Aztec History in Mexico City
Founded in 1325 as Tenochtitlán, the seat of the mighty Aztec Empire, Mexico City boasts a rich history. Today the modern city is dotted with impressive Aztec ruins. Here are your options for tours of Aztec history in Mexico City.
Admire historic monuments such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Zócalo, and the National Palace on a sightseeing tour of Mexico City.
Discover Mexican culture past and present by combining a tour to the Teotihuacan pyramids archaeological site with a visit to the city’s markets, dinner with a local family, or a handicrafts workshop.
Cruise around the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco on a traditional trajinera, a kind of gondola.
Follow in the footsteps of the Aztecs on an overnight hike to Iztaccihuatl volcano, Paso de Cortes, and the Valley of Mexico from Tlalmanalco.
Learn more about Mexico’s Aztec history and the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán from an expert archaeologist guide.
Enjoy a more personalized experience on a private or small-group tour.
Top Aztec Sites
Just outside of Mexico City, the sizeable Pyramids of Teotihuacan are a magnificent sight, and tours are often combined with nearby attractions such as the Hanging Gardens of Xochimilco, Lake Texcoco, and the Shrine of Guadalupe for a deeper look at Aztec culture and history. Back in the city, visit Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district; see the Templo Mayor (Main Temple); then explore Chapultepec Park, where the National Museum of Anthropology houses remnants of the Aztec city including the Aztec calendar stone—you’ll get deeper into the history and artifacts with a guide.