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El Zócalo

Historic Center, Mexico City, DIF 06000 Mexico
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    VIVA MEXICO! Wonderful the Zocalo of the Mexico DF and the church. Very close to the church exist a Samborns mexican restaurant with the real mexican foods. Is possible take beautiful pictures there because the Samborns building is historic... the name is Los Azulejos building.

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    The central feature of México City is the área Zócalo. You can get a 200 pesó taxi ride to this área and enjoy the sights along with great resturants that offer an amazing view.

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    The center of the capital, allways busy allwys a lot to see. Around is a lot to see like the ruins of old Aztec center of Tenochtitlan, the catethral and more.

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    Originally a big lake, here is where the legend of the eagle eating a snake in a cactus took place. Here is where our ancestors decided to start to create their home.
    Now is the main square of the city. Where the biggest celebrations are organized and where we also celebrate our independence. Take your time to discover all over the place.
    In case you want to have lunch or just take a few drinks, go to the Holiday Inn hotel, where you will have the best view of the Zócalo.

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    As the center of the city, this is a busy area with locals and tourists. There are a lot of performers, native Indians doing traditional dances, clowns, children juggling, and other interesting sights. A lot of vendors sprawl across the grounds selling goods and handmade items. Food vendors, taxis, and a lot of action. A great place for photography, exploring and people watching. A must-see (though almost unavoidable) when visiting Mexico City. There are monuments and various historical sights nearby as well!

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    Mexico's Times Square bristles with excitement, history and tradition just like the one in New York. A major difference, however, is the time this has been the center of the city compared to NY. In the Big Apple, it's a couple of hundred years tops, In D.F., we're talking about millennia. Roaming mariachis, street performers and pretty much all of Mexico converges here at the crossroads of yesterday and today. Don't miss out on the Cathedral and Archeological Museum!

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  • El Zócalo

    There is NOTHING like the Plaza de la Constitución on the Mexican Independence Day! The parades, the dances, the sparklers, singers, and festivities. Definitely something to see if you are near the Plaza on that day in September.

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    Grand plaza on the European scale. Plenty of sites to see all around it, and always seems to be some protestors in the middle.

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    Centre of Mexico City and surrounded by culturally important places of Mexico's history including the Templo Mayor, National Palace, and Cathedral. A must visit and the perfect place for a tourist to start.

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  • El Zócalo

    Plaza de la Constitucion de Oaxaca (Zocalo)

    between Hidalgo, Trujano, Flores Magon and Bustamente Sts.
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

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    The zocalo has been the heart of Oaxaca for nearly 500 years, since it was laid out by Juan Pelaez de Berrio and Alonso Garcia Bra

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    Strolling down the pedestrian walkway, Macedonio Alcala, one arrives at the daily fiesta that is the zocalo. Children run after their globos (large tubular balloons), plastic helicopters and Pokemon balloons which are all sold by vendors in the open space next to the Cathedral. There are activities for all ages in the plaza, a characteristic that demonstrates why this space has always been a primary social place. Sitting on benches, parents enjoy the soothing sounds from the fountains as they watch their children play. Vendors circumambulating the zocalo sell corn, chapulines and fruit to customers at the shoe shine stands scattered throughout the plaza. Friends gather on the benches to discuss events they read about in newspapers bought by the nearby newsstands. Every night, musicians serenade customers eating at the cafes and on Thursday nights the Banda Musica del Estado performs classical music and old popular Mexican songs.

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    must see twice: quiet time and rush hour...kaliedoscopic!...great bar across from the cathedral and on the eighth floor terrace. Good drinks, funny people and a great view of the Zocalo's machinations.

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    The heart of Mexico City never stops buzzing with concerts, dance performances, and other activity.

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    Enormous historic plaza bordered by the National Palace, City Hall, Cathedral, Majestic Hotel. Celebrations & demonstrations. Largest flag I've ever seen.

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    The heart of Mexico. Where you can see the blend from cultures.

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    Como Mexico No Existen 2
    Mexico Lindo Y Querido

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    really nice looking at here

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    Bello y con milenaria riqueza cultural

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    Zócalo México D.F.

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    BONITO SHOW DE MARIACHIS.

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    Dirás "Zócalo". Haha.

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El Zocalo in Mexico City is known as the third-largest square in the world. It is the main plaza in the middle of downtown. This site has strong historic significance to the local people. Zocalo has been used as a central gathering place since the rule of the Aztecs. Royal proclamations, swearing-in ceremonies of public officials, celebrations and protests have all taken place in Zocalo. Bordering the square is the National Palace, a cathedral, federal buildings and more. Try to catch the ceremonial raising and lowering of a gigantic Mexican flag held every day.

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