I love It’s dynamic, diverse, bustling, and filled with incredible museums and restaurants.
There’s so much to do here. It takes a long time to peel back the layers of this onion and get to the essence of the city. We run week long tours to the city and that only gets you a good overview of it all!
However, with so much to see and do, I always suggest that first-time visitors here take a walking tour (or three) during their trip. History, food, nightlife, markets — there are all kinds of tours that can introduce you to the city with the help of an expert local guide. While those may be the best free and paid tours in town, Mexico City has a lot more to offer, no matter your interests. Here are seven other insightful and educational tours:
1. Food Tour of Polanco
The upscale neighborhood of Polanco is a great district for eating. You can find everything from excellent street food to elevated and creative takes on Mexico City staples. This three-hour food tour is a super introduction to the neighborhood. In between munching tacos, grazing on Oaxacan specialties, and feasting on tortilla soup, you’ll learn about the history and the culture of the area from the local guide. This tour does a great job of giving you a wide range of food.
2. Mexico City at Night
The Mexico City at Night tour is two hours of strolling the historical center streets and stopping to gawk at the lit-up architecture while learning about the history and culture of the area. Some of the popular sites you’ll see at night include the Zócalo, the city’s main cathedral, Templo Mayor, and the Torre Latinoamericano, a 44-floor skyscraper that is like the Mexico City version of the Empire State Building. It’s a great tour to get a taste of the night food scene in the city.
3. Volcano Hiking Tours
If you want to get out of the city for the day, book a day trip to go hiking up a volcano. You’ll be shuttled to La Joya where you’ll walk the trails, learning about the flora and fauna of the area as you go. You’ll even see legendary Paso de Cortés, the spot where Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes and his army passed through on their way to the Aztec city of Tenochititian in 1519. Tours last a full 11-12 hours.