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Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

1. Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

Explore the life of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg on a tour of Chapultepec Castle, located on top of Mexico City's Chapultepec Hill, a site once sacred to the Aztecs. Venture inside the stunning monument, and discover rooms of classical European ornamentations. Stroll the halls full of light and discover stairways made of marble. Admire the sculptures and busts of historical figures, such as the Emperor Cuauhtémoc and the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, along the way. Then depart Chapultepec Castle (also known as the "National Museum of History") and break for lunch, before going to the National Museum of Anthropology. Experience one of the most important anthropology museums in Latin America and explore rooms that detail the pre-Hispanic culture of the Maya, Toltec and other ethnic peoples through the ages. Learn more from your bilingual guide, and benefit from the chance to chat about Mexican history.

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Mexico City: Mexican Salsas Cooking Class and Market Tour

2. Mexico City: Mexican Salsas Cooking Class and Market Tour

Start your experience in a contemporary cooking studio in the eclectic Roma Norte neighborhood. Meet your chef instructor over a refreshing welcome drink of agua fresca (fruity non-alcoholic beverage). Enjoy coffee from selected Mexican beans or a special infusion while you prepare for the experience and learn about the history of Mexican cuisine.  Then, experience barrio-style living as you take a walking market tour to Mercado de Medellín. Learn about the history contained in the market's halls. Savor quesadillas made from native corn at an organic tortillería, where you can view the traditional nixtamalization process. Learn about different chili varieties at a chili stand. Taste 100% raw cacao and hand-made artisanal chocolate from Oaxaca.  Discover the flavor of exotic bugs including crickets, chicatana (flying ants) and chinicuil (worms). Enjoy seasonal native fruits such as mamey, chicozapote, and tuna and indulge in hand-crafted ice cream.  After your market tour and tastings, return to the cooking studio for your hands-on cooking class. Prepare 10 Mexican salsas that you will roast, cook, fry, or make raw.  Once ready, enjoy your salsas with street food tacos and appetizers with a choice of fillings including Michoacan-style pork carnitas, cochinita pibil, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, cactus leaves, zucchini, fried beans, and quesadillas. Wash it down with agua fresca, artisanal mezcal, and Mexican craft beer. You will learn how to prepare: • Traditional guacamole • Red molcajete sauce • Green sauce • Ranchera sauce • Mango and chile manzano sauce • Habanero sauce • Devil's sauce • Chile morita with peanuts sauce • Chipotle sauce • Salsa borracha (drunken sauce)

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Mexico City: Street Taco Cooking Class & Market Tour

3. Mexico City: Street Taco Cooking Class & Market Tour

Start your experience in a Mexican cooking studio, located in the eclectic Roma Norte neighborhood. Enjoy a refreshing "agua fresca", coffee from selected Mexican coffee beans or a special infusion selection, while you learn about the history of Mexican cuisine. Then, walk to the Mercado de Medellín and learn about the market's history and organization while touring some of their main halls. Savor quesadillas at an organic 'tortillería', made with native corn, where you can view the traditional nixtamalization process. Learn about different chili varieties at a chili stand and taste 100% raw cacao and hand-made artisanal chocolate from Oaxaca. Discover the flavor of exotic bugs including crickets, chicatana flying ant and chinicuil worm. Enjoy seasonal native fruits (mamey, chicozapote, etc.) and hand-crafted ice cream. Next, return to the cooking studio and prepare tacos al pastor (pork), tacos de barbacoa (beef), tacos campechanos (beef and pork), three Mexican salsas, and hand-made tortillas. Finally, enjoy the prepared dishes with a pairing of agua fresca, Mexican craft beer and mezcal from Oaxaca.

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Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

4. Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

Discover the Aztec remains of Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district, and marvel at monuments from the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern history of Mexico City. Admire the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, built by Franciscans in the 16th century. Continue to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán to explore one of the largest urban centers from the ancient world. Learn about the splendor of the historic city as you look at different structures such as the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Discover the remains of the Quetzalpapálotl complex, thought to have been the home of a high ranking priest. Stroll down the Avenue of the Dead to look at different architectural styles. Visit a handicraft center and get explanations about ancient crafts and traditional drinks. Take part in a tasting of tequila, mezcal, and pulque, and then visit the 16th-century monastery in Acolman.

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Chautla's Castle, Lavender Farm, and Valquirico Private Tour

5. Chautla's Castle, Lavender Farm, and Valquirico Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Puebla and travel 1 hour in an air-conditioned van to Chautla's Ex-Hacienda. Here, take a 1-hour walking tour by the springs and end up at a beautiful castle located in the middle of the lake. Climb to the roof and take in panoramic views of the lake and property. The second stop is San Martin ranch, famous for its lavender fields and its distillery. Participate in a soap-making workshop and keep your handmade soap as a souvenir. Next, visit the shop where you can see all the specialty products made at the ranch and taste lavender coffee and sponge cake. The last stop is the Val'Quirico complex where you can explore the shops and charming restaurants. Inspired by San Quirico d'Orcia, a town in the Tuscany region of Italy, the complex has a charming medieval style. At the end of the tour, return to your accommodation in Puebla.

