The Cuautepec Cablebús is the northernmost of the Cablebús stations of Line 1. The town of Cuautepec lends its name to the entire north of Mexico City. In fact, it’s one of the original towns of Gustavo A Madero. But the Cuautepec name actually stands in for some 20 northern neighborhoods.
In visiting, because of the elevations, it’s actually quite easy to understand the topographic nature of the area.
- On a clear day, the skyscrapers at the Western End of the Paseo de la Reforma will be visible far to the south.
- The distance is 15.4 kms (as the crow flies).
- The church and thus the old town center are just a five-minute walk from the station. (Exit to the south bound side.)
- Along the way are a number of shops and eateries.
- The Mercado Cuautepec is a 17-20-minute walk to the southwest along Francisco Villa street.
- That walk will allow one to pass the giant Cuautepec Graveyard, also along Francisco Villa.
- But on arriving to the market, you’re technically about halfway back to the Campos Revolución station of the Cablebús. You may just want to continue on. It’s a pleasant stroll.
- The station logo, designed by Lance Wyman, recalls the Nahuatl origin of the name.
- Cuautepec could be translated as “mount of the eagle.” (Cuautli: eagle + tepetl: mount or hill). The Mexican golden eagle depicted here makes reference to ancient clay figurines found here.
- Wyman designed the original Metro logos in the late 1960s. This was after the acclaim he received for the logo of the 1968 Olympic games.
The Cuautepec Cablebús station is about as close as one can get to the two Mexico City entrances to the Sierra de Guadalupe State Park. While most of the park is up and over the sierra, obviously, in climbing up there, the views are on this side. Enjoy them!