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Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexican Folklore Ballet in Mexico City

1. Mexican Folklore Ballet in Mexico City

This is hands down, one of the best shows in the city. The Mexican Folklore Ballet is a must-see show built around the folk dances and traditional costumes of Mexico. This internationally acclaimed troupe performs on Wednesdays at the Hidalgo Theater or the Anthropology Museum. (Due to Restoration to the Fine Arts Palace, **Seats not assigned**) Experience the México of yesterday and today through beautiful song and dance born from the ruins built by its black braided natives… screams, songs, silence, weeping, and laughter. You’ll be taken on a journey to each unique region of our country as expressed through dance. This beautiful performance delivers all the vivacity of the most colorful Mexican Fiesta!

Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

2. Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

3. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of vibrant Mexico City on a personalized tour of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its lively and lesser-known streets. Start your experience in the artsy enclave of Roma, a chic area with a hipster edge and incredibly diverse food, culture and art scene. Explore the quirky combination of colorful colonial buildings, Art Nouveau architecture, vintage bookshops, and veggie restaurants. Stop off at Mercado Roma, a covered market featuring some of Mexico City’s most popular eateries, and see Mercado Cero, a trendy zero-waste market born in 2018. Make your way down the tree-lined streets to Condesa, a nirvana for art-lovers. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you head towards Parque México, a leafy urban oasis and one of the city’s prettiest gardens. Join hordes of locals browsing at the traditional La Merced Market just outside the city center. Wend your way through the oldest part of the city in the Cuauhtémoc borough. Get lost among shelves upon shelves of books in the huge Vasconcelos Library in San Rafael. Explore the Centro Histórico district, home to ancient Aztec landmarks embedded into the fabric of the modern city, and see iconic buildings like the 200-year-old Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

4. Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

5. Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

Discover four top attractions in downtown Mexico City on a walking tour dedicated to taking pictures for your Instagram account. Go to four famous, Instagrammable landmarks that will be your striking backdrops and learn about their rich history from your local guide. Head straight to your first location, the Palace of Fine Arts or the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Marvel at its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture on the outside, and Art Deco look on the inside — perfect for photos. Learn how the building is most famous for its murals by the famed artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s notorious ex-husband, as well as being the country’s premier venue for the arts. Make your way to your next stop: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Located on top of the former sacred Aztec precinct, it was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 in the style of Spain’s Gothic masterpieces. Afterward, go to the National Palace at the city’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo. This site has been home to Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztec empire. In fact, much of the current building’s materials are from the original structure that belonged to Moctezuma II. Finally, head to Templo Mayor – the main temple of the Mexican people in their capital Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. Then, stroll through one of the major lifelines of the city's downtown are: Francisco I. Madero Avenue. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere as you browse boutiques, bars, and cafes.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

6. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

From Puebla: Mexico City Private Guided Tour

7. From Puebla: Mexico City Private Guided Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Mexico City’s historic center on a day trip from Puebla. Wander through the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the top sights with a private guide. Start your experience with hotel pickup in Puebla city. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you drive to Mexico City. After around 3 hours, you’ll arrive at the Zócalo, the main square. Visit the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan, the temple of the Mexica people, and learn about its history at the museum. Continue to the cathedral, and see inside this beautiful monument. Enter the Central Mall, the Postal building, and the Church of Santo Domingo. Admire the Baroque architecture of Casa de los Azulejos, or the House of Tiles, from outside. Pass by the Palace of Fine Arts and the Teatro de la Ciudad, or City Theater. Head back to your vehicle for the return transfer to Puebla, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

8. Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

Explore the rich culture and history of the Historic Center with a guided tour of its best attractions and monuments, then admire Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage with a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour begins at the National Museum of Anthropology, located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a large urban park. Explore the museum's Sala Mexica to see artifacts from the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilizations, learn about the mythology, ways of life and customs of the different regions and cultures of Mexico. See a massive basalt Aztec calendar, a reconstruction of a Mayan tomb, and a replica of Moctezuma's feathered headdress. We will visit El Zócalo, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución, it was named in honor of the Constitution of Cádiz enacted in 1812, we will see panoramically the National Palace, the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico. Located to the east of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the heavens of Mexico City is the seat of the Primate Archdiocese of Mexico and is located in the north side of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, we will walk along Francisco I. Madero street is one of the main access roads to the Historic Center of Mexico City. The street begins from the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis, as a continuation of Juárez Avenue and runs from West to East, ending in the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo. This ceremonial center of ancient Tenochtitlan remains the heart of modern Mexico City. Admire the art nouveau style outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes, then head to the Palacio Nacional, a centuries-old building that was built on the grounds of what was once Moctezuma's residence. After walking and admiring the Historic Scepter we will go to our second stop National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most important museums in Mexico and America. It is designed to house and exhibit the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, as well as to account for the current ethnic diversity of the country. The collection of the National Museum of Anthropology is made up of numerous archaeological and ethnographic pieces from all over Mexico. Some of the most emblematic pieces in the collection include the Stone of the Sun —which is the very heart of the museum—, the colossal heads of the Olmec culture, the monumental Teotihuacan sculptures dedicated to the gods of water, the tomb of Pakal, the funerary offerings from Monte Albán, the stelae from Xochicalco, as well as a Toltec Atlantean brought from Tollan-Xicocotitlan and the Tlaloc Monolith that guards the entrance to the museum.

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What people are saying about Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 37 reviews

We met on the back of Belle Artes, and our guide was very friendly and kind. We walked down a very busy street towards the national palace. My friend and I paid extra to go to the top of a 40 story toward, which allowed for great views of the city. I will say that if I were to book again, I wouldn’t select Saturday evening - the historic center was packed with people, and it was hard to hear the guide over the crowd. Also, you have to queue to access the observation deck of the tower - all in, we probably waited around 30 minutes before accessing the deck.

Spectacular. My guide Ariushka took me through the most beautiful and interesting places in the Historic Center of Mexico City, while explaining the most important historical and cultural aspects. His kindness, patience and knowledge on the subject is remarkable. An unforgettable tour with many postcards to remember. Highly recommended.

EXCELENTE EXPERIENCIA, NUESTRO GUIA, LEONARDO, CONOCEDOR DE LA HISTORIA, FUE UN TIEMPO DEMASIADO BIEN APROVECHADO, UN MANEJO EXCELENTE DEL IDIOMA INGLES Y SIEMPRE ES Y SERA UN PLACER CONOCER LA HISTORIA DE MEXICO. MUY RECOMENDABLE Y LISTOS PARA PROGRAMAR EN EL FUTURO MAS RECORRIDOS

100% recommended! Especially if you’ve just arrived to Mexico City. The Anthropology museum is amazing whether you enjoy history or not. Kid friendly also. Our guide was simply outstanding, I think his name was Daniel. We had an amazing time, saw and learned a lot.

David Wes very knowledgeable and thoughtful of our tour. I highly recommend it.