centro Histórico

The historic center of Mexico City is also known as the "Centro Histórico." This is where the Spaniards began to build what is now modern Mexico City in the 16th century on the ruins of the conquered Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire. As the center of the ancient Aztec Empire and the seat of power for the Spanish colony of New Spain, the Centro Historico contains most of the city's historic sites from both eras as well as a large number of museums. This has made it a World Heritage Site.
This neighborhood is focused on the Zócalo or main plaza in Mexico City and extends in all directions for a number of blocks with its farthest extent being west to the Alameda Central.

You can watch my 4 min 25 sec HD Video Mexico City around by bus part 3 out of my Youtube channel.

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Jan 04, 2012

Panoramic dining in downtown

There are a couple of places in the surroundings of the Zocalo where you can eat and have a wonderful view of the entire Zocalo-Cathedral-Palacio Nacional area at the same time. The one I visited is called the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México (lobby & stained glass ceiling/dome on pictures no. 2 & 3), which is a big nice hotel -luxurious, I would say- that has a restaurant called "El Mirador" which has a few balconies overlooking the Zocalo and its surrounding buildings from the 4th floor. The view is MAGNIFICENT, although there are very few & small tables with a view -- most of them are inside and you can see nothing from there. But if you go and have breakfast or lunch during week days there will be no people (or almost) and you will be able to eat and have a gorgeous view of the very heart of our city. They have buffet-style breakfasts & lunches, the first being $89 (Mexican pesos - around 8 USD) and the latter $99, plus beverages, which are not included (*prices from 2005 +/-). The food quality is good and the variety is ok as well.

They also have a bar if you go up a few more stairs from the restaurant and this one IS located on a terrace, so you have better possibilities of having a nice view. They have a rather limited offer of entrees and main courses, as it's mainly a place to drink and not to have a full meal. The chilorio tacos are pretty good, and the Mexican entree has tiny quesadillas and sopes -- EXTREMELY small for our taste, so I don't recommend this particular dish. The prices are not as high as one would expect at a 5 star hotel restaurant/bar and the quality is quite decent.

The other hotel-restaurant overlooking this same area is called the Majestic and it's almost next door. I don't know how good this one is, though, but I know people who have been there and claim it is nice as well.

Now, why the hell am I posting restaurant recommendations on the "Must See Activities" section?? Because I think it's worth the visit not because of the quality of the restaurant itself, but because of the view you will have from there and which you won't get from anywhere else. Dining while having this panorama before your eyes is quite an experience itself, and I think you must try to have it! :) Bon Appetit!!

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Laura_Mexico
Dec 27, 2011

Street food

Part of the experience of spending time walking around the Zocolo district is trying out the different food vendors. The food I found to be very good. If you are ordering any meat dish, be sure it is cooked well. Otherwise, let the food adventure begin.

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May 10, 2011

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One of the world's major plaza's

At the center of Mexico city this plaza's is beautiful to say the least. Surrounded with the National Cathedral, the Presidential palace and a newly discover base of a pyramid..The plaza has everything a major Latin America city is fond of !!! Take time and walk around the shop offering cheap silver and antiques. Go into the base of the pyramid, take the tour of the Presidential palace, and of course visit the National Cathedral..the oldest Cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. Come and spend the day and bring your walking shoes !!!!

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jlanza29
Mar 24, 2011

visit the zocalo

The Zocalo is the center of Mexico City and a square with a great atmosphere.
The square is huge and there are often concerts, exhebitions, political demonstrations and other thing going on.
It´s the perfect place to start your trip in Mexico city if you want to feel the vibe of this facinating city.
You also have the biggest cathedral in the Americas on the Zocalo.

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cachaseiro
Nov 30, 2009

The Zocalo Area

This area is known as the Zocalo. It houses the Cathedral, National Palace and the Constitutional Plaza. The entire area is about 10 acres. There are always alot of people here. You can find street vendors selling food, handicrafts, and toys. You will also see street performers and people doing "limpiezas" or cleanings of your soul and body.
You can go into the Cathedral and the National Palace. Unlike other churches I have gone to, they do not charge entrace fees and let you take all the pictures you want.
This was supposed to be the capital of "New Spain" and this area is one of three biggest public squares in the world. It is surrounded by 17th century buildings on every side.
During our visit here they were setting the stage for performers for their Independance Day celebrations.
You have to come here during the day and then do another visit at night to see the difference. It is a beautiful place to visit.

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malianrob
Sep 21, 2008

See Free Murals (at the Zocalo)

For travelers on a budget, nothing beats a free tourist attraction! Located right on the Zocalo, Mexico City's Palacio Nacional is home to a series of murals by Diego Rivera that were painted between 1929 and 1951. In the main staircase there is a triptych called Mexico a Traves de los Siglos (Mexico Through the Ages) that crams pretty much the entire history of Mexico into one huge mural spanning three walls. There are also a series of murals showcasing all of the products that Mexico exports around the world, such as chocolate, beans, tomatoes and tobacco. The murals are beautiful, but it can almost be too much to take in at once. Good thing you can visit again and again, for free! Hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily, but we found the palacio closed when there was a large civic demonstration happening outside. Take all the photos you want, but don't use a flash.

Jetgirly
Jun 05, 2008

Things to Do Near Zocalo

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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

This former Jesuit monastery in the vicinity of Zocalo square hosts various temporary exhibitions and is also famous for remarkable "murales" (educative frescoes) by various Mexican artists like...
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Museo del Templo Mayor

There is an excavated area right behind the cathedral with what remains of the main temple in the Aztecs' Tenochtitlan. Next to it there is a museum with displays on history of the Aztec religion and...
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Palacio Nacional

This baroque building on the eastern side of the Zocalo square dates back to the 16th century and was built on the site of the former Moctezuma Palace. It is to this day the residence of the Mexican...
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Plaza Garibaldi

Yes its true that Mexico city isn't known for mariachi, but if you're not traveling to any other locations head to Garibaldi (metro stop). 5 blocks from the station there is a square where mariachi is...
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Secretaria de Educacion Publica

This building that today serves as the National Department of Education was built as a convent in 17th century. Today its attraction besides its ornate colonial era architecture are the murals painted...
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Plaza Santo Domingo

I'm setting up this page in geographical order, so if you've been reading each tip so far we've been exploring the area right around the Zocalo. If you head a few blocks north of the Zocalo, you'll...
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