Photo Aníbal Barco
Mexico City’s answer to the Champs Élysées, the wide, tree- and statuary-adorned Paseo de la Reforma was first known as the Paseo de la Emperatriz, laid out as a ceremonial lane to take Their Majesties Maximilian and Carlotta between the Centro’s government palaces and the Imperial residence atop Chapultepec Hill. Today, it figures among the city’s most striking business districts, lined with skyscraper banks, offices, apartment towers, and shopping centers, studded with old-fashioned traffic circles that add big-city excitement. Be sure to hit the roundabout that’s home to Mexico’s Independence Centennial monument—a beautifully carved column crowned by a gilt Winged Victory that has come to symbolize the city. Great for strolls day or night, Reforma is especially appealing on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the boulevard is closed to motorized traffic in favor of cyclists, skaters, and just plain walkers.
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