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“An impressive square”
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Zocalo
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Mexico City Private City Tour: Teotihuacan and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Ranked #17 of 487 things to do in Mexico City
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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.
Waedenswil, Switzerland
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“An impressive square”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

The square in the center of Mexico-City is impressive. Although the president's palace is not that interessting the other buildings outweight that by far. Especially the cathedral dominates the square and complements the huge Mexican flag in the center of the square.

Around Christmas they typically build an Ice-field and a snow slide - even though it's typically around 20° C at noon.

Visited November 2013
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“breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

The structure is impressive, and if you pay 15 pesos they take you on a tour of the church bells, and you get to walk on the roof of the church which gives you an awesome view of the city.I enjoyed this very much and was not aware of the tour when i first got there but overheard some people purchasing the tickets and decided to inquire on it.

I visited the Zocalo on Nov 1, they had a wonderful display for dia de los muertos. It was extremely crowded but worth it.

Visited November 2013
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“A place to start exploring the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

You must start from the pyramid ruins so you will understand how Mexico city was built. The explore the whole area to see the development during colonial time. Cathedral is a must see.

Visited January 2014
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“It could be much better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

This place is very important for both the past and present of Mexico but it really needs attention. Important historical buildings are sinking and they have very dirty facades. It needs URGENT restoration and architectural conservation works.

Visited February 2013
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“Mexico City Zocalo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Mexico City is not only safe it's magnificent. If you enjoy an urban environment with great local food, world heritage archeological sights, and museums on every corner, don't miss this city. We were a small group staying in two different hotels, The Hotel Gillow just around the corner from the historic center (zocalo- pronounced zo-cal-low ), reasonable at $60 per night featuring basic clean accommodations in an historic building and the Gran Hotel right on the historic zocalo. Both are fine, but for the little extra I'd recommend the Gran- it’s a world-class hotel by any standards with a roof top patio overlooking the zocalo. The city is fascinating with a working archeological dig right in the center (Temple Mayor the ancient center of the Aztec universe) that is a must see. The local action around the zocalo includes festive Aztec dancers in ritual costume performing in public for free. You can visit the National Palace to see one of Diego Rivera’s famous murals. At the entrance you can hire a local guide and it’s worth it as long as you make sure they speak English clearly. Just a small conversation first will do the trick.
You can mostly walk the zocalo, but if you want public transportation there are cabs and a clean safe underground metro to bring you to other parts of the city. I recommend the short cab or metro ride to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia where you can see, up close, the world’s most complete collection of Mayan and Aztec artifacts including my favorite the original Aztec Calendar. Use common sense- you can have your hotel or restaurant call for your cab and on the street, use marked yellow cabs. Just like in any other major metropolitan city be alert. Don’t get in unmarked transportation and relax. The horror stories about Mexico City are hysterical exaggerations made by people that have never been there. Be prepared for full-face smiles, caring ritual greetings, and fabulous fresh food so affordable you may feel guilty. As a precaution, we only ate at recommended restaurants, stayed away from tempting street foods, and used only bottled water for drinking and oral hygiene-no one got the least bit sick.
Mexico City is a bargain, so bring an extra bag to carry back treasures. The cultures both ancient and contemporary are fascinating. It’s a must see city.

Visited January 2014
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