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Mexico City: The Stories of Chapultepec Castle Walking Tour

6. Mexico City: The Stories of Chapultepec Castle Walking Tour

Explore the colorful history of Chapultepec Castle on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the hill sacred to the Aztecs, its transformation into a beautiful European castle by Emperor Maximilian I, and its later uses as the presidential home and now National Museum of History with your certified guide. Start your tour with a beverage and a snack at Chapultepec Starbucks, then walk all the way up to the castle. As you go, hear an introduction about the history of Chapultepec and how it used to be during Aztec times. Once at the top, wander around the beautiful Chapultepec Castle and listen to all the wonderful stories that this place has. Discover history, gossip, art, culture, and gastronomy with your professional guide. After visiting the castle, enjoy the woods while you walk down the mountain. Eat lunch on a lovely terrace at Mayor Deli restaurant (not included) and admire the beautiful view of Chapultepec Lake.

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Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

7. Mexico City: Full-Day City Tour with Anthropology Museum

Your tour begins in the Anthropology Museum, admire some of the pieces amongst the vast collection of pre-hispanic art inside of the museum. Your guide will explain pieces like the Sun Stone, also called the Aztec calendar; the Coatlicue, and several other pieces that reflected the thought, lifestyle and religion of the different civilizations developed inside the ancient Mexico. Later, head to the Historic Center of the city, where the Aztec empire was once seated. Your guide will give you a brief explanation on the Great Tenochtitlan, and the traces that remain as evidence of its existence. Walk through some of the busiest streets of the Historic Center and the outside of some of its emblematic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts. In between the Museum and the Historic Center, enjoy a panoramic ride across Reforma Avenue; where you’ll see several monuments that have shaped and given identity to our city, like the Angel of Independence, Diana the Huntress, and more recently, the creation of the Bicentennial Column.

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Mexico City: Palaces and Gossip from Colonial Times

8. Mexico City: Palaces and Gossip from Colonial Times

Visit the most beautiful colonial palaces and learn all about the usage of their spaces, furniture, the way people used to live, where they went and how the city used to look with its plazas, markets, canals, and fountains. Hear some of the gossip from those times. Walk on a pedestrian street that used to be the silversmiths street during viceroyal times as well as the main street in Mexico City. Along the way, you will visit five beautiful homes of the wealthiest families of those times. These homes belonged to counts and marquises and today are still known as palaces. You will be able to enjoy the architecture, art and the stories of the people that lived there many years ago.

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From Mexico City: Private Temazcal Ceremony

9. From Mexico City: Private Temazcal Ceremony

Experience traditional Mayan culture during a private Temazcal ceremony. Meet your guide at your hotel in Mexico City in the morning. Climb aboard the air-conditioned bus to be taken straight to San Juan Teotihuacan de Arista, a vast Mexican archaeological complex, for the ritual. Meet the 'Fire Eagle' or shaman who will guide you through the process. Enter the traditional sweat lodge. Start to sweat and eliminate toxins from your body. Reach a state of calm relaxation as you experience an ancient practice and create unforgettable memories. Once the ritual is over, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Mexico City: Authentic Mexican Cooking Class & Market Tour

10. Mexico City: Authentic Mexican Cooking Class & Market Tour

Start your experience in a Mexican contemporary designed cooking studio, located in the eclectic Roma Norte neighborhood. Enjoy a welcome refreshing “Agua Fresca”, coffee from selected Mexican coffee beans or a special infusion selection, while you prepare for the experience and learn about the history of Mexican cuisine. Then, experience barrio style living as you take a market tour (within walking distance) to Mercado de Medellín. Discover one of the main markets of the Roma Norte that is full of colors and flavors. Learn about the market's history, organization, and offering while touring some of their main halls. Enjoy a tasting from selected market stands and establishments. Savor quesadillas at an organic 'tortillería', made with native corn, where you can view the traditional nixtamalization process. Learn about different chili varieties at a chili stand and taste 100% raw cacao and hand-made artisanal chocolate from Oaxaca. Discover the flavor of exotic bugs including crickets, chicatana flying ant and chinicuil worm. Enjoy seasonal native fruits (mamey, chicozapote, tuna, etc.) and hand-crafted ice cream. Next, return to the cooking studio and enjoy a 4-course cooking class with selected traditional Mexican dishes that would allow the group to enjoy and discover Mexico’s gastronomy. For the First Course, learn how to prepare antojitos mexicanos with Mexican salsas, alongside street food appetizers (sopes) paired with 2 Mexican salsas (red molcajete sauce and green sauce). For the 2nd course, make Mextlapiques which have a prehispanic origin, consisting of a tamal without masa. Prepare a vegetable-only version covered with a hierbabuena sauce. After this, make white mole - a traditional dish of Mexico's central region that is eaten at celebrations and made with a mixture of light-colored ingredients including white pine nuts, almonds, peanuts, blonde raisins, and chile guero. White mole is served with chicken pieces, mushrooms or panela cheese. Follow this with pastel de elote, cornbread paired with water-based chocolate. Finally, enjoy the prepared dishes with a pairing of agua fresca, Mexican craft beer, Mezcal from Oaxaca and premium white or red wine from Valle de Parras.

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What people are saying about State of Mexico

We had a wonderful morning with Val, Pame and their team of folks in the studio, market and tortillerias. Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable,band the street food vendors cooked up such delicious treats for us! The market was fascinating - all the different fruits and veg and sheets of pork crackling! And then the experience of making our salsas, meat fillings and then the joys of wrapping up our tacos - a superb experience highly recommended.

It is enough for two / three days. the museum is very large and diverse. the tour is highly recommended to get to know the history of Mexico. Our guide Antonio was very, very kind and explained everything in detail.

Our tour was amazing and Jaime was knowledgeable and a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Mexico City!

The best way to view the museo de antropología and the Castillo de Chapultepec is through this guided tour.

Daniel was amazing. Very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour immensely.