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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM

1. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. Cruise along the Aztec-era Xochimilco canals, explore the colonial district, and admire the murals in the UNAM. Departing from Downtown Mexico City, head south, passing the most important sites of the modern city. Stop off at a local cooperative shop that helps the Mexican local artisans. The next stop is University City, where you can admire the many murals at the Rectory, and wander around the main campus' Central Library. The campus also includes an impressive volcano-shaped, 63,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Head to the eye-catching Xochimilco and board a trajinera - a colorful, gondola-like boat - for a ride through the neighborhood’s famous canals. As you indulge in local treats and try your hand at bartering, your guide will share the incredible details of what makes this area a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. As you wander its tree-lined streets, you’ll learn how this city has played a part in historical empires like the Aztec and Spanish to becoming a cultural capital and home to Octavio Paz, Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. At Casa Azul, Kahlo’s home and now museum, we’ll immerse ourselves in the trailblazing life of one of Mexico’s most original artists. Mexico is known the world over for its living history and the breathtaking art of renowned artists, like Frida Kahlo, whose impact is still felt today. Visit the Frida Kahlo's Museum called "La Casa Azul". Housed in the striking cobalt blue house where she was born and returned for the last years of her life, the Casa Azul. See a large assortment of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and indigenous jewelry from her personal collection. Enjoy a day full of Aztec history, Mexican art, and delicious flavors that combines some of the Mexico City's must sees in one tour.

Mexico City: Double Decker Bus Night Tour

2. Mexico City: Double Decker Bus Night Tour

Rediscover Mexico City in this Night Tour, visiting the most emblematic places and surprise yourself with the beauty of the historical monuments illuminated, architecture and history, aboard of the panoramic double decker bus. Admire emblematic sites like, the Angel of Independence, The Haunted Diana, the Palace of Fine Arts, among others on this close circuit. Exchange your voucher before boarding the bus. Begin your trip at the Zocalo in Downtown, and continue through the streets of Downtown, Rome Neighborhood, Condesa Neighborhood, Juárez Avenue and Zona Rosa. For a complete experience, listen to a multilingual audio guide onboard and learn about Mexico City.

Mexico City: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour 1-Day Pass

3. Mexico City: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour 1-Day Pass

Hop on a double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views of Mexico City with this ticket. Get access to 4 different city routes including Historic, Coyoacan, Basilica, and Polanco. Travel freely, hopping on and off at any stop as many times as you want. Explore one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. See a variety of museums scattered throughout the city like the Templo Mayor Museum, Museum of Anthropology and History, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Soumaya Museum, Frida Khalo Museum, and more. Discover trendy neighborhoods like the Historic Center, Polanco, Xochimilco, or Coyoacán where you can experience the food, customs, and traditions of Mexico. Visit upscale shopping malls, bars, restaurants, monuments, and parks. See festivals and entertainment shows, depending on the season. Basilica CircuitDiscover the spiritual side of Mexico City. Marvel at everything around you and tour the halls of one of the most cherished worship centers in all of Mexico and Latin America. Closed: December 10th -12th. Polanco CircuitTake a look at the city’s most sought-after district. Come see one of Mexico City’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Go shopping at the most prestigious establishments and add some unique flavor by tasting its exquisite cuisine. Historic Center CircuitEnjoy the heart of Mexico City. Be amazed the whole way on a tour that offers sightseeing of the best of Mexico City, from its architecture, monuments, and museums to its unique flavors. Coyoacan (South) CircuitJoin the excursion that every tourist needs. Fill yourself with culture in Mexico City’s most artistic neighborhoods. Connect with their hipster lifestyle and tour incredible sites full of magic, flavor, and fun.

Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

4. Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Get a fascinating introduction to Mexico City and its historic downtown on a walking tour. Follow a certified and local guide and visit important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the ancient Aztec city, and the impressive Post Office building. Learn about Mexico’s culture from your experienced guide, who will introduce you to the city’s 700+ years of history, its eclectic architecture, and colorful traditions. Start your tour of the 'Centro Histórico', a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was the biggest church in the Americas for over 3 centuries. Walk on the giant Zocalo square, referred to as the heart of Mexico, and see the resting place of the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Stand next to the ruins of the ancient Aztec city. Continue onto the mesmerizing Post Office Building and then marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts. Step inside a traditional Mexican bakery to see, and taste if you’d like, the incredible variety of typical Mexican sweet bread.

Mexico City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus City Tour

5. Mexico City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus City Tour

Explore Mexico City and hop on and off at the stops along 3 different tour circuits, with just 1 ticket. Visit the most important monuments, streets, and neighborhoods of the capital city of Mexico. The three different circuits are: Circuit 1 - Downtown - Polanco (Green) Enjoy a panoramic view of the capital's Zócalo. Discover the famous Reforma Avenue with its majestic buildings and several notable monuments such as the Angel of Independence and Diana the Huntress. Travel through parts of the trendy Roma, Condesa, and Polanco neighborhoods. Circuit 3 - Temples (Yellow) See several buildings that have an important role in the history of Mexico, such as The Franz Mayer Museum, The Basilica of Guadalupe, The Temple of San Judas Tadeo, and one of the most important monuments at the Benito Juárez Hemicycle. Circuit 4 - Downtown - South (Blue) Visit the most beautiful areas in the south of Mexico City such as Coyoacán, where you can visit Frida Kahlo's Blue House Museum. Explore the beautiful parks of San Ángel and visit the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) campus.

