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Lonely Planet Experiences: Discover Mexico City With A Local Guide

Ciudad de México, Mexico
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With fascinating history and culture, Mexico City is an exciting place to visit, but exploring one of the largest cities in the world can be overwhelming even for experienced travelers. Find the best of Mexico City using public transit with a local guide, on a full-day, small group tour that covers Aztec heritage, Mexican art, architecture, and food.
  • Mexico City tour by public transit
  • Small group for personal service
  • See colonial-era sites
  • Visit a food and produce market
  • Snacks and entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
Make your way to Mexico City’s Historic Center to meet a guide and small-group in a central location close to the zócolo. This tour begins at the beginning: learn about the legendary founding of Mexico City, Aztec culture and traditions, and the first contact between the Spaniards and the residents of Teotihuacan. Follow city streets to buildings that date back to the colonial period, and find out how life and religious practices changed under Spanish rule.

Leave Mexico City’s history behind, and hop the subway to one of the city’s most colorful markets. Visit a few local stalls to sample some regional foods (touring the market with a local guide is the perfect way to learn about the dazzling variety of snacks on display), and see the fresh, aromatic building blocks of Mexico City cuisine.

Continue to the Fine Arts Palace, or the Palacio de Bellas Artes, for a sweet treat and hot drink in an elegant architectural landmark. Find out how the building was transformed from a colonial-era convent to a cultural hub with Tiffany glass and sumptuous décor, then keep exploring on your own—the tour concludes at the Fine Arts Palace, close to the restaurants and sights of the Historic Center.
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Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Mexico City Urban Adventures
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Ady-great guide
, Mar 2020
Ady was lovely and knowledgeable. We feel like we got phd’s in the history of mexico city. She was the highlight of our trip!
, Jul 2019
Our guide Alfonso (Poncho) was superb. Really good company, knowledgeable and a true ambassador for Mexico City. We now have a much clearer appreciation of the City’s history and the evolution of the Mexican people.
Professional Historians with local knowledge and personality
Elisa E
, Jun 2019
I joined a small group led by Ady and her colleague-in-training. It was brilliant, a lot of walking but we covered nearly all the major and attractions. They face us a lot of local advice, and had answers to our questions about history. I feel really lucky to have gotten them as our guides!!
This tour was indeed amazing! My...
Jacqueline K
, Feb 2018
This tour was indeed amazing! My guide Alfonso is very knowledgeable and considerate. Such value built into this tour - history, art, archaeology, and food! 700 years in 7 hours. I definitely recommend this tour for any visitor to Mexico City. It deserves a 5+ rating!

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Market of Mexico

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Feb 2020
Our tour guide was Hash and I cannot say enough good things about him and the tour experience. He took us to three different markets and we saw various things that we never would have experienced had we not been with him on the tour! He delighted us in his choices for food samples along the way. He loved our questions and he was so genuine telling us of his background growing up and living in Mexico. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Mexico City.
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great day trip

Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Day-Trip & Dinner with the Locals | Feb 2020
Ulysses was an excellent guide, calm cool collected and in touch with & knowledgable of the local area because he’s a local, he also speaks excellent English. The tour is well-paced and informative. He offers information of the archeology without any bias - which is important regarding this land. He also offers a non-religious, but spiritual perspective too. There’s a cool little pit stop for local beers before visiting an obsidian craftsman’s home. Although this states “dinner with the locals” we never saw them, & they weren’t introduced to us, but nonetheless at that point in the night everyone in the group is hungry & it was nice to eat a local, quaint meal. We enjoyed the sites, lots of information as well as being able to explore a little further into the local area than you would be able to on your own. I was personally having a rough morning as a solo traveler & this tour brightened my day & was just what I needed to get out of the hustle & bustle of the city.
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a tour you canoy miss

star-5Rolando V
Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Dec 2019
What we loved about this tour was the rich knowledge of our guide and his flexibility related to what the clients interest were. We especially liked the tour to the flower market and the butcher sections. It was very interesting trying chapulines (grasshopers) in the market.
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Must see

star-5Smadar Q
Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Dec 2019
It was our best tour in Mexico city( out of 7 tours) First of all our guide wlices was great He really one of a kind. The market and the stories behind together with tasting local food made a great experience. I warmly recommend to take this tour with Wlices👌
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Mexico City street market tour

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Dec 2019
Ulysses was our guide, and we had a wonderful time and learned so many fabulously interesting things! Thank you!!
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Great market tour!

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Nov 2019
Cesar was a great guide. We went to 3 different markets outside of town. Cesar was nice, friendly and informative. We tried a number of tasty food along the way. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Top 5 food tour!

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Nov 2019
Out of 35 countries of travel, this would be a top 5 food tour! Great job Eva! It was fun taking the bus and metro and seeing other parts of Mexico City.
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Great way to see Mexico City

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Nov 2019
Our guide, Alfonso, was amazing. He gave us a lot of information about Mexico City's markets and food.Highly recommend!
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Great way to feel safe and tour the traditional markets in mexico city

star-5Josephine P
Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Nov 2019
Guide was great with timing, food options and interesting history discussed. Guide supported us in using local transportation and was able to answer any hard hitting questions. Thank you!
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Mezcal, tequila and Lucha Libre

star-5g m
Experience Mexico City: Cantinas, Lucha Libre and Mariachi in Garibaldi Square | Nov 2019
Had an excellent time during this tour. Our group of around 10 was just perfect. Our guide Jacinto was great! He kept us secure, and went over and above to make sure we all have a great time.
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good tour---delivered as promised

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Oct 2019
hit some of the less well known markets in different regions of city (the well know ones we had alrady done and there was no overlap) ----- our guide Alfonso spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable about the subject matter.
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The best tour ever

star-5Vivian R
Experience Mexico City: Cantinas, Lucha Libre and Mariachi in Garibaldi Square | Sep 2019
Adriana was an amazing guide, her knowledge and her English level are the best, very good tour and really worth it
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So fun

Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Sep 2019
Eva was a great guide. We went to three different markets, had a morning history tour, ate tamales, tacos, a cricket, horchata, and some other local cuisine. You even go super local and take local transport to your stops! Great experience
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One of the best days of my trip to Mexico!

star-5Michelle Z
Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Day-Trip & Dinner with the Locals | Aug 2019
I visited Mexico City for my 30th birthday and we were able to book this tour last minute with Urban Adventures after my morning tour fell through. Our tour guide (whose name I can’t remember) was so friendly and knowledgable - young, funny, long hair and spoke both English and Spanish. We started off meeting at the city’s center near MUMEDI. The meeting point was easy and accessible, then we all jumped in a van and headed to the ruins of Teotihuacan. From the start of the tour, until the very end, we were given lots of useful, interesting information about the temples and the different civilizations that inhabited the nearby regions. We also got the opportunity to climb both the Moon and Sun Pyramid - and the guide was nice enough to take people who didn’t want to walk up the stairs to other parts of the area in the meantime. After that, we were all escorted to a nearby home of a local artist, and given a tour of his craft, and allowed to sample a variety of tequilas. During this time we bought some souvenirs and learned more about local agriculture. Finally, we ended the trip with a homemade meal, and dined on delicious pozole blanco! What a delightful end to a long day! Would highly recommend this company!!!
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Unforgettable experience!

star-5Tony W
Mexico City Original Markets & Street Food Tour | Aug 2019
While this was nominally a food tour, what you really get is a journey into the culture, people, and history behind some of the best and most interesting markets in the city. My guide Poncho was incredible and I got to meet some very friendly locals and try dishes catered to my interests as well as what the locals eat. Could not recommend it enough!
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