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“Always Awe Inspiring” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Center (Centro Historico)

Historic Center (Centro Historico)
Juarez, 66, Mexico City 06000, Mexico (Centro)
52-5-5121012
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #14 of 401 things to do in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
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Owner description: The designated location of many of Mexico's older colonial structures.
Tucson, Arizona
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“Always Awe Inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I like to take visitors to Mexico City here because it's so huge and historic and there's so much to see. There's the Zocalo. the Cathedral, Nat'l Palace, Templo Mayor, Grand Hotel, Belles Artes, Franz Meyer Museum, Post Office and the Nat'l Museum. There are many smaller museums on the side streets. I like to top it off with a lunch at Sanborn's House of Tiles because of its historic beauty. soaring ceiling, blue tiles and the Orozco Mural on the stairwell. The waitresses are dressed in authentic Mexican costumes.

Visited March 2013
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Saltillo, Mexico
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“Just walk around..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Visiting Mexico City downtown is amazing, seeing all the crooked streets and buildings..just being there with so many people makes you understand the size of this city...

Visited March 2013
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Oaxaca, Mexico
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“The heart of Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Although thousands and thousands of people always gather here, and much more at Christmas time, it is a very fun place to be and I have not seen anything wrong so far. Police are friendly and always very helpful. On Sunday morning we go the the Lagunilla Mercado de Antiguedades (Antique Market) where you can find lots of treasures. Sometimes we go in the evening to Plaza Garibaldi and I ask the Mariachis to play our favorite song to my Lady friend (100 pesos or 8 dollars per song for 5 to 8 musicians playing for you live! Or you can sit on a bench for free. There are many types of Mariachis who will play Mexican songs from different regions of Mexico. I love antique books so I often spend hours on the Calle de Doncelles where the antique bookstores are. I have seen books as far back as the 16th century, At times I go to Calles Mesones and Bolivar where the Music and Guitar stores are. For ladies, there is a street dedicated mostly to brides (Novias) I do not remember the name of the street (really) but my Lady friend does, believe me! She is from Mexico City and she knows! There is also the Museo de la Charreria, important part of Mexican history and Mexican life. the Palacio Bellas Artes with very large murals of Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and other artists, the incredible buiding of the Palacio de Correos(free) Also take a look at the inside of the Hotel Café de Mexico on 16 de Septiembre, it is art déco and the ceiling is all stained glass, a real beauty(free) The building of the Monte de Piedad is also nice(free). You can also see on Calle Pino Suarez the place where Hernán Cortés met Moctézuma in 1519 (free) I have been coming to Mexico City for months now and I spent much time in the Centro Historico. We spend time here as a couple and I go solo as well and it is always fun. There is so much to see and art and history are often before your eyes on the street. Above all, there is the Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitución: Everytime I come here on a weekend, there is almost always something big going on. If not, at 6.00PM (18.00) you can see the Ceremony of the flag in front of the Palacio Nacional. It is a very important ceremony and many Mexicans come to see it (free) In the Zócalo I have seen concerts with major national and international singers, conventions, celebrations like the Fiesta de la Candelaria (2 de Febrero) where the neighborhoods of the city distributed free tamales and atole to anyone. Imagine serving maybe a hundred thousands people or more? And all with the great Mexican smile! This is Mexico Quérido y Lindo. Disfrutalo!

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Welcome to Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This a MUST do if you are visiting Mexico DF, lots of history and culture, is a very nice experience, try to get the TURIBUS and go explore Reforma, El Zocalo, El Teatro de Bellas Artes, etc.

Visited January 2013
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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“Beautiful!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

this is awesome! a tip when you are in the zocalo.. if you take the 5 de Febrero street there are some jewelry stores there is people that will try to invite you for breakfast, lunch, they will try to show you their menu.. I did stop with one of them, she took us behind the jewelry store to an elevator (or stairs) and bring you up to the terrace (then you will have your food with this beautiful view of the zocalo, the church, etc) =) and the food is good and the prices are fair... ah I want to go back!! =)

Most of the museums are free for Mexicans on Sundays! Mondays most of them are closed..

Visited February 2013
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