A private tour along the best architecture (classic, modern and contemporary)
Ever wondered why Mexican architecture is world famous? Discover it now! From the colonial time when Mexico City got its nickname "city of palaces", over the early 20th century art-nouveau and art-déco, to works by renowned architect Luis Barragán (Pritzker and UNESCO awards) and its followers Mathias Goeritz and Ricardo Legorreta.
Some contemporary highlights include mural art by Diego Rivera, residential and museum projects by rising star Enrique Norten and a library or fire station by Alberto Kalach.
This tour can be customized according to your interests (period, style, architect. . . ).
Possibilities of modern buildings to include in the itinerary: Legorreta's Plaza Juarez and Camino Real, Rivera's Tlaloc statue and underwater mural, Barragan's houses, chapel and Pedregal development, El Eco by Matthias Goëritz, the Chopo Museum, the Vasconcelos Library by Alberto Kalach, the Condesa area with splendid Art Déco and new developments by Enrique Norten et al. , the Fenix fire station, the new Soumaya museum by Carlos Slim, UNAM CU campus, projects of Mario Pani, Teodoro Gonzalez de León, Pedro Ramirez Vasquez, Felix Candela, Enrique de la Mora, and several others.
I can rent a smaller or larger vehicle to your wish, or skip the car and take public transportation.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Casa Gilardi house by Barragan (convenient if you are staying in the Polanco or Condesa area, to save time).
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
To avoid most traffic on weekdays, starting tour at 10 am and ending at 5 pm is ideal. If leaving earlier or later, add up to one hour.
Walking and minivan transportation (A.C. Volkswagen Transporter 2015).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 pesos - for lunch and drinks; with eventual entrance fees in Barragan's houses this can increase to 600 pesos
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Jonas offered a very interesting architectural tour which added to our already developed and nurtured love of modern Mexican buildings. Jonas is committed to searching out the best examples in Mexico City and environs and deeply and articulately admires the talent of Mexican architects and designers. He also made many suggestions for further study. Thank you for a fascinating peek into the richness of modern Mexico.