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People walk in the Santa Catarina square in

People walk in the Santa Catarina square in Coyoacan. South of central Mexico City, the charming neighborhood of cobblestone streets, brightly painted colonial houses and tree-shaded plazas was home to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and hundreds of other artists over the decades. (Nov. 20, 2012). Photo Credit: AP

Free things to do and see in Mexico City.

Backdropped by the Metropolitan Cathedral, a model walks
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Backdropped by the Metropolitan Cathedral, a model walks the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway in Mexico City's Zocalo. In addition to the cathedral, the open plaza is bordered by the National Palace and the ruins of the Templo Mayor, which was the central temple of the ancient Aztecs. Entrance to the cathedral and part of the National Palace are free, and the Zocalo itself is filled with open-air entertainment. (Nov. 16, 2012)

People walk the stairs towards the main entrance
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People walk the stairs towards the main entrance to the Soumaya Museum, on the northern edge of Mexico City's Polanco neighborhood. (Nov. 19, 2012)

People take photos next to an Auguste Rodin
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People take photos next to an Auguste Rodin sculpture at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. On the northern edge of the Polanco neighborhood, home to gleaming office towers, high-end restaurants and luxury boutiques, billionaire Carlos Slim has erected the mirrored, mushroom-shaped museum, home to six floors of Impressionists, Old Masters, Mexican muralists, anonymous Mesoamerican craftsmen and hundreds of other works. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Paddle boaters make their way around a lake
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Paddle boaters make their way around a lake in the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. The park is divided between shady stretches of forest and more-developed plazas, fountains and sculpture gardens. On weekends, the northern end is crammed with vendors, entertainers and families out for the day. (Nov. 19, 2012)

People enter Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. (Nov.
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People enter Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. (Nov. 18, 2012)

People feed a squirrel in Chapultepec Park in
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People feed a squirrel in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. (Nov. 18, 2012)

A street vendor sells flowers in Coyoacan, a
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A street vendor sells flowers in Coyoacan, a former village south of central Mexico City. The charming neighborhood of cobblestone streets, brightly painted colonial houses and tree-shaded plazas was home to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and hundreds of other artists over the decades. (Nov. 20, 2012).

People walk in the Santa Catarina square in
Photo Credit: AP

People walk in the Santa Catarina square in Coyoacan. South of central Mexico City, the charming neighborhood of cobblestone streets, brightly painted colonial houses and tree-shaded plazas was home to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and hundreds of other artists over the decades. (Nov. 20, 2012).

People relax next to a fountain at the
Photo Credit: AP

People relax next to a fountain at the main square of Coyoacan, a former village south of central Mexico City. The charming neighborhood of cobblestone streets, brightly painted colonial houses and tree-shaded plazas was home to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and hundreds of other artists over the decades. (Nov. 16, 2012).

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