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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 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.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

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

Go on an insightful guided tour to Coyoacan and Xochimilco. Sail on a boat and explore the ancient canals of the Xochimilco lake before indulging in local food and Mexican music. Start your trip with a brief visit to an artisan center in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, Peralvillo. Learn all about the handicrafts of all regions of Mexico. Continue your tour in the southern part of the city, where you can visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, or if you prefer, head to the center of Coyoacan, for a 1-hour visit. Next, move on to discover the beautiful scenery of Lake of Xochimilco. Make the most of the opportunity to take a ride on a boat named Trajinera, in the ancient canals of the lake. In Xochimilco, see the chinampas (artificial islands), and find out what life was like 500 years ago in the great Tenochtitlan. Take this chance to savor the typical food of the region, as well as enjoy the Mexican music mariachi. Finally, visit one of the most important universities in Latin America, UNAM.

CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

3. CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Mexico City and sail through the ancient Xochimilco borough on a colorful trajinera. Learn about the city from your guide and visit highlights, including the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Coyoacan Neighborhood. On this private tour, begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Mexico City and drive to Xochimilco. There, climb aboard a trajinera painted with bright colors to explore the channels built by the Aztec civilization. During the tour, you will be informed about the construction of artificial islands and other activities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Anahuacalli Museum, founded by the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Your guide will offer you a personalized narration about the art collection including 64,000 pre-Hispanic pieces. The blue house, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum, is where the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo lived and died. Learn about the important details of her life and admire your her work before taking a stroll through the historic center of Coyoacan, which has a colonial atmosphere. Lastly, your guide will take you to visit the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where you will be able to see mosaic murals by Diego Rivera, Juan O'Gorman and David A.Siqueiros. After admiring the views of the Olympic stadium, be taken from the Vuelta to your hotel.

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 drift through the waterways of Xochimilco, a UNESCO site, on a wooden boat. Explore the colonial architecture of Coyoacán, stroll through Central University, and learn about Frida Kahlo’s life and artwork at Frida Kahlo Museum with entry tickets included. Float along the waterways of Xochimilco, in a colorful wooden boat called a Trajinera, sipping on a drink and eating regional snacks prepared on the "restaurant boats" dotting the waterways. Listen to the sounds of the mariachis permeate through 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: Private Xochimilco and Colonial Coyoacan Trip

6. Mexico: Private Xochimilco and 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. 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: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

7. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City. 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 create 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. Enjoy a performance of "La Llorona" and enjoy the most authentic Day of the Dead experience.

Mexico City: Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco

8. Mexico City: Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco

Your tour will begin with your discovery of Coyoacan, of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City and a the former village which is now the borough’s “historic center.” The name comes from Nahuatl, and most likely means “place of coyotes”. You will visit the beautiful town of Coyoacan, considered a magical neighborhood with a bohemian atmosphere. Full of stories, a walk through this village will help you discover its galleries, crafts, and Frida Kahlo’s home and Museum. You will have the option to enter this home and museum, which belonged to her parents and is where she lived as a child. This house was inhabited by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from 1929 to 1954, and here you can find some of her famous paintings, letters, and personal effects. Next, you will head towards Xochimilco for a journey through the ancient canals and artificial islands created by the original peoples over 800 years ago. You will sail aboard a colorful boat known as a “Trajineras”, with there being no better way to be surrounded by the folklore of the people of Mexico.

Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

9. Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

Discover the southern part of Mexico City. Follow Insurgentes, the world's largest avenue, passing the Cibeles Fountain, Poliforum Siqueiros, and Plaza de Toros, until you arrive at the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), listed as World Heritage. Admire its famous murals and sculptures, made by artists such as Diego de Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O'Gorman. The campus of the University, built between 1950 and 1954, embodies one of the most emblematic developments of modern Mexican architecture. See the Olympic Stadium of 1968, with a mural by Diego Rivera. Your next destination is Xochimilco, one of the most picturesque and colorful areas of Mexico City, and one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. This beautiful place is characterized by its canals, floating gardens, and brightly decorated trajineras, considered the traditional Mexican equivalent of a gondola. Enjoy the lively atmosphere on the canals while mariachi serenade you, floating kitchens offer you food, and flower-vendors tempt you with their colorful bouquets. An unforgettable experience!

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

10. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

Explore the rich folkloric and cultural traditions of Mexico on this full-day private excursion to Teotihuacan and Xochimilco. Let the music, colors, and flowers fill you with memories as you explore ancient archaeological sites and local traditions. Enjoy the ride from your accommodation to the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan. Enjoy a brief history of maguey, or agave, and sample pulque, a traditional Mexican drink. Resume the trip to reach Xochimilco. Hop aboard a trajinera, the colorfully decorated canoe-type wooden boats, a don't-miss highlight of this Mexico City experience. End your educational journey in the Archaeological Zone of Tlatelolco.

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What people are saying about Xochimilco

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 787 reviews

We were looking for something low key and easy. This tour delivered. Our guide was informative and helpful. He he open to spending more time at different our sights of interest and open to our suggestions. Xochimilco and Coyocan are a must when visiting Mexico city. The Frida Kahlo museum is a gem. Thank you for an amazing tour!

This is an excellent choice. The private tour is worth the money. The guide picks you ip at the hotel and pretty much let’s you run the show. Frank wad very courteous and was there for anything we needed and wanted to explore. Worth the money.

Our guide (Alan Fernando) and our driver (Abel) were knowledgeable, fun, and very attentive. We had so much fun, learned so much more about Mexico, and felt comfortable at all times. An overall great day!

Our family experience was very nice, very extensive but full of culture. Our guide Alejandro strives to explain every detail, no matter how small it may seem.

All very nice The very knowledgeable guide We really enjoyed it We highly recommend