We begin this tour on the northern edge of the Alameda Park, in front of a sunken plaza surrounded by the Franz Mayer Museum, the Print Museum and the San Juan de Dios and Santa Veracruz Churches. After brief stop at each of these buildings, we will begin our walk along Hidalgo Street, pausing at the Hotel de Cortes, the San Diego Church (which was the site of the stakes of the Holy Inquisition), and retrace Hernan Cortes’s escape route on the Sorrowful or Sad Night, which marked the first major defeat of the Spaniards in their quest to conquer the Mexica empire. From there we continue on to the San Fernando Church and Cemetery for Distinguished Citizens, where many liberal historical figures involved in Mexico’s Reform Movement are laid to rest, including President Benito Juarez.
This unusual, out-of-the-way route reexamines one of the most important, yet often forgotten historic zones of downtown. The walk takes about 3 hours.