2008 News Archive - Holidays - Visit Mexico City's historic square

25 06 2007

Those visiting the hustling, bustling Mexico City should be sure not to miss El Zocalo, one of the city's most historically significant areas.

Technically called the Plaza de la Constitucion, the square is the old centre of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, one of the ancient world's greatest metropolis'.

Today El Zocalo is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

First paved by the famous Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes in the 1520s, the square is now a beautiful landmark, flanked on one side by the picturesque National Palace.

During the day the square is usually crowded with tourists, there to watch the daily conchero dancers, in their elaborate feathered headdresses.

Xochimilco, which lies approximately 28 kilometres south of Mexico City, is also well worth a look.

It is also a World Heritage Site and has a network of canals and hand-built artificial islands that are awe-inspiring.

Tourists can rent boats, complete with food and musicians, to explore the canals.

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