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“The Heart of Mexico City”

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Owner description: The designated location of many of Mexico's older colonial structures.
Boynton Beach, Florida
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“The Heart of Mexico City”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

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.

Visited January 2014
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“Fun area to walk around”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

The Zocalo in Mexico City is much different from in other cities. it doesn't have the charm of a smaller square with trees, benches, a small gazebo, etc. However, it does have the cathedral (which again is very large without the charm of smaller cathedrals), and the national palace, which are must sees. Be sure to see the mural by Deigo Rivera in the palace, which provides an overview of the history of Mexico. The Templo Mayor is also near the Zocalo, which is an amazing archeological site. There are some nice pedestrian streets on the west side of the zocalo with everything from nice stores and restaurants to more casual Mexican style market-restaurants.

Visited February 2014
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Acapulco, Mexico
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“Ride the bus”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

The Turibus runs a continuous circular route from the Cathedral through Chapultepec and is an excellent, safe and economic way to see the city. Three hours, but you can get off and back on all day long.

Visited January 2014
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“So much to see, so much to walk!”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

This is an entire portion of the cirty with multiple zones and attractions...pin-pointing about a specific attraction is impossible.
The area is very lively and a gives so many opportunities to discover about various things, we started from bella artes and walked uptil templo mayor...there were numerous buildings, characters and shops which caught our eye, providing us hundreds of photo opportunities.
Keep an entire Sunday at hand to enjoy everything here.

Visited January 2014
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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“Centro HIstorico - Mexico City”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Look up (to the balconies and statues on top of the houses). There is a guided tour (by Municipality of Mexico City) that starts from Palacio de Bellas Artes. Very well explained and gives you a good view of Churches, palaces, and others.

Visited February 2013
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