DOWNTOWN STREET ART & GRAFFITI TOUR
Tour the best of Mexico City's street art & graffiti with professional guides who are street smart & socio-politically literate.
Tired of yet another museum? Enter the world of street art.
You won't accidently stumble upon boldest, freshest murals & graffiti because this is not Disneyland.
Google maps won't help you either.
Take this 2.5 hour private tour, with an articulate, informed, local graffiti artist, & we will open doors for you.
Don't take risks. Let us show you!
Welcome to the tour the Facebook executive team took during their Latin America SMB conference.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR
Street Art is a great way to get inside Mexico’s collective psyche.
Politically. Socially. Design-wise.
Strong prehispanic iconography by Mexican artist Smithe.
This tour is just like an inspirational TED talk.... that happens on the street!
See big bold urban walls, cynical stickers
& beautiful wheat-paste posters.
Local, intelligent & political: theTlaculolokos Collective
This is Centro Histórico from a completely alternative angle.
Its people, its messages,
in full hyper-colour expression.
Both Jocan and Emlo were fantastic, taking us to tons of amazing pieces and explaining the stories behind them. It was one of the highlights of our weekend, I highly recommend it to all!
MEET YOUR STREET ART GUIDES
Jocan and Emlo are local graffiti artists who know the street scene as insiders.
Your guides are articulate insiders who can explain not only the technical aspects of the works you see, but also the history of the artists themselves and the socio-political context of the street art scene in Mexico. They are bilingual and speak English and Spanish.
Importantly, they also know how to make you feel at home, so you can relax and hang out, just as a local would.
Jocan Deka has the lowdown on MX street artists who move to the gallery scene.
Jocan Deka is a tattoo artist and illustrator, who was the Curatorial Assistant for the prestigious Fifty-24 MX gallery for three years.
Fifty-24 (a.k.a. Maia) was the ex-HQ of Juxtapoze Magazine in Mexico City and is famous for its representation of street artists, which gives Jocan a wealth of interesting insider stories. Jocan was also on board for the politically powerful 'Manifesto Street Art Festival', which Fifty-24 held in collaboration with Vice Magazine Latin America.
This unusual CV means Jocan comes with some heavy intel on the transition from illegal to legal works in the Mexican Street Art scene.
Emlo is a local graffiti artist with an academic background in art history.
Emlo is a local graffiti artist who writes under the pen-name of Emlo, and also particpates in the crew called System. You'll find his wheat pastes, tags, stickers on trains, subway stations and underground music-gigs.
Emlo is academically trained in Art History and Visual Communication and is about to graduate from Ibero (one of Mexico City's most prestigious private universities), which really makes him a one-of-a-kind resource in terms of bridging contemporary art know-how, illegal street scenes and Mexican street art movements..
Ask as many not-kosher or not-cool questions as you want.
Your guide is there to inform and educate.
A crew of 20 San Fran kids came on tour as a birthday bash.
Peek deep in Mexico City.
Its people, history, politics & current events, through the eyes of a local.
The Virgen of Guadalupe is usually an image that never gets tampered with!
STREET ART TOUR SNAPSHOT
We include a range of graffiti & street art formats because they are not the same thing!
- See a non-touristy part of Downtown
- Graffiti vs street art: learn the difference
- Great photos! 17thC buildings juxtapose wall-sized murals
- Learn to read 'tags' & 'bombs'
- Politically-edgy stencils & wheat pastes
- Pause whenever you want to - be it for a drink or just to rest.
- 100% professional guide - cool, fluent & expressive
- Snapshot of MX politics & local life - flexi to you, a little or a lot!
*We don't include food or drink in your tour price so you are not locked into anything prior. Some people like to pause, others like to keep going!
Mexico is never complete without a few skeletons!
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 time slot, the tour is yours and yours alone.
- Reserve your preferred time/day with our secure online payment gateway.
- Receive an instant booking confirmation!
- You'll receive a personal email with detailed info about tour meeting point, and your guide's mobile number.
- The day of your tour, your guide is waiting for you at the meeting point. Set to go!
If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!
Totally recommend this tour. It was really enlightening getting to learn about the background of the graffiti culture and the ties to the local politics and urban development. One of the best parts of my trip to Mexico City!
We tour off-the-radar areas that many locals have never seen or had access to.
READ OUR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Our professional guides take their job seriously.
There are over 100 glowing TripAdvisor shout-outs to prove it!
Jocan, was the perfect guide; he is an artist himself, is very good at explaining the history of the work, and has very well thought out ideas about what separates the original from the ordinary.
Bob & friends came to Mexico City to celebrate his 70th birthday. Great style, great attitude!
We don't worry about age & neither should you!
Your Street Art & Graffiti Tour is private. This means you don't share your tour with anyone else.
- Total for 1 person group - US$138
- Total for 2person group - US$154.56
- Total for 3person group - US$165.60
- Total for 4person group - US$171.12
- Total for 5person group - US$213.90
- Total for 6person group - US$256.70
- Total for 7person group - US$299.50
If you wish to tour with a bigger group, let us know. We can accommodate you!
*Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax. Should you wish to tip your guide, this is standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico.
I highly recommend checking this tour out!!! There's so much beautiful street art in Mexico City, it definitely helps to know the background stories about the art & artists to better appreciate them.
USEFUL INFO FOR VISITORS TO MEXICO CITY
About us, our clients, common questions, and travel tips.
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.
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Wow! Claudio took us to places we would never have been able to find on our own, and he also discussed the social and political side of the street art culture as well. Claudio's interaction with us was a perfectly balanced mix of humor, enthusiasm and education. He challenged us to apply things he was teaching us, to be able to better understand and interpret street art on our own.
I had so much fun during the private Street Art Tour with Claudio! I saw amazing street art I definitely wouldn't have found by myself. I learned so much about different pieces and how to read grafitti. I also had a chance to use spray paint for the first time 🙂 I really recommend this tour, especially for solo travellers!!
We had an awesome time with our two tour guides, Jocan and Emlo, learning about Mexico City and its vibrant street art. It was a fantastic way to explore the historical, downtown district, which we probably would not have visited otherwise.Both Jocan and Emlo were fantastic, taking us to tons of amazing pieces and explaining the stories behind them. They even helped us paint our own mural at the end (we had a private group of 12).It was one of the highlights of our weekend, I highly recommend it to all!
Day 3's morning tour was the Street Art Tour with our extremely talented and knowledgeable guide, who showed us terrific street art, explained artists' unique personal tagging and other ways one should "read" street art. He made us feel incredibly special.
We opted for a private tour because we were traveling with our 1 year old daughter and we didn't want to worry about keeping up with a group, etc. Our guide was amazing from the start, engaging with our daughter and determining our level of knowledge (none) before starting off. He definitely customized the tour to fill in the basics we were lacking. And then at the end we got to tag ourselves!