A tour of Mexico City’s biggest black market

Take a tour of Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood and you’ll find 72 blocks of Latin America’s biggest black market where 7,000 vendors sell anything from denim to porn. Here is where a ‘labyrinth of stalls’ serve as refuge and home for ‘outcasts: drug dealers, pickpockets, transvestites, thieves and sellers of contraband’. And if you want to venture out here to buy illicit drugs or even pirated DVDs, you ‘risk a mugging’.

The unofficial historian of the barrio, Hernandez, is the self-appointed guardian of the subculture, overseeing an archive of news clippings, photos and books that ‘document this tricky spot’. And if  you have $8 to spare, he also holds three-hour tours of the area once a month.

Via Al Jazeera America


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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.