Metro UAM-Azcapotzalco is as close as you can get to the very Center of Azcapotzalco. On Metro Line 6, the station name was changed in 2014 to include the name of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) in the station name. The UAM Azcapotzalco campus is about one kilometer north of the station. UAM students make up a large number of the stop’s regular passengers, about 7,100 daily.
(It’s just one of two UAM stations in Mexico City. The Iztapalapa campus has a station named for it on Line 8.
The station logo depicts an ant because the Nahuatl name, āzcapōtzalli, is made up “ant hills” + -co “place.” Thus it can literally be translated as “place of anthills.”
Two ethnic groups, the Otomi and Teotihuacan people’s inhabited the area for hundreds of years. This was long before the Mexica arrived on the island that became Mexico-Tenochtitlan. Under a ruler named Xolotl, they are thought to have taken advantage of the fall of the Toltec kingdom. The Toltecs had ruled territory to the north and west. Some time later, groups of these people arrived in present-day Azcapotzalco. They prospered until the Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tacuba finally subdued the city-state and subjugated its inhabitants after 1427.
Today’s Azcapotzalco is just as complicated and interesting. Near the UAM Azcapotzalco Metro station, in addition to the University, the San Marcos neighborhood is a short walk to the east.
To the south, you are also very close to the Historic Center of Azcapotzalco, government buildings, and a variety of historic buildings, cultural centers, and libraries make up much of the center of the community.