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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM

1. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo & UNAM

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. Cruise along the Aztec-era Xochimilco canals, explore the colonial district, and admire the murals in the UNAM. Departing from Downtown Mexico City, head south, passing the most important sites of the modern city. Stop off at a local cooperative shop that helps the Mexican local artisans. The next stop is University City, where you can admire the many murals at the Rectory, and wander around the main campus' Central Library. The campus also includes an impressive volcano-shaped, 63,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Head to the eye-catching Xochimilco and board a trajinera - a colorful, gondola-like boat - for a ride through the neighborhood’s famous canals. As you indulge in local treats and try your hand at bartering, your guide will share the incredible details of what makes this area a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. As you wander its tree-lined streets, you’ll learn how this city has played a part in historical empires like the Aztec and Spanish to becoming a cultural capital and home to Octavio Paz, Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. At Casa Azul, Kahlo’s home and now museum, we’ll immerse ourselves in the trailblazing life of one of Mexico’s most original artists. Mexico is known the world over for its living history and the breathtaking art of renowned artists, like Frida Kahlo, whose impact is still felt today. Visit the Frida Kahlo's Museum called "La Casa Azul". Housed in the striking cobalt blue house where she was born and returned for the last years of her life, the Casa Azul. See a large assortment of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and indigenous jewelry from her personal collection. Enjoy a day full of Aztec history, Mexican art, and delicious flavors that combines some of the Mexico City's must sees in one tour.

Mexico City: Xochimilco Boat Tour with Meal and Drinks

2. Mexico City: Xochimilco Boat Tour with Meal and Drinks

Tour the canals of Xochimilco aboard a traditional boat. Listen to commentary from the guide and drink tequila, margarita, or soft drinks. Have fun along the way with Mexican board games. Eat at a local restaurant on a floating island, then learn how to make a michelada cocktail. Arrive at the meeting point and board your Trajinera boat. Then, start to explore the canals of Xochimilco while your bilingual guide shares the history of the area. Drink margaritas, tequila, water, and soft drinks. Eat some Mexican candies. During the tour, play Mexican board games, such as Loteria (Mexican Bingo), and the pirinola roulette. Have the chance to win prizes. Afterward, stop at a local restaurant on a Chinampa (floating island) for meal time. Mingle with the locals, then get back onto your boat for a workshop. Learn how to make a michelada cocktail, and enjoy some drinks. Finally, return to the starting point to finish your tour.

Mexico City: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour by Turibus 1-Day Pass

3. Mexico City: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour by Turibus 1-Day Pass

Hop on a double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views of Mexico City with this ticket. Get access to 4 different city routes including Historic, Coyoacan, Basilica, and Polanco. Travel freely, hopping on and off at any stop as many times as you want. Explore one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. See a variety of museums scattered throughout the city like the Templo Mayor Museum, Museum of Anthropology and History, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Soumaya Museum, Frida Khalo Museum, and more. Discover trendy neighborhoods like the Historic Center, Polanco, Xochimilco, or Coyoacán where you can experience the food, customs, and traditions of Mexico. Visit upscale shopping malls, bars, restaurants, monuments, and parks. See festivals and entertainment shows, depending on the season. Basilica CircuitDiscover the spiritual side of Mexico City. Marvel at everything around you and tour the halls of one of the most cherished worship centers in all of Mexico and Latin America. Closed: December 10th -12th. Polanco CircuitTake a look at the city’s most sought-after district. Come see one of Mexico City’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Go shopping at the most prestigious establishments and add some unique flavor by tasting its exquisite cuisine. Historic Center CircuitEnjoy the heart of Mexico City. Be amazed the whole way on a tour that offers sightseeing of the best of Mexico City, from its architecture, monuments, and museums to its unique flavors. Coyoacan (South) CircuitJoin the excursion that every tourist needs. Fill yourself with culture in Mexico City’s most artistic neighborhoods. Connect with their hipster lifestyle and tour incredible sites full of magic, flavor, and fun.

Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

4. Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

Setting off on this half-day tour of Xochimilco and Coyoacan, you’ll pass by Mexico City’s World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the Monumental Mexico Bull Ring, and the Insurgentes Theater with its mosaic mural of Diego Rivera’s Cantinflas. Explore the university library that features mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman, Mexico’s Olympic stadium, and the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel, built on lava fields. Enjoy the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco canals, one of the last traces of the Aztec era. Take a relaxing, scenic journey on these ancient waters on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. You’ll visit the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan. Walk along Francisco Sosa Street to the town’s main square, admiring its large, rambling 16th-century houses on the way. See the impressive mansion of Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the Church of St. John the Baptist, with its magnificent paintings and altarpieces.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Casa Azul, Coyoacán & UNAM Tour

5. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Casa Azul, Coyoacán & UNAM Tour

Take a guided day trip from Mexico City and cruise the waterways of Xochimilco, a UNESCO site, on a wooden boat. Explore the colonial architecture of Coyoacán, stroll through Central University, and visit the Frida Kahlo Museum with the included entry tickets. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the doorstep of your accommodation in Mexico city. Relax in an airconditioned van on the drive to the waterways of Xochimilco. Glide through the water on a colorful wooden boat called a Trajinera. Purchase a drink and regional snacks from one of the restaurant boats that dot the waterways. Listen to the sounds of mariachi bands permeating the air as you sail past the floating gardens. Continue your tour to the neighborhood of Coyoacán, favored by some of Mexico's most famous artists and writers. Stroll its tree-lined cobbled streets, admiring the stucco and tile facades of its beautiful colonial houses. Next, make your way to the Frida Kahlo Museum which is the former house of the famed Mexican painter. Gain insight into the life of this iconic figure and her famous husband, Diego Rivera, and stroll through the picturesque garden. The last stop of the tour is to the campus of the Central University, home to the Olympic Stadium from 1968 and adorned with murals by a number of Mexican artists.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

6. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

Begin your experience by visiting a craft center dedicated to silverwork in the popular neighborhood of Peralvillo. Your adventure continues at the Xochimilco Lake, where you'll take a ride on a traditional boat called a "trajinera". You'll get to appreciate the canals and especially the chinampas, which were artificial islands designed by pre-Hispanic peoples, such as the Aztecs, to populate the region's lake. During your boat ride, you can take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy music from a mariachi band on the trajinera (the cost of the mariachi is not included). The next stop is the central campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Here, you'll admire the "functionalist" architecture and the impressive murals at the Olympic Stadium and the Central Library, attributed to Diego Rivera and Juan O'Gorman, prominent figures in the Mexican muralist movement. To conclude your experience, you'll explore the charming neighborhood of Coyoacan. You'll visit the main street, Francisco Sosa, which is adorned with gardens and colonial houses. Additionally, you'll discover the heart of Coyoacán, including the San Juan Bautista church, Hidalgo Garden, and the monument commemorating the neighborhood's foundation.

