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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, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Private Mexico City Downtown Walking Tour

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. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Centro Histórico Downtown tour

The rich history of Mexico City and it´s art through the eyes of a local in love with the Mexican baroque, the Second Mexican Empire and the long rule of General Porfirio Diaz, who in addition knows the small hidden places seldom visited by foreigners
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Center Street Art Tour

In Mexico we have a very strong tradition of muralism since the 30s. Today the concept of muralism has changed. The artists paint the streets to beautify the public space or resignify places where there is violence, etc. In our street art tour we will go sightseeing through city center; will see incredible murals by world-renowned artists as Koka, Saner, Seher, News, Smithe, Dhear, Sego and Obval, Minoz; explore the underground graffiti world by local and international artists.We will talk about the local and international art projects and festivals, learn to identify different styles and techniques of graffiti and know more about the world of street art. As the benefit of walking around the city we will talk about the landmarks of the best local studios, urban restaurants, bars and nightlife spots so you can enjoy your staying in Mexico. This tour is perfect to help those unfamiliar with Mexico City to settle into the experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Lo mejor del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México!

Resumen:Conoce el centro histórico de la ciudad de México en una experiencia a pie con duración de 4 horas. Descubre la historia de los edificios más emblemáticos de la época prehispánica y colonial haciendo un viaje de casi 7 siglos al pasado de México.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • 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
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

Discover the culinary riches of Mexico City’s Historical Centre on this half-day food walking tour. Taste authentic Mexican cuisine, designated an 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 eight different types of foods, and gain insight into Mexico’s history and culture as you admire its historical architecture along the way.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mexico City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See Mexico City’s major attractions with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel by an open-top, double-decker bus on this comprehensive sightseeing experience that covers the Zócalo, Revolution Monument, world-class museums, buildings and more highlights. Buses run regularly from morning until night, giving you the flexibility to explore the sprawling metropolis at a pace that suits you.
  • Duration: 600 to 720 minutes
  • Duration: 600 to 720 minutes
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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
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

Get the most out of limited time in Mexico City with 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sights on Bikes

Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world. What better way to get to know this vast megalopolis than on two wheels? In this experience, we will see how the city has grown through the ages, and how it has adapted to meet the needs of its ever-growing population in terms of transport. This experience will focus on the most iconic landmarks that reflect the development of the capital since it was founded until the present day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mexico City Highlights E-Bike Tour... With foodie stops!!

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!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Colonial Treasures: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Guadalajara

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.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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Mexico Street Food Experience

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Must-See Centro Historico - Your Private 5hour Introduction to Mexico City

Get a personal introduction to Mexico City’s historic center on a 5-hour, guided private tour for your group of one to seven people. This walking tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and offers a ‘best of’ experience of Mexico City’s cultural landmarks and heritage.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 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 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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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City Tour & Anthropology Museum & Sweet Tasting - Small Group

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour (DIEGO RIVERA`S MURALS/PAPANTLA FLYERS SHOW)

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
  • Duration: 4 hours
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SPECIAL NIGHT LIFE Mexico City Light´s Bike Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Walking Tour Historical City Center & Typical Sweet Tasting - Small Group

A sprawling metropolis brimming with history, energy, and plenty to do, Mexico City is a treat for visitors to explore. This guided tour helps first-time visitors get oriented and check out essential attractions. Along with a guide, head to key sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Zocalo, and the National Palace—all entrance fees are included so you can go right in. This tour also includes a sample of traditional sweets for an added taste of local culture.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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MEXICO CITY TOUR AND ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM (Private)

Our Mexico City tours will take you to discover the largest urban concentration around the country, also considered one of the biggest and most populated cities in the world. Thanks to its geographical position it is an important business center, connecting the north to the center and south of America, as well as the heart of distribution of entire Mexico Republic.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Unmapped 13-Day lux-advenutre Day of the Dead tour in Mexico

Skulls, skeletons and celebrations!Join this unique small group tour to experience an explosion of colourful celebration and life-affirming joy during the Dia de los Muertos festivities. From your arrival in Mexico City, through the quaint town of Puebla, the culinary city of Oaxaca and finally to the beachside chic of Tulum, you’ll be immersed in Mexican culture, food and festivities. All activities, from swimming in cenotes to hiking to the top of pyramids, included.
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Duration: 13 days
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10 days Road Trip in Mexico's Heart departing from Mexico City

Know the umisseable Colonial Cities of our country in this circuit of 10 days by the Heart of Mexico. Where you will appreciate the impossing churches of Puebla, the famous alleys of Guanajuato, the viceregal cities of San Miguel de Allende, Taxco, the cradle of the Independence, Dolores Hidalgo and much moreThis 10 days Road Trip Starts at Mexico City. This is a Private Tour, ideal for Small Groups or Families up to 15 Adults. You will be accompanied by a Certified Tour Guide in a private vehicle for you and your family or friends. You will get a better price if you are traveling in a group, the quotazion will automatically adjusted when you select the number of passengers. Enjoy a unique private tour expending time at your convenience in every stop, you will have plenty of time in every visit and won’t have to depend on strict schedules as usually happen in a shared service.This tour can operate any day
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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Mexico: UNESCO Heritage Challenge

ABOUT THE TOURJoin our 8-day tour around Central Mexico to visit 12 objects inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and fully immerse in Mexican culture, traditions & cuisine. Explore the natural & cultural gems during the day while hanging out & having fun in the evening!HIGHLIGHTS Get to know diverse Mexico City - the largest and one of the oldest cities in Latin America. Visit impressive colonial cities of Queretero, Puebla, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Get charmed by beautiful Janitzio - the main island of Lake Pátzcuaro known for the butterfly fishermen that can also be located on the 50 peso Mexican banknote. Walk through a 45-km long Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System constructed in the 16th century. Visit breathtaking pyramids of Teotihuacan & Xochicalco.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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