There very first time I was in the Zocalo I was stunned by the amount of chaotic traffic that seems to come from every direction at once and yet somehow moves so flawlessly without a major mishap. The Mexican drivers are some of the most skilled I have ever seen! The Zocalo itself is a large open area with a massive Mexican flag on display and the area is bordered by the Presidential Palace and National Cathedral. You can often witness Aztec dancers in the Zocalo or other events such as demonstrations or celebrations. For all intents and purposes this is the heart of Mexico City and it is at the edges of this area where you will find The Temple Mayor (Tenochtitlan) and a fabulous museum related to the Aztec and Mayan cultures of Mexico. The cathedral is impressive but due for another exterior cleaning as the traffic grime steals away much of its beauty. While we were there they were working on the Presidential Palace exterior but tours were still permitted inside. I love coming here and feeling the pulse of the city as crowds walk, ride bicycles and drive all around. There are also street venders with some interesting items. The metro is just on the perimeter but unless you have experience with big crowds cramped into small places or just want to experience the thrill of riding the subway I would not venture to try it. I have done it many times but with my husband who knows just how to manage it as he has ridden subways for many years. At busy times the crowds will push and shove and cram into the cars to the point of being packed like sardines. If you don't enter and exit swiftly and hang on to whoever you travel with it can be easy to get separated and left behind as the train moves fast and doesn't wait for anyone. Of course, being from Florida a "metro" line is an experience I find completely foreign so maybe anyone from a large urban city in the north may find the whole thing uneventful and quite normal much like my husband. I find the whole area thrilling and so worth seeing.
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