Yes, it may be a cliché but who wouldn't love to be awaken by a group of mariachis singing under their window? Good or bad, it would certainly be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that can really only happen in Mexico. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you can always go to Plaza de Garibaldi, in the north of the historical centre, to check out the singers' quality in situ. You will find groups of various styles willing to give you a sample of their art for a few banknotes. And, should you want to hire them for an event, they are reasonably priced. It is not clear why they gather in this square, but at any time, be it day or night, there are always mariachi groups - on occasion, also northern groups or from other regions, like Veracruz - with their instruments ready and their traditional spotless suits. At number 12 of this square is the "Salón Tenampa" (www.salontenampa.com), whose name means "walled place", a venue that opened in 1925. The greatest Mexican singers - Chavela Vargas, Juan Gabriel... - have played here, and the walls are covered in their portraits.
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