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<ul><li><p>YOUR GUIDE TO THE 10 BEST OF EVERYTHING YOUR GUIDE TO THE 10 BEST OF EVERYTHING</p><p>EYEWITNESS TRAVEL EYEWITNESS TRAVEL TOP</p><p>me</p><p>xic</p><p>o c</p><p>ity</p><p>10</p><p>TOP10mexico city</p><p>TOP10</p><p>10Discover more attraveldk.com10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>mexico cityPull-outmap andguide</p><p>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. </p><p>Dozens of Top 10 lists from the Top 10 murals, markets, and pre-hispanic sites to the Top 10 festivals </p><p>and culinary highlights provide the insider knowledge every visitor needs. And to save you time and money, </p><p>theres even a list of the Top 10 Things to Avoid.</p><p>Left Mariachis, Plaza Garibaldi Center left Trajineras (boats), Xochimilco Center right Catedral Metropolitana, Zcalo Right Bosque de Chapultepec</p><p>Unmissable museums &amp; galleriesSpectacular Aztec ruinsBeautiful parks &amp; gardensBest hotels for every budgetLiveliest music &amp; dance venuesTop restaurants and local delicaciesGreat excursionsMost beautiful muralsColorful local marketsInsider tips for every visitor</p><p>Discover traveldk.complan your trip book online receive exclusive offers</p><p>This Top 10 Travel Guide to Mexico City divides the huge metropolis into five areas: Centro Histrico, Paseo de la </p><p>Reforma and Zona Rosa, Chapultepec and Polanco, Coyoacn and San ngel, and Greater Mexico City. </p><p>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 </p><p>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 </p><p>maps opening out on the front and back flaps.Monumento a Cuauhtmoc</p><p>Mexico City Area by Area </p><p>Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacn</p><p>Iglesia de San Francisco Javier, Tepotzotln</p></li><li><p>11 001 00 10/09/07 K722:30222 NT1-4142714</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>MEXICO CITYXXXXXXIIIIICCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOO CCCCC</p><p>NANCY MIKULANNNAAAANNNCCCYYY MMMMIKKKUULAAA</p><p>EYEWITNESS TRAVELYYYEEWWWWWWITTTNNNNEESSSSS TTRRAAAAVVVE</p><p>1011111100000000TOPTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOPPPPPP</p></li><li><p>1 002 0027/09/07 K452:30 NT1-3142835</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>Co</p><p>nte</p><p>nts</p><p>Co</p><p>es</p><p>Contents</p><p>Mexico Citys Top 10 Museo Nacional de Antropologa 8</p><p>Catedral Metropolitana 12</p><p>Palacio Nacional 14</p><p>Templo Mayor 16</p><p>Palacio de Bellas Artes 20</p><p>Bosque de Chapultepec 22</p><p>Museo Nacional de Arte 26</p><p>Xochimilco Floating Gardens 28</p><p>Villa de Guadalupe 30</p><p>Teotihuacn 32</p><p>Moments in History 38</p><p>Historic Sites 40</p><p>Museums 42</p><p>Architectural Highlights 44</p><p>Parks, Gardens, andCourtyards 46</p><p>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. </p><p>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</p><p>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 </p><p>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 </p><p>our readers very highly. Please write to: Publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London, Great Britain WC2R 0RL.</p><p>Reproduced by Colourscan, SingaporePrinted and bound in China by South</p><p>China Printing Co. Ltd.</p><p>First American Edition, 2008</p><p>08 09 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1</p><p>Published in the United States byDK Publishing, Inc., 375 Hudson Street, </p><p>New York, New York 10014 </p><p>Copyright 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited</p><p>All rights reserved under Internationaland Pan-American Copyright</p><p>Conventions. No part of this publicationmay be reproduced, stored in a retrieval</p><p>system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise,without prior written permission of the </p><p>copyright owner. Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley Limited</p><p>ISBN 978-1-7566-3405-6</p><p>Within each Top 10 list in this book, no hierarchy of quality or popularityis implied. All 10 are, in the editors</p><p>opinion, of roughly equal merit.</p><p>Left Voladores, Museo Nacional de Antropologa Right Catedral Metropolitana</p><p>2</p></li><li><p>1 003 0027/09/07 K452:30 NT1-3142835</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>Co</p><p>nten</p><p>tsC</p><p>ote</p><p>ts</p><p>Left Gardens, Castillo de Chapultepec Right Museo Frida Kahlo</p><p>Churches 48</p><p>Murals 50</p><p>Markets 52</p><p>Cuisine 54</p><p>Entertainment and Performing Arts 56</p><p>Outdoor Activities and Sports 58</p><p>Festivals and Events 60</p><p>Excursions 62</p><p>Around Town</p><p>Centro Histrico 66</p><p>Paseo de la Reforma and Zona Rosa 74</p><p>Chapultepec and Polanco 82</p><p>Coyoacn and San ngel 88</p><p>Greater Mexico City 94</p><p>Streetsmart</p><p>Planning Your Trip 102 </p><p>Getting to Mexico City 103</p><p>Getting Around 104</p><p>Things to Avoid 105</p><p>Budget Tips 106</p><p>Etiquette 107</p><p>Security and Health 108</p><p>Banking and Communications 109</p><p>Shopping Tips 110</p><p>Eating and Accommodations Tips 111</p><p>Places to Stay 112</p><p>Index 118</p><p>Phrase Book 126</p><p>Street Index 128</p><p>Left Cantina Guadalupana, Coyoacn Right Interior, Capilla del Cerrito, Villa de Guadalupe</p><p>3Key to abbreviationsyKey to abbreviationsK t bb i tiAdmAdmAdm admission charge payable admission charge payable admission charge payable</p></li><li><p>1 004 0015/08/07 K132:30 NT1-2142202</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>TT-Mex_004-005-Opener.indd 4indd 44 7/15/08 10:30:37 AMM</p></li><li><p>1 005 0015/08/07 K132:30 NT1-2142202</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>MEXICOMMMMMMEEEEXXXXIICCCCOOOOOCITYS TOP 10CCCCIITTTTYYYYYSSSS TTTTOOOOOPPPPP 1110000Mexico Citys Highlights MMMMeexxiccooo CCCittyyss HHHiggghhhligghhhttss</p><p>6766777</p><p>Museo Nacional de MMMMuusseeeoo NNaaaccioonnaaal dddeeAntropologaAAAnnntrrooppoooloogggaa</p><p>811888111</p><p>Catedral MetropolitanaCCaatteeddraal MMMeettroooppooolitaannnaa1213122211333</p><p>Palacio NacionalPPaalaaaccioo NNaaaccioonnnaal1415144411555</p><p>Templo MayorTTeemmmmpplooo MMMMaayyoor1617166611777</p><p>Palacio de Bellas ArtesPPPaaalaaccioo ddeee BBBeellaass AAArrtteess202122000221</p><p>Bosque de ChapultepecBBooossqquuuee dddee CCChhaaappuultteepppeecc22252222222555</p><p>Museo Nacional de ArteMMMuusseeeoo NNaaaccioonnaaal dddee AAArttee26272266622777</p><p>Xochimilco Floating XXXooocchhimmmmilccooo FFloooaatinnnggGardensGGGaarrddeeennss</p><p>28292288822999</p><p>Villa de GuadalupeVVVillaa dddee GGGuuuaaddaaaluupppee303133000331</p><p>TeotihuacnTTeeoootihhhuuaaccnnn32353322233555</p><p>Top Ten of EverythingTTooppp TTTeeenn ooof EEvveerryyytthhinnngg38633388866333</p><p>MEXICO</p><p> CITYS TOP 10</p><p>TT-Mex_004-005-Opener.indd 5-Mex_004-005-Opener.indd 5TTTTTTT</p></li><li><p>1 006 007/09/07 K072:30 NT1-2142664</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>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. </p><p>Preceding pages Preceding pages Preceding pagesP di Main altar, Ex-Convento e Iglesia del Carmen, Main altar, Ex Convento e Iglesia del Carmen, Main altar Ex-Convento e Iglesia del CarmenM i lt E C t I l i d l CSan ngelgeSan ngelSan ngel</p><p>6</p><p>i ea</p><p>@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).</p><p>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).</p><p>$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).