The ten Álvaro Obregón original settlements far outdate the current territory. It's a highly complex part of the city where true urban neighborhoods give way to rural and semi-urban small towns and isolated barrios. Sometimes these are within a stone's throw of one another.
Rural areas are often surrounded by forested mountains. One peak reaches some 3,800 meters above sea level. And real city neighborhoods are so angular and steep it's often a wonder that there's a city here at all.
The Magdalena River, the last true river in Mexico City, crosses rugged Álvaro Obregón. It just serves to emphasize the area's rocky, cragged and fascinating history and landscape. Efforts are currently underway to restore it.
In the entries below you'll find more information about each of the original settlements, their histories and current attractions.