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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

1. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

Begin your experience by visiting a craft center dedicated to silverwork in the popular neighborhood of Peralvillo. Your adventure continues at the Xochimilco Lake, where you'll take a ride on a traditional boat called a "trajinera". You'll get to appreciate the canals and especially the chinampas, which were artificial islands designed by pre-Hispanic peoples, such as the Aztecs, to populate the region's lake. During your boat ride, you can take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy music from a mariachi band on the trajinera (the cost of the mariachi is not included). The next stop is the central campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Here, you'll admire the "functionalist" architecture and the impressive murals at the Olympic Stadium and the Central Library, attributed to Diego Rivera and Juan O'Gorman, prominent figures in the Mexican muralist movement. To conclude your experience, you'll explore the charming neighborhood of Coyoacan. You'll visit the main street, Francisco Sosa, which is adorned with gardens and colonial houses. Additionally, you'll discover the heart of Coyoacán, including the San Juan Bautista church, Hidalgo Garden, and the monument commemorating the neighborhood's foundation.

Mexico City: Templo Mayor Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Mexico City: Templo Mayor Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the main temple of the Aztecs in Mexico City and see the ancient temple of Tenochtitlan and its collection of historical objects from Mexico's rich history. Explore the museum within the Temple, and visit each of the 8 rooms, including those rooms dedicated to different Aztec gods. Experience Museo del Templo Mayor Mexico City, a museum that contains vestiges of the ancient Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and has an impressive collection of up to 7 thousand objects. Marvel at the many artifacts in the museum, which were designed to complement the archeological zone. Visit each of the 8 rooms that make up the museum, and learn more about the south rooms dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, the Solar God of War, and to the north, to Tlaloc, the God of Rain. Learn about the Temple and the Greater Temple Enclosure, which were the center of Mexica religious life as well as the symbol of the achievements of the Aztecs against their enemies; each temple is dedicated to a different god, and walking through its walkways will make you discover more of the history of the Aztec culture.

Tour to Templo Mayor in CDMX

3. Tour to Templo Mayor in CDMX

Prepare for a captivating journey through time as you embark on a Templo Mayor tour in the heart of Mexico City. This immersive experience offers a rare opportunity to explore the rich history, archaeological treasures, and sacred significance of the Templo Mayor, the majestic temple complex of the Aztecs. Archaeological Marvel: Step onto hallowed ground as you explore the impressive Templo Mayor complex, once the epicenter of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán. Witness the grandeur of ancient pyramids, intricate sculptures, and intricate altars that have been meticulously unearthed and preserved. Cultural Insights: Gain a deeper understanding of the Aztec civilization, its rituals, and the spiritual significance of the Templo Mayor. Learn about the city's layout, the symbolism of its architecture, and the customs of this remarkable civilization. Archaeological Excavations: Discover the ongoing excavations that continue to unveil new treasures and shed light on the city's history. Witness the meticulous work of archaeologists as they unearth artifacts and clues about Aztec life. Museum Visit: Explore the Templo Mayor Museum, adjacent to the archaeological site, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts, offering further insights into the Aztec civilization and its religious practices. Local Guides: Benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable guides who will regale you with stories, legends, and historical facts, bringing the Templo Mayor to life. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll have the option to further explore the surrounding area, visit nearby attractions, or return to your chosen drop-off location. The Templo Mayor tour promises an enlightening and mesmerizing journey into the heart of Mexico's ancient past, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the history and culture of this remarkable civilization. Join us for an adventure that transcends time and unveils the mysteries of the Aztec world.

Mexico City: Historical walking tour of Tenochtitlan

4. Mexico City: Historical walking tour of Tenochtitlan

Come with us on a morning walking tour with a local guide, listen to Prof. Cristina Ríos’s detailed explanations while exploring Mexico City’s historical center. See the most important landmarks in the area, learn about the fascinating history of the city’s founding, and try delicious traditional Mexican sweets at the legendary “Dulcería Celaya” (optional). Guide: Prof. Cristina Ríos (PhD) Main Route 1- Templo Mayor (Models and View of Archaeological Zone from the outside) 2- Behind the Cathedral (Animas del Purgatorio) and "Calmecac" Site Museum of Centro Cultural España (Spain Cultural Center) 3- Cortés’s Lodgings at the Old Axayacatl Palace (Old Houses of Moctezuma) 4- Iturbide Palace (Banamex Cultural Center) 5- Church of San Francisco (facade) 6. House of Tiles (outside and the José Clemente Orozco Mural in the inside with a detailed explanation) 7- Palace of Fine Arts (pass-by only) (pass-by only) Duration: 3 hours Meeting Point: Templo Mayor Museum Entrance Includes: • Specialized guide • Detailed explanations of the landmarks • Earphones and Audio equipment Not included: • Tickets • Food Small groups of 3 to 10 people to ensure a personalized experience.

