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Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

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From $65.00

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  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Tijuana Mexico is a short trip across the border from San Diego. The Mexican border town had at one point achieved notoriety as a town of ill-repute, but this reputation is only a small part of the history of this colorful, interesting city. Dip your toe into the fun and hospitality of this town with locals who are eager to share the true story of Tijuana with you.
  • Discover genuine Tijuana hospitality on a day tour south of the border
  • Lunch at an authentic local eatery is included (alcohol at your cost)
  • Enjoy learning about the culture of Baja Mexico
  • Please ensure you have proper identification to cross the border

What's Included

  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Tip for your guide

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 727 E San Ysidro Blvd
    727 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173, USA

    "San Ysidro Trolley Station" - Front Doors McDonald's Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)

Start time

01:00 PM

End point

  • Rtno Sentri 1462
    Rtno Sentri 1462, Cuauhtemoc, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

    Mexico side of the Border

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Passport is required
  • Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to enjoy a day trip to Mexico.
I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to see Tijuana.
297 reviews
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Fun in Tijuana!
William_P, Jul 2022
We were on vacation in San Diego and wanted to see Tijuana but we were very nervous about going alone. This tour made you feel very safe we had no worries once we were with our group. Tadeo and his co tour guide were so nice and very knowledgeable. It was fun meeting and getting to know others in the group.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Awesome experience all around!
Rebecca_S, May 2022
This was an amazing experience from the very beginning. If Tadeo ever leaves the company, I swear it will go under. He was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and very funny. I am often a lone traveler, and like many, I was very nervous about traveling across the border alone. I met my group right away, and we all totally clicked. It made me feel safe from the get go being with a group. *Note: you meet in front of the McDonald's, but there is a much cheaper parking lot right up the hill from that spot. You'll pay $8 for 8 hours, rather than $5 an hour if you're willing to walk one extra block. All of us crossed the border together, which was very quick and easy. Our guide was waiting for us right on the other side. We took a great big van (it's a form of public transportation they have in Tijuana) into the city center, which saved 20 minutes of walking. From there, Tadeo gave us a very diverse tour of the city center. We covered all thr landmarks, the photo opportunities, the markets, cathedral, city hall, art gallery, city archives, etc. The tour really covers everything anyone could be interested in learning, and Tadeo was very knowledgeable. This is not the guy who only memorized a script about the city, and doesn't know answers to unscripted questions. That was awesome. We stopped for Margaritas, and then a tequila tasting. Be prepared to bring some extra cash to buy tequila bottles. You can take them back across the border with you. Plus, this being a border town, everyone accepts either American dollars or Pesos, and everyone knows the conversion rate (it was one dollar to twenty pesos when I was there). You will also get a meal of yummy Mexican food and the time to souvenir shop before your guide takes you right back to the border. *Note #2: please be sure to keep some of the cash you bring to tip your guide. I was mortified to realize that I didn't in fact have the extra $20 in my wallet at the end of the day. *Note #3: my group crossed the border at 1pm and we got back state side at 6:45pm. This really is an all afternoon activity, so plan accordingly. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to see Mexico, learn about Tijuana, or just have a fun experience when visiting San Diego. 10/10!
Great tour
Shane_D, Nov 2022
Humberto was a great tour guide. I would this to anyone wanting to visiting Tijuana. We got to see some beautiful places, try local cuisines and got a better understanding of the origins of Tijuana.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great visit to Tijuana
Dale_W, Oct 2022
Our guide Alex was a very knowledgeable and very nice guy We enjoyed all the places he took us to see The only downside of the whole day was the ridiculous situation of only having one gate to walk back into the USA and the very very long lineup that took over an hour to finally get through the first gate
Must have experience
Edgardo_O, Aug 2022
Tadeo was great, very safe around town. You get to see Mexican culture. Great food and tequila tasting.
Great tour!
Charlotte_O, Aug 2022
I really enjoyed this tour. Víctor was a great tour guide showing us some great sights giving a taster of Mexico and Tijuana. It was very interesting to see some of the history and how it has changed. Víctor was very knowledgable and we got to try some Mexican food in Mexico! I would definitely recommend this tour to others and I will definitely come back!
Day walk across Mexican border
Glenn_M, Jul 2022
Awesome day trip to Tijuana. There were 6 of us plus our tour guide… Humberto. Humberto walked us around the city centre of Tijuana and we felt safe 100% of the time. It’s a great city with many nice people. The food and alcohol we ate was fantastic. Thank you Humberto for the great experience. We will be back to visit Mexico again soon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
This was such a great...
Laura_M, Jun 2022
