Historic Center Walk, Mexico City

Mexico City is a populous, high-altitude capital of Mexico, renowned for its wealth of history and tradition. The local landmarks are numerous and include, among others, the Baroque-style Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, home to the historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are found in and near Plaza de la Constitución, the enormous main square of the city commonly referred to as the Zócalo. To see what else is there in the Historic Center of Mexico City, follow this self-guided tour and explore.
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Historic Center Walk Map

Guide Name: Historic Center Walk
Guide Location: Mexico » Mexico City (See other walking tours in Mexico City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: doris
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Metropolitan Cathedral

1) Metropolitan Cathedral (must see)

Dominating the Zocalo in Mexico City, the Catedral Metropolitana is the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America. The church is also called the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City. Over the centuries the cathedral’s foundations have sunk into the soft soil beneath and, as a result, the cathedral and the nearby chapel did not have a level floor. The efforts of Mexico City’s administration led to its extensive reconstruction and by the year 2000, the structure...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Palace

2) National Palace (must see)

The Palacio National, a large building flanking the entire eastern part of the Zocalo in Mexico City, is the seat of Mexico’s national executive. The building stands on the location from where rulers of Mexico from the times of the Aztecs wielded power. Hernan Cortes, the Spanish Governor, demolished the palace of the Aztec King Moctezuma II to build this symbol of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

The Palacio Nacional is a large building with countless rooms, courtyards, and brass...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Zócalo Plaza

3) Zócalo Plaza (must see)

The formal name of the main square in Mexico City popularly called Zócalo is Plaza de la Constitucion. It is the venue of every important Mexican event from the times of the Aztecs.

At first, the Zócalo was the center of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan and extended in front of the palace of the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II. After the destruction of Tenochtitlan, the Spanish conqueror, Cortes built a church that is now the cathedral of Mexico City. The plaza in front of the cathedral was paved...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Zócalo Market

4) Zócalo Market (must see)

Zócalo Market is located to the right of the Cathedral. It can be recognized by its many colorful umbrellas. Here you will find a wide range of products, as well as souvenirs to take home from trip to Mexico City. Stroll through the hundreds of vendors and see what they have to...   view more
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Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo

5) Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo

What to buy here: Día de los Muertos decorations.

Typically celebrated on November 1st each year, Día de los Muertos, is a popular Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering loved ones and friends. On this day, Mexicans traditionally create altars in their homes or cemeteries that are decorated with candles, photos of deceased loved ones, colored paper hangings, pan de muerto (bread of the dead that is slightly sweet and features orange and anise flavors), different food and drinks that...   view more
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Plaza Manuel Tolsa

6) Plaza Manuel Tolsa

Plaza Manuel Tolsa features a rectangular open space, located right in front of the old Tacuba Street. This plaza is famous for its masterpiece – an equestrian sculpture of Charles IV of Spain, known as El Caballito. It is a bronze piece of work made by the famous Manuel Tolsa. Around the square can also be seen several amazing architectural buildings, like Mining Palace, National Museum of Art and Postal...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palacio Postal

7) Palacio Postal

The Palacio de Correos de Mexico is located in the Historic Center of Mexico City and was built in the early 20th Century during the reign of President Porfirio Diaz.

The main post office building was inaugurated in 1907 when the Post office department became a separate government entity in Mexico. Till 1907, the post office was a division of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. The design was by Italian architect Adamo Boari and Gonzalo Garita y Frontera, a Mexican military...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
8
Torre Latinoamericana

8) Torre Latinoamericana

This monument in Mexico City is a member of the World federation of Great Towers. The architectural beauty and strength of the tower has made it a historical Mexican monument, a symbol of safety and one of the finest examples of construction engineering in the world. The building withstood the powerful earthquakes that destroyed many others in 1956 and 1985 and received the American Institute of Steel Construction Award of Merit.

The Torre Latinomericana, built in 1956, was one of the first...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
9
Casa de Azulejos

9) Casa de Azulejos

This ornate structure in Mexico City called the Casa de Azulejos or The House of Tiles has a unique facade of blue and white tiles. The Casa was built as the palace of the Counts of Orizaba in 1793. The family decorated the facade of the building with these tiles to show off their immense wealth.

Two theories exist about the origin of the tiles that form the facade of the Casa de Azulejos. It is commonly thought that the tiles were blue and white Talavera tiles made in the nearby State of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
10
Palacio de Bellas Artes

10) Palacio de Bellas Artes (must see)

The main opera house of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is not only an arena for musical performances but a treasure house of art and sculpture. It is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Bellas Artes Orchestra, The Baile Folklorico, The Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra and the National Dance Company.

The location of the Palacio de Bellas Artes was first an Aztec temple. The first European structure on the site was the Convent of Santa Isabel. Later the convent...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
11
Alameda Central Park

11) Alameda Central Park

Located between Juarez Avenue and Hidalgo Avenue in Mexico City lies a green oasis called the Alameda Central Park. The paved park has landscaped gardens, fountains and statues and is the venue for many civic events held by the city.

The site of Alameda Central Park was once an Aztec marketplace. The location became a park in 1592 under the orders of the then Spanish viceroy, Luis de Velasco. The park was named after the poplar trees, Alamo in Spanish, that were planted to provide shade for...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Mexico City, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mexico City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Mexico City without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mexico City, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico city

Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico city

Zona Rosa, or The Pink Zone is one of the Mexico City's famous neighborhoods. It is located near the historic center of the city. The neighborhood was called the Pink Zone because of the pink tiles that are prevalent here. The area offers amazing Beaux-Art architecture, the city's best handicraft markets and antique shops. Take this walking tour to discover the beauties that Zona Rosa has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Mexico City without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mexico City, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Far from the standard supermarkets and fashionable malls, discover the uniqueness of traditional Mexican markets. These are not just markets, but lessons in culture and history. They may not provide full-package service but a walk here is a real experience that will brighten up your day. You will not leave empty-handed from here, for sure. Take this walking tour to explore some of the best traditional shopping venues in Mexico City.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Famous Religious Edifices Walk in Mexico City

Famous Religious Edifices Walk in Mexico City

Mexico City is considered a great vacation destination, featuring something interesting and entertaining for everyone. The landmarks here are amazing and the architecture is impressive and unique. Every religious building in this city is a part not only of Mexican religion but also of Mexican culture and life. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most famous churches in Mexico City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park is one of the most famous parks in Mexico City. It is located on the Chapultepec Hill, that has a major historic importance for Mexicans. This park features some of the best known tourist attractions in Mexico city, like the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Chapultepec Castle, and Papalote Children Museum. Take this walking tour to explore Chapultepec Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km

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