Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Frida Kahlo Museum from Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico
- Coyoacan: Along the southern edge of Mexico City lies Coyoacán, a neighborhood that served as inspiration for the different artists who have called it home.
- Frida Kahlo Museum: This bright, cobalt-blue structure saw the birth and death of this world-renowned artist, and several of her works are on display.
- Xochimilco: One of the vivid, picturesque districts of Mexico City surrounds the old Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán. The atmosphere is lively and the sounds of the Mariachi serenade hang in the air.
- 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.
About This Mexico City Tour
The southern neighborhoods of Mexico City are among the most colorful and vibrant, and these districts are where your excursion begins. Coyoacan is the “place of coyotes” in the native language of Nahuatl, and its position as the historic center of the city dates back to pre-Columbian times. This charming district was the site where Cortes prepared his war strategy to fight the Aztecs, and, as such, it became one of the first settlements of the new Spanish colony.
Coyoacan has retained its village-like atmosphere, making it a magnet and inspiration for numerous artists who were drawn to its beauty. One key attraction is the Ciudad Universitaria that features a collection of murals and sculptures from renowned Mexican artists. At the Olympic Stadium, constructed for the 1968 Games, you’ll see artwork of Diego Rivera. Your trip includes a stop at the home of another famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The museum bearing her name includes many of her paintings and personal belongings. The rooms of Kahlo’s long-time home are still decorated in the 1950’s interior design styles that were popular when she died.
Your excursion concludes with a visit to Xochimilco, one of the most scenic areas of Mexico City. Experience this neighborhood’s character by strolling along its canals to admire the floating gardens, bright flowers and lively atmosphere. Local vendors may present colorful bouquets for purchase.
If the mariachi bands you see are playing instruments that look oddly familiar, it’s for good reason. The Spanish introduced string instruments to pre-Columbian Mexican music that, at the time, was largely based on rattles, drums, flutes and shells. The indigenous people and their descendants learned to play these instruments, but they often modified the shapes, materials and tunings. A typical mariachi band includes two violins, a harp and multiple guitars – as well as a charismatic singer for the serenade.
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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