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NEIGHBORHOODS · Three moments of Mexico in one place. On one side, the usual market. On the other, a striking a neighborhood.


In Tlatelolco are combined three key moments for understanding today's Mexico: the pre-Hispanic Tlatelolco, from which only remnants of its temples are left. The Tlatelolco of the Colonial era, with the church Santiago Convent and what remains of the tecpan, or palace. And the modern Tlatelolco, witness of the slaughter of students in 1968, changed forever the political physiognomy of Mexico and that lingers in the memory of Tlatelolco University Cultural Center.

Tlatelolco has always been a market place still is. Facing Plaza de las Tres Culturas, every Sunday morning a flea market is placed, one of the most traditional of the city: La Lagunilla. Its antique section is a paradise for treasure hunters, collectors and the curious. But the market is also filled with families, hipsters, and students in search of clothing at good prices, original t-shirts, and even a haircut.

On the opposite side of Tlatelolco is Santa María la Ribera municipality, once a majestic neighborhood, as the manor houses of the Porfiriato prove that are still standing, today popular neighborhood. Here's to come just to glance. In its avenue, a kiosk of Moorish style from the nineteenth century is found, incredibly large and beautiful. Besides, the fascinating Geology Museum, a marvel from other age, welciming you with... a mammoth. And if your thing is being cool, El Chopo takes you to the vanguard.

we recommend

  1. Browse the archaeological site of Tlatelolco, to not forget where we came from. Enter the tecpan to see the Siqueiros mural that is inside.
  2. Visit University Cultural Center to understand what happened during the student riots of 1968.
  3. Go on a Sunday market at La Lagunilla to view, browse, stroll, have a beer, eat, and shop.
  4. Visit Santa María la Ribera's avenue, imagine that you went back 100 years in time, take photos of the kiosk and take your children to see dinosaurs, meteorites, and fossils of Museo de la Geología.
  5. Back to downtown, climb to the viewpoint of Torre Latino at night.

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