9. Mexico City 3 Days: Explore the Capital with your Tour Guide
Day 1: Teotihuacan + Basilica de Guadalupe + Historic Center (9 h) On the first day, join your guide to visit Teotihuacan, the capital city of the first Mesoamerican empire currently on the UNESCO World Heritage. Leisurely explore the archaeological zone with your tour guide and see the impressive Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Road of the Dead, and other sights of this ancient city that existed 2000 years ago. After this, stop at the Basilica de Guadalupe, a highlight religious destination in the world and famous for its cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Once there, get acquainted with the history of the miracle that supposedly happened in 1531, when the Virgin Mary appeared to a native man called Juan Diego, whose cloak has become famous throughout the centuries for preserving Her sacred image. Finally, go to the lively Historic Center of Mexico City and learn about its pre-Hispanic and colonial past, discover its rich traditions and culture, and try the best of local gastronomy. Additionally, see its iconic Zocalo, which is the main square, and visit the vast Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, walk around the area and see multiple colonial-time palaces and the impressive eclectic buildings of the Main Post Office and the Palace of Fine Arts. Day 2: Xochimilco + Anahuacalli Museum + UNAM + Coyoacan + Frida Kahlo Museum (8 h) On the second day after a pick-up from your accommodation, go with your guide to the Xochimilco neighborhood, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. There, enjoy a 1 h ride along its picturesque canals on a colorful “trajinera” (a traditional flat-bottom boat decorated with colorful ornaments and controlled by the boatman with a pole), and listen to traditional music performed by mariachi. Further, head to the historic neighborhood of Coyoacan. On the way stop at the Anahuacalli Museum, which is home to an essential collection of pre-Hispanic art owned by Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Moreover, have the chance to see the UNAM campus, the largest university in the country, to see the outstanding murals that some renowned Mexican artists created during the 1950s. Once in Coyoacan, enjoy a walking tour of this colonial quarter full of cobblestoned streets, old churches, and squares. Also, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, dedicated to this prominent Mexican painter. Day 3: Chapultepec Castle + Anthropology Museum (7 h) On the last day, after a pick-up, head to Chapultepec while driving along Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most famous avenues in the city. Upon arrival at the park, climb up the hill to visit the Chapultepec Castle, one of the foremost symbols of Mexico that carefully preserves its heritage from significant historical periods. Moreover, make a stop at the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico with an astonishing collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts.