Varrios Los Aztecas

Varrios Los Aztecas
Members of the Varrios Los Aztecas
Locations: El Corona
Little Mexico
Unity Station
Leader: Cesar Vialpando
Type: Mexican Street gang
Enemies: San Fierro Rifa
Los Santos Vagos
Grove Street Families
San Fierro Triads
Da Nang Boys
Affiliations: Grove Street Families (briefly)
Carl Johnson
Kendl Johnson
Colors: Turquoise/Teal
Vehicles: Broadway
Weapons: Pistol
Micro Uzi
TEC 9 (missions only)
Katana (Los Desperados mission only)
Rocket Launcher (Los Desperados mission only)
Businesses: Illegal street racing
Gun-running/Arms dealing
Fronts: Cesar's house in El Corona
Unity Station
Members: Cesar Vialpando
Hazer (Possibly Deceased)

The Varrios Los Aztecas (also known as the VLA or just the Aztecas) is a Los Santos-based street gang in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Events of GTA San Andreas

The Varrios Los Aztecas are a Mexican gang based Los Santos. Led by Cesar Vialpando, they feature in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. They are significantly less prominent than another Mexican gang in the city, their sworn enemies, the Los Santos Vagos. They dislike the San Fierro Rifa, and are also believed to be on bad terms with the Ballas. The Varrios and Grove Street Families are affiliated with each other, due to Cesar's relationship with Kendl Johnson, and his friendship with Carl Johnson, but this does not stop Aztecas and Grove Street members attacking each other on the streets. Sunny, Gal, and Hazer are other gang veterans who help Cesar and Carl recover some of their lost territory near the end of the game.


The Varrios Los Aztecas are a Mexican street gang that have been described as an "extremely dangerous Hispanic street gang" and as "violent, proud and psychotic". They are heavily involved in arms dealing/gun-running, gang-banging, gang warfare, street violence, murder, illegal street racing, low-riding and vandalism.

The Varrios are traditionally anti-narcotics, with heavy involvement in gun running and street violence, and they only have a few territories compared to other gangs, and these are clustered around the southwestern areas of Eastern Los Santos. Varrios Los Aztecas members are mostly seen wearing turquoise bandanas and sunglasses, dressed in 'cholo' style clothing of the time. The Varrios are also traditionally into low-riding and have betting competitions which are called the Lowrider Challenge which can be found at Unity Station after talking to a man with a bandana and gray working outfit on the outside wall of the station's parking lot.

Varrios Los Aztecas members are usually armed with pistols and Micro Uzis. However, they can be seen with different weapons in some missions. When spotting a Grove Street Families, Ballas, Los Santos Vagos, San Fierro Rifa, Da Nang Boy. San Fierro Triad, or Italian Mafia gang member, they will often react with hostility, usually resulting in either a fistfight or a shootout.

Their gang vehicles are the Broadway, Hermes, and Glendale. Like with any other gang, the Varrios Los Aztecas can be made to drive any vehicle the player chooses by modifying the cargrp.dat file. Their favorite radio station is Playback FM.



  • The territories of the Varrios Los Aztecas are 4 and, depending on the in-game days, are available during and after the mission Home Coming (it has been taken over by the Los Santos Vagos during that time, making the total territory counts to 57 instead of 53 originally). And it is unavailable after the mission Los Desperados because the Varrios Los Aztecas is taken over the territory (Going back the total territory counts to 53).
  • Strangely, despite Cesar and CJ's alliance, the Varrios Los Aztecas will occasionally attack CJ and members of the Grove Street Families with no provocation whatsoever. They will always follow him, taunting and insulting Grove Street the entire way. Even if the player responds negatively to wearing Grove colors, the Aztecas will still sometimes attack anyway. They are just as hostile as any other enemy gang.
  • The Varrios Los Aztecas likely draw influence from the various Sureños 13 gangs in Los Angeles.

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