CENTRO HISTÓRICO 5 HOUR MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHTS
Centro Histórico is your core introduction tour to Mexico City. The Aztecs, the Conquistadors, Diego Rivera, and eclectic Neo-colonial & Deco architecture.
Your first time in Mexico City?
Start it right with an intelligent guided introduction.
This is the safest, most relaxing way to explore the must-see cultural & historic highlights of Centro Histórico.
In this compact 5hour round-trip tour of Centro Histórico and The Zocalo. you'll learn about México City's incredible history and how it affects its people today.
With a private guide & chauffeured hotel pick-up/drop-off, Mexico City simply couldn't be easier!!
Think of this as your passport to becoming a literate, informed visitor to Mexico City (whilst you metaphorically have your nails painted!)
The best Diego Rivera murals in Centro Histórico are deep inside palaces & government buildings.
What you learn in this introduction to Mexico City will become like a Rosetta Stone for understanding all that you see and do for the rest of your stay.
Javier was most knowledgeable and provided us with the history of the areas we visited as well as introducing us to sights, sounds and tastes of modern life in Mexico City. The tour was a delightful introduction to Mexico City by someone who clearly knows and loves the city.
MEET YOUR PERSONAL MEXICO CITY GUIDES
Our cultural & historic guides are licensed, knowledgeable, and have personality!
Our Javier, Cesar and Gabriel each have over 20 years experience guiding in Mexico City. They have personality. They are NOT cardboard cut-out guides delivering robot speeches. They know their job is to give you solid information on anything and everything that interests you, be it a random question about why there are so many organ grinders in Centro Histórico, or whether the Aztecs ever met the Mayans, BUT they also know that people don't want to be talked at all day long! That is to say, the overall flow and feeling of the tour is as important as the number of facts you acquire.
Javier and clients pause for Mexican style hot chocolate.
Our guides understand that giving you the chance to pause, and observe, and absorb are important too. That's why they are on the Stylewalk MX team.
Anyone can churn out facts, but these guys are cool. They are real people, with real lives. They love their city, but they are not in love with the sound of their own voices! They are flexible to YOUR needs. The focus is YOU and YOUR experience. We call it being professional. You would call it relaxing, informative, and fun.
Javier has over twenty years experience as a professional cultural & historic guide. He is up-to-date on new research & discoveries.
Javier Tapia is our Head of Transport and Cultural Tours. Javier is a professional licensed guide (officially authorised by the Mexican Government) and has been working as a tour guide in his hometown of Mexico City for over 20 years. He has a really great attitude, his tours always have great flow and he is highly respected in the tour community as the Treasurer of the Tourist Guides Union.
When Javier is not on tour, he is found out walking his SIX (!) dogs, or going for a country cruise on one of his luxury Harley Davidsons (yes, like all fanatics, he collects them!)>
Cesar has been working as a licensed guide since 2002. He is the master of making any tour flow smoothly.
César Tapia is Javier Tapia's younger brother. César has been working as a professional licensed guide (officially authorised by the Mexican Government) alongside Javier since 2002.
César is best known for his great sense of humour, his readiness to adapt to any situation, and his deep passion for Mexican history. When he is not on the job, he loves to take his dog for a walk and, like Javier, he has a definite soft spot for taking his cruiser style motorbikes out for a spin in the country.
Our visitors love Gabriel (centre) for his winning combo of personality and knowledge.
Gabriel is regularly asked to take groups on national tours. He is a genuine expert on Mexico itself. When we can get hold of him, we grab the opportunity because Gabriel has incredible charm, he really knows how to relate to different groups of people and his style of sharing history and cultural info is very agreeable.
Discover the cornerstones of Mexico City's pre-hispanic and colonial history in one compact session.
Prehispanic meets Deco in Centro HIstórico. Architecture buffs will really enjoy learning about this uniquely Mexican combo.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR
Be securely guided through the most important channels of Mexican history & culture. Safely and intelligently.
Great anthropological artefacts can be found in Centro Historico.
Most visitors to Mexico City find Centro Histórico the perfect way to understand the massive realms of colonial and prehispanic history that make the city what it is today. We are so fortunate that downtown Mexico City offers us a fabulous collection of culturally and historic significant sites concentrated in one compact area. These are easily accessed on foot and provide us with the perfect overview of Mexico's fascinating and multi-layered past.
We have spent alot of time designing our 5 hour tour of Centro Histórico as the perfect hosted introduction to Mexico City. You'll see the most important buildings and archeological sites with educated insight and relaxed poise.
You'll also have the comfort and security of your hotel or Airbnb pick-up and drop-off in luxury private transport, so that every step of the way is 100% taken care of!
Diego Rivera's history of Mexico unfolds in this Centro Historico stairwell.
We don't lecture,
but you will come out A LOT smarter!
Churches are not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are interested our guides have a wealth of info to share.
Detail of a 17 century colonial interior.
The Cathedral, The Zocalo Plaza, The National Palace, Bellas Artes Palace and the Templo Mayor are the visually fabulous.
Once you know their stories, then you'll really fall in love with Mexico City!
(Our guide's) passion for Mexican culture and history was so contagious. He brought buildings and murals alive for us as we toured places like the Catedral Metropolitana and the Palacio Nacional de Mexico.