This was such a great half day trip. Tadeo was an amazing tour guide and it was jam packed with a ton of activities. Such a great deal!
Mexico up close
laurie_H, Jun 2022
I enjoyed walking all over. I enjoyed shopping the best! It was great to see the wall that Trump put in.
Enjoyable and special
Anna_P, May 2022
Getting to see the cultural scenes .Gregoreo our tour guide was very pleasant and easy to get along with .My Husband and I got to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary with special memories .
Great introduction to Tijuana!
Jeremy_S, Apr 2022
My family and I had a great time on this tour led by Tadeo! He was so funny and knew so much about Tijuana and it’s rich history/culture, which made the tour so much more enjoyable. We parked in the lot next to McDonalds (cost 30 US dollars for the 5ish hours we parked there). I received a text before the meeting time indicating to meet our tour guide on the Mexican side of the border. It was quick to get across the border, where we were greeted by Tadeo and the rest of the group. We took a taxi with the rest of thr group to downtown TJ where we walked around to see local shops, the arch, one of the promenades, and the Tijuana sign. We also went to a small museum with historical pictures of TJ, ate quesadillas for lunch, bought souvenirs, drank margaritas, and had a tequila tasting. We didn’t need to “pay” for anything except souvenirs and some tequila to take home, and we were able to use US dollars to do so. At the end of the tour, we took another taxi back to the border and Tadeo led us right to the entrance. The tour felt seamless and we felt safe the entire time, even with our young daughter (who we brought in a stroller). We love Tadeo!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome experience!
MS_S, Mar 2022
The walking tour through Tijuana was amazing and very informational. Tadeo was our tour guide and was attentive from before the tour started to the very end. He pointed both Architectural and Historical structures in down town Tijuana and answered any questions we may have had. We had a traditional lunch then shopping and tequila tasking. Tadeo was an exceptional tour guide and would recommend you taking the tour with him if you are in the San Diego or Tijuana area.
Great intro to Tijuana
Latecia_J, Mar 2022
Our family had 3 adults & 1 toddler (in a stroller) for the tour and it was really nice. Tadeo, our guide, was very informative & made sure everyone stayed together and got a chance to experience Tijuana in full. We parked in the lot right outside of McDonald’s, received a text from Tadeo to meet him on the Mexico side and once everyone was accounted for, we took a small bus to our starting point & began the walking portion! I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see Tijuana for the first time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing tour led by awesome guides!
peter_v, Nov 2021
Victor our guide took us on a well thought out tour that was most enjoyable. Meet up on the Mexican side was easy- a fabulous way to see TJ!
1 traveler found this review helpful
The full experience of TJ in 4 hours
Chloe, Aug 2021
I went on this tour by myself and felt totally safe, even when I needed to cross the border by myself to meet our guide due to Covid restrictions. We got to see and experience all different parts of TJ from the Catholic church to drinks on a rooftop bar to eating food at a local restaurant. Four hours felt like a good amount of time to get a full experience of the city. Our guide was also really helpful in giving us info on how to cross back over into the U.S.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Jillian_F, Jul 2021
E X C E E D E D expectations by far. Having been on guided tours from London to Sydney to Paris, I was hoping for mediocre. This tour holds its own with all others. Because of COVID, we were told to cross in Mexico to meet our guide. We crossed, but I was worried we’d fallen for a scam. Minutes later our corkscrew-haired guide showed up and pulled out the stops. His knowledge shone, his history major put to great use. He was watchful and protective yet fun. Highly recommend.
Loved our tour!
Joshua_C, Jul 2021
We loved our tour! We met Humberto and Tadeo for the tour while we were vacationing in San Diego. This tour exceeded our expectations and it was great to learn so much about Tijuana! We hope to be back again someday!
Like taking a tour with a friend
Justin_G, May 2021
This was such a great tour. We bonded with our tour guide Gregorio right away. He was very chill, and exactly the type of friend we’d spend a day trip with. We hit some great spots and had great conversation. I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to see Tijuana.
Tijuana was the finest part of my San Diego trip and it wasn’t even planned! Book this trip you won’t be disappointed!!!
Carisa_S, May 2021
Our tour guide was Tadeo. He was so knowledgeable, fun and just all around super awesome! Never once did we feel unsafe and he kept us all together and made sure we were having fun! He was open to letting us shop and he did a lot of interpreting and helped with our cash exchanges. Everyone in the city seemed to know him and they all waved and seemed happy to see us. The city was welcoming and the people were friendly. I would recommend doing this tour. If your afraid of crossing the border there’s no need to be. Have fun explore! Book a tour and ask for Tadeo! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Cultural experience of a lifetime
BARRY_M, Mar 2021
We met Tadeo just past the border check in station. From thay point on it was one of the nost amazing experiences we had on our trip. I did not go expexting a history less but Tadeo privided just that! He knew the city very well as well as its history. We threw many questions at him and he was able to answer in detail. He loves the city and that made the experience that much better. Be ready to walk. Plenty of street art to see people to interact with and historical sites. It was also very safe and the locals were very friendly. I would definitely book anoter trip with Tadeo


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