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Lonely Planet Experiences: Discover Mexico City With A Local Guide

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Mexico City’s Historic Center to meet a guide and small-group in a central location close to the zócolo. This tour begins at the beginning: learn about the legendary founding of Mexico City, Aztec culture and traditions, and the first contact between the Spaniards and the residents of Teotihuacan. Follow city streets to buildings that date back to the colonial period, and find out how life and religious practices changed under Spanish rule.

    Leave Mexico City’s history behind, and hop the subway to one of the city’s most colorful markets. Visit a few local stalls to sample some regional foods (touring the market with a local guide is the perfect way to learn about the dazzling variety of snacks on display), and see the fresh, aromatic building blocks of Mexico City cuisine.

    Continue to the Fine Arts Palace, or the Palacio de Bellas Artes, for a sweet treat and hot drink in an elegant architectural landmark. Find out how the building was transformed from a colonial-era convent to a cultural hub with Tiffany glass and sumptuous décor, then keep exploring on your own—the tour concludes at the Fine Arts Palace, close to the restaurants and sights of the Historic Center.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral, República de Guatemala 4, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06020 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Public transportation
    • Samples of local products
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wear comfortable clothes
    • Small group tour- maximum 12 people
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • On this tour you will visit important cultural sites, including Templo Mayor (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Fine Art Palace. The tour includes entrance fees for these important landmarks, which helps preserve local cultural heritage.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Quick summarize for a first timer to know the area. The whole day trip could add a couple more places in a package, that would be better. Overall it's ok with all the tickets included.
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    Cesar was a great guide. We had him just for the two of us, and he showed us his enthusiasm and knowledge. Great combination of history and art along with getting to know that part of the city and tasting some of the local delicacies (from chocolate to insects!). Because it's
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    We had an amazing day with Enrique L. He was a fantastic source of information about the history of Mexico as well as the food and local culture. He was friendly, funny and tailored the tour to meet our needs. We tasted beautiful food from around the city. I would definitely
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    Ady our guide was not only knowledgeable about the history and the culture but conducted the 7 hour long tour with enthusiasm and was willing to focus on things we were most interested in. A great introduction to Mexico City.
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    Was lucky enough to end up having a private tour as it was only a friend and I who had booked for the particular day we went on. Ady and her training partner were both great guides. hey were very friendly and knowledgeable giving us plenty of time to see all the places included
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    About the operator
    By: Mexico City Urban Adventures
    Peggy C
    Guanajuato, Mexico
    Great food and fascinating markets
    Interesting, educational and eclectic tour. Warryor was a great informative guide. He shared great historical
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    Gina C
    London, United Kingdom
    Highly recommend this fascinating tour
    Eva was a lovely guide and gave us a most fascinating tour. We visited three markets and had a little food in
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    chris lane
    Frenetic, colorful, (sometimes foul-mouthed) fun!
    Between the delightfully raucous luchadores and surreal swarms of mariachis, it's hard to tell who was more
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    Enlightening Journey
    Evelyn was our pilot as we moved seamlessly through the heart of Mexico City, its markets. Whether flagging down
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    Matthew McClure
    Orange, Australia
    Lucha Libre
    Our guide was Julio. What a guy! He knows all the history of tequila and mezcal and a mad fan of the lucha Libre
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    Andreas Ridder
    Osnabrück, Germany
    Food & Market Tour with Ulysses
    We did a food and market tour with ulysses! it was really great! We were in downtown Mexico City and saw the real
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    Colonial Beach, Virginia
    Do this instead of Rio Secreto!
    Oh My, what a privileged experience to visit this stunning natural beauty with just a small group, instead of
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    Glencoe, Illinois
    tour of markets & street food was a blast
    We took the subway, the bus, and an uber - all to visit three markets, eat some street food, and have a ton of
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    Wonderful walking tour of Mexico City, its culture and food.
    A fun and educational tour with Alphonso (Pancho). Pancho is a true local with in-depth knowledge of the history
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    Fairfax, Virginia
    Teotihuacan and more!
    This was an excellent tour that was much more than a visit to the site of Teotihuacan. Since I was the only person
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