Published on May 7th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

Madero Street: Mexico City’s Showplace for Live Talent

Face Time: Few streets in Mexico City showcase more street performers than Calle Madero.


Even as it continues to grow, Mexico City has made impressive strides in cleaning up, getting more eco-friendly and also more navigable for pedestrians. One street in the historic city center, Calle Madero, has — since being converted to a pedestrian-only thoroughfare — also become a magnet for a diverse array of street performers. 

Any worthwhile Mexico City tour should include a stroll down this street, which runs from the Zócalo city square to the soaring Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper. With musicians, dancers and other performance artists, it’s a wonderful, vibrant example of the creativity that has always made Mexico City one of my favorite places to visit.

Here are a few of my favorite shots that I made during my most recent visit to Calle Madero. 

Punk rocker distributing material on Calle Madero in Mexico City. 
Paint Job: Street performer prepares for action on Calle Madero in Mexico City. 
Death Warmed Over? This street performer only moves for cash on Mexico City’s Calle Madero. 
Brazilian Beat: Drummers take to the street on Mexico City’s Calle Madero. 
Center of it All: Calle Madero cuts through Mexico City’s historic center. 
Walk the Walk: Since becoming a pedestrian street, Mexico City’s Calle Madero has become a hub for street performers. 
Music to your Ears: Strumming on Mexico City’s Calle Madero. 

More of my recent coverage about Mexico:

Aeromexico Expands Service to Mexico (from my Orbitz blog)
The largest airline in Mexico is in the midst of expansion that will bring new travel options to anyone headed south of the border. 

Mexico City: Getting Married Legally for Same-sex Couples Since 2010 (from Passport Magazine)
Argentina attracted a lot of attention when it became the first nation in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010. But if you’re looking for the very first city in Latin America to give gay unions the thumbs-up, look no further than Mexico City. This feature explores what Mexico City has to offer gay travelers today. 

The latest travel tips from my Orbitz blog:

Putting Your Airline Miles to Truly Good Use 
Frequent travelers often find themselves with more frequent flyer miles than they know what to do with. But with mileage donation programs, well-traveled road warriors can convert those hard-earned miles into real benefits for a wide range of non-profit organizations. (QUESTION: I found airlines in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia with these programs — but not a single one in Latin America. Why is that?)

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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