Have you ever wondered about the origins of the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world? On this day tour focused on Mexico City's historic center, you will be immersed in its rich history. Mexico City was founded in the 14th century by the Mexicas (or Aztecs) and is filled with Baroque churches, Prehispanic ruins, artifacts, and revolutionary murals. A tour around El Centro Histórico, as the locals call it, is a perfect way to start to discover Mexican history and identity. The Centro Histórico developed as both a residential neighborhood for the colonial elite and the seat of the religious and political power in New Spain and later in independent Mexico. Today, underneath the colonial houses there are ruins of Mexican pyramids.
This tour will take you to a traditional candy store that changes its displays according to the season. You can see the Templo Mayor ruins from above and go underground to visit the Calmecac ruins. You'll also have a chance to go inside the Ministry of Education and explore the murals that sparked the muralism movement, with heavy influence by Diego Rivera. You’ll ascend the Torre Latinoamericana to see the enormous sprawl of the metropolis all around you, while making pit stops and grabbing a couple of beers nearby. Come spend the day exploring Mexico’s history and identity.
This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.
I was always interested in the cultural history of my home country of Mexico, which led me to study history and anthropology. I am currently working on my masters in anthropology at UAM in Mexico City, but I’ve always been just as interested in discovering my city and its history through exploration on my own, as in the classroom. Recently I've put my knowledge and passion to use to share my city with travelers. I love being able to discuss everything from Mexican identity to local politics and social issues with travelers to give them an in depth understanding of my country.
History has always fascinated me which is why I studied history at UNAM. I was always interested in how Mexico and Mexico City developed into what they are today and so I studied its social and political history in the 20th century. One of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City is Coyoacan, firstly because I’ve lived there all my life, and secondly because of the way colonial influences and modern society collide there. I love being able to share my knowledge with travelers around the world and help them understand Mexico.