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Cerro de Zacatenco

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Cerro_Zacatenco

The Cerro de Zacatenco can’t really be given justice in a couple of paragraphs. Marking just about the inner elbow of L-shaped Gustavo A. Madero, it’s a mythical place. Surrounded by ancient archaeological finds and discoveries, it likely still holds a number of secrets.

The northeastern edge of the hill is in San Juan Ixhuatepec, in Tlalnepantla in Mexico State. The area is densely populated on virtually all sides. And like the rest of the Sierra de Guadalupe, it’s part of the northernmost reaches of Mexico City. To the south, the mountain slowly gives way to the Cerro de Tepeyac and the national park, with Santa Isabel Tola to the immedate east.

The entire Sierra de Guadalupe is part of the Neovolcanic Axis. That explains the presence, not just of the crux of mountains but of these small monogenetic volcanos. Many of them stand in Mexico City itself, and across the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, which crosses the center of the country from coast to coast.

The Nahuatl name translates to “edge of the grass” referring especially to the forage grasses that still grow here. Today, the name is lent to the town of San Pedro Zacatenco.But even more so, the giant campus of the National Politechnical University borrrows it. It’s usually referred to simply as “Zacatenco” to distinguish this campus from the original campus at Casco de Santo Tomas near Metro Normal. Indeed, from Cablebus Line 1, the Cerro de Zacatenco, and the campus, are practically the most spectacular sights between the first and seconds stations.

How to get here
  • Popayán 17, San Pedro Zacatenco, Ciudad de México, 07363 CDMX

Nearby

San Pedro Zacatenco

Nearest at 0.74 kms.

Guadalupe Aqueduct

Nearest at 0.82 kms.

FARO Indios Verdes Cultural Center

Nearest at 0.93 kms.

El Tepeyac National Park

Nearest at 0.96 kms.

Mercado San Pedro Zacatenco

Nearest at 0.99 kms.

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