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LocalAventura Tour: Tour of Caminos del Sur in Mexico City

Tour of Caminos del Sur in Mexico City

Explore the history and architecture of the south of Mexico City!
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6 hrs

Mexico City

1 ~ 4

High content


Description

Come and enjoy this expedition into Caminos del Sur. From UNESCO World Heritage sites like the UNAM campus or the canals of Xochimilco to amazing modernist architecture and some of the oldest prehispanic ruins in the whole country, Caminos del Sur is a diverse and magical city. The south of the city is lush with flora and flows to a calmer pace. San Ángel, Tlalpan, and Xochimilco used to be independent towns far from Mexico City where the local elite used to escape to for weekend getaways. Here, you can still find summer mansions painted in bright colors and adorned with vibrant gardens.

Caminos del Sur also used to hold some of the biggest religious buildings in the country. The Convento del Carmen in San Ángel of Tlalpan, transports you to an atmosphere of reclusion, contemplation, and prayer. In Tlalpan, you’ll also visit the Convento de las Capuchinas, one of the architectural masterpieces of Luis Barragán, a famous Mexican architect. The design of the convent plays with light and color to create a metaphysical experience for the viewer. Caminos del Sur is also home to Cuicuilco, one of the first pyramids built in Mexico. Cuicuilco is not only ancient, but it’s one of very few circular pyramids in existence. From here, you will follow the canals south from La Merced to view La Viga canal, the main waterway connecting the city with its agricultural land. These canals and chinampas, floating islands created by the Mexica, still can be seen and visited in Xochimilco. Journey to the havens of the past and be captivated by the history, art, and unique architecture.

Itinerary

  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Mexico City and, depending on where you're staying, take you for a truly authentic experience on the metro or walk to the first destination.
  • View Luis Barragán's masterpiece the Convento de las Capuchinas
  • Visit one of the oldest pyramids in Mexico
  • Follow the canals to floating islands made by the Mexicas
  • Drop-off back at your hotel

Available days

Everyday

Eligibility criteria

This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.


What's Included

  • Expert multilingual local guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Mexico City

What's not included

  • Food and beverages
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Fee for ride on Xochimilco trajineras (boats), 350 Mexican pesos per hour

Additional Pricing Information (*)


Recommendations

  • Bring comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and a camera
  • Don't wear luxurious/flashy jewelry

Tags

Good for Groups

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Reviews



Robin

Fernanda was amazing! We are so grateful to have met a local (and a history major to boot!) to show us around her city. The trip was fun, very informative and totally relaxed - just the way we like it! Highly, highly recommend!

January 2nd, 2018 Report ⚐

Pablo and Fernanda

Pablo

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.

Fernanda

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.

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