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Historic Center (Centro Historico)

Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #23 of 286 attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: The designated location of many of Mexico's older colonial structures.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

you can roam the Centro Historico without looking over your shoulder. Great history, architecture, museums and food, smells and sounds of Mexican culture, even at night, pretty safe as such, but the traffic free streets with cafes and restaurants get old after a couple of visits, best to walk up Juarez to Reforma and then towards the Angel

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Wow, what a view! The view is spectular of the Cathedral, Zocalo and the street grid of the city with all the beautiful buildings.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Full of contrasts from the Cathedral to the beautiful 300 year old buildings, archeological site to the hundreds of stores that operate their day to day business. Thousands of people still do all their daily lives downtown Mexico. The tourist part of it you can not miss when visiting, its amazing !

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Mexico City, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

You simply cannot say you've been to Mexico City without seeing some of what the Historic District has to offer. Museums galore, and centuries-old architecture await you at every turn.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

plenty of museums, parks and full of tradition, this place is a must see during a Mexico City visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A visit to Mexico city requires a visit to the Historic Center / Zocalo. I made separate reviews under separate topics "Metropolitan Cathedral" (beautiful and also we loved the bell tower tour), and "Templo Mayor". Would have loved to see Diego Rivera murals in either the National Palace (but it was closed that day to due a VIP's visit) or... More

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

A couple of things to note: 1. There is an extremely high police presence around Zocalo due to all of the government offices. 2. Shops don't open before 11am and close around 5pm. The majority of shops are jewelry shops and opticians. It's not full of the same types of tourist fare that you usually find (i.e. t-shirts, souveniers). That... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The buildings here are so beautiful you don't tire of looking at them. The center it'self is also a place where you find vendors and contesters on each side. We were there on the weekend of a national holiday so the police forces were very present. There were no problems during our stay. The stores all xlose early though.

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L.A.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I love walking the streets of Centro Historico, the architecture, history, and vibrancy of the place are my favorite characteristics that this neighborhood possesses. Each street, each building is an architectural delight, varied architectural styles makes the centro a very pleasant place to just stroll and admire the grandiose buildings.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 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... More

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