Once a major port, the central La Merced neighborhood was the link between the main square of Mexico City, El Zócalo, and the lakes of Xochimilco and Chalco. Today, this old commercial port is one of the most traditional and authentic neighborhoods of Mexico City.
As one of the oldest areas of the city, a unique network of canals spread across La Merced, connecting what used to be the biggest market of its kind in Latin America to sources of fresh produce and flowers. Those old canals were drained to become the streets you can walk today. On this tour through history, you'll try different Mexican fruits and, if you’re feeling adventurous, insects! Then, you can visit the witchcraft quarter of the Sonora market and La Santísima, one of the finest examples of Mexican Baroque architecture. You’ll try esquites, small delicious cups of corn with toppings, made by locals. After, you can see Santa Muerte street altars and visit one of the first synagogues in Mexico. The cultural diversity brought by ships of the past still remains vibrant in the cultural center and melting pot that is La Merced.
This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.
Pablo was very knowledgeable and gave very interesting facts about La Merced, architecture, and history. The things that we were most interested in were the food and the expansive marketplace. Pablo certainly made a wonderful effort to find us authentic Mexican dishes from a couple different spots, but when we entered the market itself, we felt a bit rushed. We just expected to spend more time in the marketplace rather than the neighborhood.
June 3rd, 2018 Report ⚐
Fantastic!! Pablo was super knowledgable about everywhere we went, And was great at improvising when we didn’t have a plan. It was a great day.
September 8th, 2018 Report ⚐
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.