Xochimilco: Boat Ride & Mexican Party, with Unlimited Drinks

7. Xochimilco: Boat Ride & Mexican Party, with Unlimited Drinks

Explore the vibrant canals of Xochimilco aboard a traditional boat. Listen to stories from your local guide while enjoying tequila, mezcal, beer, soft drinks, and snacks. Join in on our Guacamole challenge! Play fun Mexican games and dance among new friends. Book the #1 Experience in Xochimilco! •⁠ ⁠At Xochimilco, we'll sail on a trajinera, a lively and colorful traditional boat. •⁠ ⁠We cruise through canals (2 hours), enjoying fresh snacks our CHEF prepared while dancing to music. •⁠ ⁠Take part in our legendary Guacamole contest and showcase your culinary skills among friends and travelers. •⁠ ⁠Enjoy UNLIMITED high-quality drinks like Beer, Tequila, and Mezcal for an epic experience. (We include mixers like juice or sodas and bottled water) •⁠ ⁠Break the ice and bond with fellow travelers through onboard games. •⁠ ⁠Be tempted by the offerings of local vendors on passing boats; they offer authentic Mexican treats like tacos, quesadillas, and corn, all set to the backdrop of vibrant mariachi music (*additional food and live music NOT INCLUDED). •⁠ ⁠Optionally, visit the Axolotl sanctuary, home to the Xochimilco-native salamander (~5 USD). •⁠ ⁠Wrap up our journey by exploring souvenirs at the Crafts Market. •⁠ ⁠Since the tour is outdoors, be mindful of the potential risk of falling. •⁠ Our tours are perfect for everyone, no matter your age! Our hosts are dedicated to making sure everyone feels included and welcome. We can offer private tours, personalized events, or private transportation for big groups! Our goal is: - That you enjoy an iconic place in CDMX, supporting the local economy while being mindful of the environment and promoting a women's project that seeks to generate a positive change in Xochimilco.

Xochimilco: Kayak Tour

8. Xochimilco: Kayak Tour

Discover the last vestiges of Mexico City in its pre-Hispanic era. Follow your local guide and learn about the history of Xochimilco, a World Heritage cultural site which is also a protected natural area. Meet your guide at the Cuemanco Pier where you will be trained to use your kayak. Begin your adventure by embarking on a kayak to see the sunrise or sunset. Be on the lookout for different species of migratory and local birds on your journey. Take a break in the middle of the lagoon and capture memorable photos of the amazing views. If the weather permits, you will also be able to see the volcanoes of Mexico. Set sail and visit the Axolotl conservation center. Get up close and see the Axolotl in person, an animal that is in danger of extinction and is native to Xochimilco.

Xochimilco: Boat Tour with Ambystoma Mexicanum Sanctuary

9. Xochimilco: Boat Tour with Ambystoma Mexicanum Sanctuary

Visit the canals of Xochimilco aboard my boat, visit the Ambystoma Mexicanum Sanctuary Commonly called Axolotl, have fun along the way with Mexican music and Mexican cocktails tutorial. Visit the island where Netflix recorded mexican film, eat at the floating island restaurant, drink margarita, tequila, mezcal, pulque y michelda (workshop), play Mexican bingo, and test your artistic skills in our karaoke challenge. End the experience with a surprise activity, you will love it. We will start and end the tour at the meeting point Pet friendly experience.

Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

10. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City. Enjoy a panoramic visit around the streets of Mexico City, visiting famous and iconic sports like the Monumento a la Revolución, the Ángel de la Independencia, and the Paseo de la Reforma. Visit a cemetery at night, where you can admire the famous altars and their rich expressions of popular art that fuse symbolism and thought, both pre-Hispanic and Catholic around death. Learn about the symbolism of these altars and their importance to the people who created them. Listen to your guide's fascinating stories, and discover why marigold flowers are used, among other items, to decorate the altars. Mingle with the locals as you take part in this special day.  Finally, visit Xochimilco to take a tour of the canals at nighttime in a trajinera – a traditional Mexican boat. Pass through floating gardens. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the most authentic Day of the Dead experience, book your tour now, it only happens once a year!

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(30 reviews)

Great Xochimilco experience! Santi, the tour guide, made sure we had an awesome time, it was fun, snacks were good, games on board, drinks available at all times and even a small surprise because we were on our honeymoon! We got to see axolotls and other animals at a breeding program site, overall 100/10 experience supporting locals and women entrepreneurs ✨ would recommend 100%.

Everything was fine except that the bus broke down on the way to Coyoacan, we had to wait for a replacement but the tour was still completed, the guide did everything possible to resolve the situation and was very enjoyable on the tour.

I would have left more time to visit the Blue House. And I missed a visit to a unique building in Coyoacán, like a typical Mexican house with a patio. The rest all good

Sal was amazing and so was the driver. Very informative and caring guide.

Andrea was a fantastic host, we had loads of fun. Thank you!