- Enjoy city tours and sample street food in Mexico City
- Visit the homes of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky
- Soat over Teotihuacán in a hot-air balloon
- Take a taco tour and see a folk dance performance
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City, Optional Activities||Mexico City|
|Day 2||City Walking Tour, Folk Dance Performance||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Teotihuacán Balloon Ride, National Museum of Anthropology||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Frida Kahlo Museum & Leon Trotsky House, Visit Xochimilco||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Barragán House, Chapultepec Castle & Taco Tour||Mexico City|
|Day 6||Depart Mexico City|
Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City, Optional ActivitiesWelcome to Mexico! You'll arrive in the heart of the action: Mexico City. The nation's exuberant capital is home to around nine million people and abounds with history, art, music, culture, and of course, some of the best cuisine in the world. Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in or near the city center. After checking in, you'll be free to head out and explore.
Day 2: City Walking Tour, Folk Dance PerformanceIn the morning, you'll head out on a half-day tour to visit some of the city's most historic sights. It begins in the Centro Histórico, home to many colonial and Aztec landmarks. You'll stroll the pedestrian-only Madero Street and the Plaza de la Constitución, better known as Zócalo. This massive public square is home to historic buildings like the Metropolitan Cathedral (built over 250 years beginning in 1573), the 16th-century National Palace, and the ruins of the 14th-century Templo Mayor, once a principal temple of the Aztec Empire.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 3: Teotihuacán Balloon Ride, National Museum of AnthropologyAfter an early breakfast, your driver will pick you up for the one-hour drive north of the city to one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico: Teotihuacán. Known as the "City of the Gods," this 8-square-mile (20 sq km) site was founded as early as 400 BCE, meaning it long pre-dates the Aztecs. During its heyday (around 500 CE), it was home to 200,000 people and over 2,000 buildings, making it the largest city in the Western Hemisphere.
Day 4: Frida Kahlo Museum & Leon Trotsky House, Visit Xochimilco
Head to the southern end of Mexico City and Coyoacán, a neighborhood famous for its cobbled streets, shady plazas, and colorful homes. Aside from its 16th-century church, its most famous building is La Casa Azul, the house where Frida Kahlo spent much of her life. Today it's a museum displaying works by Kahlo and Diego Rivera, which you'll see on a tour.
After Casa Azul, you'll head a couple of blocks over to the Leon Trotsky House Museum. Here, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky lived with his wife Natalia after he was banished from the Soviet Union in 1929. This house is also the site of one of the 20th century's most controversial murders, as it was here that Trotsky was murdered in 1940. On a tour, you'll learn about the life in exile of one of history's most compelling political figures.
Next, travel farther south to Xochimilco. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been settled since pre-colonial times. It's known for its tranquil canals—remnants of the rivers that once crossed Mexico's valley and were used by the Aztec for transport. You'll get to travel down the canals on a trajinera (painted gondola). As you float down the channels, you'll nibble on antojitos (Mexican snacks) and learn about Mexican history as boats filled with mariachi musicians float past and serenade you.
Day 5: Barragán House, Chapultepec Castle & Taco TourAfter breakfast, you'll visit Casa Luis Barragán, the iconic home of the legendary Mexican architect. The house, built in 1948, merges traditional design elements with artistic and even philosophical flourishes, cementing the man's legacy as a major influence in global architecture. It's so impressive that it was even named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the only individual property in Latin America to enjoy such a distinction. You'll get to experience it all on a full tour of the home.
Later you'll head over to nearby Chapultepec Park. At 1,695 acres (686 ha), this is one of the largest urban green spaces in the world. It's also one of the oldest, as back in 1428, it was a summer retreat for Aztec rulers. Besides lakes and gardens, the park contains nine museums, a zoo, and an amusement park. One landmark you'll visit on this hour-long tour is Chapultepec Castle, which dates to 1785 and is located atop the park's hill. Once the residence of the Viceroy of New Spain, today it's the National Museum of History, home to a magnificent collection of historical artifacts and murals.
Day 6: Depart Mexico City
Unfortunately, your six-day tour of Mexico City has come to an end. At the appropriate time, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport, where you'll catch your flight home. Until next time!