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Address: At the intersection of Juarez and 20 de Noviembre | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
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One of the largest public plazas in the world, the Zócalo is the heart of...

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.

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Cab drivers will rip you off. Ask for a METER or walk away a few blocks. Gorgeous architecture and museums and chuch.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 December 2014
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Orinda, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2014

Cab drivers will rip you off. Ask for a METER or walk away a few blocks. Gorgeous architecture and museums and chuch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014

We visited this place on two separate days. The first day was limited to the Cathedral and nearby places. The interiors of the Cathedral were fantastic. The golden decoration pieces, huge pipe organs, multiple chapels, wonderful chandeliers and light and shade views. Photography was allowed inside the Cathedral. When we visited, there was some special prayer meeting being held in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

This is definitely a must visit if you are in Mexico City. A word of caution that on the weekends it can be overwhelming due to the sheer volume of people walking on the streets, selling various items and performing. Be prepared to watch your belongings and remain focused. The church within this area is amazing, I have never seen... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014

We visited Zocalo on our first day in Mexico City and perhaps I was jet lagged as it made little impression on me. The square and surrounding area were filled with vendors selling cheap tourist crap that you had to struggle through and fend off to get to the church. The church itself was interesting with lots of corners overflowing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

The center of Mexico city or ancient Tenochtitlan Mexica capital whereby their ancestors omen they found an eagle standing on a cactus an devouring a snake, so they erect their city. Because of that fact that an underground city lies under the zocalo (downtown center point) you can find nearby excavations to uncover places like the "templo mayor" and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014

This place is worth the visit only if you are visiting the surroundings. The square itself is not that interesting, but still a basic landmark of Mexico City. It's quite easy to get there if you go by subway, but avoid driving as it's a constant chaos. Also avoind weekends as it gets flooded with locals doing shopping. Best time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014 via mobile

The zocalo has been the center of Mexico City before Mexico City became Mexico City! It is sarcastically named after the base of a statue missing its statue, but is so important a square that many many cities in Mexico call their main plazas el zocalo as well. It is huge and can be a bit overwhelming as there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

We spent all day here and didn't realize how time flew! The catedral is beautiful, the street vendors are fun to haggle with. They have interesting tidbits to sell for real cheap. Lots of local spicy snacks for those willing to experiment. The rooftop restaurants offer and good view of the entire square. The square gets interesting after sundown, children... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

I have been on the Zocalo many times over the years and it has always been an exiting experience, whether during Christmas time, in the summer or at different festivals. There is always music, Aztecs dancers, stalls with art crafts run by indigenous local and from far away. It is certainly worthwhile to stay in one of the big hotels... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014

I couldn't go specifically to the Zocalo, I only walked around, because it was fenced. However, the buildings around are beautiful.

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Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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