Paseo de la Reforma was constructed during the reign of Emperor Maximillian. It was meant to connect the center of the city (at the Zocolo) and the royal residence at Chapultepec Castle. It was envisioned to become the city’s grand boulevard, one which would rival those found in the old world. When it was completed, it was supposed to be for the exclusive use of the Emperor, a private road for royalty. Today this busy road is for the movement and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to the city. It is an important part of the city now.
When things are bad it’s where people go to protest and when things are good it is where they go to celebrate. Demanding justice or celebrating a football victory in the World Cup, this street comes alive.We spent several days walking up and down Mexico City’s most famous road during our latest visit to Mexico City. This tree-lined street is home to many art exhibits and pieces of public art. Paseo de la Reforma is a big part of the fabric of the city.
Paseo de Reforma is quite a long street, so there is no surprise that we ended up needing a second post to share everything. This follows up with what we started earlier this week with our Paseo de la Reforma – pt 1. We think that most people will find some inspiration with the following selection of photography.
Where is Paseo de la Reforma and how do you get there?
Paseo de la Reforma is a long street which today is home to some of the biggest skyscrapers in the city. It is an intrusive street, as it cuts across the city disrupting the grid of the other city streets. The main stretch follows from the edge of Chapultepec Park and travels north, running close to Alameda Central nearby the Bellas Artes. It seems likely that most visitors to the city will experience this street just out of simple convenience.
On Sunday mornings, the center of the city is closed to many of the normal car traffic, so it is especially peaceful time to visit. We came for a few walks during this time and found it to be one of our favourite things to do in the city. During the week it is still a very busy thoroughfare, and there are many major streets intersect with Reforma. All visitors to the city should probably make sure to visit this incredible street. There are many nearby attractions to visit and the outdoor artwork found here is certainly worth taking a peek.
Paseo de la Reforma – pt 2 [CDMX]