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    Whether you are traveling first class or on a limited budget, this Eyewitness Top 10 guide will lead you straight to the very best Mexico City has to offer.

    Dozens of Top 10 lists from the Top 10 murals, markets, and pre-hispanic sites to the Top 10 festivals

    and culinary highlights provide the insider knowledge every visitor needs. And to save you time and money,

    theres even a list of the Top 10 Things to Avoid.

    Left Mariachis, Plaza Garibaldi Center left Trajineras (boats), Xochimilco Center right Catedral Metropolitana, Zcalo Right Bosque de Chapultepec

    Unmissable museums & galleriesSpectacular Aztec ruinsBeautiful parks & gardensBest hotels for every budgetLiveliest music & dance venuesTop restaurants and local delicaciesGreat excursionsMost beautiful muralsColorful local marketsInsider tips for every visitor

    Discover traveldk.complan your trip book online receive exclusive offers

    This Top 10 Travel Guide to Mexico City divides the huge metropolis into five areas: Centro Histrico, Paseo de la

    Reforma and Zona Rosa, Chapultepec and Polanco, Coyoacn and San ngel, and Greater Mexico City.

    The maps here show the location and extent of these areas. Each area in the guide is color coded and the color bands on the pages covering a

    particular area correspond to the colors shown on the maps here. Almost every place mentioned in the book has a map reference, which takes you to the

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    Mexico City Area by Area

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    Contents

    Mexico Citys Top 10 Museo Nacional de Antropologa 8

    Catedral Metropolitana 12

    Palacio Nacional 14

    Templo Mayor 16

    Palacio de Bellas Artes 20

    Bosque de Chapultepec 22

    Museo Nacional de Arte 26

    Xochimilco Floating Gardens 28

    Villa de Guadalupe 30

    Teotihuacn 32

    Moments in History 38

    Historic Sites 40

    Museums 42

    Architectural Highlights 44

    Parks, Gardens, andCourtyards 46

    Cover Front: DK Images: Peter Wilson clb; Lonely Planet Images: Neil Setchfield. Spine: DK Images:Demetrio Carrasco b. Back: DK Images: Paul Franklin c, cl; Peter Wilson cr.

    The information in this DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide is checked regularly. Every effort has been made to ensure that this book is as up-to-date as possible at the time of

    going to press. Some details, however, such as telephone numbers, opening hours, prices,gallery hanging arrangements and travel information are liable to change. The publishers

    cannot accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of this book, nor for any material on third party websites, and cannot guarantee that any website address in thisbook will be a suitable source of travel information. We value the views and suggestions of

    our readers very highly. Please write to: Publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London, Great Britain WC2R 0RL.

    Reproduced by Colourscan, SingaporePrinted and bound in China by South

    China Printing Co. Ltd.

    First American Edition, 2008

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    Published in the United States byDK Publishing, Inc., 375 Hudson Street,

    New York, New York 10014

    Copyright 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

    All rights reserved under Internationaland Pan-American Copyright

    Conventions. No part of this publicationmay be reproduced, stored in a retrieval

    system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise,without prior written permission of the

    copyright owner. Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley Limited

    ISBN 978-1-7566-3405-6

    Within each Top 10 list in this book, no hierarchy of quality or popularityis implied. All 10 are, in the editors

    opinion, of roughly equal merit.

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    Left Gardens, Castillo de Chapultepec Right Museo Frida Kahlo

    Churches 48

    Murals 50

    Markets 52

    Cuisine 54

    Entertainment and Performing Arts 56

    Outdoor Activities and Sports 58

    Festivals and Events 60

    Excursions 62

    Around Town

    Centro Histrico 66

    Paseo de la Reforma and Zona Rosa 74

    Chapultepec and Polanco 82

    Coyoacn and San ngel 88

    Greater Mexico City 94

    Streetsmart

    Planning Your Trip 102

    Getting to Mexico City 103

    Getting Around 104

    Things to Avoid 105

    Budget Tips 106

    Etiquette 107

    Security and Health 108

    Banking and Communications 109

    Shopping Tips 110

    Eating and Accommodations Tips 111

    Places to Stay 112

    Index 118

    Phrase Book 126

    Street Index 128

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    Pulsating with life and culture, blessed with perpetually spring-like weather, and with afascinating blend of history and modernity,Mexico City is endlessly surprising. With excellent museums, ornate churches, colo-nial palaces, and urban parks, the city attracts a large number of visitors.

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    @Catedral MetropolitanaThe largest and most important colonialcathedral in the Western Hemisphere, it took almost three centuries to build and majestically blends Baroque and Neo-Classical styles (see pp1213).

    Palacio NacionalThis massive executive palace and governmoffice stands along the east side of the Zcalo showcases Diego Riveras famous mural, Epic oMexican People (see pp1415).

    $Templo MayorAn accidental discovery ledto a massive archeological effort that uncovered the ruins of this Aztec temple. A new museumwas built to house the artifacts recovered (see pp1617).

    %Palacio deBellas ArtesThe spectacularperforming artspalacio is a cityicon, combining an exquisite white marble exteriorwith an Art Deco interior having Mexican touches (see pp2021).

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    ^Bosque de Chapultepec Mexico Citys lovely urban park is one of the largest in the world and home to many of the citys top museums and family attractions (see pp225).

    &Museo Nacional de ArteThis exquisite palacio is home to the nationsnsive art collection, encompassing nearly five

    turies of magnificent masterpieces by Mexicosccst artists, including Miguel Cabrera, Jos Marasco, Diego Rivera, and many others pp267).

    *Xochimilco Floating GardensColorfully decorated trajineras (flat barges),propelled by boatmenwith long poles, carrymerry-makers on floating-parties along the shady,tree-lined Aztec canals ofXochimilco, the place where flowers gro