SOUTH OF THE CITY
Tourism in the South of CDMX
The southern part of Mexico City is made up of 5 delegations that are Milpa Alta, Xochimilco, Tlahuac, Tlalpan and Coyoacán. Many places of interest are located in this area of the city. Beautiful parks and forests, gardens on the water, museums, theaters, markets, culture, history and entertainment are just some examples of the diversity that can be found in this part of the city.
Map of Tourist Attractions in the South of CDMX
Tourist Attractions in the South of CDMX
Xochimilco is one of the most important tourist places in CDMX, both for nationals who want to have fun for a weekend and for tourists who want to know a little piece of Mexico in the same place.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the visitors can explore the canals while floating on a colorful boat called “trajinera” and buy delicious Mexican food and drinks while enjoying a live performance of the mariachi bands and other musicians who sail right up to boats.
You can also learn about the Aztec’s ingenious technique for growing food upon the fertile riverbeds of the pre-Hispanic waterways, the “chinampas”, with willow trees planted along the edges of the fields, since their roots help to contain these “floating gardens”.
There are many greenhouses and a large market offering a variety of handcrafts. The parish of San Bernardino founded in 1535, and the Chapel of El Rosario built in the 18th Century can also be visited in this area.
San Pedro Atocpan
It is a Barrio Mágico (Magical Quarter) that has managed to preserve its character of a little town and is known by its mole, one of the most representative dishes of Mexican food. Walking through the streets of this town one can delight in the aromas of spice shops, flowers, chilies and chocolate aromas that fill the whole place.
Restaurants, shops and the Temple of San Martín with a beautiful facade frame the main square, with its typical kiosk. You can visit the Santuario del Señor de las Misericordias (Lord of Mercies Sanctuary), a church of great proportions with colorful stained glass windows; in its high altar is a black Christ from the 16th century made with corn cane; and from its terrace you have a panoramic view of the village.
Another interesting place is The Parish of San Pedro Apostol, built in 1680 by the Franciscans friars with a large courtyard and a Baroque facade. San Pedro Atocpan is the starting point for several routes, as the nearby villages offer varied experiences such as: temezcal, the use of medicinal plants, handicrafts, natural wonders and much more.
San Andrés Mixquic
A community located in the southeast of the city. It is best known for its Day of the Dead commemorations, when the cemetery that surrounds the community’s main church glows with thousands of candles and smell pungent incense, a real magical atmosphere.
You can visit the church and ex-monastery of San Andres Apostol built in the 15th century by Augustinians friars; in the courtyard of the old monastery, there are a number of pre-Hispanic archeological finds on display. Not very far is “Lago de los Reyes Aztecas” where you can have a ride in a “trajinera” enjoying the typical food; and to learn about the traditional way of living in this town, you may visit the live museum placed in a “chinampa”.
A community located in the southeast of the city. It is best known for its Day of the Dead commemorations, when the cemetery that surrounds the community’s main church glows with thousands of candles and smell pungent incense, a realmagical atmosphere.
Centro Histórico de Tlalpan (Tlalpan Historic Center)
This is one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, since its history goes back to pre-Hispanic times. The center still retains much of its provincial atmosphere with narrow streets, colonial era mansions and cobblestone streets.
The main attraction is the plaza filled with tall trees, shrubs and flowers. Bordering one side of the plaza is the delegation building constructed in the 19th century with a mural that pays tribute to major events in Tlalpan history, the church and exconvent of San Augustin established here in 1547 by the Dominicans.
A row of restaurants with outdoor seating overlooking the plaza, the Chapel and Convent of the Capuchinas Sacramentarias, a masterpiece by the most renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, and the Museum of the History of Tlalpan.
Dolores Olmedo Museum
Located in a 16th-century old hacienda “La Noria” in Xochimilco, the museum host the greatest collection of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Angelina Beloff. Besides, there are fine pre-Hispanic pieces on display, colonial furniture and beautiful items of folk art. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Museo de Historia de Tlalpan (Museum of the History of Tlalpan)
It is housed in a building known as “La Casona” (The Mansion), which dates to 1874. The museum explores the culture and history of the Tlalpan borough and exhibits pieces of some masters of the plastic and visual art. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00 hrs.
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