Centro HIstórico de la Ciudad de México 1
Centro HIstórico de la Ciudad de México 1

Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve

Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

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Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve

Monasterios de Morelos

Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

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A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.

The Historic Center of Mexico City is one of the oldest urban areas in Latin America and is full of history. It represents the historical continuity from the city as Aztec capital to the capital of New Spain to a modern city. When you visit this place you will travel back in time. By exploring it, visitors can discover representative places from the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary periods of the country's capital.

This is where the ancient city of Tenochtitlán stood proudly on the same grounds. The old temples were destroyed by the Spanish conquerors who used the same stones to build a new and fascinating colonial city destined to become the political, cultural, and commercial center of Mexico.

The Historic Center is made up of 669 blocks and has 10.2 km2. where you can see the vestiges of the five Aztec temples and more than 1,000 buildings considered historical and artistic monuments, including temples, museums, hotels and cultural centers. Among the most representative are: the Templo Mayor, the National Palace, the Old Town Hall Palace, the Palace of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Art, the Church of La Profesa, the Iturbide Palace, the Estanquillo Museum, the Spanish Casino and the Latin American Tower, among many.

The Historic Center has been beautified thanks to numerous restoration works that have sought to enhance its colonial character and make the modern life of hotels, restaurants and shops integrate perfectly well with the atmosphere of the area.

It is important to highlight that due to its characteristics this area has its own atmosphere and life. Festivals, concerts are held here and visiting its restaurants, some with almost a century of tradition, is a culinary experience.

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Xochimilco

It is a paradise located in the southeastern part of the city, 28 kilometers from downtown. Xochimilco has a unique charm and is a blend of natural wonders and historical monuments. Its network of canals and artificial islands, known as chinampas, is an exceptional example of the Xochimilcas' skill—the first Nahuatl tribe to settle in the Valley of Mexico—to improve their habitat.

From its ten docks (Cuemanco, Caltongo, Fernando Celada, Salitre, Belém, San Cristóbal, Zacapa, Las Flores, Nuevo Nativitas, and Belem de las Flores), you can hire rides on over 200 trajineras and experience a very unique journey. You can combine traditional snacks with marimba, harp, mariachi, and Norteña music.

Xochimilco is also known for its enormous diversity of flowers and ornamental plants, available in its 4 specialized markets (Cuemanco, Madre Selva, San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, and Palacio de la Flor Market) or in its countless greenhouses.

The conquest did not change its cultural identity and it is a place that has been characterized by preserving its traditions. Among the colonial buildings, the Parish of San Bernardino de Siena stands out, erected by the Franciscans between 1535 and 1590.

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Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco

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