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Centro Historico Tours and Activities

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Centro Historico
Built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, the Centro Histórico is both the historical heart and the modern epicenter of Mexico City. Centered on the grand Zócalo—Plaza de la Constitución—the sprawling district is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of historic monuments, museums, parks, and hotels.

The Basics
There are numerous ways to discover the sights of Mexico City. Stroll around the Zócalo and along Paseo de la Reforma on a walking tour; zip around the city on a Segway or bike tour; admire the illuminated streets on a night tour; or tuck into tacos on a food tour. Notable landmarks include the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de las Bellas Artes, the skyscraper Torre Latinoamericana, and Tenochtitlán’s Templo Mayor.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As in most major cities, pickpockets are common around the main tourist areas, so keep an eye on your belongings and only carry the essentials.
  • Most museums in the Centro Histórico are closed on Mondays. 
  • Many Centro Histórico attractions are wheelchair accessible, but some of the neighborhood’s narrow, uneven lanes are difficult for wheelchairs to navigate.

How to Get There
It’s easy to reach most of the attractions in the Centro Histórico on foot from the Zócalo, but the area is also well served by public transport. The main metro station is Zócalo (Line 2), and numerous buses also pass by the square. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to explore Mexico City is between March and May, when the warm, dry weather is ideal for sightseeing. The Zócalo is the center of many of the city’s festivals and events, including the annual Independence Day celebrations (September 16), the Alebrije Parade (late October), and the Day of the Dead parade (November 1–2). 

Mexico City’s Aztec History
Founded in 1325 as an Aztec capital, ancient Tenochtitlán was built on an island on Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico, and the enormous Zócalo was its spiritual, political, and ceremonial center. According to Aztec legend, a vision instructed the wandering Aztec tribe to build a city on the spot where an eagle, perched on a cactus, was devouring a serpent—an image that now adorns the Mexican flag. When the Spanish conquered the city in the 16th century, they drained the lake and destroyed many Aztec palaces and temples, rebuilding their new city around the Zócalo.
Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Combo 2 days. Day1: Mexico City Tour & Pyramids. Day2: Xochimilco & Frida Kahlo

Combo 2 days. Day1: Mexico City Tour & Pyramids. Day2: Xochimilco & Frida Kahlo

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This great combo is wonderful because it visits incredible sites considered Heritage of Humanity such as: The Historic Center of Mexico City, The Archaeological Site of Teotihuacan and the Old and Historic Canal of Xochimilco plus Frida Kahlo Museum. These tours will be operated on 2 consecutive days and include pickup at your hotel as well as entrace tickets for visited attractions. You will join a small group of tourists, usually less than 14 passengers, which make this tour semy-private and very comfrotable.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.34
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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

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Discover the culinary riches of Mexico City’s historic center on this half-day food walking tour. Taste authentic Mexican cuisine, designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, as an in-the-know guide takes a small group to a local market, a traditional cantina, a street food stall, and restaurants. Sample different types of foods and gain insight into Mexico’s history and culture as you admire its historical architecture along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$82.00
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US$82.00
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

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Get the most out of limited time in Mexico City on this tour designed for seeing as many of the city’s highlights as possible during a half-day layover. This private walking tour is customized to fit your itinerary and interests. Meet your guide at a convenient central location in the capital’s historic center (or arrange airport pickup for an additional fee) and get guided from attraction to attraction.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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An Archaeologist’s World In Mexico City

An Archaeologist’s World In Mexico City

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Delve into the rich history of Mexico City on a private tour led by an archeologist guide. Designed with history buffs in mind, this tour allows you to customize your itinerary and promises both the insider historical knowledge and undivided attention of your guide. Plus, exploring on foot means that you’ll have chance to focus on less-obvious details.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.93
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo COVID FREE

Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo COVID FREE

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$116.20
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US$116.20
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 Mexico City Tour and Visit Chapultepec Castle. Private service

Mexico City Tour and Visit Chapultepec Castle. Private service

Enjoy this 100% private service ideal to visit with family or friends in groups and move at your own pace, accompanied by a professional guide who will help you experience a wonderful tour of the Historic Center of Mexico City. In addition to knowing the only Castle in Latin America EL CASTILLO DE CHAPULTEPEC, which houses an incredible history and is located within an impressive forest that will surprise you. This service is operated in an exclusive vehicle for you accompanied by a driver and a guide throughout the tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$342.42
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Mexico City Highlights E-Bike Tour With Foodie Stops

Mexico City Highlights E-Bike Tour With Foodie Stops

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We are an experience focused group, we intend to make the best package of what our city has to offer and we wrap it up and give it via a nice and fun ride with the best vehicles available. You`ll have a comfy ride while discovering exquisite spots around the city, and try out traditional food specially curated for our guests!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.84
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US$66.84

Mexico City: Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center

Mexico City: Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center

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With so much to see and do in Mexico City, don’t waste time waiting on other travelers or getting lost in the myriad alleyways of the Mexican capital; instead, opt for this private half-day sightseeing tour and enjoy the undivided attention of your personal guide. Plus, take advantage of the flexibility to adjust the itinerary to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.00
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Private Mexico City Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems Personalised

Private Mexico City Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems Personalised

