Built atop an ancient meeting place Zocalo serves as a center of activity in the capital, hosting protests, celebrations, and the bustle of daily life. Originally a nexus of commerce in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the square encompasses an entire city block and has drawn visitors for more than seven centuries. Wander the expansive plaza and marvel at the surrounds, which range from pre-colonial relics to grander buildings, such as the presidential palace and national cathedral. Grab a bite to eat or a drink from one of the many surrounding restaurants, or pick up a memento of your trip at a souvenir stand. Keep your eyes peeled for the musical performances and Aztec dances that frequently take place in the square. Take a look at our Mexico City trip tool to schedule your visit to Zocalo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • a large tourist space to visit as it has quite a few things to visit in just a few blocks
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  • You must take a walk, whether you're foreign or domestic to know a place definitely part of Mexico's living history. Fusion of cultures, the Cathedral, modern Mexico, and the remnants of Aztec culture on the side of the square. Several museums, squares and historical sites in the surrounding area, and popular expression site of many social and political currents.
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  • Walking into this area is extremely gratifying. I had absolutely no idea that Mexico had this type of European influence. I've always visited Mexican beaches, but visiting El Zocalo has made me apprec...  more »
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