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Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

1. Xochimilco & Coyoacan Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum Option

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour full of color and traditions on this sightseeing trip around some of Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods. 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.

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Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

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

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 your 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.

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Xochimilco 5–Hour Boat Ride and University Tour

3. 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!

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Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum

4. Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum

On this 6-hour 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.

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Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

5. Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Xochimilco & Coyoacan:Full-Day Tour

Float along the tranquil waterways of Xochimilco, in a colorful 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 beautiful floating gardens, and then 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 you way to Casa Azul, the former house of famed Mexican paintress Frida Kahlo. Gain insight into the life of this iconic painter and her famous husband, Diego Rivera and stroll through the picturesque garden, which, with its Mesoamerican pyramid, is also a sight to behold. 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.

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From Mexico City: Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

6. From Mexico City: 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.

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2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

7. 2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

Spend 2 days visiting the top archeological and cultural attractions in the Mexico City area. Climb the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, visit the Frieda Kahlo Museum in colorful Coyoacán and enjoy a boat ride in Xochimilco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine and Tlatelolco Your first day begins with a drive to Tlatelolco, the largest archaeological site in Mexico City. Learn about the importance of this place that was part of the capital of the Aztec empire. See the Plaza of the 3 Cultures where pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern Mexico blend. Continue on to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most important religious site in all of Mexico and one of the most visited shrines in the Catholic world. More than 20 million pilgrims visit the site every year. From the Basilica of Guadalupe, the tour continues to Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods. A professional guide will take you on a journey through the history of this mystical place. Walk among the ruins and marvel at the size of the pyramids. Climb up the stairs at the famous Sun and Moon pyramids and take in the views from the top. After a day of appreciating Mexico’s history, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. Day 2: Coyoacán, National University and Frida Kahlo Museum Your day starts with a drive to Coyoacán, an area dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the picturesque houses, and then visit Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum. Also, have the opportunity to visit a cooperative shop that helps local Mexican artisans. Learn about the life and iconic work of this famous artist. The house is where Frida Kahlo lived with her husband, Diego Rivera. You'll have an hour of free time in the museum to explore it thoroughly. The next stop is the National Autonomous University, founded in 1551, where you'll visit the UNESCO-listed central campus with art from muralists Diego Rivera and Juan O'Gorman. Continue to Xochimilco, located 17 miles south of Mexico City. This ecological reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to Aztec times. Take an hour’s ride on a colorful boat known as a trajunera, enjoy festive music from other boats and meet vendors selling delicious snacks you can buy. At the end of the boat ride, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. 

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Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

8. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City and heads to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where traditional altars, dedicated to iconic figures, celebrities, and family members, are decorated every year on the Day of the Dead. 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 and visit a pantheon to admire yet more impressive altars.

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Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

9. Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

Learn how Christmas is celebrated in the heart of Mexico on this private boat tour with a local guide. Experience a wide variety of Mexican traditions and customs and sample some local cuisine as you enjoy a boat tour on Xochimilco Lake. In the company of your professional guide, visit the lake's most beautifully decorated spots. You’re sure to feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere of the waterfront. Taste local products and pick up some unique souvenirs at the floating Christmas market.

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Mexico City: Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Xochimilco

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 612 reviews

One of the better tours I have ever been on. Fabio, the guide, was witty, caring and informative. A good combination of history at the university, unique party at Xochimilco, and the charm and memory of the area around Frida Khalo's neighborhood. Well organized and thought out.

Julio was our tour guide, and he was great! We got to see everything as promised, had time to see the different shops and locations. Very nice and informing along the way and drive there was very nice.

Inez was an excellent tour guide , very knowledgeable and friendly. Abel was also an excellent driver. I would definitely recommend

Ines was an amazing tour guide. Very insightful and helpful. We had a great time with our group!

Great experience. Loved our hilarious guide Allen. Very knowledgeable and entertaining.