Mexico City Tours and Surrounding Areas
Mexico’s Capital City, often referred to as just “Mexico” by people living in the country, or “El DF” (“The DF”) referring to the city’s full title, “Mexico, Distrito Federal” – or Federal District, is one of the worlds most populated areas with an estimated 22 million inhabitants living inside an area of 750 square kilometers.
Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, and overlooked by Popocatepetl, Mexico’s most famous (non dormant) volcano, the city stands at 7,400 feet above sea level. The last couple of decades have seen a massive increase in the number of people, cars and factories in the valley – bringing with it textbook problems associated with urban behemoths that provide a home to over 20 million individuals. Crime and pollution are the subjects that often hit the headlines when Mexico City is talked about. Although the city does have some problems in this area, a tremendous effort is underway to improve both, and neither is a reason to avoid the opportunity of experiencing this very vibrant, historic and cultural world city.
4-Day Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Mexico City- Transfer to the hotel. Historic Hotel Majestic, http://www.majestichotel.com.mx/
Day 2 Shared City Tour and Museum of Anthropology, Historic Hotel Majestic
Enjoy a tour beginning in the Zocalo that includes the National Palace with the mural painted by Diego Rivera, the Diego River Museum, and the Supreme Court Bldg. with the Clemente Orozco paintings, the Independence Angel, the Templo Mayor of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and the Cathedral, then on to the Museum of Anthropology, regarded as one of the top museums in the world. Stroll through 3500 years of Mexican history, from prehistoric times to the arrival of the Spanish in 1519.
Day 3 Shared Tour to Teotihuacan and Basilica of Guadalupe, Historic Hotel Majestic
Visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic shrine in all the Americas. Continue on to Teotihuacan, “the place where men become gods,” one of the most important ruins of the world. Mystery envelops this epicenter of culture and commerce for ancient Mesoamerica. The pyramid of the sun and the pyramid of the moon are among the best-known structures in these ruins.
Day 4 Depart Mexico City
The 2017 Mexico City package price is usd $440.00 per person double occupancy, $595 single occupancy.
Package includes 3 night’s hotel lodging, shared tours with bilingual guide, as mentioned on the itinerary (City Tour and Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine), and entrance fees. It does not include airfare, airport transfers, meals, tips, or trip insurance. Private Tours: add $345 per person minimum 2 passengers
Hotel Upgrades available:
***Hotel Zocal Central http://www.centralhoteles.com :
add $80 per person double/ $160 single occupancy.
****Gran Hotel http://www.granhoteldelaciudaddemexico.com.mx/default-en.html :
add $90 double occupancy/ $180 single occupancy.
Optional Day Tours:
Xochimilco and Coyoacan-Sundays Only (Shared or Private tour available): Visit the colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan where the Dolores Olmedo Patino Museum is located. This museum features at least 137 of her friend, Diego Rivera’s works, 25 paintings of Frida Kahlo and 37 creations of Rivera’s first wife. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Museum of Popular Culture. Stroll down the oldest street in Mexico, Calle Sosa, where such well-known people as Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz also walked. If time, cruise part of the 50 miles of the Xochimilco floating gardens
Folkloric Ballet Sundays only (Contact us for show times and rates): For anyone wishing to get a real taste of Mexican culture, Amalia Hernandez’s ballet ensemble is not to be missed. The show takes place in the historic Palace of the Fine Arts, a fascinating building in itself, with a crystal roof in the center. Expect the show to seduce you with its musical charm and extravagant artwork, just as it is seduced countless other in its 60 years of magical performances. The stage curtain is a labour of love in itself, crafted from nearly a million pieces of colored glass; this sliding screen was carefully crafted by New York’s Tiffany’s
Puebla and Cholula (Shared or Private tour available): Puebla brings you back to a time when the conquistadores were building stunning palaces in a European style. Puebla is the producer of the famous talavera ceramic, a fine decorative style seen in tiles and all kinds of artwork, including the house of blue tile, as seen our city tour. The hidden pyramid of Cholula, once the largest in the world, can be discovered by travelling through a series of tunnels. From the outside, it just appears to be a hill with a church on top; you’ll be truly amazed by what it conceals. On our way we’ll admire the Popocatepetl and Iztacihuatl volcanoes.