Coyoacán often referred as ‘the place of coyotes’ in Nahuatle is a relatively quiet neighbourhood in central Mexico City. It was formerly a rural village but over the years Coyoacán has developed into this vibrant neighbourhood filled with art, history and culture in Mexico’s capital.
The village was home to conquistador Hernán Cortés and was used as the base for the Spanish while they took apart the Aztec Empire. Eventually it became the capital of New Spain and what was left behind is what you still see today – a colonial village of colourful buildings, cobbled streets and beautiful churches.
El Jardín Centenario and Jardín Hidalgo
The main square is split into two parts: the Jardín Centenario and the Jardín Hidalgo. Both are great places to relax, to do people watching 😝 and to have a snack from one of the passing vendors. Here you will also see the fountain of the coyotes, the animals which Coyoacán has taken its name.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Coyoacán is where the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo spent most of her life, having lived in the same house until her death. This 1950’s house is known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House) and was donated by Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, with the intention of making it a museum in her honor – the Museum of Frida Kahlo.
It’s hard to miss this bright blue house around the corner from the market. This house was filled with her personal items – furniture, jewelry, clothing, artwork, as well as a small part of her personal collection of pre-hispanic art.
An important point to note: the museum is closed on Mondays and all public holidays.
There are many other attractions to see and do in Coyoacán. For a more detailed discussion/suggestions, you can go to ‘Visit Mexico‘ and ‘Eternal Expat‘.
This was the other half of the private tour with Netouring. The first half of the day was spent in Xochimilco – it was lots of fun doing the boat tour!
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