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Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

1. Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

Take in the three most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Dead's Avenue. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the three periods of Mexican history represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

2. Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

On this GetYourGuide Exclusive experience, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 'City of the Gods'. Beat the crowds and learn about the history as well as the latest discoveries from your expert guide. Finish by sampling some local products. Visit Teotihuacan in the early morning, arriving at this famous archaeological site just as it begins to open its doors for the day. See the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the different buildings, plazas, and murals that make up this important pre-Hispanic city. Complete your tour with a stop at an obsidian workshop run by a Teotihuacan family. Enjoy tastings of liquors made from cactus, as well as tequila, mezcal, and pulque.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

3. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico. Learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. Your experience begins with a walk through the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Visit the church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, contemplate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and see the monument in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue your experience at the Guadalupe Basilica complex and climb the sacred hill of Tepeyac, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to the Indian Juan Diego. Head to the Chapel of the Roses and enjoy a sweeping view of Mexico City. During the visit to the religious complex, admire the Chapel of the Indians, the Chapel of the Pocito, and the modern basilica, the place where the sacred blanket of Juan Diego is kept. To finish off your experience, go to the State of Mexico and discover the archaeological complex of Teotihuacan. Explore the archaeological zone and learn about the important history of this significant pre-Hispanic city. In Teotihuacan, you'll have time for lunch at a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of typical dishes of the region (costs not included). This activity also includes a visit to a handicraft center, where you can optionally taste liquors of the region (cactus and prickly pear) and try the traditional drink known as pulque (costs not included).

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, and Frida Kahlo

4. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacan, and Frida Kahlo

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 University City. 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. Upon arrival at the Xochimilco canals, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waterway - one of the last traces of the Aztec era - on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire the rambling 16th-century houses of Francisco Sosa Street. Continue along narrow cobblestone streets to the Zocalo (Main Square), where you will find the impressive mansion of the Conquistador, Hernando Cortes, and the Church of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista). Explore the Frida Kahlo Museum (if option is selected). 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.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

5. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as a Basilica de Guadalupe, and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City, available as either a private or a small-group tour. Your first stop will be in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City and its main square, La Plaza de la Tres Culturas, which is symbolic of Mexico’s unique cultural heritage.  Continue on to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Mexico's largest religious sanctuary, the Shrine houses the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th century. See the old basilica, which was completed in 1709, and visit the new church, built between 1974 and 1976, after the old church began to sink into the ground.  Experience one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Mexico as you tour the impressive atrium and interior of the new basilica, which now houses the Shrine. After lunch (not included in the tour price), you’ll head to the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with a guide. See the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, the impressive Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun, located along the long Avenue of the Dead.  Admire the colorful murals and see the Mesoamerican artifacts in the Archaeological Museum as you learn more about this ancient civilization.

Mexico City: Full-Day Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

6. Mexico City: Full-Day Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

Discover the best option to visit Mexico City in one day at your own pace and without stress, being able to hop on or off at the times that you want with the same ticket all day. You can choose between 4 different routes, such as the Historical Center Route that has 19 stops. With this route you can discover the history, architecture, culture, and of course authentic Mexican cuisine. The Polanco Route on the other hand is perfect to enjoy shopping and the most avant-garde architecture in the city throughout its 7 stops. The South Route has a total of 18 stops, and will take you to visit the most bohemian neighborhoods of the city, complete with a touch of architecture and archeology. With the final Basilica Route, you will encounter 5 stops during the tour, with this tour offering a religious excellence. With a duration of 3 hours, each route will allow you to take a trip through the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern times in the great capital of Mexico.

Mexico City: Lucha Libre Night

7. Mexico City: Lucha Libre Night

Don’t miss an exciting display of adrenaline and acrobatics during your stay in Mexico City. Book this ticket to a lucha libre show, and grab your mask to watch ringside. No trip to Mexico City is complete without a lucha libre wrestling experience and the chance to cheer with the crowds for your favorite lycra-clad wrestler. Based on the same priniciples as western freestyle wrestling, Mexican lucha libre is world-famous for its masked performers and adrenaline-fueled antics. As well as your own personal mask, you will get 2 free shots of tequila to get the party started, adding to the fun as the wrestlers start flying through the air. Bilingual guides are on hand to explain the rules, who the wrestlers are, and more, so you will always know exactly what is going, and who is winning!

Mexico City: Torre Latino Observation Deck

8. Mexico City: Torre Latino Observation Deck

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Mexico City with this attraction ticket. On the main deck of the Mirador Torre Latino, see the Mexican capital in a different light. Learn more about the city and tower's history with included admission to the Museo de la Ciudad y de la Torre. Take a tour to the top of this 182-meter skyscraper covered with glass and aluminum, with a terrace on its 44th floor. Go in the morning and watch the sun rise, or go up in the afternoon to watch the sun set over one of Earth's largest cities. After the dizzy heights of the tower lookout, enjoy access to the Museo de la Ciudad y de la Torre on the 38th floor. Learn about the history of the site of the tower, a symbol of Mexico City in popular culture. See how the monuments of Mexico City have changed over time.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

9. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

Take in the views of the hot air balloons flying alongside you, the beautiful landscape, and the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.  See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan Small-Group Dawn Tour

10. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan Small-Group Dawn Tour

Discover the majestic pyramids of Teotihuacan on an early-morning tour departing from Mexico City. Explore the site with your guide and learn more about the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico. After being collected from the lobby of your hotel by minibus, you will be taken to the archeological site of Teotihuacan, where you’ll marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. You can see and climb the Sun and Moon pyramids, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, walk through the Avenue of the Dead, and much more. You will then be taken to a clay workshop where you will learn everything about the pulque, silver, and clay processes, manufactured by local people. Whilst there you will also learn about how all these activities were done years ago, and you will be even invited to taste some tequila, mezcal, and pulque. Following this, you can enjoy delicious Mexican food and drinks (not included) during an allocated short break. Your tour will then conclude with you being taken back to your hotel or preferred nearby location at around 3:00 PM.

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Javier drove us on a truly private tour to see the caves and the city of Taxco. On the way there he first told us about different parts of Mexico City, and then the other areas we drove through like Cuernavaca on our way to Cacahuamilpa, mentioning what kinds of people the different cities attracted. The caves themselves were breathtaking and humongous, pictures cannot capture how large the space in the caverns is. Taxco was a beautiful city with a rich and interesting history explained to us by another private tour guide through the city. The 3D landscape of the city make it funnily feel like it should be near a body of water, when in fact its surrounded by mountains. The lunch we had in a secluded part of the Taxco restaurant with its spectacular view was one of our favorite parts of our Mexico trip. Javier was friendly, funny, informative, and always happy to answer any questions we had about the areas and Mexico more generally.

Great tour throughout the historic area of Mexico City. The tour involved both the Aztec and Spanish History and was not afraid to touch on some controversial topics in order to educate on the culture and history of this amazing city. 3 hours was all filled perfectly and at the end our guide gave us some great recommendations for food and other sights. Highly recommend this tour for first time city as it gives you a great idea of what to do next.

Angela is a fantastic guide--very knowledgeable and juggled both Spanish and English speaking tourists with ease. It felt like just the right amount of time at each stop. Our driver navigated traffic calmly and efficiently. Thank you both for a wonderful tour!

This was a fun and interesting tour where we got to learn a lot about the ancient history of Mexico City. Our guide Jorge was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Our tour guide Francisco and the bus driver Huge were super nice and accommodating with us. The overall experience was nice