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Mexico City/Tlalpan

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Mexico City/Tlalpan

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Tlalpan and Pedregal is a district of Mexico City.

Tlalpan City Hall
A street in Tlalpan Centro Historico


Tlalpan [2] comprises several small towns south of Mexico City, including Tlalpan itself, Chicalcoyotl, San Pedro Martir, San Andres Totoltepec, Xicalco and San Miguel Ajusco. All of these towns eventually got merged into the urban sprawl and became what is today known as a "Delegacion" Tlalpan (borough or municipality) of the Federal District. It is the largest borough in Mexico City and borders with the State of Morelos. It is also home to the Ajusco volcanic mountains with the highest peak measuring 3,937 meters above the sea level.

In terms of foreign tourism, Downtown Tlalpan is a barely known place, which could make it a highlight if you visit it. Overall it is a quiet and safe place, with Colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and lots of trees.

Get in[edit]

Tlalpan is one of only three boroughs that still has no subway service. The easiest way to reach the Centro Historico of Tlalpan is using an RTP bus [3], through Tlalpan Avenue or Insurgentes Sur avenues. The bus should have a sign that reads "San Fernando". Ask the driver you want to go "Tlalpan Centro". As in many other places in Mexico, the area lacks of traffic signs, so it is better to ask people for directions. There are also RTP buses that reach some of the old towns, these buses run along Insurgentes Sur, which later becomes the Federal (Libre) Highway to Cuernavaca.

Get around[edit]

The Centro Historico of Tlalpan comprises an area of maybe 6 x 6 blocks, which can be done by foot. If you plan to visit the other towns a Taxi or a Car will be necessary. Ask for a map at the Tourist Booth in the Zocalo (main square)

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Casa Chata in Centro Historico

Centro Historico de Tlalpan or historical Downtown of Tlalpan is a good place to visit. You can stroll through the streets around the Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo) The main square. Some of the main attractions within the Centro Historico are:

  • Municipal Hall Plaza de la Constitucion.
  • Mercado Publico Plaza de la Constitucion (Main square). This public market is the last "Porfirian" style that remains in Mexico City.
  • Casa de Santa Ana San Fernando Avenue and Madero Street. Today, offices of an insurance company.
  • Tlalpan Mint Moneda and Juarez street. For 2 years, in the late 1800's, this building housed the Mexican Mint, today is a secondary school.
  • Casa Frissac Plaza de la Constitucion and Moneda streets.
  • Casa Chata Matamoros and Moneda streets
  • Church of Asuncion Chimalcoyotl Rosal Street (without number) dating back to the XVII century.
  • Church of San Pedro Martir de Verona Ensenanza Street and Laurel Street. Built in the XVIII century.
  • Parroquia de San Andres Totoltepec Morelos Avenue and Palma Street. This parish was built in the XVII century , refurbished in 1965.
  • San Miguel de Xicalco Church Mexico Avenue and 16 de Septiembre street. This church was built in the XVII century. An imazing place to be....
  • Cuicuilco Archeological zone The oldest archeological zone in Mexico City, its inhabitants later moved away to found the world famous Teotihuacán. It features a round pyramid unique in the country.

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The local Tourism Department offer walking tours, ask for information at the Tourism Booth located in Plaza de la Constitucion (Main Square)

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Try Cafetlán for great athentic food and live acoustic music. Guadalupe Victoria 15-A esq. Plaza de la Constitución Centro de Tlalpan Tel: (55)5655-7338 [email protected]

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Some hotels operating in this area include:

  • Hotel Costa del Sol, Carretera Federal a Cuernavaca No. 5101 Tlalpan, [1].  edit
  • Radisson Paraiso, Cupside 53, Colonia Parques, 5927-5959. 4-star hotel. USD$ 125-150.  edit
  • Royal Pedregal, Periferico Sur 4363, Jardines en la Montaña.  edit


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