Tijuana Journals

Walking Tour of Tijuana, Mexico

A June 2003 trip to Tijuana by Maximocervantes

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Walking Tour of Tijuana, Mexico

Overview

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This journal includes a Walking tour of the area in and around the Tijuana's Famous Revolución Avenue and a little bit of its downtown.

Coming soon: Tecate (the place, not the beer) and Ensenada Walking Tours and a Tijuana Driving Tour.

Quick Tips:

Quick Tip #1: Tijuana is more than Revolución.
Quick Tip #2: Baja California is more than Tijuana.

Best Way To Get Around:

Best Way to Get Around Tips:

Rent a car in Tijuana or San Diego, but DO NOT FORGET to get all the insurance coverage you can get.

Haggle a bit and rent a cab for the whole day to take you around town (get the price before you board and pay at the end of the day).

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Tijuana "Revu" Downtown Walking Tour

Baja California and Tijuana have much to offer visitors. Part of what makes it so attractive is the distinctiveness of its inhabitants that come from all parts of Mexico and give Tijuana its myriad of influences and unique character.

The "Downtown Walking Tour" is a suggested route along some of the more interesting experiences and points of interest that can’t be fully appreciated from a motorcoach’s window. This tour is the perfect welcome for someone who wants to get the feel of the town or really get into its spirit, you can walk the entire route in under two hours or pace yourself and make a whole day of it.

Getting Your Bearings in TJ

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Getting your bearings Revolución Avenue, "La Revu" to the locals, is an 11-block drag that started as Tijuana’s Main Street over a century ago. It’ll be our reference and starting point. The cross-streets have names but are numbered 1 through 11 from north to south. The streets parallel to "La Revu" have names and are also designated by letters "B" to "I" from east to west (Revolución would be "A" Street). Starting Point #1: Walking straight from the Boarder If traveling the half-mile walk from the boarder to Revolución, you will emerge at the northern part of the street at the Tijuana Arch and Monumental Clock. Many day-trippers take the San Diego Trolle...Read More

First Stage

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Tijuana Downtown Walking Tour #1 Sanborns Hermanos 8th and Revolución Start early enough for breakfast and the first stop (walking south to north) is Sanborns. This throwback to an earlier time was first started in Mexico City a century ago and now has establishments all over the country. This is probably the least "touristy" place on Revolución Avenue were some locals meet in the large dining rooms for inexpensive big breakfasts, sweet bread ("pan dulce") and great fresh brewed Mexican coffee. You can also find a wide variety of quality merchandise like books, jewelry, leather, perfumes, cigars, chocolates, pastries and books and music in Spanish. It has an ind...Read More

Second Stage

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Tijuana Downtown Walking Tour #6 El Sombrero Arcade Revolución Av. between 6th St. and 5th St. For over 70 years this arcade’s 20 shops have sold Mexican crafts. Prices vary and you have to haggle for anything not ticketed, but it's a good buy anywhere you choose. There is a very nice hand-made guitar shop here as well as interesting stores selling many collectibles. As you have now covered half the length of the street you will have seen many good quality silver and jewelry shops as well as many people on the street selling dubious gold merchandise. Avoid the latter. Continue further north and after crossing 4th street you’ll arrive at… #7...Read More

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Tijuana Downtown Walking Tour #13 Tijuana Wax Museum 1st (Artículo 123) St. one block east of Revolución Av. Located at the old chamber of commerce building, the first –and only- museum of its kind in the state, houses over 80 lifelike renderings of Mexican and International celebrities and historical figures. Admission is under two dollars and pictures are permitted. After exiting the museum, turn left (uphill) back to Revolución, past the arch to the… #14 Hotel Nelson Revolución Av. and 1st St. This was the original site of the world’s largest long bar in the 1930’s and pictures of this bygone era can be seen at the Hotel Nels...Read More

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Tijuana Downtown Walking Tour #20 Historic Bank Building Revolución Av. and 2nd St. This turn of the twentieth century new-French building was one of the first on Revolución and houses working "Bital" bank with ATM. As you walk south again you’ll notice… #21 Prehispanic Sculptures Revolución Av. between 3rd St. and 4th St. These Replicas of monuments and stonework from different cultures that thrived before the arrival of Europeans in what is now Mexico are scattered on the sidewalk of this block. Continue south browsing the many stores like… #22 Hand Art Revolución between 4th and 5th ...Read More