Southern CDMX is full of surprises and history. This day is the search for the old growing area of Parque Ecológico Xochimilco, the chinampas and to follow the Nacional Canal back into the heart of the city, all the way to La Merced.
Central city contrasts
Poverty and Catholicism are constant companions.
A long day in the saddle
Taking a break from the trail.
Estatua Ecuestre de Carlos IV
The statue of King Charles IV outside the Antiguo Palacio de la Secretaria de Comunicaciones.
The colonial centre of power rested here for large swathes of Spanish dominion from as far into the north of what is now the USA and south into Central America.
Just north of the historic gardens of Xochimilco is the original canal that transported fresh produce into the heart of Tenochtitlán (CDMX), before the conquest.
The random and the bright
Colour. If there is something for the senses in this place it is colour.
Strewn between the wires
Many edificios in Mexico City are adorned with Catholic symbolism, patron saints and the Virgin de Guadalupe. This one overlooks the Jardín Centenario in Coyoacán.
Definitely where I don’t want to be
Iztapalapa has a population about the size of New Zealand all within one Colonia. I am on the edge of this as I ride back along Nacional Canal back to Centro.