The sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, or D.F. to the locals, has one of the highest populations in the world. The city is crowded and energetic and although there are many fantastic sights, most of them are spread out in far-flung corners of the city. This can make D.F. a slightly overwhelming experience for the first time visitor. Therefore a good local tour guide can be a valuable asset to have.
The following list is a good place to start. We have sifted through over 200 different tours on offer in the city and come up with our list of the best five. Each one offers a slightly different experience, but always one that is uniquely Mexican. We based our selection on, among other things, price, authenticity of experience and past traveller reviews.
FROM: $54/per person
A great starter tour to get your bearings, the City Tour takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage listed area of the city that includes the Cathedral and ancient Aztec ruins of Tenochtitlan. The tour then moves on towards the Museum of Anthropology (an absolute must in Mexico City), by way of some of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. The tour lasts five hours and transportation, included in the price, is by minivan.
From $80/ per person
Mexican food is one of the true joys of travel in Mexico, and few places have a better selection than D.F.’s well-to-do Polanco neighbourhood. Over the course of three hours the guide stops by seven restaurants and eateries to try a range of local Yucatecan and Mexican cuisine. Some of the places that may be included are an Oaxacan restaurant, tacos and a classic Mexico City cantina, to try mole – a chicken or turkey dish made with over twenty spices and chocolate.
From $16/ per person
San Angel is a pleasant Mexican neighbourhood made famous by former residents Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Starting at their studio the walk passes through parts of the old neighbourhood, while the guide points out good spots for photos and provides some advice on technique to anybody who wants to capture even better photos. The two hour tour ends at the Convent of Carmen.
From $52/ per person
Teotihuacán is one of the jewels of Mexico. It is located some way out of the centre of the city and with the help of a guide, tours to the expansive UNESCO-listed site will have a great deal more depth to them. After watching the sunset from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, the tour heads to a pulqueria – pulque is a traditional, fermented alcoholic drink – before joining a local family for an authentic Mexican dinner.
From $58/ per person
This tour combines some of the greatest cultural aspects of Mexico into one day. Start out by dining in one of Mexico City’s famous cantinas before heading to the arena to watch people in colourful masks throw one another around a ring, in the fantastic lucha libre. After that, head to Garibaldi Square where mariachi bands congregate to play their music, before heading back to the main square, El Zocalo, for a nightcap in a pub.