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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, and Frida Kahlo

1. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, and Frida Kahlo

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 University City. 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.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

2. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as a Basilica de Guadalupe, and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City, available as either a private or a small-group tour. Your first stop will be in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City and its main square, La Plaza de la Tres Culturas, which is symbolic of Mexico’s unique cultural heritage.  Continue on to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Mexico's largest religious sanctuary, the Shrine houses the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th century. See the old basilica, which was completed in 1709, and visit the new church, built between 1974 and 1976, after the old church began to sink into the ground.  Experience one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Mexico as you tour the impressive atrium and interior of the new basilica, which now houses the Shrine. After lunch (not included in the tour price), you’ll head to the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with a guide. See the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, the impressive Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun, located along the long Avenue of the Dead.  Admire the colorful murals and see the Mesoamerican artifacts in the Archaeological Museum as you learn more about this ancient civilization.

México City: Wrestling Tour

3. México City: Wrestling Tour

Feel the intensity of the ring on a guided tour of México City's Arena Mexico. Learn about la Lucha Libre with a shot of tequila from your guide. Watch live fights and take a scenic ride on the Capital Bus Zócalo. Enjoy a panoramic view on board of the double floor bus with a retractable roof visiting Monumento a la Revolucion, Alameda Central, Glorieta de Colón, and Parroquia de la Sta. Veracruz. Arriving at Arena Mexico you will receive a free mask and a shot of tequila and will live and understand the culture of the wrestling art, explained by the guide. Mexican wrestling began in 1840, one hundred years before it became an official sport. The first wrestling took place in public squares, theaters, bull rings, or any small box ring where fight demonstrations take place. At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the wrestling promoters were foreigners, for example, the Italian Giovanni Resselech, who organized two wrestling seasons in 1910, and the Belgian Constant le Marin, who first made a presentation including a Mexican versus a Romanian wrestler in 1921. With this background and the increasing popularity of this activity, the first wrestling function was made in the Arena Mexico in September 21st of 1933, on the previously called Arena Modelo.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

4. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Guided Visit

Enter the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City almost a half century after it was established, and discover why it remains the flagship enclosure safeguarding the legacy of the Mexican indigenous people. Standing as a symbol of identity and a mentor to generations seeking to dig into their cultural roots, the museum is the most popular in Mexico, attracting some 2 million visitors per year. Get insights into the various exhibits and their significance from your guide. Look at objects excavated from archaeological sites, covering vast territories in what is now modern-day Mexico. Learn about the various cultures that created them. Visit rooms where small objects, such as spear points are on display. These were used by early hunters on the continent more than 10,000 years ago. See simple clay pieces used in daily life and as symbolic articles in religious ceremonies. Admire impressive objects such as the Stone of the Sun (Aztec calendar stone). Your guide will explain the meaning of these valuable contributions to Mexico, as well as the ways historians have been challenged to re-think the development of the Mesoamerican people including Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec cultures. Enjoy some free time to explore the museum on your own after the guided tour. 

Mexico City: Franz Mayer Museum Admission Ticket

5. Mexico City: Franz Mayer Museum Admission Ticket

Explore the Franz Mayer Museum, a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving, researching, and presenting the extensive collections of books, paintings, and decorative arts that constitute the Franz Mayer legacy. Dive into the world of this popular collector and discover other iconic art pieces. Enter a unique 16th-century building that used to serve as a hospital in the historic center of the city. Stroll through extensive exhibits highlighting the popular art collections of Ruth Lechuga, surrealist artist Wolfgang Paalen, and the great goldsmith William Spratling, among others. Experience a modern museum that encourages innovation and creativity by conserving and disseminating art and design through permanent and temporary collections. Enjoy an introspective journey through art, fashion, and photography.

Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

6. Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

Explore the life of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg on a tour of Chapultepec Castle, located on top of Mexico City's Chapultepec Hill, a site once sacred to the Aztecs. Venture inside the stunning monument, and discover rooms of classical European ornamentations. Stroll the halls full of light and discover stairways made of marble. Admire the sculptures and busts of historical figures, such as Emperor Cuauhtémoc and the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, along the way. Then depart Chapultepec Castle (also known as the "National Museum of History") and break for lunch, before going to the National Museum of Anthropology. Experience one of the most important anthropology museums in Latin America and explore rooms that detail the pre-Hispanic culture of the Maya, Toltec, and other ethnic peoples through the ages. Learn more from your bilingual guide, and benefit from the chance to chat about Mexican history.

Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

7. Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

Visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, a religious site that sees over 20 million pilgrims annually. The shrine is the most important in the Catholic world and one of the world’s 20 most-visited places. The Virgin of Guadalupe is part of Mexican identity. Experience the influence in Mexican culture throughout the day. Tour the basilica and climb Tepeyac Hill during this 4-hour activity. According to believers, the hill was the site of the miracle of the apparition of fresh flowers and the first of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visit the museum of the basilica, located in the old Capuchin convent. Afterwards, take some time to explore on your own or attend mass.

Mexico City: Latin American Tower and Bicentennial Museum

8. Mexico City: Latin American Tower and Bicentennial Museum

Enjoy amazing views at the Latin American Tower with 360-degree panoramic views of Mexico City on the 44th floor, get access to the City Museum, and the Bicentennial Museum.  Marvel at the 182-meter skyscraper covered with glass and aluminum that was the tallest building in the city until 1972. Take in the impressive view of the city's skyline from the majestic terrace on its 44th floor.  Stop at the Museum of the City and the Tower on the 38th floor to find out more about the history of the site where the tower was built, how it is a symbol of the city, and learn about other monuments in the city.  Head to the Bicentennial Museum on the 36th floor and pass through more than 200 years of history which exhibits different political, social, and cultural aspects of Mexico. Enjoy little-known facts and unpublished documents. 

CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

9. CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Mexico City and sail through the ancient Xochimilco borough on a colorful trajinera. Learn about the city from your guide and visit highlights, including the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Coyoacan Neighborhood. On this private tour, begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Mexico City and drive to Xochimilco. There, climb aboard a trajinera painted with bright colors to explore the channels built by the Aztec civilization. During the tour, you will be informed about the construction of artificial islands and other activities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Anahuacalli Museum, founded by the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Your guide will offer you a personalized narration about the art collection including 64,000 pre-Hispanic pieces. The blue house, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum, is where the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo lived and died. Learn about the important details of her life and admire your her work before taking a stroll through the historic center of Coyoacan, which has a colonial atmosphere. Lastly, your guide will take you to visit the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where you will be able to see mosaic murals by Diego Rivera, Juan O'Gorman and David A.Siqueiros. After admiring the views of the Olympic stadium, be taken from the Vuelta to your hotel.

Mexico City: MUCHO Museum of Chocolate Entrance Ticket

10. Mexico City: MUCHO Museum of Chocolate Entrance Ticket

Book your entry ticket to MUCHO, Mexico City’s Museum of Chocolate that inspires and educates cultural manifestations related to cocoa and chocolate. Smell, touch, listen, and look as you learn everything about chocolate history and culture. Step through the Chocolate Museum’s doors and enter an elegant and inviting ambiance located within a characteristic house from 1909 in the Colonia Juárez neighborhood of Mexico City. Immerse yourself in a chocolate universe where sight, taste, smell, and touch, are the main factors of a unique experience. Get inspired and let your creativity shine as you learn about cacao and its importance in Mexican culture. After visiting the museum, choose to stop at the MUCHO store where you can find products made by artisans, chocolatiers, and artists, as well as foods and drinks, including a variety of cocoas and chocolate.

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This was a great tour ! Our guide Arturo Ramirez was very professional , knowledgeable and accommodating . We visited centro universitario to see the amazing murals followed by a magical visit to Xochimilco where we navigated in a trajinera listening to mariachi , beautifully decorated trajineras . We went to Anahuacalli and then Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo museum …. A full day to remember

Great guide, very well informed, very motivated, his route in the museum was very well thought and there were interesting details shared. There were also stories about the finding of the exhibits that were very interesting. Glad to have yaken the tour both at the anthropology and the trmplo mayor museum.

The tour with Alicia and Alex was amazing , the only down side was their wasn’t enough time to explore couycan

Great experience, amazing places, great guides! Highly recommended tour.

Josue was very knowledgeable and gave a good tour.