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  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Visit three of Mexico City’s most prominent daily markets on this cultural tour with a knowledgeable guide. Experience authentic local culture as you head off the beaten track and learn about the history of Mexican markets since the Aztec Empire. You’ll take public transportation, stroll city streets and wander past bustling merchants – just like a local. Be amazed by La Merced Market’s fruits and spices, the medicinal herbs and magic spells of Sonora Market, and San Juan Market’s abundant flowers – a feast for the senses!


  • 4-hour market tour in Mexico City with a friendly local guide
  • Visit three diverse public markets selling an array of goods
  • Shop for produce, housewares and Mexican spices at La Merced Market, the city’s largest
  • Find herbal remedies and spell castings at Sonora Market – the witches’ market
  • Discover imported cheeses and other groceries at San Juan Market
  • Make contact with city dwellers as they buy and sell their merchandise

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What You Can Expect

Mexico City Markets Tour: La Merced, Sonora and San Juan Markets

Find herbal remedies at Sonora Market

After meeting your guide at a central location in Mexico City, take public transportation to Mercado de la Merced (La Merced Market), one of the largest markets in Latin America and the biggest in the city. Along the way, your guide will tell you about Mesoamerica’s street market tradition since pre-Columbian times, and how Spanish conquistadors were amazed by the Aztecs’ displays at the Tlatelolco market.

From the zócalo (public square), located just 13 blocks west of the La Merced’s main building, zigzag your way past crowded streets filled with small shops. When you step inside this colonial market, enjoy the bustling activity and energy of local vendors selling their wares. Follow your guide through a maze of colorful Mexican spices that activate all your senses.

As you wander, delight in smelling and tasting all kinds of produce, including varieties of corn and tomatoes native to the ‘new world'. You’ll find a huge assortment of kitchenware – from juicers to decorative spoons – as your guide enlightens you about Mexico’s food culture and cuisine.

Next, head to Mercado de Sonora (Sonora Market), known as the witches’ market for its herbal remedies, as well as magic potions and spells, to cure every ailment – from physical illness to heartbreak.

Here, weave past aisles filled with ordinary items like pottery, pets and party supplies to find plants with medicinal and magical properties. Your guide will point out garlic bulbs woven to ward off evil, as well as candles, lotions, oils and amulets that spell casters use for cleanses and cures.

Finally, head to Mercado de San Juan (San Juan Market), which is housed right in the center of the downtown district. Follow your guide past stalls selling groceries and meat, and discover imported cheeses, baguettes and more!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide Ligia was terrific--knowledgeable and fun. The market tour was the perfect introduction to Mexico City. It set the tone and adventure for our week here in D F. I'd recommend it highly to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We did not realize that this was a walking tour when I booked it. It was a good walk and you get to see a lot of things you would never get to in a car. You also get to ride the subway. Roberto our guide was amazing and very helpful if you want to go shopping. You basically just have to tell him what you want and he'll help you out. Got to eat a lot of Mexican street food staples and see a lot of unusual things especially in La Merced. We enjoyed our tour with Roberto so much we also booked him (not thorough Viator) for his Xochimilco, university and Freda Kahlo museum after our tour with him. We were a group of three in my booking and we were the only ones on this tour. It was a fun day at the markets.

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