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Puente de Alvarado - Other Activity Mexico City - Mexico

Nowadays, the only clue to the rich history of the busy, dirty thoroughfare called Puente de Alvarado is its name, which literally means Alvarado Bridge. The moniker refers to the days when Mexico City was still the island metropolis of Tenochtitl√°n. It more specifically refers to what is called the noche triste (sad night) of June 30, 1520. That is when the Aztecs, revolting after a massacre by the Spanish, chased the retreating Spanish conquistador Hern√°n Cort√©s (1485 ‚Äď 1547) and his men out of the city along the Tacuba causeway.

Supposedly, the conquistador Pedro de Alvarado had to jump a large canal to escape being killed. Today, the Puente de Alvarado is not a bridge at all, but a broad street that runs from Paseo de la Reforma to Avenida Insurgentes. It is lined with little stalls selling regular and atypical market fare: pirated music and movies, new watch bands, old record albums, porn, herbal sexual remedies, athletic shoes, notebooks, Rubik's cubes, underpants, handmade TV antennae, novelty "mice", backpacks and custards. You can find the same stuff elsewhere.

Puente de Alvarado
Mexico City, Mexico

Other Activity Types:

Getting There
Hidalgo is the metro station on the east end of the street; Revolución is the metro station on the west end of the street.

Travel Tips: Watch your belongings in the crowded sidewalks where the market stalls are.

Price Description: free

Relative price: Budget

Days Closed:none

Travel Skills: None

Templo de San Hipólito, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Templo de San Fernando, Panteón de San Fernando

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 06030

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: Monument to the Ni√Īos H√©roes, Plaza M√©xico, Paseo de la Reforma, Plaza Loreto, Templo de San Hip√≥lito , Tren Esc√©nico, Museo Pant√©on de San Fernando (San Fernando cemetery museum), Templo de San Fernando (San Fernando church), Bullfighting at Plaza Mexico and Plaza de Santo Domingo.

02 Oct 2009

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