Mexico City Tour with Anthropology Museum

5. Mexico City Tour with Anthropology Museum

Mexico City is a modern important cultural city declared by UNESCO World Heritage City, former Aztec Empire City "Tenochtitlan." Enjoy the world's 3rt largest square, surrounded by Mexico's most important political power buildings; the National Palace, the City Hall, the Justice Palace, and the Cathedral. Zocalo is synonymous with the main square in Mexico. Finds the remains of the Aztec Empire called Templo Mayor. The Historical Center is the most extensive colonial city declared by UNESCO in America and called the Palaces' City in the XIX century. On your way to one of the world`s top ten museums drive through the most beautiful avenue of the City that holds the most significant monuments such as The Angel of the Independence, The Diana, and Christopher Colombus, and connects the most important areas of the City, the Historical Center, the Financial Center, the Cultural and the Chapultepec Park, you will pass through the 1st and 2nd section of this Park which is not only an urban forest, it has 8 museums, more than 100 fountains and monuments, boats to row in the lakes, children's areas or many areas to live with nature and take a walk. You will be able to appreciate the Tamayo Modern Art Museum, Chapultepec Lake, the Auditorium, La Casa de los Pinos, Chapultepec Fair, The Composers Fountain, Papalote Museo del Niño, and Tlaloc Fountain. Last but not least The National Museum of Anthropology and History is one of the most important museum sites in Mexico and the Americas. It is designed to house and display the great archaeological legacy of Mesoamerica's peoples and to account for the country's numerous and rich ethnic diversity today.

Historical downtown & Teotihuacan Pyramids Mezcal tasting

6. Historical downtown & Teotihuacan Pyramids Mezcal tasting

Mexico City is a modern important cultural city declared by UNESCO World Heritage City, former Aztec Empire City "Tenochtitlan." Enjoy the world's 3rt largest square, surrounded by Mexico's most important political power buildings; the National Palace, the City Hall, the Justice Palace, and the Cathedral. Zocalo is synonymous with the main square in Mexico. Finds the remains of the Aztec Empire called Templo Mayor. The Historical Center is the most extensive colonial city declared by UNESCO in America and called the Palaces' City in the XIX century. Continue to Teotihuacan's Pyramids, is a large Mexican Archaeological complex located northeast of Mexico City. Through the complex, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, cross the Calzada de Los Muertos, which links to the Temple of Quetzalcóatl, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun. Inside the enclosure, in the Museum of Culture of Teotihuacán, objects such as pieces of pottery and bones are exhibited. Admire the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Culture of Tenochtitlan, prior to the Conquest of Mexico by the Spanish and is represented by a series of pyramids and pre-Hispanic ruins, of the Mexica people called Tlatelolca. Panoramic View.

Mexico City's Historical Sights: Audio Guided Walking Tour

7. Mexico City's Historical Sights: Audio Guided Walking Tour

Trace Mexico City‘s evolution from an Aztec settlement to a modern metropolis with over 20 million people. On this walking tour, artist, professor, and Context Travel expert Julio Pastor will share how the Aztecs left their homeland “Aztlán” for the area that would become Mexico, revealing the city's long history, and showing you its captivating sights. Starting at the Templo Mayor de México Tenochtitlan ruins, once the religious center of the Aztec City known as Tenochtitlán, Julio will share pre-hispanic traditions and tell you how the War of Independence that changed Mexico forever was started. You‘ll see Plaza de la Constitución, the historic square known locally as Zocalo CDMX. There, you‘ll learn how the city was originally a lake which the Spanish decided to fill, eventually resulting in flooding and unstable ground that caused Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral to sink for many years. As you make your way to Palacio de Bellas Artes where our tour ends, you‘ll dive deep into Mexico‘s turbulent war with the US, during which Mexicans lost half their territory. You‘ll also hear how Mexico City became its own autonomous state, how local artists are incorporating Aztec elements into their modern sculptures, and why there‘s a statue of the Spanish King Charles IV riding his horse in Plaza Manuel Tolsá (Manuel Tolsá Square). Along the way, you‘ll have a chance to: • Learn about the 200-year-long construction of the Mexico City Cosmopolitan Cathedral and its many influences throughout its development • Grasp the speed in which the Aztecs grew their new settlement on the lake into an empire that controlled the area connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea • Hear about Mexico‘s turbulent history in the 1800s from the War of Independence against Spain, to the war with the US and, finally, the Guerra de Reforma (Mexican Civil War) • Discover the degree to which the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was destroyed after the Spanish won the War of Conquest over the Aztecs in 1521 • Journey back in time to 1325, the year of the foundation of Tenochtitlán and dive deep into the ancient culture and language of the Aztecs • Get an idea of what Mexican identity looked like both before and after European culture was imposed • Find out the historical meaning behind Cinco de Mayo • Become familiar with estipite, a type of column that is one of the most distinguishable elements of the Churrigueresque style (a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architecture) • Appreciate the production of ceramics in colonial Mexico and how this was the first step to modern-day globalization • See several historical palaces in different styles and from different eras, including Palacio Postal, Palacio de Iturbide, and Palacio de Mineria By the end of this hour-long tour, you‘ll have a deeper understanding of Mexico City‘s ancient origins and residents, as well as how the city transformed as its rulers changed.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 313 reviews

I was hesitant about doing this because of a lack of reviews but loved this historical walking tour. Cristina has a great depth of knowledge and narrative. At the same time she always manages to keep it light by providing personal stories of some of the men and women that make the tour very intimate. Having the hearing radios allowed me to walk away from the main group and explore a bit without loosing any part of her storytelling. Best part was to try traditional candies in the oldest standing candy store. Try the cocadas!

We really liked the team of guide Carlos and the driver. They had excellent attention and gave us a great explanation of the history throughout our tour. We really liked the boat ride. The only thing is that the price of the food was a little high (although we know it is not part of the excursion) it would be good to know the price to choose from

It was a pleasure meeting Cristina. The tour was very thorough, the pacing was perfect, I learned a lot. Cristina’s explanations and English were really good. She also gave many recommendations for books to further my education and must see places in town. Thank you again for a wonderful time.

Very knowledgeable guide and a gentleman. The bad thing, the turns and return traffic that we ended up feeling nauseous and dizzy.

Very good attention from Rosa Maria and Eliseo, they made our experience very pleasant and close.