He also walked us through the city streets, discussing the history and cultural influences of buildings and streets through the eyes of a person who has experienced much of the changing political and social climate.....
WHY WE RECOMMEND YOU VISIT CENTRO HISTÓRICO WITH A GUIDE (and not on your own)
Centro Historico is a treasure trove, but Mexico City is a little complex.
What you need to know about downtown Mexico City is that it is hectic and full of people! BUT you HAVE TO see it. It's a fact. If you don't see the seat of the 8 Aztec empires for yourself, you'll only get half the picture. No matter where you go you'll be missing the wikipedia that sits behind the why and how of everything.
If you have help, you will be able to see downtown as the very blueprint where most of Mexico's Conquistador history took place. This is the tour to OPEN your eyes as to how Mexico was formed as a country and a nation.
So getting back to that hectic thing. There are many things we recommend you do on your own in Mexico City. Seeing downtown without a guide is NOT one of them. Your guide helps the importance of these cultural sites come alive. And importantly, your guide makes things calm, they help you navigate your way through the masses, they find an appropriate place to talk to explain what you are seeing, and they ensure you are safe, and well taken care of.
We did 2 days of tours with Cesar and we had a great time. He arrived at our location early and gave us a lot of information before even arriving to each destination without being overwhelming (as many guides can be at times).
TOUR OVERVIEW: MUST-SEE DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY
- Hotel pick-up* in luxury transport
- Your guide-driver checks in with you about what you may have already seen in Centro and asks if you have any new requests.
- Your chance to get some great photos and learn about sites such as the Cathedral, The Zocalo Plaza, The National Palace, and the Templo Mayor.
- Ask Q's, be curious about anything, learn some expert history and culture in an easy-going, approachable way.
- Stop for photos, a coffee break, tacos, a cold beer, whenever you want!
- Hotel drop-off in luxury transport.
Hotel pick-up & drop-off applies to all main hotel & Air Bnbs in the central neighbourhoods of Roma, Juarez, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, Polanco, and Centro. If you are outside of these areas, please advise us.
Discover the hidden riches of the city with your private guide & driver. No maps, no taxis, no language problems!
We do not include museum tickets or entrance fees in our tour prices so that you are NOT obliged to see any attractions in particular.
We respect your time & your preferences.
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We take our job seriously.
There are over 100 glowing TripAdvisor shout-outs to prove it!
HOW DO I BOOK? (AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?)
Your booking is reserved via our secure online booking platform.
Here's what to expect...
- Click on the orange booking button.
- Identify which tour slots are available in our live bookings calendar.
- Remember these are private tours. Once you book a timeslot, the tours is yours and yours alone.
- Reserve your preferred time/day with our secure online payment gateway.
- Receive an instant booking confirmation! Your tour is 100% yours!
- You'll receive detailed info about tour meeting point, and Davi'ds mobile number via email.
- The day of your tour, David is waiting for you at the the meeting point, ready to make introductions and get the ball rolling.
If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!
Your 5 hour must-see Centro Historico Tour is private. This means you don't share your tour with anyone else.
- Total for a 1-4person grouop = US$256
- Total for 5-7person group = US$310
If you have a group larger than 7 people, please contact us for a quote.
*Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax. Should you wish to tip your guide, this is standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico.
USEFUL INFO FOR VISITORS TO MEXICO CITY
About us, our clients, common questions, and some travel tips for you.
1. We are a LGBTI friendly company.
We are a LGBTI friendly company. Every sexual, religious, or political orientation is welcome on tour with us. We only work with tour guides who naturally relate well to new people and different lifestyles.. Our guides are openminded, cosmopolitan people, who know that colour and diversity make the world a better place!
Clients Mario & Patrick - what can we say.....we LOVE your style!
2. Check out our partner hotel list. It is drawn from three years of feedback from Stylewalk clients.
Where you stay in Mexico City can make a HUGE difference to your stay. Many people think the Frida Kahlo neighbourhood of Coyoacan is the epi-center of CDMX. Logistically speaking, nothing could be further from the truth! We have partnered with the bnbs and hotels that our tour guests consider to be fantastic Mexico City accomodation options - be it for mid or upscale budgets.
.3. We don't accept any third party commissions from any restaurants or shops.
We are travellers too and have been on tours in foreign parts of the world where it is obvious that the guide in cohoots with a shop or restaurant for tourist patronage. The experience is horrid. We don't want to be on tours like that so accordingly we only work with guides who are 100% free of shams and paybacks . Read more here...
4. Giving back. Being socially responsible is built into Stylewalk's business model.
Aside from directly supporting the best local Mexican businesses, a percentage of your tour payment goes directly to sustainable development projects. Read more here...
5. FAQs: essential travel tips & common questions for new visitors to Mexico City!
Have questions about currency, airport pick up/drop off, tour refunds or safety in Mexico City. Check our common visitor FAQs.
Submit your review
Our tour guide for the day was Javier who was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the day visiting Casa Azul (Frida Khalo museum), an open market, the Coyoacan neighborhood and the CentroHistorico district. Javier was most knowledgeable and provided us with the history of the areas we visited as well as introducing us to sights, sounds and tastes of modern life in Mexico City. The tour was a delightful introduction to Mexico City by someone who clearly knows and loves the city.