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This Viator Exclusive — available nowhere else — gets you inside Chapultepec Castle, one of Mexico City’s most popular attractions, before the crowds pour in. In relative tranquility, discover the castle’s 12 halls filled with royal artifacts and learn about Chapultepec’s origins as a retreat for Aztec rulers. An informative guide then takes you to the National Museum of Anthropology, which houses the largest collection of traditional Mexican art in the world.

Highlights

  • Enjoy early access to Chapultepec Castle and visit the National Museum of Anthropology with an informative guide
  • Beat the crowds at Chapultepec Park and enjoy one of Mexico City's top attractions in tranquility
  • Tour the National History Museum inside the 18th-century castle, formerly an imperial palace and presidential residence
  • Admire murals of battles painted by famous artists like Orozco, Gorman and Siqueiros
  • See the best of the massive National Museum of Anthropology, including the Aztec Stone of the Sun
  • This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Visit the only castle in all of Mexico and feel like you have the whole place to yourself on this early morning tour. Be one of the first to stroll around the top of Chapultepec Hill and snap unobstructed panoramas of Mexico City.

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Chapultepec Castle Early Access plus National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Get an inside look at Chapultepec Castle on this Viator Exclusive

Beat the crush of crowds on this morning tour of Chapultepec Castle and experience one of Mexico City’s most visited sites in relative solitude. Your 6-hour Viator Exclusive begins at Chapultepec Park as you take a train ride with your guide up a hill and reach the 18th-century Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) as one of its first visitors of the day.

Chapultepec started as a retreat for Aztec rulers before it was partially torn down and rebuilt into the palace of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. It then turned into the residence for Mexico’s presidents before most of the castle was converted into the National History Museum.

Follow your guide along marble staircases, peer into royal apartments and admire the state carriages of Emperor Maximilian and Benito Juárez. Pass murals of battles painted by famous artists, including José Clemente Orozco and John O'Gorman, as well as the sword wielded by independence fighter José María Morelos.

As you explore the 12 halls, learn about the country’s history, from the pre-Columbian period through Spanish colonialism, to Mexico’s revolution and its independence. After about two hours, enjoy a lunch break at a nearby location offering traditional dishes like chapatas and chilaquiles, sandwiches, salads, along with tea and coffee (own expense).


Next, head to Mexico City’s most visited museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, also part of Chapultepec Park. Follow your guide on a 2.5-hour tour of some of the most impressive pre-Columbian and Mexican artifacts, including Olmec carved heads and the Aztec Stone of the Sun. 

Your tour ends in the afternoon so you have the rest of your day to enjoy at your leisure.

Viator Exclusives combine unique experiences and great deals — from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

Customer Reviews

Nathalie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved our tour. What a great opportunity to see such wonders. The Chapultepec Castle is beautiful and the Anthropology Museum fascinating. Our guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable and nice, as was Victor, is colleague :

Nirmalya G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great and detailed tour. Miguel was a great guide.

Mario USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide Kevin was great. The Castle of Chapultepec is absolutely amazing. Do not miss it.

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was Kevin and he was absolutely amazing!

Sylvia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour and Francisco was an excellent tour guide. We started at the Museum of Anthropology. Francisco has a degree in History and he was the perfect guide to have to start to understand the fabulous history of early Mexico. He was also very helpful at the beginning of our tour when several people wanted to get a Starbucks coffee before museum and lunch at the stands outside of the museum. We then walked to the Castle of Chapultepec, when again, Francisco's knowledge of history was outstanding. The tour picks up and delivers you back to your hotel.

Carmen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Lulú is a wonderful guide, very friendly with a lot of knowledge of México, always making sure we were ok and answering all our questions

Thelma Alicia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My family and I took this tour so we could follow up on the history of the ninos heroes and we where in for a big surprise we learn so much more then expected.

Marcella S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wow... Our guide Ligia was fantastic. She made the tour. The trip to the Castillo was enlightening and enformative. Walking through the Bosque de Chepultepec was pleasant as it wasn't busy. The Anthropological Musuem is very well done. We experienced 3 halls and learned so much if the Aztec history and about the fall and progress of the region. Thus is a very god tour.

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A hidden gem in Mexico City! A lot of people don't realize that there's a beautiful castle in the city, and one that's definitely worth the visit! Our guide was fantastic - so knowledgeable about the history of the castle and its surroundings. Definitely recommend booking this, you won't regret it!

Sharron H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent. Alejandra was well informed and enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge about MExican history. She paced the tour very well, very personable and enjoyable.

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