Views of Mexico City

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I live in Toluca, a few hours from Mexico City, or D.F. as it is most commonly known in Spanish. By some estimates the 3rd largest city in the world, D.F. has sights, sounds, confusion, beauty, comedy, tragedy, horror and fun.


You can just make out the plaza below, which is the zocalo above. This is the center of the city, with the cathedral, government buildings and giant flag.

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Once the tallest building in Latin America, the Torre Latino Americana gives great views of the sprawling metropolis.


Up the street is the monument to the Revolution.

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On the right you can see Iztaccihuatl, one of Mexico City’s two nearby volcanoes. All the people were a protest by farmer’s unions from the south of Mexico.

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A parade:


These are the three kings. They bring children presents after Christmas, on Jan 4 or something like that. You can have your picture taken with them, like Santa. Somehow blackface isn’t yet politically incorrect in Mexico:

rayos magos

This is the Basilica of Guadalupe, where the famous painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe is kept. You can read a little more about her here.

virgen de guadalupe

Get your photo with the virgin!

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In the market across from the basilica I find a shrine to Santa Muerte, Saint Death. Here is where you make your dark request for revenge.

santa muerte

Take one home, why don’t you?

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About Ted Campbell

U.S.-Canadian writer, translator and university teacher in Mexico. Travel stories and practical tips on my blog No Hay Bronca: Twitter: @NoHayBroncaBlog // Contact: nohaybroncablog (at)

Posted on January 23, 2013, in Mexico and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. You’ve really captured the essence of the city – it looks incredible!

  2. Salla Ingalotte

    Sometimes I like, sometimes I don’t 😀 It’s a good that from here it’s easy to visit other cities. Last weekend I was in Valle de Bravo and it was cool 🙂

  3. It’s very interesting and inspiring your blog! I found it by accident when I search for Mexican slang 🙂 I also live in Toluca.

  4. Great Post … as always.

    Flew out of Mexico City last Monday morning, 14Jan2013. Popocatepetl was beautiful, with a nice trail of smoke moving south.



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