Engage all your senses and discover the very heart and soul of Mexico City on one of these top five guided city tours.
Mexico City, also known as CDMX, is one of the world’s most populated cities. Before the Spanish invaders arrived, the Aztec Empire already commanded a thriving metropolis here. This long history of human inhabitation has left plenty of fascinating features dotted around the city and the best way to navigate them all through the crowded barrios is with the aid of some expert local knowhow. From among hundreds are these diverse five tour options, blending experiences that are uniquely Mexican.
Mexico City market secrets & cooking class tour
The secret to first truly understanding Mexico is through the food and what better way to meet locals than at the bustling markets? Check out an off-the-beaten-track food market and various other street markets selling flowers and even love potions! Sample fruits, tacos, tamales and coffee along the way and then learn to prepare your own salsa with a local family. This carbon neutral tour uses the CDMX Metro to get around and is usually available Sun-Fri. From $42 per person.
Mexico City’s Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM tour
Take to the canals on a colorful boat at Xochimilco, which is the last remaining wetland area of Mexico City and indicative of how the land here would have looked before the Spanish arrived. Then admire the 16th-century Coyoacan neighborhood of CDMX, where great thinkers, artistic visionaries and political activists made their homes during the 20th century, including Octavio Paz, Leon Trotsky and Frida Kahlo, whose Casa Azul home is now a fantastic museum (entrance costs extra). This ten-hour tour runs Tue-Sun. From $40 per person.
Mexico City downtown sightseeing tour
Designed for those who only have a limited amount of time in Mexico City and want to see as many of the best sights as possible, this popular private tour is custom made to fit your interests. The price starts at $120 and is the same for one or two people, with smaller increases per person from three adults and above. Fit the start time around your plans and explore the best sights of the historic city center on foot with your guide, including the Zocalo, Mariachi Square and the Diego Rivera murals. From $60 per person.
Mexico City electric bike city tour with taco stops
Given the vast scale of Mexico City, plus the fact that many great sights are spread across the broad valley in which it sits, a walking tour can only access so much. Hop on an e-bike however, and things become instantly more accessible and leisurely. Over four hours your guide will lead you to the beautiful Bosque de Chapultepec park, the cool Roma and Condesa neighborhoods, and the sights of the historic center, including the cathedral and the Aztec city Tenochtitlan’s last few remains at Templo Mayor. Oh, and of course, refuel with tacos along the way. From $74 per person.
Historic center food tour in Mexico City
If you have five hours, a healthy appetite and a hankering for some authentic chilango (i.e. native to Mexico City) cuisine, then this tour is for you. Unlock the best flavors and some fantastic local dishes at food carts and unassuming restaurants throughout the historic center, with plenty of tastings thrown in. Visit an Aztec market and a traditional cantina, where you can try an alcoholic drink (if you’re 18 or older) and kick-start a deeper love and appreciation for the world’s best cuisine. From $82 per person.