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A March 2006 trip to Mexico City by dcdc75

Mercado de la Ciudadela Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Mexico City or el Distrito Federal often astounds first-time visitors with its disarming combination of Old World charm and New World sophistication.

Bienvenidos!! It's Mexico City !!!

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Overview

shawls Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The spectacle of Aztec dancers in their colorful finery, chanting and energetically dancing to the beat of ancient drums in the world's second largest square is an exhilarating experience. Being pushed and shoved by throngs of sweaty human bodies as you are carried along with the crowd in the tiny streets of downtown Centro while being deafened by the clamor of vendors is something to be experienced at least once in your lifetime. For some peace and quiet, and trust me, you will need this after a few days in Mexico City, walk along the beautiful cobblestone streets of San Angel and Coyoacan, where you can visit the childhood homes (now museums) of Mexico's most prolific artists Frida Kahlo...Read More

Mercado de la Ciudadela

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Attraction | "La Ciudadela Artisan Market"

Mercado de la Ciudadela Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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La Ciudadela was the best place in Centro to find a great variety of Mexican handicrafts in one place. You will find lots of ceramic pieces, fashioned into brightly colored human and animal shapes, which are everyday folk art throughout the country. Other than leather goods, silver jewelry, and blankets, you will also find elaborate bracelets and necklaces, strung together from bone and onyx, which have been popular ever since artist Frida Kahlo painted herself wearing preHispanic creations. Bargaining is pretty much expected here but be aware that the quality of merchandise here is not really the best although they are pretty adequate if you are just purchasing trinkets as souvenirs or gifts.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2006

Mercado de la Ciudadela
Parque De La Plaza De La Ciudadela Centro Histórico
México, Mexico 06040

La Merced Market (Mercado de la Merced)

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Attraction | "Mercado de la Merced and Sonora"

Mercado de la Ciudadela Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City has been a trading centre for many centuries and it is no real surprise that travelers will find thriving shops all over the city selling all sorts of goods for the tourist. Yet a trip to the local markets to observe Mexicans buying everyday supplies and of course, sampling original cuisine is a great way to fully immerse oneself in a city’s culture. Mercado de la Merced, the quintessential Mexico City market, is one of the largest wholesale markets in Mexico and covers an entire city block. The cramped quarters, the chaotic hustle and bustle and the shrill voices of women haggling over colorful household goods and daily staples; is an amazing sight to behold and make for fantastic photo o...Read More

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La Merced Market (Mercado de la Merced)
East of the Main Plaza
Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Frida Kahlo

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Attraction

Museo Frida Kahlo Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Museo Frida Kahlo is definitely one of the more popular sights here. This blue house was where the artist was born in 1907 to a German father and a Mexican mother. Now a museum, it showcases the study, living room, and kitchen exactly as Frida kept them and a real highlight are her, done as a youth, still hanging on the walls. Kahlo suffered a crippling injury in her youth and her art suggests a stoic life full of pain. You must leave your bags at the entrance, photography is not allowed.

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Museo Frida Kahlo
Londres 247 (Colonia del Carmen, Coyoacán)
Mexico City, Mexico 04400
+52 5 5545999

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru

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Attraction | "Museo de Antropologia"

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru Photo, Lima, Peru
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One of the greatest anthropological museums in the world, Museo de Antroplogia showcases the crossing of first hunter-gatherers from Asia onto North America. It also has magnificent archaeological exhibits from early Mesoamerican societies. The museum also features ethnological displays on Mexico's current Amerindian groups. Some of the finest pieces of prehispanic art anywhere in the world, can be found here. The museum also has outdoor exhibits. It was pretty fun to poke around typical Mayan monuments. Admission is about $5 and no flash photography is allowed.

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National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru
Plaza Bolívar s/n, Pueblo Libre
Lima, Peru
+51 (1) 463 5070

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

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Attraction | "Teotihuacan"

Pirámides de Teotihuacan Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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One of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Americas, Teotihuacan flourished until 750 AD when it was abandoned. When the Aztecs arrived, they recognized the site's formidable history and named it Teotihuacan which means a place where gods are born. The Avenue of the Dead (Calzada de los Muertos) was named as such because the Aztecs believed the soul travelled in a north-south direction (like the avenue) on its way to the afterlife. The Pyramid of the Sun measures 225m on each side and 70m in height, almost as large as the Great Pyramids of Giza (231m base). At the north end of the Avenue of the Dead, lies the Temple of the Moon which was built directly over a cave in 2nd century A...Read More

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Pirámides de Teotihuacan
Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46 (zona Arqueológica De Teotihuacan)
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico 03010
+52 5 9560052