Walking tours

Historical city center walking tour

Availability: Tuesday and Friday
Duration: 4 hours
Language: English , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Discover the lively streets, gastronomy and the vibrant life of the city
  • Admire the most beautiful buildings in the city centre with a professional guide
What to expect

You'll meet your guide at the Cielito Querido Café del Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE). The guide will hold Julia Travel´s panel and you will find them easily.

The first stop will be Manuel Tolsá Square, inaugurated in 1979 with the placement of the equestrian sculpture of Carlos IV known as “El Caballito”. In front of it stands the Mining Palace, one of the masterpieces of neoclassical architecture in America, designed and built between 1797 and 1813 by the Valencian Spanish sculptor and architect Manuel Tolsá. It was the seat of the Royal Mining Seminary and the Royal Mining Court, later it housed other institutions and is currently a museum that belongs to the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Another equally important building is the National Museum of Art, which occupies what was previously known as the Palace of Communications. Built between 1905 and 1911 by the Italian architect Silvio Contri, and with an eclectic historicist style, it houses a rich collection of Mexican art spanning from the 16th to the first half of the 20th century.

This tour continues through the Post Office, the work of the Italian architect Adamo Boari. This wonderful enclosure was inaugurated in 1907 and has an elegant facade in the style of the great Italian palaces of the time, as well as a spectacular interior staircase that amazes by its exquisite beauty.

You'll continue your visit in front of Palacio de Bellas Artes, this really beautiful building dates from the 20th century and it’s covered with Carrara´s marbled. Decoration inside is art deco combined with pre-Hispanic elements adapted to the same style. Here spectacles of classic baller are realized. Just a few steps, other construction we have to see is Casa de los Azulejos, this name is for it till-covered facade inside of this house we´ll find covered courtyard that has a restaurant where many people meet.

The historic center of the City has a very special meaning in the life of the capitalists who come here to shop, walk, visit a museum or attend a massive concert in the esplanade of the plinth. People of all ages and social strata live here every day. As we pass through the Francisco I. Madero pedestrian street, you will attest to the daily life of the city.

Upon arriving at the Plaza de la Constitución better known as “Zócalo”, you will find just a few steps away from the Templo Mayor, whose vestiges are proof of the greatness of the ancient Mexico City founded by the Aztecs in the year of 1325 A.D. and where they imposed an important empire that had no parallel in the Mesoamerican world of its time. You will tour the site and its museum, which protects the most valuable treasures found during the excavations of the place.

To end our tour, you will visit the National Palace. This site is the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico and its construction began in the first half of the 16th century with stones extracted from the Templo Mayor. At the beginning of the 20th century, the renowned Mexican painter Diego Rivera decorated the corridors of the main courtyard with fresco murals. In them, he described passages and characters from the history of Mexico.

You'll visit Metropolitana Cathedral; it was constructed on Gran Teocalli´s foundation seat of Azteca´s power in Gran Tenochtitlan. Its construction with volcanic stone was there for three hundred years. Inside of the building, the altarpiece of the kings is one of most beautiful samples of the Mexican baroque art. Organ is another beautiful thing inside of the enclosure. Papa Juan Pablo II visited this cathedral during his first visit to Mexico.

At the end of this interesting visit, your guide will say goodbye and you can stay to continue enjoying the daily life of the historic center of the capital or return calmly and at your own pace to your hotel.

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What's included
  • Official Tourist Guide for the panoramic walk
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fees to Templo Mayor
  • Entrance fees to the Cathedral
What's not included
  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
Reduced price
  • Children (2-10 years old): reduced
  • Infant (0-1 years old): free
Where

Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

Meeting point:

Cielito Cafe, Tacuba Street number 17, historical Mexico city center

What to remember
  • Please be aware that the visit includes a lot of walking. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be ready for some walking
  • Bring an umbrella and a raincoat during the rainy season (from the end of May to October)
  • Templo Mayor charges a fee to take pictures (without flash) or video recording (no professional) which is not included in the tour
  • Flash cameras are forbidden in front of the Murales del Palacio Nacional
  • The guards of the Palacio Nacional do not want to be photographed
  • The Palacio Nacional is closed on Mondays or national days or during special events which are not predictable and are out of our control
  • The minimum number of people required for the tour's departure is 2 participants, for this reason, you can only make reservations from two people
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When
  • Tuesday and Friday
  • Departure time: 10.00am
  • Check-in time: 9.45am

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Provider
JULIA TRAVEL MEXICO
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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