Mexican National Park: Villa Coyoacán, Mexico City

by Cie McCullough Buschle on May 4, 2012

in Arts and Culture, Travel Ideas

Coyoacán, or Place of the Coyotes, is one of the sixteen boroughs of the Federal District of Mexico City, but until the mid 19th century the area was a separate village. The historic center, now a National Park, was settled somewhere between the 10th and 12th century. During the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire Coyoacán actually welcomed Cortés and his men. Cortés used the village as his headquarters, and later it became first capital of New Spain.

Coyoacán still retains its many plazas, cobblestone streets and small town charm, despite the urban sprawl of Mexico City into and around it. The historic center is referred to as Villa Coyoacán, to separate it from the burough. On the weekend the two main plazas are filled with as many as 70,000 tourists, come to see the street performers and vendors. Some of the business in the center of town are over a hundred years old.

There are festivals almost every weekend in the Jardin del Centenario and the Jardín Hidalgo, the two main plazas of Villa Coyoacán. Tourists also visit the many historic homes, buildings and museums in the area, such as the National Museum of Popular Culture and the San Juan Bautista church.

Cloister of San Juan Bautista, in the heart of Villa Coyoacán

Cloister of San Juan Bautista, in the heart of Villa Coyoacán

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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