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Catedral Metropolitana de México: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

1. Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Get a fascinating introduction to Mexico City and it’s historic downtown on a small-group walking tour. Follow a certified guide and visit important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the ancient Aztec city, and the impressive Post Office building. Learn about Mexico’s culture from your experienced guide, who will introduce you to the city’s 700+ years of history, its eclectic architecture, and colorful traditions. Start your tour of the 'Centro Histórico', a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was the biggest church in the Americas for over 3 centuries. Walk on the giant Zocalo square, referred to as the heart of Mexico and see the resting place of the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Stand next to the ruins of the ancient Aztec city. Continue onto the mesmerizing Post Office Building and then marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts. Step inside traditional Mexican bakery to see, and taste if you’d like, the incredible variety of typical Mexican sweet breads.

Mexico City: Discover the City Sights Group Tour

2. Mexico City: Discover the City Sights Group Tour

Mexico City was built in the years following the conquest in 1521, on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, in the middle of the now drained Lake Texcoco. Nowadays it´s the oldest capital city of the Americas with a metropolitan area that counts around 24 million inhabitants (depending on where the limits of the metropolitan area are set). Mexico City, with its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritages, has become one of the most dynamic and exciting cities of the world. To know Mexico you need to know Mexico City! This guided tour will take you to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Your visit will include the “Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, where you can admire the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. The Templo Mayor is thought to be located on the exact spot where the Aztecs saw the eagle perching on a cactus with a snake in its beak. This symbolized for the Aztecs that they had reached their promised land. We will also visit a crafts shop where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs. Finally, before returning to your hotel, we will take a drive down the iconic Paseo de la Reforma Avenue.

Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

3. Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

4. Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

5. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

6. Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

Marvel at the many beautiful architectural monuments in Mexico City. Visit the National Palace, see the Constitution Square, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. First stop, you will visit the National Palace, where you will see beautiful murals painted by the great Diego Rivera. Continue on to the famous Constitution Square and then walk around the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next, you will visit the Historical Centre, which is the heart of the Mexican capital. After your visit, you will head to Chapultepec Park, the most important residential zones of the city, and the Pink Zone.

Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

7. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of vibrant Mexico City on a personalized tour of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its lively and lesser-known streets. Start your experience in the artsy enclave of Roma, a chic area with a hipster edge and incredibly diverse food, culture and art scene. Explore the quirky combination of colorful colonial buildings, Art Nouveau architecture, vintage bookshops, and veggie restaurants. Stop off at Mercado Roma, a covered market featuring some of Mexico City’s most popular eateries, and see Mercado Cero, a trendy zero-waste market born in 2018. Make your way down the tree-lined streets to Condesa, a nirvana for art-lovers. Pass all-day street vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sweet pineapples as you head towards Parque México, a leafy urban oasis and one of the city’s prettiest gardens. Join hordes of locals browsing at the traditional La Merced Market just outside the city center. Wend your way through the oldest part of the city in the Cuauhtémoc borough. Get lost among shelves upon shelves of books in the huge Vasconcelos Library in San Rafael. Explore the Centro Histórico district, home to ancient Aztec landmarks embedded into the fabric of the modern city, and see iconic buildings like the 200-year-old Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

8. Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

Discover four top attractions in downtown Mexico City on a walking tour dedicated to taking pictures for your Instagram account. Go to four famous, Instagrammable landmarks that will be your striking backdrops and learn about their rich history from your local guide. Head straight to your first location, the Palace of Fine Arts or the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Marvel at its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture on the outside, and Art Deco look on the inside — perfect for photos. Learn how the building is most famous for its murals by the famed artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s notorious ex-husband, as well as being the country’s premier venue for the arts. Make your way to your next stop: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Located on top of the former sacred Aztec precinct, it was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 in the style of Spain’s Gothic masterpieces. Afterward, go to the National Palace at the city’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo. This site has been home to Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztec empire. In fact, much of the current building’s materials are from the original structure that belonged to Moctezuma II. Finally, head to Templo Mayor – the main temple of the Mexican people in their capital Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. Then, stroll through one of the major lifelines of the city's downtown are: Francisco I. Madero Avenue. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere as you browse boutiques, bars, and cafes.

Mexico City: Downtown Highlights & Los Pinos Residence Tour

9. Mexico City: Downtown Highlights & Los Pinos Residence Tour

You will visit the Historical downtown district that is a Unesco ́s world heritage site, the National Palace, the Zocalo panoramic of the Aztec Major Temple, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Reforma boulevard, the Chapultepec Park, the most glamorous residential districts of the city and the Zona Rosa (Pink Zone). It is a “must” tour to also get acquainted with our City. In the afternoon you’ll visit a place which is one of the most emblematic and also new ones in mexico city , “The Pinos house”, the house was the residence of the Mexico presidents by decades. You’ll be able to visit their wide gardens where you’ll admire the statues of each president who was in this house. You'll get into the inside of the house to know the comfort with the Mexican presidents used to live. We’ll visit the presidential boardrooms, the living rooms, the cinema room and the balcony, among other rooms in the huge residence.

From Puebla: Mexico City Private Guided Tour

10. From Puebla: Mexico City Private Guided Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Mexico City’s historic center on a day trip from Puebla. Wander through the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the top sights with a private guide. Start your experience with hotel pickup in Puebla city. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you drive to Mexico City. After around 3 hours, you’ll arrive at the Zócalo, the main square. Visit the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan, the temple of the Mexica people, and learn about its history at the museum. Continue to the cathedral, and see inside this beautiful monument. Enter the Central Mall, the Postal building, and the Church of Santo Domingo. Admire the Baroque architecture of Casa de los Azulejos, or the House of Tiles, from outside. Pass by the Palace of Fine Arts and the Teatro de la Ciudad, or City Theater. Head back to your vehicle for the return transfer to Puebla, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Catedral Metropolitana de México

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 113 reviews

The tour of the historic center was great, I learned a lot about the rich history of this city and I got to know its main and beautiful buildings. Our guide Ana very nice. The entire tour is done on foot for about 4 hours. For older people or those who cannot stand for a long time, it may be a bit difficult because of all the walking.

It was raining and yet, Alexa took us on the tour and showed us the interesting buildings and lanes of downtown Mexico City. Lots of local insights combined with the unpredictability of the rain- made the trip a memorable one. Well done!

Emiliano was informative, patient, and engaging. Improvised course of tour due to an unforeseen protest but still managed to eke out important sites.

Daniela was super knowledgeable and friendly and engaging. We learned a lot and had a great time touring the historic district.

Fantastic and profesional tour! Daniella our guide was passionate and knowledgable. Great time in Centro Historico.