Mexico City: La Merced and Sonora Market Culinary Adventure

6. Mexico City: La Merced and Sonora Market Culinary Adventure

Get lost in the most surreal markets of Mexico City La Merced Market and Sonora Market Tasting authentic local food and discovering the city's folkloric charms. I had live and walk around these market since I was 13 years my family has 3 Taquerias in the market so I know the area and it's what I consider a home. walk with me through the center of Mexico City and visit various places, the authentic taste of Mexican specialties. The guide will take you up to 8 stops, you will explore the exotic La Merced market and Sonora Market(market dedicated for witchcraft)the second largest market in all of Mexico City, you will try authentic Local food. Together, in the heart of the city center, you can taste dishes that will make your mouth water, delicious local food, fresh water, seasonal fruit as well as pre-Hispanic ingredients, Mezcal and more. You can expect the best and autentic flavors of Mexico City. ¡Come hungry, as you will eat and explore the massive heart of the market! .All tastings are included in the ticket price

Mexico City at Night Walking tour

7. Mexico City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Cholula Magical Town 6-Hour Tour by Double-Decker Bus

8. Cholula Magical Town 6-Hour Tour by Double-Decker Bus

Depart from Puebla City’s main plaza (“Zocalo”) and travel by traditional double-decker bus 5 miles to the west to the “double” town of Cholula, which brings together San Pedro and San Andres. Each of these towns has its own main square and church, but they are so close to each other that the border has been lost and they are both thought of as the same town. The panoramic tour starts in San Pedro Cholula at the Plaza de la Concordia, which is flanked by the Convento de San Gabriel, built by Franciscans in 1549 on the site of the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzalcóat. Continue towards the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest in the world. On the top, admire the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Temple, built by the Spanish in 1549. Continue to San Andrés Cholula, and stop for a moment to visit the beautiful parish. Climb aboard the bus again to transfer to the temples of San Francisco Acatepec and Santa María Tonanzintla. Marvel at the Mexican baroque style. There is no corner that hasn't been decorated. Continue to San Pedro Cholula, passing the wizard’s house, and Copa de Oro cider factory. Finally, stop at San Pedro Cholula Zocalo, and enjoy some free time to visit the Great Pyramid, local market, Royal Chapel, San Gabriel Convent, and Concordia Plaza.

Mexico City: Night Tour in a Double Decker Bus

9. Mexico City: Night Tour in a Double Decker Bus

This is the most fascinating way to explore one of the biggest cities in the world at night and take amazing photos of its tallest buildings and admire the city´s skyline. Your night tour aboard the Turibus starts at the heart of the Historic Center and continues to Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most modern and important avenues of Mexico City. On this avenue, you will pass by important monuments and landmarks such as the Angel of Independence, Fuente de la Diana Cazadora, and the Reforma 222 shopping center. Finally, you will visit the well-known Hemiciclo a Juarez monument before returning to your starting point. The tour lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Mexico City: Market and Beyond Walking Tour with Tastings

10. Mexico City: Market and Beyond Walking Tour with Tastings

Leave your comfort zone and experience a raw and authentic face of the city in the most historical side of town, La Merced. Together we will explore Mexico’s oldest market (Mercado Merced) and get surprised by our exotic fruits, juices, moles, pre-hispanic snacks and more traditional wonders. You will dive through the mind-blowing sorcery and art market and discover architecture, street art, hidden monuments and more gems off the beaten path. We will have the chance to meet the most popular beliefs through Santa Muerte street altars and understand how locals practice their faith. Discover amazing hidden murals by Diego Rivera´s best students. This will all include an opportunity to try some of the best street tacos in town, followed by one of the oldest cantinas in town and finish the journey in one of downtown nicest bars with a cocktail or coffee. This is the perfect experience for the curious minded travelers who want to cross the touristic borders and have a first hand immersive cultural encounter.

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What people are saying about Zócalo, Mexico City

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,009 reviews

beautiful ride between Coyoacan and Xochimilco. the Frida Kahlo museum is interesting and a truly fun experience on the boat tour! the good and competent guides. It's a shame that due to a setback we weren't able to see Unam

One of my best experiences, I really recommend it. You had a wonderful day and the guides are super attentive and explain everything. You will be delighted with the tour ❤️

The tour was definitely the highlight of my four days in Mexico City. If you're interested in food or culture, this tour is for you. Book it, you won't regret it.

This tour is an absolute must for foodies. Our guide was generous, informative, friendly and fun. We had 4 people in our group, a perfect size.

Everything well organised, the guides Yair and Mario were very efficient and helpful. Recommended tour.