Mexico City

Archeology, Anthropology & Art

Mexico City: Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, and overlooked by Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico’s most famous non dormant), Mexico City stands at 7,400 feet above sea level. It is the capital of the country and seat of the government. The views alone will steal your breath, but the art, museums, markets, and culture will astound.

Mexico’s Capital City, often referred to as just “Mexico” by people living in the country, or “El 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.

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 difficulties associated with urban behemoths that provide a home to over 20 million individuals.  Although the city does face some challenges, a tremendous effort is underway to meet them and non are reasons to deprive yourself of the opportunity to experience this very vibrant, historic and cultural world city.

 

What to Expect

Archeology: Uncover the history of the famous talavera pyramid of Cholula. Anthropology: Bask in the impressive collection of the Bosque de Chapultepec. Art: Walk the same streets and immerse yourself in the artistic creations of artists such as Frida Khalo, Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky, and Octavio Paz. All this and so much more! Book a tour in the spring or summer to enjoy the more temperate climate of this region.

How We Tour Mexico City

  • Independent, Unescorted Itineraries

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Mexico City Highlights

Centro Histórico de la Cuidad

Enjoy the historic city center of Mexico City. A 15-square-kilometer Unesco World Heritage Site containing more than 1,400 important buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries. Begin in the Zócaolo de la Constitucion (Constitution Square), which includes the National Palace with the murla painted b Diego Rivera, The Templo Mayor of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and the Cathedral. Also navigate through Avenida Madero to the Tolsa Plaza and the famous Postal Palace and Palocio de Bellas Artes.

Bosque de Chapultepec & the Museum of Anthropology

Follow the hill path to arrive at the Castillo de Chapultepec, formerly an imperial palace and presidential residence, overlooking marvelous panoramic views of Mexico City. Today the Castillo houses the National Museum of Anthropology, which is 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.

Coyoacan & Xochimilco

Visit the neighborhood of Coyoacan where the Colores Olmedo Patino Mueum is located. This museum features at least 137 of her friend, Diego Rivera’s works, 25 paintings of Frida Khalo and 37 creations of Rivera’s fist wife. Peruse the Frida Kahlo Musem and the Museum of Popular culture. Walk 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. Float on the canals of Xochimilco on a “trajinernas.” On these colorful gondola-like boats encounter beautiful floating gardens.

Ballet Folklorico

The performed at the gorgeous Palacio de Bellas Artes and founded by Amalia Hernandez, the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico has performed more than 15,000 shows worldwide. The folk dance company is dedicated to preserving Mexico’s traditional arts by filming dances, recording music and photographing costumes from regions throughout Mexico. Their presentations of these forms on stage will leave you mesmerized.

Teotihuican

Teotihuican, “birthplace of the gods” is one of the most important ruins of the world. Mystery envelops this epicenter of Aztec culture and commerce for ancient Mesoamerica. The pyramid of the sun and pyramid of the moon are among the best-known structures in these ruins.   

Piedra Herrada, El Rosario & El Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries

Spend the day visiting Monarch Butterflies in their winter home before they return to Canada.Visit the few places in the world where you can physically hear the sound of butterfly wings. The magic of the Monarchs as they greet and rest upon you is well worth this trip to the mountains of Michoacán. Consider Piedro Herrada Sanctuary for a closer option, just 45 minutes outside of Mexico City.  

How We Tour Mexico City

Independent, Unescorted Itineraries

We will arrange your on-the-ground details for a hassle-free, worry-free adventure.

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