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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotel or Casa Gilardi or the entrance of the Hilton Reforma hotel on Juarez av. and the Alameda park (dependent on your tour itinerary preferences).
End location: Hotel or any other point near the itinerary.
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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I am so glad we took Mexico City Architecural Tour with Jonas. We would've never seen so much of this city's diversity in one day if it weren't for Jonas. He took us to places we could've never find out as they were off the trodden tourist paths. His genuine interest in architecture not only of the past, but especially of the present made this experience very fulfilling. I am happy Jonas talked us into going to the Chopo museum which we initially wanted to skip, and to the library. Thank you, Jonas!