Downtown Walking Tour with a private guide
This private tour is perfect for first time visitors because is the best introduction to learn about Mexican culture. We'll enjoy the maximum expression of the pre-hispanic, colonial and modern Mexico by walking through the Historic Center that is the oldest quarter in the city. Famous landmarks in the Historic Center include the Plaza de la Constitución (known as Zocalo) that is the main square with its Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace on the east side of the Zócalo, where you'll be able to learn about the remarkable murals painted by Diego Rivera and the impressive ruins of the Great Aztec Temple and its wonderful museum of Templo Mayor.
Along our walk from the Zocalo to the Alameda park, not only we will see the Aztec ruins but also the greatest architectural works of the Porfirian period such as the Palace of Fine Arts that is the maximum representation of culture in Mexico and the Post Office Palace that expressed progress during the 19th century and gave the city a great elegance essence.
- National Palace
- Templo Mayor ruins & museum (optional)
- Cathedral (optional)
And/or according interests and time:
- House of Tiles
- Palace of Iturbide
- Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
- Mining Palace
- Communication Palace/National Art Museum
- Post Office Palace
We can add or skip any place you want. We'll make appropiate stops for rest, drink, photographs, etc
If you still have energy and time you can have a drink at the Latin American tower on the 43rd floor at the bar/restaurant or you can get tickets to the observatory deck to view the city.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the central main door of the Cathedral which is in front of the Zocalo, the main square of the Historic Center. I'll be holding a sign with your name so you can easily identify me. Or we can meet at a prearranged location in the main area in downtown like the Palacio de Bellas Artes or in your hotel ONLY IF it is located in the first square of the downtown.
End location: We will end the private tour at the Latin American Tower, or at the Palace of Fine Arts, or any other place of your preference in the Historic Center.
Duration: 8 hours
If you are staying in a downtown Hotel, you just have to walk towards the main plaza. Otherwise you can take a taxi or the subway and get off at zocalo station. If you need transportation check tour #12631.
This private tour includes myself as your private guide and suggestions for any interest place to visit and shopping advice.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 Mexican peso - For your admission fees in the case of visitng museums such as the Templo Mayor or the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Templo Mayor Museum, 70 pesos per person
Palacio de Bellas Artes, permanent or temporary exhibition, 60 pesos per person.
Photography permission, 30 pesos per person.
Restaurants accept credit cards.
Museum entrance fees, lunch/drinks are extra expenses.
Children under 12 years old do not pay the entrance fee.
(On Mondays the museums are closed.)
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
If you need transportation, it can be arranged at additional cost.
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Monica is an excellent guide and provided us with in depth knowledge of art, architecture and history. Loved visiting the courtyards, hotels and buildings we would have never stopped to see. And enjoyed her commentary on the murals. She was flexible and engaging and we had a wonderful day exploring the historic district of Mexico City!