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Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

1. Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour full of color and traditions on this sightseeing trip around some of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. 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. Upon arrival at the Xochimilco canals, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waterway - one of the last traces of the Aztec era - on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. Continue along narrow cobblestone streets to the Zocalo (Main Square), where you will find the impressive mansion of the Conquistador, Hernando Cortes, and the Church of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista). Explore the Frida Kahlo Museum (if option is selected). 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.

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Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

2. Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

Discover the southern part of Mexico City. Follow Insurgentes, the world's largest avenue, passing the Cibeles Fountain, Poliforum Siqueiros, and Plaza de Toros, until you arrive at the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), listed as World Heritage. Admire its famous murals and sculptures, made by artists such as Diego de Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O'Gorman. The campus of the University, built between 1950 and 1954, embodies one of the most emblematic developments of modern Mexican architecture. See the Olympic Stadium of 1968, with a mural by Diego Rivera. Your next destination is Xochimilco, one of the most picturesque and colorful areas of Mexico City, and one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. This beautiful place is characterized by its canals, floating gardens, and brightly decorated trajineras, considered the traditional Mexican equivalent of a gondola. Enjoy the lively atmosphere on the canals while mariachi serenade you, floating kitchens offer you food, and flower-vendors tempt you with their colorful bouquets. An unforgettable experience!

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Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

3. Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

Float along the tranquil waterways of Xochimilco, in a colorful boat called a Trajinera, sipping on a drink and eating regional snacks prepared on the "restaurant boats" dotting the waterways. Listen to the sounds of the mariachis permeate through the air as you sail past the beautiful floating gardens, and then continue your tour to the neighborhood of Coyoacán, favored by some of Mexico's most famous artists and writers. Stroll its tree-lined cobbled streets, admiring the stucco and tile facades of its beautiful colonial houses. Next, make you way to Casa Azul, the former house of famed Mexican paintress Frida Kahlo. Gain insight into the life of this iconic painter and her famous husband, Diego Rivera and stroll through the picturesque garden, which, with its Mesoamerican pyramid, is also a sight to behold. The last stop of the tour is to the campus of the Central University, home to the Olympic Stadium from 1968 and adorned with murals by a number of Mexican artists.

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From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

4. From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

Setting off on this half-day tour of Xochimilco and Coyoacan, you’ll pass by Mexico City’s World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the Monumental Mexico Bull Ring, and the Insurgentes Theater with its mosaic mural of Diego Rivera’s Cantinflas. Explore the university library that features mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman, Mexico’s Olympic stadium, and the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel, built on lava fields. Enjoy the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco canals, one of the last traces of the Aztec era. Take a relaxing, scenic journey on these ancient waters on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. You’ll visit the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan. Walk along Francisco Sosa Street to the town’s main square, admiring its large, rambling 16th-century houses on the way. See the impressive mansion of Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the Church of St. John the Baptist, with its magnificent paintings and altarpieces.

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Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

5. Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

Learn how Christmas is celebrated in the heart of Mexico on this private boat tour with a local guide. Experience a wide variety of Mexican traditions and customs and sample some local cuisine as you enjoy a boat tour on Xochimilco Lake. In the company of your professional guide, visit the lake's most beautifully decorated spots. You’re sure to feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere of the waterfront. Taste local products and pick up some unique souvenirs at the floating Christmas market.

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Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

6. Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Mexico City, and then visit the former Aztec village of Coyoacán. Get a detailed explanation about the origins and importance of this quarter and its surroundings. Get some free time to walk around its streets if you want to enjoy a light breakfast, at your expense.  Next, learn more about the life of the artist Frida Kahlo at her former home and hear about her intense relationship with her work and fellow artist – and husband – Diego Rivera. Continue to one of her favorite locations in the city and explore the pre-Hispanic origins of Xochimilco. Climb aboard a traditional trajinera boat to get a different perspective of the area. Try some of the local food in the surrounding area or go to the crafts market before making your way to the Ciudad Universitaria to see the famous murals of the Rectoría and Central Library of the National University.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

7. Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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From Mexico City: 7-Day Monarch Butterfly Tour

8. From Mexico City: 7-Day Monarch Butterfly Tour

Day 1: Arrival to Mexico City Begin by being welcomed by your professional naturalist tour guide before transferring to the Majestic Hotel. Once checked in, take part in a welcome briefing throughout which you are told more about the activities and security throughout the tour. During this briefing, your guide also tells you fun facts about the monarch butterfly in Mexico. Day 2: Anthropology Museum of Mexico Begin with a visit to the Anthropology Museum, one of the world’s finest archaeological museums with a huge collection of artifacts throughout 23 exhibition halls. Its most famous exhibit is the Aztec Sunstone, a cosmological calendar. Afterwards, head to Valle de Bravo. This magical town, surrounded by mountains, is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico thanks to its excellent hotels, restaurants, equestrian club, beautiful golf courses, and man-made lake. At the end of the day, check in at the Mesón de las Leyendas Hotel. Day 3: Piedra Herrada Sanctuary On day 3 you head to the newest spot to watch the monarch butterflies. After traveling by horse most of the way, arrive to a fantastic spot there the monarch butterflies are located. This area is wilder than the other sanctuaries, and often provides a more remote nature experience. That evening, stay overnight once more in the Mesón de las Leyendas Hotel. Day 4: Capulin Sanctuary Whilst in the Capulin Sanctuary you can watch the largest and most beautiful prairie of the monarch butterfly region, called Los Tres Gobernadores (the Three Governors). Due to its access position and the hibernation colonies location, it is possible to watch an amazing transition of the vegetation, an attractive sight for those who enjoy nature. Afterwards, travel back to the Mesón de las Leyendas Hotel. Day 5: Valle de Bravo Free Day Life in this region is literally built around the lake. The waters of Valle de Bravo are calm and ideal for sports like sailing, water-skiing, or kayaking. Enjoy a free afternoon, throughout which you can pick an activity to take part in. That evening, stay at the hotel Mesón de las Leyendas for one more night. Day 6: Mexico City Take your time and relax in the morning. Later that day, travel back to Mexico City where you check in at the Majestic Hotel. Day 7: Mexico City On your final day, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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What people are saying about Mexico City

Overall rating

3.2 / 5

based on 9 reviews

One of the better tours I have ever been on. Fabio, the guide, was witty, caring and informative. A good combination of history at the university, unique party at Xochimilco, and the charm and memory of the area around Frida Khalo's neighborhood. Well organized and thought out.

Very complete excursion that was excellent thanks to the guide Rafael who with his kindness, knowledge and good work made it unforgettable

Inez was an excellent tour guide , very knowledgeable and friendly. Abel was also an excellent driver. I would definitely recommend

Ines was an amazing tour guide. Very insightful and helpful. We had a great time with our group!

Great experience. Loved our hilarious guide Allen. Very knowledgeable and entertaining.