Aztec History in Mexico City

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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.
 
Highlights 
  • 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.

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Teotihuacan Pyramids Private Day Trip with Archeologist from Mexico City

Known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacan was one of the largest and most important pre-Aztec cities in Mexico, home to nearly 200,000 people from several ancient cultures. Get to know the UNESCO World Heritage site during your own private tour from Mexico City with an archeologist guide. Gain special insight into the majestic plazas and murals, and take frame-worthy shots from the top of the Sun and Moon pyramids. Cap off the day with a mescal and tequila tasting at a local obsidian factory.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Teotihuacan Pyramids and Shrine of Guadalupe

Hit two must-see attractions — Teotihuacan Pyramids and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe — on this full-day tour from Mexico City. Discover architectural treasures in the UNESCO-listed zone of Teotihuacan, also known as the City of the Gods, and then climb the Sun and Moon pyramids for fantastic views of the ancient city. Finish the day with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most popular religious sites in Latin America.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 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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Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Pyramids by Metro and Dinner with a Local Family

Tour the UNESCO-listed Teotihuacán pyramids and join a family for dinner on this day tour from Mexico City. With the help of a guide, reach Teotihuacán by public transport, and walk through the ancient city that Aztecs called 'the place where men become gods.' Enjoy the sunset from the top of the Sun Pyramid. After a visit to a pulqueria, soak up cultural traditions, conversation and food as you share dinner in a local Mexican home. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$34.50
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  • Duration: 9 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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US$31.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mexico City Tour of Local Markets and Teotihuacán

Immerse yourself in Mexico City’s food and craft markets with an in-the-know guide, and then tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Teotihuacán. Discover a ‘witch market,’ a flower-market extravaganza, and sample treats like tamales and tostadas, before exploring Teotihuacán’s ancient pyramids. Make your way to the apex of the Sun Pyramid for incredible views, and then cap your day off with a home-cooked meal at a family home. On this small-group experience limited to just 12 people, you’ll take in memorable sights and learn about local sustainable businesses.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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US$81.00
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  • Duration: 13 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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US$33.00
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Acolman-Teotihuacán-Plaza of the Three Cultures- Craft Workshop

Experience ancient and colonial Mexico on this guided tour. Admire the Temple of Santiago Apostal at Plaza de las Tres Culturas, climb the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at the pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan, sip mezcal, pulque and tequila at a handicraft center and see the centuries-old monastery of Acolman.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Xochimilco and National University of Mexico

Experience Xochimilco, a marine ecological reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site, located just south of Mexico City. Step aboard a ‘trajinera,’ a colorful flat-bottomed boat, and drift through waterways dotted with floating gardens of flowers. Learn from an informative guide how this former agricultural canal network once fed the Aztec capital that lined the shores of Lake Xochimilco. Then, stroll through the National University of Mexico on a brief tour, where you’ll see an outdoor art gallery and a bullfighting ring. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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City Tour and Xochimilco

Make the most of limited time in Mexico City with this jam-packed tour. See many of the capital’s cultural and historical highlights on one convenient, affordable excursion. Save time with hotel pickup and drop off and transportation between far-flung attractions in a climate-controlled minivan. Experience the city’s main square, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Aztec Templo Mayor, the floating gardens and canals of Xochimilco and more with a small group.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$59.00
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National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City: Admission and Guide

Discover one of the world’s most impressive collections of artifacts from pre-Columbian Maya civilizations through Spanish colonization at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. An informative guide provides historical and archaeological context to the exhibits, including the Aztec Calendar, reconstructions of Maya tombs and giant Olmec heads. After this 4-hour tour, you’ll come away with insight into the influence of Mesoamerican cultures on Mexico today.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$18.67
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