Originally an Aztec marketplace, the Alameda Central has a dark past as the former site of executions during the Spanish Inquisition. Today, this pleasant green space is Mexico City's largest central park and a popular gathering point for office workers, food vendors, shoppers and hawkers plying their wares to passersby. Crowds swell each Sunday when families descend in droves for picnics and open-air concerts. Nearby, a huge mural painted in 1947 depicts the park in summer at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, where the artist's Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park) takes pride of place.
Things to see in Mexico City
Oficina de Turismo de la Ciudad de México
Londres 54, corner of Amberes, La Zona Rosa
Tel: (55) 5208 1030 or 1 800 008 9090.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1800.
SECTUR (National Tourism Ministry)
Avenida Presidente Masaryrk 172, corner of Hegel, in Polanco
Tel: (55) 3002 6300 or 1 800 903 9200.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat 1000-1500.