Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours

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At the historic heart of one of the world's most populous cities, is the first and largest cathedral in the Americas, seat of the Archdiocese of Mexico, and a wonder to behold. The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral - or Catedral Metropolitana - is a symphony in stone, composed over 4 centuries into manifold facades, displaying textbook Neoclassical, Renaissance, and wedding-cake ornate Mexican Baroque (Churrigueresque) styles.

Within its fantastic bulk are sheltered some 16 chapels, several alters and retablos, a fine parish church, and a choir, each an inspired work of art replete with gold gilt, fine paintings, and sculptural details. Above it all, 25 bells - measured in tons - ring and sing to the city all around.

The cathedral sits atop a far more ancient foundation, originally built for a temple to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec God of war. His pyramid was destroyed by the Spanish, who built their cathedral in its stead. As the thirsty city emptied its underground aquifer, however, this massive monument began to sink into the subsoil. It was stabilized in the 1990s, but still lists to one side.

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The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral overlooks the Zócalo, more properly called Plaza de la Constitución, which has marked the city center since it was founded in 1325. Though the Spanish razed the neighborhood's original Aztec temples and federal buildings, they used the same stones to rebuild the capital city in Europe's image. Half a millennium later, this is still the center of all the action.

All roads lead to the Zócalo, but you're much better off without a car - traffic is terrible. Instead, take Metro Line 2 to the Zócalo stop, right in front of the cathedral.
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Address: Plaza de la Constitución s/n, Mexico City, Mexico
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Hours: Open daily 7am - 7pm
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Admission: Free
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Half-Day City Tour of Mexico City

Explore Mexico City with a local guide who shares the history and landmarks of the Mexican capital. See the highlights of the Zocalo (main square) including murals by Diego Rivera at the National Palace, and the grand Metropolitan Cathedral. Hear about the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Center of Mexico City, and learn more about the Aztecs and Mesoamerica at the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour includes entrance fees, transportation in an air-conditioned minivan, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour

Visit Teotihuacan without the crowds and see the sights of Mexico City’s historic center on this tour that provides an easy way to check off the city’s major attractions in just one day. Start by heading to Teotihuacan in the early morning, just as it opens, beating most of the visitors from the city. Explore the ancient plazas and pyramids of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and then return to Mexico City for a guided tour of the Zocalo, home to landmarks like the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Mexico City Private City Tour: Teotihuacan and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

There is so much to see in Mexico City — take advantage of this carefully curated private sightseeing experience. With just your family and friends, this 12-hour tour takes you to the historical square of Zocalo, the Diego Rivera murals at a presidential palace, the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan, and the Shrine of Guadalupe, one of the world’s most-visited Catholic pilgrimage sites. Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hrs
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  • Duration: 9 to 10 hrs
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Mexico City Sightseeing and Teotihuacan Tour

Combine Mexico City landmarks with ancient culture on a full-day tour that explores the historic center and Teotihuacan. You’ll see the sprawling main square and a series of murals by Diego Rivera, then continue to the temples and monuments of Teotihaucan, towering structures that awed the first European visitors. Climb the pyramids for sweeping views of the surrounding plains, and sip a glass of traditional pulque, with a local guide to share the fascinating stories behind each site.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mexico City Private Tour with Teotihuacan, Murals, Guadalupe Basilica

Discover Mexico City’s highlights, from the city’s enormous Plaza de la Constitucion to historic murals, colonial-era architecture, the magnificent pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Exploring the city with a private guide means you can enjoy the day at your own pace, learning about the fascinating stories and people behind each place you see. This full-day, private tour of Mexico City includes hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees, with all transport by climate-controlled vehicle.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace

Experience some of Mexico City’s main highlights on this guided bike tour. See the famed Diego Rivera mural at the National Palace, check out the Angel of Independence on Paseo de la Reforma, admire the centuries-old Metropolitan Cathedral and much more. Learn about the city’s rich, ancient history from your guide and customize your itinerary to suit your interests. Tour includes bike, entrance fees and lunch. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

New to Mexico City and not sure what to see? Hop on this 5-hour Mexico City sightseeing tour by coach and delve into the history and art of the sprawling metropolis. An informative guide takes you inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest church in all of Latin America; the National Palace; and the Anthropological Museum, home to the famous Aztec Calendar Stone. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour

Get a different perspective on Mexico City during this 5-hour nighttime sightseeing tour. Take in the city's highlights such as Reforma Avenue and Zocalo, the middle of the UNESCO-listed Centro Historico. Listen to in-depth commentary on Mexico City's people, culture, and history from your guide as you walk.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology

Discover the UNESCO-listed historic center of Mexico City during a 5-hour guided tour that includes a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Learn from your guide about significant landmarks such as the National Palace, Zócalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and more. You'll get to know the city and Mexican culture.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo

Get to know the heart of Mexico City — Centro Histórico — on this 2-hour Segway tour. To walk the whole area, designated a UNESCO site, would take a long time but this Segway allows you to cover ground quickly and with little effort. Admire the historical buildings and monuments in the Zocalo, Alameda Park and Spanish colonial architecture. Taste snacks, or ‘garnachas,’ along the way, and learn about the city’s history. This Mexico City Segway tour is limited to just six people, ensuring more personalized attention.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour

Combining two popular guided tours at a discounted price, this Mexico City Super Saver takes place over two consecutive days — and you get to choose which tour you’d like to see first. Be among the first to arrive at the UNESCO site of Teotihuacán and enjoy the City of the Gods, including its Sun and Moon pyramids, without the crowds. On a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mexico City, visit top attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Diego Rivera murals and Chapultepec park.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour with Anthropology Museum and Behind-the-Scenes at Bellas Artes

Enjoy a comprehensive day of sightseeing of Mexico City on this guided tour. Enter the elegant Palacio de Bellas Artes and get a behind-the-scenes look at the national theater. Gain insight into Aztec and Maya culture inside the world-class National Museum of Anthropology, and in the Zocalo, the city’s main plaza, learn about the former seat of the Aztec empire. Pass by the National Palace and the monuments along Reforma Avenue, including the Angel of Independence and Diana the Huntress.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco

Take a break from the beach to experience Mexico’s cultural richness on this all-day tour. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Mexico City for four hours of sightseeing. Admire the city’s historic center and check out the ruins of Templo Mayor—the center of the Aztec universe—the Metropolitan Cathedral, Bellas Artes and more. Witness the archaeological marvel of Teotihuacan, with its ancient temples, pyramids and Avenue of the Dead.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Colors of Mexico Private Walking Tour: Zocalo, National Palace and Art

Art and culture lovers can experience the sights, colors, and tastes of Mexico City’s Centro Historico on this private full-day walking tour. Home to more than 700 years of rich history, the UNESCO World Heritage Site lends itself well to walking: tick off top attractions such as the Murales de Diego Riviera and visit Templo Mayor and the National Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Interactive Walking Tour of Historic Mexico City

Mexico City comes to life on this kid-friendly, 4-hour interactive walking tour that uses storytelling and play to explore Mexico’s art, history, and culture. Visiting the city with a fun, creative guide offers an orientation to Mexico City in a safe, child-friendly environment that's welcoming for kids of all ages.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mexico City Downtown Highlights Tour with Guadalupe Shrine and Optional Torre Latinoamericana

Get a comprehensive walking tour of Mexico City's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Centro Histórico combined with a visit to the Shrine of Guadalupe on this 7-hour excursion. Upgrade with an optional visit to the Torre Latinoamericana.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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