Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

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Mexico City: Private Walking Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

1. 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.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

2. Mexico City: National Palace and 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. Visit the National Palace and see the beautiful murals painted by the great artist Diego Rivera.  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. Next, visit the National Palace. If you are a fan of Diego Rivera's art, this is a great place to see his work. Marvel at his murals as your guide tells you interesting facts about his work and life. 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. 

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Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

3. Mexico City: National Palace 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.

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Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

4. 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.

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From Puebla: Mexico City Private Guided Tour

5. 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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Mexico City: Private Walking Tour & Anthropology Museum

6. Mexico City: Private Walking Tour & Anthropology Museum

Meet your guide, who knows all the main sights and attractions of Mexico City, and your driver, who knows all the main routes and traffic patterns, at your accommodation.  Begin at the Zócalo (the Plaza of the Constitution) and walk through the traditional streets of the historic center. Discover the history of the most symbolic buildings on every corner. You will journey to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palas, the Palace of the Bellas Arts, Madero Street, and to a panoramic view of the Paseo de la Reforma.  Visit the Museum of Anthropology, one of the most important buildings in Mexico City as it has the largest anthropological and archaeological collection in the world. Rooms house the prehispanic evidence of the Mexicas, Mayas, Toltecs, and more cultures. The museum remains the most emblematic in the area as it safeguards the Mexican autochthonous legacy and stands as a symbol of identity and guidance for generations that seek to know their cultural roots. 

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What people are saying about Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Excellent from start to finish. I was especially pleased with the guide as she made it a point to translate in English equally even though my wife was the only English only speaker in our group of 12. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and I felt like I attended a session of ancient Meso America history and Mexican history. Wish list would have been to have more time at the museum. It was stretched to about 1-1/2. We would have just stayed but we were nearing closing time 5pm.

The city tour was fantastic- we saw so many things, bypassed lines and our guide was extremely knowledgeable - providing us background and information we never would have picked up on our own. Anthropology museum was a little rushed, but still worth while. I might suggest taking the tours separately rather than combined if your itinerary allows.

A Memorable Experience

This tour is a must. The Anthropology Museum is amazing, the Rivera murals are spectacular and the cathedral is one of the most unique I have seen. This is a wonderful intro to Mexico City.

The tour gave us the experience of the history and culture of Mexico. A must f

our tour guide was the best. showed us everything we wished to see