</p><p>%Palacio deBellas ArtesThe spectacularperforming artspalacio is a cityicon, combining an exquisite white marble exteriorwith an Art Deco interior having Mexican touches (see pp2021).</p><p>Mex</p><p>ico</p><p> Cit</p><p>ys </p><p>Top</p><p> 10</p><p>Cy</p><p>p</p><p>TT-Mex_006-007-high.indd 6TT-Mex_006-007-high.indd 6d 6666dddddd 6d 66d 6 MM7/15/08 10:32:07 A7/15/08 10:32:07 AMMMMMMMMMMM</p></li><li><p>1 007 007/09/07 K072:30 NT1-2142664</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>7</p><p>^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).</p><p>&amp;Museo Nacional de ArteThis exquisite palacio is home to the nationsnsive art collection, encompassing nearly five </p><p>turies of magnificent masterpieces by Mexicosccst artists, including Miguel Cabrera, Jos Marasco, Diego Rivera, and many others pp267).</p><p>*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 grow(see pp289).</p><p>(Villa de GuadalupeOne of the holiest Catholic shrines inthe Western Hemisphere honors the Virgin de Guadalupe, Mexicos patron saint, who appeared in a vision to anindigenous Mexican peasant, Juan Diegoin 1531 (see pp3031).</p><p>)TeotihuacnThe largest archeological site in Mesoamerica, and one of the most impressive in the world,this ancient city reached itszenith in AD 550 (see pp325).</p><p>Mexico</p><p> Citys To</p><p>p 1</p><p>0ex</p><p>coC</p><p>tys</p><p>op</p><p>0</p><p>TT-Mex_006-007-high.indd 7ex_006-007-high.indd 7eexeeeeMMMMMMMMTTTT M-- eTTT-Mexxex</p></li><li><p>1 008 0016/08/07 K722:30 NT1-2142202</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>Museo Nacional de AntropologaOne of the most important of its kind in the world,this anthropological museum presents an out-standing collection of Mexican pre-Hispanic art in a stunning modern building. A dramatic central courtyard, highlighted by a spectacular fountain, is surrounded by a series of halls, each showcasing an ancient Mexican culture and society.</p><p>Designed by Pedro Ramrez Vzquez and completed in 1964, the Designed by Pedro Ramrez Vzquez and completed in 1964, the Designed by Pedro Ramrez Vzquez and completed in 1964 theD i d b P d R V d l t d i 1964 thtwo-story museum encloses 474,000 sq ft (44,000 sq m) of space y , q ( , q ) ptwo-story museum encloses 474 000 sq ft (44 000 sq m) of spacetwo story museum encloses 474 000 sq ft (44 000 sq m) of space</p><p>Carved pillar and water fountain</p><p>8</p><p>@Teotihuacn HallThe finely crafted artistic, religious, and architecturalobjects displayed in the hall (above) reflect the skills of the craftsmen, artisans, and builders of this first greatMexican city. The craftsmen depicted deities in stone carvings, finely painted murals, and on intricately decorated vessels. The huge monolith of the goddessChalchiuhtlicue is one of the highlights of the hall.</p><p>!Pre-Classic Central Mexico HallThe hallfeatures artifacts that highlight theachievements in pottery and stone sculpture during the years 2300 BC to AD 100. TheAcrobat from Tlatilco, a finevase, is displayed here. </p><p>Top 10 Features</p><p>1 Pre-Classic Central MexicoHall</p><p>2 Teotihuacn Hall3 Toltec Hall4 Aztec or Mexica Hall5 Oaxaca Hall6 Gulf Coast Hall7 Maya Hall8 Western Cultures Hall9 Northern Cultures Hall0 Ethnography Halls</p><p>Key</p><p>First Floor</p><p>Second Floor</p><p>Mex</p><p>ico</p><p> Cit</p><p>ys </p><p>Top</p><p> 10</p><p>Cy</p><p>p</p><p>/15/08 10:34:22 AM/15/08 10:34:22 AM7/7//777777/</p></li><li><p>1 009 0016/08/07 K722:30 NT1-2142202</p><p> K000K000 K000K000</p><p>In the garden of the Maya Hall is a reconstruction of Palenques In the garden of the Maya Hall is a reconstruction of Palenque s In the garden of the Maya Hall is a reconstruction of Palenque sI th d f th M H ll i t ti f P l Temple of Inscriptionsp pTemple of InscriptionsTemple of Inscriptions</p><p>9</p><p>$Aztec or MexicaHallThe museums largest hall is filled with impress-ive monoliths and finely crafted objects represen-tative of the immensediversity of Aztec culture. The centerpiece is the intricately carved Sun Stone, a circular disk representing the Mexica cosmos (see p10).