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Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

1. Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour full of color and traditions on this sightseeing trip around some of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. Departing from Downtown Mexico City, head south, passing the most important sites of the modern city. Stop off at a local cooperative shop that helps the Mexican local artisans. The next stop is University City, where you can admire the many murals at the Rectory, and wander around the main campus' Central Library. The campus also includes an impressive volcano-shaped, 63,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Upon arrival at the Xochimilco canals, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waterway - one of the last traces of the Aztec era - on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. Continue along narrow cobblestone streets to the Zocalo (Main Square), where you will find the impressive mansion of the Conquistador, Hernando Cortes, and the Church of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista). Explore the Frida Kahlo Museum (if option is selected). Housed in the striking cobalt blue house where she was born and returned for the last years of her life, the Casa Azul. See a large assortment of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and indigenous jewelry from her personal collection.

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Taxco and Cuernavaca Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

2. Taxco and Cuernavaca Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

Start your trip in downtown Mexico City where you'll take a scenic drive to the “silver city”. The city is nestled on a hillside with winding cobblestone streets, tile roofed buildings, cozy squares and a strong Old World ambiance that has survived through hundreds of years. Visit one of Mexico’s grandest churches, Santa Prisca. It was built in 1759 by French immigrant Jose de la Borda who literally stumbled upon a huge silver spring. Taxco is known worldwide for its quality silver mines and shops, you will have the opportunity to see and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans.

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Mexico City: Double Decker Bus Night Tour

3. Mexico City: Double Decker Bus Night Tour

Rediscover Mexico City in this Night Tour, visiting the most emblematic places and surprise yourself with the beauty of the historical monuments illuminated, architecture and history, aboard of the panoramic double decker bus. Admire emblematic sites like, the Angel of Independence, The Haunted Diana, the Palace of Fine Arts, among others on this close circuit. Exchange your voucher before boarding the bus. Begin your trip at the Zocalo in Downtown, and continue through the streets of Downtown, Rome Neighborhood, Condesa Neighborhood, Juárez Avenue and Zona Rosa. For a complete experience, listen to a multilingual audio guide onboard and learn about Mexico City.

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From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private Tour

4. From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private Tour

Arrive in the city of Cholula and visit the Great Pyramid, with a basement that looks like an archaeological site (comparable to the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt). Ascend to the Our Lady of Remedies Church, a church built on top of the pyramid. Later, visit the church of Santa María Tonantzintla - unique for its interior decoration composed of indigenous motifs and Catholic elements. Learn about how the Indigenous peoples of Tonatzintla wanted to represent Tlaloc, the god of rain, in the dome of the sky chapel. Witness how every little carved face is not an angel, but rather an Indigenous person who died and was reincarnated in the sky. Finally, visit the church of San Francisco Acatepec - a beautiful and unforgettable church. After this, discover one of Mexico's cities with the greatest cultural heritage during a fascinating tour of “Puebla de los Ángeles”. Admire the extraordinary scenery protected by the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. Visit the cathedral, which is cross-shaped and consists of 5 naves. See how the central altar was constructed in an octagonal shape whilst the other 4 altars face in the direction of compass points. Marvel at the bell towers which are the largest in Mexico. Continue on to visit the famous Capilla del Rosario, which in its day was considered as one of the 8 wonders of the world. Step inside the chapel to see a statue of the Virgin of the Rosary, surrounded by numerous saints, angels, and martyrs. At the end of the tour, visit La Iglesia de la Compañia, where you will find the dress style now known as China Poblana - a white blouse and colorful embroidered red and green shirt - which has evolved to include the national symbols of Mexico, an eagle clutching a snake, and a prickly pear cactus. Learn about how women who wear this dress usually braid their hair on 2 sides tied with red, white, and green ribbons. At 4 PM return to Mexico City where your tour will end.

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Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

5. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

Embark on a full-day guided tour to some of Mexico City's most famous landmarks. Discover more about Mexican culture and history with your guide as you visit Tlatelolco, the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, travel with your guide to the first stop on the tour, Tlatelolco. This ancient pre-Columbian landmark is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and is an important archaelogical site. It is also notoriously known as the location of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. Following this, travel onwards to Teotihuacan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is estimated to be 2,500 years old and contains some of the most significant Mesoamerican pyramids, such as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Climb to the top of these pyramids to get a spectacular view of the “City of the Gods” and the surrounding valley. After exploring the ancient city, stop for lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant, at your expense. After lunch, make your way to the final stop on the tour at one of Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dating back to the Spanish conquest of the region, the site has undergone multiple transformations throughout the centuries and has remained an important destination for the Catholic community of the country. Afterwards, enjoy transportation back to your accommodation to finish the day.

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Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

6. Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

Get off the tourist path and closer to the local spirit, riding through the barrios and admiring the street art in contrasting areas. Make a stop for street food and learn about the history and culture of Mexico City from a passionate local guide in English and Spanish. The walls of Mexico City reflect the Muralist movement’s evolution from museums into public space as an attempt to forge a connection between people and their community. Ride through the city at a pleasant pace, stopping to talk about landmarks and murals.  Break for local street food, perfect for everyone’s palate — with varying levels of spiciness, as well as vegan, gluten and dairy-free options.  Wind through the bustling streets of Mexico City's main district on a tour punctuated by fun facts and fascinating history. Discover gems of the city otherwise left unnoticed. Beginning and ending on the beautiful wide boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, this 3-hour biking tour is a great way to orient yourself within the wonderful capital of Mexico.

