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Downtown Tlalpan

Discover culture in Mexico City by visiting Downtown Tlalpan, a former town rich in tradition that was devoured by the city.


Downtown Tlalpan is a calm place that seems to be engulfed by a bubble of silence, away from the urban hustle. It’s a place where you can enjoy an appeasing day tour on your next trip to Mexico City. DINKtravelers will tell you which attractions you can’t miss.


You’ll know that you’ve arrived in Tlalpan when you’ve reached Hidalgo St. in the corner of Matamoros St. The first thing you’ll see there is the Casa Chata (snub-nosed house), called like that because its entrance door is located exactly on the street’s corner, but actually, that corner seems to be cut flat instead of ending in a pointed shape as we usually see in city streets. This house that was constructed in the mid 18th century was an inquisitor’s country home. Later, in 1950, it housed the Charrería Museum but only for 10 years. Now it houses the Center for Higher Studies and Anthropological Research (CIESA). Still, you’ll be able to take a guided tour of the premises if you make a previous reservation by phone.


Continue walking along Hidalgo St. and you’ll find Los Portales (the arches), a place where you can stop for a good coffee while you observe passersby and let yourself be absorbed by the environment that seems to be trapped in the past, when Tlalpan was just a suburban town that was little by little devoured by Mexico City.

After you’ve finished your coffee, right next to Tlalpan’s Main Square, you’ll find the Juana de Asbaje Ecological Park. Prepare to improvise a picnic or if you’re not hungry yet and you enjoy training, do your workout at the park’s outdoors gym. Another alternative is to nurture your intellectual traveler side and look for the park’s library and bookstore. With so many healthy activities, who could imagine that before this attraction became a park it was a psychiatric hospital called La Foresta?!


Would you like to see an exhibit, hear a lecture or see a play to discover local artistic activities? In that case, Casa Frissac, located in front of Juana de Asbaje Ecological Park, is the right place for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy historical architecture, the City Hall, which was built in the 19th century, is perfect. What’s interesting about this building is that on its façade you’ll see a mural painting that tells the story of Tlalpan from its Pre Hispanic origins to modern times. Pay close attention to the story it tells since it serves as a visual touristic guide that helps you understand the passing of time at this destination. The artist who made it was a teacher at the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Public Highschool called Alberto Rodríguez Navarra. He painted it in 1987, so the visual version of Tlalpan’s history you’ll find there is quite recent.


Prepare your high-tech smartphone’s camera because your last stop will be worthy of a memorable picture. Visit the Tlalpan History Museum where they keep the telephone with which the first call from Tlalpan to Mexico City was made on March 20th 1868!

Now that you know more about Downtown Tlalpan, we invite you to go there, especially on a Friday afternoon, when they organize dance celebrations on Main Square.