Past & Present: 8 Best Tours In Mexico City - Updated 2024

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The historical and high altitude streets of Mexico City are home to some of the most spectacular sites a city can offer. From Aztec temples, to baroque cathedrals, to works of renowned artists, there is so much to see in Mexico City sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Luckily, those that call Mexico City home have established some fabulous tours that make getting to these activities and learning about them easy. These are some of the best options for tours that will take you on a inspiring trip through and around Mexico City.

1. Polanco Highlights Aquarium and Soumaya Museum Private Tour

This tour guides travellers through the Polanco district of Mexico City, an area full of museums, shopping, and some awesome architecture. The tour includes a drive along the Presidente Masaryk Avenue, a trip to the Soumaya Museum, and an aquarium that has over 300 different species of animals. Price of the tour includes round-trip transportation, admission to the Soumaya Museum, and the aquarium, and a bilingual tour guide.The price of the tour costs starts 325 USD for a group of two guests.

Polanco Highlights Aquarium and Soumaya Museum Private Tour

Duration: 5 hours


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2. Xochimilco Canals and Frida Khalo Museum Tour (from USD 47.0)

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This double whammy tour brings an entire day worth of activities to travellers. Travellers will get a tour of the Xochimilco canals in the southern area of the city. Later on the tour will move to the Frida Khalo Museum should guests opt for that part of the tour. The tour also passes through the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Olympic Stadium, and Pedregal de San Angel. Should guests provide their hotel information, the organizers will be able to pick guests up from their hotels. The guides to these tours are capable of speaking Spanish, English, and French. The tour’s cost starts at 29 USD per person.

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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM

Duration: 10.0 hour

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3. Castle of Chapultepec National Museum of History Tour (from USD 43.0)

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The castle of Chapultepec is the former home of the Mexican Empire Maximilian I. It is the only castle of royalty of continental North America. The ornate castle sits on a hill towards the south west corner of the downtown area. Guests will meet for the tour at the Monumento a Los Niños Heros, and make their way to the castle. Afterwards, the tour will make its way across the Paseo de la Reforma to the National Museum of Anthropology. Included in the price of the tour is the bilingual guide, who speaks Spanish and English, transportation to the castle by train, and admission to Chapultepec Castle, and admission to the Anthropology Museum. The tours price starts at 37 USD per person.

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Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour

Duration: 5.0 hour

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4. Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids (from USD 45.0)

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These next few tours include destinations that are outside of the city. During this tour, guests will visit the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. Both the Plaza and Basilica are in the city, but the Pyramids are about a 1-hour drive outside of the city. Included in the price of the tour is pickup and drop off off from local hotels, and admission to the sites. The price of this tour starts at 30 USD per person.

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From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

Duration: 9.0 hour

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5. Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist (from USD 37.0)

This is another tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, but this particular one is with the aid of an expert archeologist. Guests will arrive at the Teotihuacan area right when the site opens for the day and be able to see the pyramids without the big crowds that arrive later in the day. Guests will also get to see the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. After seeing the pyramids, guests will board the transport and visit an obsidian workshop, as well as chat with locals, sample some traditional liqueurs, and have a genuine Mexican lunch. Guests will then be brought back to the city to the central meeting point. This amazing tour starts at 38.99 USD per person.

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Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting

Duration: 8 hours

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6. Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City (from USD 109.0)

If walking through the streets of Mexico City eating fresh and authentic Mexican food sounds good to you, then this tour is for you. Over the course of 4 and half hours, guests will be guided through an Aztec market, traditional cantina, street food vendors, and restaurants to learn about the culinary art of Mexican cuisine. Specialties such as Mexican cheese, seafood, and even edible flowers are all on the roster to be sampled by guests. Guests have said they not only got to sample great food, but also got to learn a lot of history about the city and local life.

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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

Duration: 5 hours

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7. Teotihuacan, Mexico City Markets & Food Experience (from USD 114.0)

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This is another tour that takes guests on a food journey through Mexico City, but it also visits that Teotihuacan area. From there, guests will also enjoy viewing some sustainable agricultural projects in a local town and dinner with a local family. After dinner, guests will be transported back to the city. The price of the tour includes the bilingual guide, transportation, food samples, admission to the pyramids area, and dinner. Guests should note that children under the age of 6 are not permitted. The price for this tour starts at 74.20 USD per person.

Teotihuacan, Mexico City Markets & Food Experience

Duration: 13 Hours


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Lonely Planet Experiences: Mexico City Markets & Teotihuacan

Duration: 12 hour

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8. Mexico City Sightseeing Tour (from USD 48.0)

If you’re unsure of a specific place you’d like to go, or just want to see a bit of everything, this general tour of sights is a perfect option. The tour goes all through the downtown area, seeing the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chapultepec area, the National Palace, and the Museum of Anthropology. Included in the price of the tour is admission to the museums, bilingual tour guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop off (for hotels in the area). The price of this tour starts at 48 USD per person.

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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 6 hours

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Mexico City is one of the best cities in the world at combining modern life with rich and exciting history. Of course exploring the city on your own is always an option, but having a knowledgeable person to show you all the nuances that would otherwise be missed only helps to make your experience more rewarding. These tours of the city and surrounding area are sure to make any visit to this incredible city an enriching experience for travellers.

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