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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.

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

2. 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 your way to the Frida Kahlo Museum which is the former house of famed Mexican painter 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.

From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

3. 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.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

4. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

Start your trip with a brief visit to an artisan center in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, Peralvillo. Learn all about the handicrafts of all regions of Mexico. Continue your tour in the southern part of the city, where you can visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, or if your prefer, head to the center of Coyoacan, for a 1-hour visit. Next, move on to discover the beautiful scenery of Lake of Xochimilco. Make the most of the opportunity to take a ride on a boat named Trajinera, in the ancient canals of the lake. In Xochimilco, see the chinampas (artificial islands), and find out what life was like 500 years ago in the great Tenochtitlan. Take this chance to savor the typical food of the region, as well as enjoy the Mexican music mariachi. Finally, visit one of the most important universities in Latin America, UNAM.

Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum

5. Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum

On this 6-hour 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: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

6. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City. Visit a cemetery at night, where you can admire the famous altars and their rich expressions of popular art that fuse symbolism and thought, both pre-Hispanic and Catholic around death. Learn about the symbolism of these altars and their importance to the people who create them. Listen to your guide's fascinating stories, and discover why marigold flowers are used, among other items, to decorate the altars. Mingle with the locals as you take part in this special day.  Finally, visit Xochimilco to take a tour of the canals at nighttime in a trajinera – a traditional Mexican boat. Pass through floating gardens. Enjoy a performance of "La Llorona" and enjoy the most authentic Day of the Dead experience.

Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

7. 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!

Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

8. 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.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

9. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

Explore the rich folkloric and cultural traditions of Mexico on this full-day private excursion to Teotihuacan and Xochimilco. Let the music, colors, and flowers fill you with memories as you explore ancient archaeological sites and local traditions. Enjoy the ride from your accommodation to the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan. Enjoy a brief history of maguey, or agave, and sample pulque, a traditional Mexican drink. Resume the trip to reach Xochimilco. Hop aboard a trajinera, the colorfully decorated canoe-type wooden boats, a don't-miss highlight of this Mexico City experience. End your educational journey in the Archaeological Zone of Tlatelolco.

2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

10. 2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

Spend 2 days visiting the top archeological and cultural attractions in the Mexico City area. Climb the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, visit the Frieda Kahlo Museum in colorful Coyoacán and enjoy a boat ride in Xochimilco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine and Tlatelolco Your first day begins with a drive to Tlatelolco, the largest archaeological site in Mexico City. Learn about the importance of this place that was part of the capital of the Aztec empire. See the Plaza of the 3 Cultures where pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern Mexico blend. Continue on to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most important religious site in all of Mexico and one of the most visited shrines in the Catholic world. More than 20 million pilgrims visit the site every year. From the Basilica of Guadalupe, the tour continues to Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods. A professional guide will take you on a journey through the history of this mystical place. Walk among the ruins and marvel at the size of the pyramids. Climb up the stairs at the famous Sun and Moon pyramids and take in the views from the top. After a day of appreciating Mexico’s history, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. Day 2: Coyoacán, National University and Frida Kahlo Museum Your day starts with a drive to Coyoacán, an area dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the picturesque houses, and then visit Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum. Also, have the opportunity to visit a cooperative shop that helps local Mexican artisans. Learn about the life and iconic work of this famous artist. The house is where Frida Kahlo lived with her husband, Diego Rivera. You'll have an hour of free time in the museum to explore it thoroughly. The next stop is the National Autonomous University, founded in 1551, where you'll visit the UNESCO-listed central campus with art from muralists Diego Rivera and Juan O'Gorman. Continue to Xochimilco, located 17 miles south of Mexico City. This ecological reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to Aztec times. Take an hour’s ride on a colorful boat known as a trajunera, enjoy festive music from other boats and meet vendors selling delicious snacks you can buy. At the end of the boat ride, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. 

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Excelente guía especializada de un verdadero conocedor entusiasta de su propia cultura, en man oi s d es Emanuel y Jesús al volante.. Las interpretaciones de los murales de la UNAM, de Coyoacán, y Frida y Rivera, realmente sublimes. Más que recomendable.

Excellent tour. The guide Marcos Martinez Has an excellent grasp of Mexican history. The driver Raphael Mandisa keep us safe and sound through Mexico’s interesting streets.

Our travel guide did an amazing job on the history. Gerson was very knowledgeable and we had a fantastic day!

Our tour guide Kevin and Our Driver Manuel, made a terrific job. Highly recommended!!!

La guide était excellente et très connaissante de l'histoire de Mexico