Metro Nativitas takes it’s name from an ancient village, Tepetlalzingo. The village extended from the area of the Metro in today’s colonia Nativitas westward to include most of today’s colonia Niños Héroes. That’s where you’ll find the late-16th-century church of Santa María de la Natividad Tepetlalzingo. The inhabitants of the island village made their living from a chinampa-based agricultural system. Thus, the station logo is still a canal boat, similar to those you’ll find today in Xochimilco to the south.
The colonia Nativitas is the largest of the strip of Benito Juárez neighborhoods east of the Calzada de Tlalpan. These are notable for their orientation toward the old Tlalpan road. Continuing east, neighborhoods orient toward the center of Itacalco. This was itself, another island until the 19th century.
With Nativitas to the east, on the west side of the Metro station Metro Nativitas serves residents of
Americas Unidas-Del Lago
Niños Héroes de Chapultepec
Periodista Francisco Zarco
Guests arrive here to visit the Benita Galeana Museum, the city’s leading women’s rights museum and cultural center.
Mi Mercado N° 29 Lago, is one block east of the Metro. It’s an excellent place to visit for lunch.
The Walmart, visible from the Metro platforms, stands on the site of the old Hacienda del Lago. This was the estate that dominated the 19th-century village. Its remaining buildings were demolished only in the 1960s. The market takes its name from the old hacienda.
The Mercado Nativitas is across Eje Central, and northwest, of the Santa María de la Natividad church.
Metro Nativitas has been operating since 1970 and sees about 21,000 passengers everyday. Perhaps soon, you can be among them.