Four Mexico City Tours to Unlock the Heart of the City

Posted: June 18, 2019

Author: Sam Murray

Having been named one of the world’s best travel destinations by National Geographic, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Mexico City. But if you want to unlock the heart of the city, you will need to go with someone who truly understands it.

Journey Mexico has extensive experience crafting customizable Mexico City tours. Here are four of our favorite trips that truly uncover what this incredible city is all about.

Four Mexico City Tours That Unlock the Heart of the City

Mexico City Weekend Getaway

Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza

Duration: 4 days

Combine culture and luxury with a weekend getaway in Mexico City. Begin with a walking tour of the downtown area, exploring the historic city center and the main Zócalo plaza. For dinner, indulge at one of the many gourmet restaurants in the city.

The following day, take a guided tour of the colonial suburbs of Coyoacán — the former home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera — and San Angel. Visit bustling markets and the fascinating Frida Kahlo Museum. Then, head to the archeological zone of Teotihuacan, home to the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. In the evening, enjoy the world-famous Mexico City Folkloric Ballet.

Art and Architecture in Mexico City

An exhibit at the National Anthropology Museum

Duration: 8 days

Uncover one of the world’s great artistic cities with this exploration of Mexico City. Begin by visiting Casa Gilardi, the last house built entirely by famed Mexican architect, Luis Barragán. Then visit some of the city’s most important museums including the National Anthropology Museum, the Museo Jumex, and the Soumaya Museum.

Next, meet with Mexico’s latest generation of up-and-coming designers. Visit their studios, workshops, and showrooms and buy directly from the designer (if you so wish). Then, visit the Luis Barragán House and Studio, which is dedicated to the celebrated late artist’s work. Next, visit Chapultepec Castle which now doubles up as the National Museum of History. Finish the trip with a private architectural tour visiting some of Mexico City’s most iconic buildings.

Axolotls and Chinampas in Xochimilco

A colorful boat in Xochimilco known as a trajinera

Duration: 6 to 8 hours

Explore the fringes of Mexico City by heading south to cruise the fascinating waterways of Xochimilco. Depart from Puente de Urrutia pier on a colorful barge-style boat known as a trajinera. Relax and watch the birds while learning about the importance of Xochimilco and its rich history.

Take a guided tour of the floating gardens (known as chinampas), which play host to the area’s traditional form of farming. These man-made islands are still being used by the local farmers and even produce food for some of the best restaurants in Mexico City.

Finally, come face to face with an axolotl, an alien-like endangered salamander that is found exclusively in the complex channels of Xochimilco. Learn about the on-going efforts to save it from extinction.

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Mexico City Private Tour

Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

Duration: 5 days

Experience the very best of Mexico City on this wonderfully crafted five-day tour. Begin with an exploration of the delightful suburb of San Angel and visit its bustling Saturday Market. Stop off at Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, and see original works by Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists.

Next, visit Coyoacán to visit The Blue House, the former home of Mexico’s most famous artists, Frida Kahlo and Rivera. Explore the museum dedicated to Kahlo and see her original works. Then, explore the waterways of Xochimilco, taking a two-hour private ride on a traditional barge-style trajinera.

The following day, explore the world-famous National Anthropology Museum before going on a private tour of Mexico City’s historic center. See the capital’s most famous sites including the Zócalo, Palacio Nacional, and Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Then, head to the fascinating archeological zone of Teotihuacan and climb the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon for breathtaking views.

Come on a journey with us to Mexico City

Journey Mexico has unrivaled connections in Mexico City, which is how we can create these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Make sure to book your Mexico City trip with us to enjoy unique and unforgettable tours of this wonderful city.

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