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Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

7. Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Get a fascinating introduction to Mexico City and it’s historic downtown on a small-group walking tour. Follow a certified guide and visit important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the ancient Aztec city, and the impressive Post Office building. Learn about Mexico’s culture from your experienced guide, who will introduce you to the city’s 700+ years of history, its eclectic architecture, and colorful traditions. Start your tour of the 'Centro Histórico', a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was the biggest church in the Americas for over 3 centuries. Walk on the giant Zocalo square, referred to as the heart of Mexico and see the resting place of the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Stand next to the ruins of the ancient Aztec city. Continue onto the mesmerizing Post Office Building and then marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts. Step inside traditional Mexican bakery to see, and taste if you’d like, the incredible variety of typical Mexican sweet breads.

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From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

8. From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

Setting off on this half-day tour of Xochimilco and Coyoacan, you’ll pass by Mexico City’s World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the Monumental Mexico Bull Ring, and the Insurgentes Theater with its mosaic mural of Diego Rivera’s Cantinflas. Explore the university library that features mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman, Mexico’s Olympic stadium, and the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel, built on lava fields. Enjoy the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco canals, one of the last traces of the Aztec era. Take a relaxing, scenic journey on these ancient waters on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. You’ll visit the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan. Walk along Francisco Sosa Street to the town’s main square, admiring its large, rambling 16th-century houses on the way. See the impressive mansion of Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the Church of St. John the Baptist, with its magnificent paintings and altarpieces.

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Mexico City: Tacos & Mezcal Night Food Tour

9. Mexico City: Tacos & Mezcal Night Food Tour

Immerse yourself in the delicious world of tacos for 3 hours. Discover 4 bustling neighborhoods for a taco safari of traditional, classic and modern taquerías (taco spots). Start with mouthwatering north style tacos, before heading towards one of the city’s street tacos hidden gem.  Continue to the taste the best taco al pastor in Mexico City, and then you’ll eat at a contemporary taquería.  End the night with drinks at the first mezcal bar of the city where you will taste two kinds of mezcal and one cocktail. Your guide will share insightful stories on how Mexico City has become one of the best food cities in the world. You will enjoy the city lights, the culture, and traditions as we drive around the city. Bring a hungry stomach and get ready to fill it up.

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Mexico City: Market Tour

10. Mexico City: Market Tour

In this urban adventure you'll discover the flavors, folklore and hidden treasures of Mexico City's vibrant markets. Begin your tour at La Merced Market, where you'll experience all of its colorful culinary traditions. Get a taste for the authentic Mexican way of life, while understanding how social, economic and political issues collide with centuries old culture and traditions. Try market eateries, and learn about local modern and pre-hispanic food. Then, uncover secrets of sorcery at Mercado de Sonora. See the diverse spiritual beliefs present in this country, as well as the natural healing traditions. Watch out for the very unique and sometimes shocking animal section. Next, wander through the oldest neighborhood in town, where the city was founded in the 14th century. Explore hidden plazas and the best taqueria in the area. Indulge in fresh tortillas and tacos. Visit ancient houses and churches, and witness the diversity of colonial architecture. Take a trip to one of the city's oldest pulquerias and experience an authentic Mexican scene, while you try traditional drinks. Walk to the oldest cantina in Mexico and enjoy a beer while listening to traditional music. Hear the story of this bar and its role in shaping Mexico's cultural life. Witness street art and historical monuments as you walk to the last market. Decorated after the revolution by Diego Rivera's most renowned students, this one is an unforgettable hidden gem. Finish your adventure downtown on the Zocalo.

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What people are saying about State of Mexico

I had a fabulous tour with Alfonso. We spent several hours touring around the city visiting markets, tasting delicious foods, learning about Mexican history and meeting lovely local people. Every where we went people came up to Alfonso to say hello. Meeting the wonderful family who taught me how to make salsa was definitely a highlight. It felt like Alfonso took me through a secret door and showed me a little piece of real Mexico, I would recommend this tour and guide to anyone who is interested in exploring this wonderful city.

Mario (tour guide) and Alfonso (driver) were incredible! They made sure that we got to see everything, answered all of our questions, and never rushed us to any of the destinations. The amount of history we learned was immense and super interesting. One of the best tours we’ve ever went on - would HIGHLY recommend!

One of the better tours I have ever been on. Fabio, the guide, was witty, caring and informative. A good combination of history at the university, unique party at Xochimilco, and the charm and memory of the area around Frida Khalo's neighborhood. Well organized and thought out.

It was a nice trip. Senior Victor drove us safely to the different spots and Roberto told us historic details. Both are very friendly and kind, so we had great conversations. We would go again

I enjoyed experiencing the different barrios from a different perspective. Our guide Ivan was really nice and I enjoyed conversation, also with other participants.