Mexico City's Historic Center-Zocalo Private Tour


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



Spanish (fluent), English (fluent)

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.


- Zocalo
- National Palace
- Templo Mayor ruins & museum (optional)
- Lunch
- 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 Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: At the central main door of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Zocalo downtown.

End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: In the Historic center according the area where we finish which it could be by the zocalo or by the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Duration: 7 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.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: 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 visiting museums such as the Templo Mayor or the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Admission fees:
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.

What’s Extra

  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: 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.

A Recent Review of this tour

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!
Lori Liu

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