</p><p>Toltec HallThis hall displays artobjects from the great Toltec city-states thatdeveloped from 8501250. The sculpture of abearded warrior emerg-</p><p>ing from the mouth of a coyote (above) can </p><p>be seen here.</p><p>%Oaxaca HallThis hall showcases artifacts from the twocultures that flourished inOaxaca Zapotec and Mixtec. There is a recon-struction of the Zapotec Tomb of Monte Albn andmany elegant clay vessels with various figures onthem. The Mixtec collec-tion features silver andgold pieces, and carvedjade and obsidian.</p><p>^GulfCoast HallThe Olmecs are known for thecolossal stonehead sculptures of their leaders</p><p>(above), two of which are in this hall.</p><p>Also displayed are stonemasks and sculptures.</p><p>&amp;Maya HallExquisite examples ofhighly decorated temple architecture and fineartistic creations of Mayan civilization fill thehall. There are also manystucco figures that illustrate the Mayan ideal of human beauty.</p><p>*Western Cultures HallThis hall displays artifacts from western Mexico, including pottery figurinesand vessels of unusual complexity and fine design. The hunchbacked figure of a god on aserpent is notable.</p><p>(Northern Cultures HallThe hall features artifacts from northern Mexico.Pottery, masks, and weap-ons form the largest portion of the collection. The highlight is the finelyformed decorated potteryfrom Paquim featuringred or black designs oncream-colored vessels.</p><p>)Ethnography HallsThe second floor ofthe museum is filled with brilliantly colored textiles, costumes, and art of the indigenous people from all regions of Mexico. Cultures are organized by state and in relation tothe anthropology halls downstairs.</p><p>Museum GuideThe entrance hall contains the gift shop, restrooms, temporary exhibit rooms, and ticket area. It opens into a huge courtyard whoseroof is supported by amodern carved pillar and water fountain. The courtyard has doors thatopen into the museum halls. Each of the hallsdisplays archeologicalobjects from a different region or culture inMexico and each has adoor that leads into anexterior garden areawhere reconstructionsand artifacts are onshow. The entire upperfloor showcases the ethnology collection.</p><p>Mexico</p><p> Citys To</p><p>p 1</p><p>0ex</p><p>coC</p><p>tys</p><p>op</p><p>0</p><p>TT-Mex_008-009-anthro.indd 9ex 008-009-anthro.inddMMMMMMMMTTTT M--TTT-M 9999999</p></li><li><p>1 010 0016/08/07 K452:30 NT1-2142202</p><p> K208K208 K000K000</p><p>10</p><p>Aztec or Mexica HallLeft Model of Tenochtitlns Sacred Center Right Aztec stone head</p><p>!Sun StoneThis magnificent monolith depicts the first four Aztecworlds, thought to represent locations where the Aztecslived before reloca-ting to Tenochtitlnin 1323. The centralfigure is either the sun god or the earthgod, with a sacrificiaknife for a tongue, aclaws holding human hearts. The four squares surrounding the center depictthe four previous worlds,represented by a jaguar, wind,fiery rain, and water. The nextcircle of twenty squares repre-sents the Aztec month made upof 20 days. Other symbols depict the 18 months of a year and five sacrifice days, representing the365 days of the Aztec year.</p><p>@CoatlicueSeveral monumental sculp-tures of Coatlicue, the mothergoddess, who gave birth to the sun, moon, and stars survive. One sculpture...</p></li></ul>