Viveros de Coyoacán

sights / Parks & gardens

Viveros de Coyoacán information

Mexico City , Mexico
Telephone
+52 55 5554 1851
Getting there
metro Viveros
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
6am-6pm
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Lonely Planet review

A pleasant approach to Coyoacán’s central plazas is via the Viveros de Coyoacán, the principal nurseries for Mexico City’s parks and gardens. The 390-sq-km swath of greenery, 1km west of central Coyoacán, is popular with joggers and great for a stroll, but watch out for belligerent squirrels! From metro Viveros, walk south (right, as you face the fence) along Avenida Universidad and take the first left, Avenida Progreso.

A block south of Viveros is the quaint Plaza Santa Catarina , with the modest, mustard-colored church that gives the square its name. Across the street, the Centro Cultural Jesús Reyes Heroles is a colonial estate hosting book presentations, dance classes and other activities. Take a wander round the grounds, where yuccas and jacarandas spring from carefully tended gardens. The 700m walk east along Avenida Francisco Sosa to Jardín Centenario passes some fine colonial buildings, several of which house cafes.