Mexico City, Mexico

Historic Downtown Mexico City ‘Runseeing’ Tour

**Note: It’s best to time this run on a Sunday morning when Reforma Avenue is closed to traffic until mid-day.

What better way to experience the landmarks of Mexico City than on a run? This route takes you past impressive and unique architecture and exposes some amazing culture and history.

Begin your run in Zócalo, the heart of Mexico City. This main square houses the Cathedral Metropolitana, (the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America), the Palacio National, and the Plaza de la Constitución. Go into the Plaza de la Constitucion, and explore the Zocalo Market marked by its many colorful umbrellas.

Exit the Square on Av Francisco I. Madero then turn right down Condesa. On your right, you will see an ornate structure called the Casa de Azulejos, or The House of Tiles, with a unique facade of blue and white tiles. Follow Condesa until you get to Calle de Tacuba where you will see Plaza Manuel Tolsa with an equestrian sculpture of Charles IV of Spain, known as El Caballito. Take a moment to appreciate the beautiful architecture of buildings in this square like Mining Palace, National Museum of Art, and the Post Office (Palacio Postal).

Take a left on Calle de Tacuba (going away from the square) to Alameda Central Park. Enjoy the shade of the poplar trees, Alamo in Spanish, that the park was named after. At the end of the park, you will reach Reforma Avenue, an ancient road modeled after the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Currently, this road is lined with impressive corporate offices and is the financial center of Mexico. On this road you will find a grand monument to Christopher Columbus, El Ángel de la Independencia, and the Huntress Diana Fountain, respectively. The El Ángel de la Independencia (the Angel of Independence) serves as a monument of the 100th year of Mexican Independence and as a memorial for its heroes. Turn around as you’re admiring the Huntress Diana Fountain (Fuente de la Diana Cazadora).

Exit Reforma Avenue on Calle Morelos and continue until you reach Lázaro Cárdenas near the Metro San Juan de Letrán Station. At this corner is the Mercado de Artesanias San Juan, an artisans market featuring many original and traditional handicrafts. Take a left to run past the Torre Latinoamericana. This monument in Mexico City is a member of the World federation of Great Towers and one of the finest examples of construction engineering in the world. Continue on this road until you see the main opera house of Mexico City, the Palacio De Bellas Artes. From here, continue down Avenue Cinco de Mayo to return to the starting point.

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