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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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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.

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From Mexico City: Taxco, Cuernavaca & Puebla in 2 Days

3. From Mexico City: Taxco, Cuernavaca & Puebla in 2 Days

Take 2 of the most popular day trips from Mexico City on consecutive days and explore 4 of the country's most fascinating locations. Travel back in time to the colonial era and marvel at the monuments of Cholula, Puebla, Taxco and Cuernavaca. See one of Mexico's grandest cathedrals, get stunning views of the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, benefit from the opportunity to buy traditional crafts and more. Day 1: Puebla and Cholula Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located meeting point in Mexico City, and journey to the historical cities of Cholula and Puebla. Relax on the 2-hour journey along a highway that passes through mountains and offers breathtaking views of the beautiful Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Upon arrival in Cholula, admire the hundreds of churches and visit the impressive Church of Santa María de Tonantzintla, built in an indigenous-Baroque style that stands out for its interior of gold and wealth of decorative elements.  Continue to the city of Puebla, located just 15 minutes from Cholula. Popularly known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is one of the 5 most important colonial cities in Mexico. Enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) to experience the gastronomic variety of the city. Choose from a simple and traditional semita (small, sweet loaves) or the exquisite and laborious mole poblano (a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce). Then, take a walking tour through the historical center and see the 16th and 18th century buildings along with the main Plaza de Armas (also known as the "Zócalo"). Admire the cathedral, begun in 1575 under the orders of Philip II of Spain. Take a look at the Church of Santo Domingo with its portal of a pure classic style, and then experience the buzz of the crafts market and find beautiful and traditional Talavera figurines. Sample sweet treats, such as sweet potatoes prepared in different flavors. Return to your original meeting point for drop off at the end of the day.  Day 2: Taxco and Cuernavaca Today, take a full-day trip out of Mexico City to admire 2 staggering colonial towns. First, enjoy a scenic drive to "The City of Eternal Spring" at Cuernavaca. Marvel at the 16th-century cathedral (one of the oldest in the country) and go to the Palacio de Cortés, the oldest conserved colonial-era civil structure on the continental Americas. Look at the monument to the military insurgent and Mexican patriot, José María Morelos. Continue to the colonial city of Taxco, and journey through hundreds of years of history along the cobblestone streets and cozy squares. Feel the strong old-world ambiance that has withstood the passing of time, and discover one of Mexico's grandest churches at the Church of Santa Prisca, built in 1759 by the French/Spanish immigrant, José de la Borda. He literally stumbled upon a huge silver spring and Taxco is now known worldwide for its silver mines and shops. Benefit from the opportunity to see and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans. 

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Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

4. Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Get a fascinating introduction to Mexico City and it’s historic downtown on a small-group walking tour. Follow a certified 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 traditional Mexican bakery to see, and taste if you’d like, the incredible variety of typical Mexican sweet breads.

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Mexico City: Market Tour

5. Mexico City: Market Tour

In this urban adventure you'll discover the flavors, folklore and hidden treasures of Mexico City's vibrant markets. Begin your tour at La Merced Market, where you'll experience all of its colorful culinary traditions. Get a taste for the authentic Mexican way of life, while understanding how social, economic and political issues collide with centuries old culture and traditions. Try market eateries, and learn about local modern and pre-hispanic food. Then, uncover secrets of sorcery at Mercado de Sonora. See the diverse spiritual beliefs present in this country, as well as the natural healing traditions. Watch out for the very unique and sometimes shocking animal section. Next, wander through the oldest neighborhood in town, where the city was founded in the 14th century. Explore hidden plazas and the best taqueria in the area. Indulge in fresh tortillas and tacos. Visit ancient houses and churches, and witness the diversity of colonial architecture. Take a trip to one of the city's oldest pulquerias and experience an authentic Mexican scene, while you try traditional drinks. Walk to the oldest cantina in Mexico and enjoy a beer while listening to traditional music. Hear the story of this bar and its role in shaping Mexico's cultural life. Witness street art and historical monuments as you walk to the last market. Decorated after the revolution by Diego Rivera's most renowned students, this one is an unforgettable hidden gem. Finish your adventure downtown on the Zocalo.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

6. Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

Marvel at the many beautiful architectural monuments in Mexico City. Visit the National Palace, see the Constitution Square, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. First stop, you will visit the National Palace, where you will see beautiful murals painted by the great Diego Rivera. Continue on to the famous Constitution Square and then walk around the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next, you will visit the Historical Centre, which is the heart of the Mexican capital. After your visit, you will head to Chapultepec Park, the most important residential zones of the city, and the Pink Zone.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

7. Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Visit the National Palace and see the beautiful murals painted by the great artist Diego Rivera.  Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Next, visit the National Palace. If you are a fan of Diego Rivera's art, this is a great place to see his work. Marvel at his murals as your guide tells you interesting facts about his work and life. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

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Mexico City: Private City Tour with Teotihuacán & Basilica

8. Mexico City: Private City Tour with Teotihuacán & Basilica

Start your 12-hour tour at the heart of Mexico City – its zocalo, or central square. See the ancient Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, home to murals by the famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera. Next, head to the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacán, one of the most impressive archeological complexes in Mexico. Take a walk along the Path of the Dead and climb one of the world’s tallest pyramids. Hear about the history of Teotihuacan and Aztecs from your guide. Head back toward the city and stop to visit the most important religious site in Latin America – the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine is home to the original shroud of the Virgin Mary.

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Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

9. Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

Your tour begins in the Anthropology Museum, admire some of the pieces amongst the vast collection of pre-hispanic art inside of the museum. Your guide will explain pieces like the Sun Stone, also called the Aztec calendar; the Coatlicue, and several other pieces that reflected the thought, lifestyle and religion of the different civilizations developed inside the ancient Mexico. Later, head to the Historic Center of the city, where the Aztec empire was once seated. Your guide will give you a brief explanation on the Great Tenochtitlan, and the traces that remain as evidence of its existence. Walk through some of the busiest streets of the Historic Center and the outside of some of its emblematic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts. In between the Museum and the Historic Center, enjoy a panoramic ride across Reforma Avenue; where you’ll see several monuments that have shaped and given identity to our city, like the Angel of Independence, Diana the Huntress, and more recently, the creation of the Bicentennial Column.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

10. 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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What people are saying about Zócalo, Mexico City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 265 reviews

Wowwww!!! What an experience! History, colours, musique, kind and happy people! Nothing could be so amazing without JOSUE! The best guide we ever met! He has a way to say things and you can’t get bored and you want to know more and more! He adapted the excursion to our needs! Frida Kalhos museum was closed because of COVID restriction and he accepted to follow us for free to anthropological museum just to make us happy! Thank you for the experience!!!!

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.

Roberto, our guide was very insightful & informative when it came to the history of Mexico & the interpretation of the murals at the University site which is a Unesco world heritage.

Excellent!!! Super fun you eat, drink and have the Mariachi singing I love it and our excellent guide Alexa 100% recommended her and the tour

Leonardo was an excellent guide, very informative and fun. Excellent tour to meet people and the history of these places. Highly recommended.