Discover Mexico City and the Ancient Aztec Capital of Xochimilco
Mexico City, Mexico
- Downtown Mexico City: Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic district is the heart of the city. View from outside the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico’s National Palace and the ruins of the Templo Mayor.
- Southern Mexico City: Wander through this neighborhood and check out its famous murals and sculptures, including a piece by Diego Rivera at the Olympic Stadium of 1968.
- Xochimilco: Lively and colorful, this district in Mexico City contains ruins dating back to the old Aztec capital at Tenochtitlán.
- Mexico City canals: Along the city’s two natural rivers, Santiago and Tepapantla, you can do some people-watching to the sounds of the Mariachi serenade and the aromas of floating kitchens.
About This Mexico City Tour
Your Mexico City experience starts in the historic downtown district, or “Zocalo,” where you can view from the outside several landmarks in the heart of the city. Templo Mayor is notable for its place in Aztec history, as it was one of the most significant temples in the civilization’s ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. It was at this spot that the Aztecs spied a prophetic symbol: The eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak, signifying that the people had reached their promised land.
Next up is a drive down Insurgentes, the world´s longest avenue. Along this main thoroughfare, you’ll pass Mexico City highlights, including the Cibeles Fountain, Poliforum Siqueiros and Plaza de Toros. Pass by the university, famous for its collections of artwork created by such famous names as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Drive past the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico’s National Palace.
Your Mexico City tour will wrap up with a visit to the Xochimilco neighborhood. In addition to the canals and lively atmosphere, this district is home to one of the last remains of the old Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. 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.
The canals along the Santiago and Tepapantla Rivers support the traffic of small, human-powered boats, which carried cargo before being the preferred option for people wanting to check out the scene. The trajineras are similar to an Italian gondola, but are ornately decorated with flowers and shrubbery – both real and painted on the vessel. The lush arches you see are covered with greenery to be both beautiful and functional, as the foliage provides a nice shady area to enjoy the view.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your Mexico City hotel, our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Lunch is on your own. Please bring some extra cash for food, beverages and for those important souvenirs.
This is a moderate activity with approximately two miles of walking over uneven terrain. This is not a suitable tour for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Scenic, Shopping
Air-Conditioned Van or Bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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