18th century Arcadian Mexico
We will stroll through these two former villages now enveloped by the city yet still maintaining their small town atmosphere. If our tour is on Saturday, we will begin with the Bazar del sábado (the Saturday arts and crafts market) in the Plaza San Jacinto. From there we will proceed to other colonial and contemporary sites in both colonias, including the Convento del Carmen and Casa del Risco. Like San Ángel, Coyoacán is a delight to explore, with two lovely plazas graced by vendors of ice cream, toys and folk art, as well as musicians, bookstores, and restaurants.
On Mondays museums are closed
For booking a 48 hours notice is requiered
Iglesia del Carmen (Church and ex convent);
Plaza del Carmen (Square);
Casa del mayorazgo de Fagoaga (18th c. House);
Casa de los Mariscales de Castilla (17th c. House);
Casa del Obispo Madrid (18th c. House);
Casa del Risco (17th c. House and Museum, with the nicest fountain in town);
Iglesia de San Jacinto (Church);
Casa de la Marquesa de Selva Nevada (18th c. House);
Casa del Lic. Martínez de la Torre (18th c. House with a 16th c. Façade);
Casa de los Condes de Oploca. (17th c. House);
Instituto Dante (charming 18th c. House);
Casa de Francisco Sosa;
Casa de Diego de Ordaz,
Capilla de la Conchita (delightful Church, Cortés ordered its construction);
Iglesia de San Juan;
Casa Azul (Frida).
Monday museums are closed
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel
End location: At the closest tourism taxi stand. This tour is presented this way for the traveler who has a tight schedule (two or three days), but actually is very long and some visitors may need a cab. The tour can be broken up in two halves, having lunch in between. (I strongly recommend the San Angel Inn restaurant for a meal.)
Duration: 5 hours
Weather or traffic could affect the duration of the tour, but I will look for alternatives in case that happens
From the hotel to the San Angel, it could be by tourism taxi, taxi stand cab, metro, other public transportation, transportation expenses paid by visitor, once in San Angel and Coyoacan by foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1200 mex pesos - (US$60) is more than plenty for tourism taxi rides in case you wish to commute by this means, it will also cover expenses like coffee, a glass of wine or a light lunch.
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My sister joined my wife and me on this tour of some of the most beautiful areas in the San Angel and Coyoacán, a little like the South Pasadena area in Southern California, according to our guide, Hector. He guided us through homes featuring unusual architecture, along with a beautiful church and the unique marketplace, Bazaar del Sábado in the San Angel region. We got our money's worth when we took in the markets of Coyoacán and ended with a delicious meal at one of the restaurants by the zocalo. Bravo!