Metro Camarones


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Reminiscent of early science fiction films, Metro Camarones’s spiral stairway is both functional and mesmerizing.

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metro camaronesLikely one of the most photographed stations in the system, Metro Camarones is anything but shrimpy. The station is actually named for the nearby avenue which was in its turn, named for a colonial era town that specialized in acociles, a type of crayfish, or in Spanish, freshwater shrimp.

The town was on the Royal Road that began in San Salvador Xochimanca and led through a number of small towns in today’s Azcapotzalco. Townsfolk made their name harvesting the crayfish that populated the rivers draining into the Rio Consulado which drained eventually into Lake Texcoco. The crayfish were served wrapped in corn husks, and likely, tamal.

Today’s station opened in 1988, and it’s convenient to a number of residential communities. Among them, are the Azcapotzalco Casa de Cultura, and the Jardin Miguel Hidalgo in the Centro area. The Church of the Apostles Felipe and Santiago el Menor, i.e.; the Cathedral of Azcapotzalco, is also within walking distance.

Only slightly further is the neighborhood and chapel of Santa Maria Malinalco.

The station greets about 15,000 passengers daily. For the engineering marvel of its construction, it’s worth a visit all on its own.


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