(town square) is one of the most popular places in town. Details
Fortin overlooks the city and has several kilometers of biking
and hiking trails. There are fine views of Monte
Albán from the planetarium.
Located along Abasolo between Alcalá Street and 5 de Mayo,
this park sports a limestone foundation from the 17th century and
equally historic 'caja de agua' which was used for storing water
during the colonial era. Artists exhibit paintings during the day
and sell regional crafts, including jewelry, Teotitlán weavings
and black pottery. Businesses that border the park include Amate
Books, El Topil restaurant, the Camino Real hotel, Los Cuiles and
a number of venues in the Plaza de las Virgenes.
Located on the north side of the city, the park (formerly a private
garden) is a beautiful quiet space. There are tasty tamales for
sale on the northwest corner in the mornings from 8am-10am. Photos!
Ciudad de las Canteras
The quarries that were mined for cantera, a compressed volcanic
ash, also known as tufa. This green stone was used throughout the
city's public buildings and churches. In the 1950s mineral veins
were diminishing and the quarry was abandoned and used as a garbage
dump. In 1992 the state government cleaned up the area and converted
the dump into park. Ciudad de las Canteras is located east of town
on Calzada Niños Héroes de Chapultepec and next to
soccer stadium Estadio Benito Juárez (named after the president).
Plazuela de Carmen Alto
Located between the Oaxacan
Graphic Arts Institute (IAGO) and the Carmen
Alto Church and a half block north of Santo
Domingo. The Palo Verde blooms in brilliant yellow in the spring.
This tree is native to the Isthmus. There are also bushes called
muitle with orange blossoms.
Located on Alcala Street between Cosijopi and Xólotl, three
blocks north of Santo
Domingo, this small garden is frequented by skateboarders in
the late afternoon. Most of the trees on the south side are ficus.
Look closely and you can spot a poplar (alamo), a few causarinas
and a water-sucking eucalyptus.
Close to the big doors are two huaje
trees planted in 2012.
Jardín del Pañuelito
(Little Handkerchief Garden)
Located south of Santo
Domingo on Gurrion Street, this small garden has a beautiful
jacaranda tree which blooms in the spring.
Plaza de la Danza
Just west of the Basilica,
this plaza hosts numerous cultural events and concerts.
On the east side of the Basilica,
a half dozen ice cream vendors sell regional sweets in this intimate
Pablo (San Pablo Garden)
Across from the Provedora Escolar bookstore on Independencia and
Fiallo. The small park is located where the gardens of 16th century
Three blocks east of the Alameda on Calle
Plaza del Artesano
Dr. Ramón Pardo, in between Armenta y Lopez and Bustamante.
Ciudad Universitaria (CU)
Located on the south side of town across from the firehouse and
Fabricas de Francia, this university sports park has basketball
courts, a baseball field, rugby
and a running track. Photos
This park is located near the airport. It has a running track and
swimming pool. To get there, take a collectivo from Simbolos Patrios
marked with La Raya, Aeropuerto or El Tequio.
There is a botanical garden outside of town nearby San