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  • 1 National History Museum, Mexico City Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Castillo de Chapultepec

    The remarkable collections at the Museo Nacional de Historia recount the country's history from New Spain to the Porfiriato. A work by muralist Juan O'Gorman (1905-1982), Retablo de la Independencia offsets the numerous paintings, costumes and docume..

  • 2 Museo Dolores Olmedo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. México 5843

    This museum is well worth the trip south from the city centre. A close friend of painter Diego Rivera, Dolores Olmedo Patiño acquired some 145 works by the artist - the largest collection ever constituted - exhibited in this 16C hacienda nestled in a..

  • 3 Teotihuacán: Avenue of the Dead Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Avenue of the Dead connects the Ciudadela and the Pyramid of the Moon on a straight 2km north-south path closely following the lay of the land in successive tiers, or "squares" used as gathering places and connected to the temples on th..

  • 4 Teotihuacán: Site Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    The large model in the Teotihuacán Site Museum gives you an idea of the size of the city, capital of the largest Pre-Columbian empire, whose limits extended far beyond the current site. Things to be seen include the complex earthenware censers inlaid..

  • 5 Teotihuacán: Palacio de Tetitla Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The finest mural fragments are contained in the Palacio de Tetitla, on the western side of the Teotihuacán site. Many rooms are still decorated at a height of 50 cm at the base of the walls, and the Jade Goddess panel on the main patio has remained n..

  • 6 Teotihuacán: Palacio Tepantitla Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Palacio Tepantitla, to the east, boasts the famous Tlalocán mural (Tláloc Paradise), a reproduction of which is in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, as well as a frieze showing rain-making priests.

  • 7 Convent of San Agustín Acolman Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The monastery was built by the Augustinians and completed in 1560. The showy refinement of the church façade, epitomising the Plateresque style, contrasts with the roughness of the architecture, barely softened by a small bell cote. The superb Claust..

  • 8 Casa del Dean (Dean's House), Puebla Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Angle 16-de-Septiembre 505 et 7 Oriente

    The (16C) Casa del Dean narrowly escaped total destruction and a good thing too! The former home of the dean of the cathedral, which now basically amounts to two rooms, contains some splendid murals illustrating Petrarch's Sybils and Triumphs.

  • 9 Museo Amparo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Calle 2 Sur 708

    The Museo Amparo mainly exhibits beautiful Prehispanic art works and objects belonging to the remarkable collection assembled by Manuel Espinosa. Among the 3,000 pieces on display, note in particular a Maya throne made during the Classical period who..

  • 10 Convent of San Miguel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plazuela Fray Juan-de-Alameda

    Although the church and its spare façade exhibit the kind of austerity characteristic of Franciscan buildings, it boasts a splendid 16C retable. Note the frescoes decorating the vault, and the one depicting the first Franciscans in the New World, in ..

  • 11 Cacaxtla Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    In the Epiclassic period (650-900 AD) Maya tribesmen emigrating from the Gulf settled on the Altiplano in Cacaxtla. The meeting of Maya influences with those from Teotihuacán (in decline) is illustrated in the extraordinary murals. Well-preserved tha..

  • The Basilica de la Virgen de Ocotlán overlooking the city looks like a Baroque gem - and a cream puff. It celebrates an apparition of the Virgin in the 16C. According to the legend, during the plague of 1541 the Virgin made a spring gush up for an In..

  • 13 Hill of the Idols Archaeological Site Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Cerro de los Ídolos ("Hill of the Idols"), dedicated to sun worship, was also used as an astronomical observatory. It is reached on a pleasant wooded trail leading to a platform with a magical view over the valley. This Aztec sanctuary ..

  • 14 Hill of the Idols: Eagle House Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Carved entirely out of the rocks, the Cuauhcalli is entered through the mouth of a monster with a forked tongue into a circular chamber along which stretches a bench with a sculpted jaguar and two eagles. An eagle-shaped altar in the centre is touche..

  • The Centro Cultural Mexiquense, a large cultural complex, covers a huge estate formerly occupied by the hacienda La Pila. The old buildings share the space with modern constructions, forming an ensemble of different areas where this cultural heritage..

  • The centre of Mexico is dotted with a chain of volcanoes including the Nevado de Toluca - or Xinantécatl. Rising to a height of 4,690m at the Pico del Fraile, it is the 4th highest peak in the country. You can hike up to the summit from Moon Lake, wh..

  • 17 Xochicalco Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    At the fall of Teotihuacán the mountains in the central plateau saw the construction of several city-states protected by walls, including Xochicalco, one of the most dynamic and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It stands on top of a levelled hill at the..

  • 18 Ascent up Tepozteco Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    You should allow three quarters of an hour to climb up the steep path leading to the top of Tepozteco with its (15C) Aztec temple. This is your chance to enjoy a splendid panorama of the region and the village of Tepoztlán stretching out below. It's ..

  • 19 Taxco Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Entre les calles Veracruz et Miguel Hidalgo

    On its maze of passages and stairways, busy vendors, clients in a hurry and disconcerted tourists have a hard time not running into each other. Lost in the maze, drawn by the smells and heaps of merchandise, you forget the rather unattractive aspect ..

  • 20 The Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución), Oaxaca Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Sitting on a sidewalk café under the portales (arcades), on a bench in the shade of the ficus trees or on the steps of the elegant music gazebo, take the time to observe all the activity at the Zócalo, its scores of balloon salesmen, shoe shiners and..

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