Milpa Alta

Milpa Alta is the second largest and most rural of all of Mexico City's 16 alcaldías. Milpa Alta also has the fewest people. Easily among the most traditional parts of the city, some 700 religious and secular festivals take place here during the course of any year.

Of interest to international visitors, many of these festivals are centered around not just colorful religious feasts, but agricultural production which include the city's most famous mole festival, and the production of nopal, barbacoa (lamb) and corn. Much of Milpa Alta's indigenous character can be attributed to its relatively long resistance to Spanish domination, and on the area's long struggle to maintain control of their land and culture.

Click here to see towns (and places in those towns), in Milpa Alta's Pueblos Originarios.

Today, Milpa Alta has some of the city's highest concentrations of Nahuatl speakers, and a lot of that international visitors will think it looks like the rest of Mexico. It does. And that's Mexico City, too.

Barrio La Luz Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Santa Cruz Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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San Agustín Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Immaculate Conception Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Los Ángeles Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Guadalupe Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Santa Martha Chapel, Villa Milpa Alta

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Villa Milpa Alta

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Santa María de Guadalupe Chapel, Atocpan

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San Pablo Oztotepec

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Zapatista Barracks Museum

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Church of the Assumption

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San Martín Plaza, Chapel and Kiosk in San Pedro Atocpan

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Altepepialcalli Regional Museum in Villa Milpa Alta

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San Pedro Atocpan, Milpa Alta

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El Tepozteco National Park

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Lord of Mercies Shrine, San Pedro Atocpan

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San Bartolomé Xicomulco Church and Town

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San Agustín Ohtenco, Milpa Alta

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San Lorenzo Tlacoyucan Church & Town

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San Jerónimo Miacatlán

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Calvary Chapel and Lookout, Tlacoyucan

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Casa de Cultura Tlacoyucan

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Mercado Emiliano Zapata, Tetelco

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