CENTRO HISTÓRICO MEXICO CITY- YOUR 5 HOUR MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

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Centro Histórico is your core introduction tour to Mexico City. The Aztecs, the Conquistadors, Diego Rivera, and eclectic Neo-colonial & Deco architecture start here! 

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 the historic center of Mexico City.

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, the maze of Mexico City simply couldn't be easier!!

Think of this tour as your passport to becoming a literate, informed visitor to Mexico City (whilst you metaphorically have your nails painted!) 

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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 MEXICO CITY CULTURE & HISTORY 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, located in Centro Histórico Mexico City.

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.

We don't lecture,
but you will come out A LOT smarter!

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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.

No maps, no taxis, no language problems! Seeing the historic center of Mexico City is easy with a private guide. 

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Javier was everything we could have wanted in a guide.

Sandra S, New York,  USA

PRICES: MUST-SEE CENTRO HISTÓRICO TOUR

Your 5 hour Tour of the Cultural highlights of the Historic Center of Mexico City is private. This means you don't share your tour with anyone else.

Total for a 1-4 person group = US $256

Total for a 5-7 person 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 in alignment with standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico.

Prehispanic meets Deco in Centro HIstórico. Architecture buffs will really enjoy learning about this uniquely Mexican combo.

Discover the cornerstones of Mexico City's pre-hispanic and colonial history in one compact session.  Centro Histórico Mexico City has all of these things in one compact area!

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PRIVATE TOUR OF CENTRO HISTORICO MEXICO CITY

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. The Aztecs, Conquisatdors, the Mixtecas, Diego Rivera murals and neo-colonial & deco architecture are all found here!

With this tour, you'll  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.

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!


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. The Aztecs, Conquisatdors, the Mixtecas, Diego Rivera murals and neo-colonial & deco architecture are all found here!

With this tour, you'll  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!

With the conquistadors came Catholicism.

A shaman cleansing, anyone?
Yup, you're not in Kansas anymore Toto....

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(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 THE HISTORIC CENTER OF MEXICO CITY WITH A GUIDE (and not on your own)

Centro Histórico 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.  

Detail of a 17 century colonial interior.

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. 

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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).

ITINERARY: MUST-SEE CENTRO HISTÓRICO 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 with your private guide. 

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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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 your private guide and their mobile number (via email.)
  • The day of your tour, your guide picks you up from your accomodation at the agreed time and you head off together to see the highlights of the historic center of Mexico City.

If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!


GUEST REVIEWS

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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.

We spent 8 hours with Cesar touring Frida Kahlo's house/museum, Diego and Frida's studios, and Xochimilco. We were thoroughly impressed with Cesar's knowledge of Mexican politics, history, and art. He really enriched our visit to Mexico City.

Laura arranged a three-part tour for me, my wife and teenage daughters, and it was all perfect! Arnoldo was our guide in the historic center of the city. His 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 of the last fifty to sixty years himself.Next Laura arranged a street art tour with Claudio Remix. 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.Finally, Laura guided us through La Roma...it was like having your best friend hosting you for an afternoon in their neighborhood! Laura's overview of the history and architecture of La Roma was a perfect introduction to our visit. Walking around La Roma, Laura took us to brand new boutiques, old craftsman shops and pop-up shopping areas. Laura gave us the opportunity to see what we wanted to see or to pass on certain options that she presented to us. We learned and saw so much with our new friend Laura. Also, at the end of the tour, she recommended several restaurants and called them to see who was open.If you want to see Mexico in a very personal, casual and fun way, you MUST contact Laura! We made three new friends who all showed us their personal Mexico City, and it was perfect!

Laura put together a personalized street art tour through Mexico City for my husband and I. From my first contact email to the last second with Laura, all was perfect. She answered all our questions beforehand, making sure we felt that this was indeed personal and not just another tour.The tour in itself: not only did we get to see great pieces of street art, we also got in depth explanations from Laura and we even got to see a street art piece "in the making" (a bit of luck there!!) This tour is definitely one of the highlights of our two-week holidays through Mexico.If you're looking for something different, personalized and fun, do not hesitate. Laura will make it happen!

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