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If you’ve just arrived in Mexico City, kickstart your time in the capital on a private sightseeing tour that can be customized according to your tastes and interests. Unless otherwise requested, you’ll explore on foot for a more intimate glimpse into the area, and have the flexibility to choose a duration to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.35
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US$70.35
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SPECIAL NIGHT LIFE Mexico City Light´s Bike Tour

SPECIAL NIGHT LIFE Mexico City Light´s Bike Tour

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Experience the magic of Mexico City at night on this guided after-dark bike tour. See the capital’s notable architecture and ancient Aztec ruins illuminated as you travel through the historic center upon which the capital was built. With the help of a trained cycling team and the company of a small group, cruise safely along the tree-lined paths of Alameda Central and pedal past the gleaming towers of Avenida Reforma.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.08
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US$39.08

Private Mexico City Downtown Walking Tour

Private Mexico City Downtown Walking Tour

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Get an intimate view of Mexico’s capital city on this private walking tour. Learn Mexico City’s long and fascinating history from a local guide while checking out must-see sites like the ancient Aztec temple of Templo Mayor, the Palace of Fine Arts with its spectacular murals, and the National Palace, which is home of Mexico’s presidential offices. Get tips on the best taquerias and mezcalerias (mescal bars) in the city. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$24.04
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Colonial Treasures: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Guadalajara

Colonial Treasures: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Guadalajara

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Discover Mexico’s stunning colonial heritage during this in-depth, multi-day tour, which takes you to four different standout cities. Get a peek at UNESCO-listed landmarks, browse bustling markets, take in live cultural performances, and visit the birthplace of mariachi and tequila—with an exclusive taste of Mexico’s world-famous agave-based export. Airport pickup and drop-off are included, along with breakfasts, a private guide, and four and five-star hotels.
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  • 10 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$880.00
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Eat Like A Local In Mexico City: Private & Personalized

Eat Like A Local In Mexico City: Private & Personalized

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Experience Mexico City’s culinary delights on this guided street food excursion with a local host. Enjoy a custom-crafted tour and get off the beaten path to taste the best tacos and tortas, pozole and mole, sopes and ezquites. Learn about the city’s famous food scene and enjoy eight to 10 dishes, beer, and other alcoholic beverages—they’re included in the tour price.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.93
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US$106.93
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Mexico City Tour & Anthropology Museum

Mexico City Tour & Anthropology Museum

A great choice for first-time visitors to Mexico City, this tour mixes a variety of locales and activities to keep things interesting. First, visit the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most-visited museum in the country. Drive the Paseo de la Reforma to learn about the monuments that line its route, and visit several other important landmarks and locales. You’ll also taste a few Mexican sweets along the way.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.00
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US$39.00

Mexico City Sightseeing Tour with Anthropology Museum and Behind-the-Scenes at Bellas Artes

Mexico City Sightseeing Tour with Anthropology Museum and Behind-the-Scenes at Bellas Artes

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Enjoy a comprehensive day of sightseeing in 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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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Mexico City Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Mexico City Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.85
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US$30.85
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour (DIEGO RIVERA`S MURALS/PAPANTLA FLYERS SHOW)

Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour (DIEGO RIVERA`S MURALS/PAPANTLA FLYERS SHOW)

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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. 
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  • 4 hours
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US$51.42
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US$51.42

Escape The Airport & See Mexico City With A Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Escape The Airport & See Mexico City With A Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Beat layover blues and let one of our hosts bust you out of the airport and onto the green, historic, bustling streets of Mexico City. Maximize the limited hours you have to spend in Mexico’s fascinating capital and explore a historic neighborhood, like Coyoacán, stretch out your legs in a nearby park, then let those legs take you to a nearby street food vendor before squeezing in some shopping at a local market, all before you’re signed, sealed and delivered back to the airport in time for your flight. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$184.31
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US$184.31
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Explore The Creative Coyoacan Neighbourhood

Explore The Creative Coyoacan Neighbourhood

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Knowing the best spots for insight into Mexico City’s alternative culture can be tricky. Discover bohemian Coyoacán on a private tour, benefiting from your local guide’s insider knowledge to tick off top attractions as well as hidden gems. Be immersed in the quirky neighborhood as you explore by foot, and take advantage of a customizable and flexible itinerary, designed by your guide to suit your personal preferences.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.35
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Turibus Cantinas -Traditional Mexican Bars of the Historic Center

Turibus Cantinas -Traditional Mexican Bars of the Historic Center

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Explore Mexico City’s traditional cantinas on this fun guided excursion. Visit spots like Gallo de Oro, Salon Spain, and Mancera Hall, and learn the stories of these historic watering holes from an informative local guide. Enjoy a range of tequilas and finish the night at one of Plaza Garibaldi’s beloved restaurants, El Tenampa.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$20.00
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US$20.00
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A Night In Mexico City With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Night In Mexico City With A Local: Private & Personalized

Explore Mexico City like a local with a like-minded resident and a custom-made half-day itinerary. Share your interests—anything from live music and street art to history and food—and explore Mexico’s vibrant capital city with a personalized full-day tour that is designed just for you. Have a fun and unique experience and visit places you won’t find in a guidebook.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.93
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US$106.93
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Mexico City's Historical Center Icons

Mexico City's Historical Center Icons

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We will take a walk around Mexico City's Historic Center to visit the most important and beautiful buildings. They will provide us with helpful examples for a better understanding of the history and evolution of the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00