Milpa Alta

Milpa Alta is the second largest and most rural of all of Mexico City's 16 alcaldías. Milpa Alta also has the fewest people. Easily among the most traditional parts of the city, some 700 religious and secular festivals take place here during the course of any year.

Of interest to international visitors, many of these festivals are centered around not just colorful religious feasts, but agricultural production which include the city's most famous mole festival, and the production of nopal, barbacoa (lamb) and corn. Much of Milpa Alta's indigenous character can be attributed to its relatively long resistance to Spanish domination, and on the area's long struggle to maintain control of their land and culture.

Click here to see towns (and places in those towns), in Milpa Alta's Pueblos Originarios.

Today, Milpa Alta has some of the city's highest concentrations of Nahuatl speakers, and a lot of that international visitors will think it looks like the rest of Mexico. It does. And that's Mexico City, too.

San Martín Plaza, Chapel and Kiosk in San Pedro Atocpan

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Lord of Mercies Shrine, San Pedro Atocpan

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El Tepozteco National Park

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San Bartolomé Xicomulco Church and Town

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San Agustín Ohtenco, Milpa Alta

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San Lorenzo Tlacoyucan Church & Town

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San Jerónimo Miacatlán

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Mercado Emiliano Zapata, Tetelco

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Church of San Francisco de Asís, San Francisco Tecoxpa

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Santa Ana Tlacotenco

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Mercado de San Antonio Tecómitl

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San Antonio de Padua Church, Tecómitl, Milpa Alta

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Capilla Olla de Piedra, St. Anthony Chapel, Tecómitl

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San Antonio Tecómitl and the Legend of the Nahuale

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La Lupita Chapel, Oztotepec

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San Pablo Oztotepec

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Quinta Axayopa Cultural Center

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Zapatista Barracks Museum

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San Juan Tepenáhuac

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Mercado Benito Juárez in Villa Milpa Alta

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Villa Milpa Alta and the Church of the Assumption

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Altepepialcalli Regional Museum in Villa Milpa Alta

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San Salvador Cuauhtenco

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Temazcal Cuautlaquetzalli

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