• Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 42.00 View price calendar

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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!

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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.

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Customer Reviews

Grace D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a small group of just 5 people. Our guide Daniel was amazing! We started our at the base of the castle and walked up to the castle. The castle has great exhibits showing the history of Mexico and how it came to be what it is today. Then once we finished the castle we walked with our guide Daniel toward the Anthropology museum and stopped for a snack and a drink before heading into the museum. Daniel just focused on the Mayans and the Aztecs and we were still there for a couple of hours. Had a fantastic day!

Glenna Rose Goes United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our tour guide Daniel was great!! So passionate about the history of his country and a great personality, too just a fun person! Going to the castle early is smart you can climb up while it is still cooler out and there are no crowds. The crowd when we left the castle was insane compared to when we arrived. In between the two sites we had a 15-20 minutes break at Starbucks where our group chatted with each other and our guide like we were all old friends. After the tour ended, Daniel walked with my friend and I to the bus stop and helped us get on the right bus back to our hotel we were originally going to Uber back, but just kept walking because we were enjoying our conversation so much!. I knew basically nothing about Mexico history before this tour and now Im fascinated!! My friend and I kept googling things from this tour the rest of our trip.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide, Andres, was wonderful, providing plenty of information without overloading us. We gained a much greater knowledge of Mexican history and politics as well as seeing some beautiful things, and what we learned added to our ability to appreciate the later tours. Remember Iturbide!
One suggestion I would make for this and all of the Viator tours: The information you provide about meeting points and how to find them is insufficient. For example, the information on this one mentioned a monument to Los Ninos Heroes, but the monument itself does not use that phrase, and the police in the park weren't able to help us. We had to call twice to find our guide and the group.

Scott B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide Daniel Noguez was amazing!!! He did an amazing job and was like an Encyclopedia Brittanica, knowing so much more than I thought a tour guide would know. He didn't romanticize anything, instead gave us factual perspectives and was not only fun but extremely patient! If I go back I would only travel with Daniel! Thanks!!!!

Myra M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing. We had a private tour from Ernesto who had excellent knowledge of Mexico’s history.

Doug F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fun guide. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all we saw.

Jaime G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Jocelyn was a wonderful guide, very personable, and clearly had a vast amount of knowledge about Mexico's history. It was definitely a smart move to have English translations for our visit to Chapultepec Castle and the anthropology museum. So much information to absorb, and as others have pointed out, all of the signage at Chapultepec is in Spanish. Our only critique was that it felt as though more detailed information was presented to the other guests in Spanish, then summarized in English without as much detail. It was a bilingual tour so I know some of this couldn't be helped, and honestly, I can't be sure my observations is true, but that was our experience. All said, I'd still book again!

Schamber R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Ernesto is an amazing tour guide because he knows so much about the history of Mexico. We met early morning in Chapultepec Park for a walking tour up to the Castle. The walk itself is beautiful. There is so much vegetation in the Park you can barely hear the busy traffic of Mexico City surrounding it! The Castle itself is very interesting and Ernesto explained the stories of important figures who helped shape modern Mexico. He was thorough and went deep, making it clear to all of us that he passionately loves Mexico and her history. Following the Castle, Ernesto took us to the Museum of Anthropology. For me, this museum was the highlight of my vacation. He led us through the signature exhibits. I cant wait to go back and spend a week exploring the museum.

Annetta A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was a beautiful experience, I learned so much. Our guide from Amigo tours was informative and funny this made for great tour.

Jason P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We loved this tour and our guide was very informative! My only suggestion, is that the guide wear a hat with the tour company logo. In rushing to get to the meeting point on time main entrance was closed, we scrambled a bit to locate him apart from other folks there. Once we got going though, we really enjoyed it! We learned about how diverse the culture was here, as it wasn't just the Aztecs. Just like in present day real life, there are plenty of layers of rich history interwoven into the heritage of this region. Looking with my California/American eyes, we mainly just hear about the Aztecs and Mayans. Loved that our guide shed much light on the variety of cultures as we toured each section of the Anthro museum. And as he did with the pre-hispanic history, so he did with the more modern history in regards to the castle. Loved the stories he shared about Benito Juarez and Emperor Maximilian. Besides hearing their names in passing, I had know idea about the complexities of Mexican political history. We really enjoyed each tour. Not meaning to confuse in my review, but we did the castle tour first, then the museum. Enjoy!

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