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Zocalo

At the intersection of Juarez and 20 de Noviembre | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #28 of 273 Attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: One of the largest public plazas in the world, the Zócalo is the...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: One of the largest public plazas in the world, the Zócalo is the heart of Mexico City and is one of the city's most famous attractions.
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is definitely a must visit if you are in Mexico City. A word of caution that on the weekends it can be overwhelming due to the sheer volume of people walking on the streets, selling various items and performing. Be prepared to watch your belongings and remain focused. The church within this area is amazing, I have never seen... More 

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Pouch Cove, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We visited Zocalo on our first day in Mexico City and perhaps I was jet lagged as it made little impression on me. The square and surrounding area were filled with vendors selling cheap tourist crap that you had to struggle through and fend off to get to the church. The church itself was interesting with lots of corners overflowing... More 

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Ciudad de México
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The center of Mexico city or ancient Tenochtitlan Mexica capital whereby their ancestors omen they found an eagle standing on a cactus an devouring a snake, so they erect their city. Because of that fact that an underground city lies under the zocalo (downtown center point) you can find nearby excavations to uncover places like the "templo mayor" and the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This place is worth the visit only if you are visiting the surroundings. The square itself is not that interesting, but still a basic landmark of Mexico City. It's quite easy to get there if you go by subway, but avoid driving as it's a constant chaos. Also avoind weekends as it gets flooded with locals doing shopping. Best time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The zocalo has been the center of Mexico City before Mexico City became Mexico City! It is sarcastically named after the base of a statue missing its statue, but is so important a square that many many cities in Mexico call their main plazas el zocalo as well. It is huge and can be a bit overwhelming as there are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We spent all day here and didn't realize how time flew! The catedral is beautiful, the street vendors are fun to haggle with. They have interesting tidbits to sell for real cheap. Lots of local spicy snacks for those willing to experiment. The rooftop restaurants offer and good view of the entire square. The square gets interesting after sundown, children... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I have been on the Zocalo many times over the years and it has always been an exiting experience, whether during Christmas time, in the summer or at different festivals. There is always music, Aztecs dancers, stalls with art crafts run by indigenous local and from far away. It is certainly worthwhile to stay in one of the big hotels... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I couldn't go specifically to the Zocalo, I only walked around, because it was fenced. However, the buildings around are beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

impressive, large square, surrounded by public buildings and large cathedral. go to one of the terasse around the square to admire its sheer size. it is worth visit, especially as you will be anyhow in the area while visiting historic downtown

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Punta Negra
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Sure - there is the Cathedral and the Palacio Nacional but honestly as far as squares go this one is more of a parking lot / traffic jam these days. It is not a pedestrian center as many squares are of Spanish origin with restaurants, cafes and bars. Centro in general is definitely worth the time to explore but this... More 

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