The Benito Juárez Pueblos Originarios, that is, the original villages of the central city, are among those least known and understood. Del Valle, along with many other central neighborhoods, are thought to be "too new," too recent, or too modern.
And while most of the area was lake bottom in the ancient period, it was studded with islands. The shores, one needs to imagine today, were lined with settlements, single houses, canoe docks, and even small towns.
As the colonial period advanced, the lake was gone. But these principle settlements remained. Even with Christian names appended, they recalled a history that was all too evident.
Exploring the alcaldía of Benito Juárez today means happening across these ancient pueblos originarios. There are more than you might think.