Fodor's Expert Review El Pípila
A half-hour climb or short funicular ride from downtown is this statue of Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, a young miner and hero of the War of Independence of 1810. Nicknamed El Pípila, de los Reyes crept up to the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, where Spanish Royalists were hiding, and set the door ablaze. This enabled Father Hidalgo's army to capture the Spanish troops in this first major military victory for the independence forces. The monument has spectacular city views, as well as a clutch of souvenir and snack stands. Funiculars run daily from 9 to 9 from behind the Juárez Theater and cost MX$36 round-trip.