ViaHero · May 27, 2019
From hiking active volcanoes to sipping mezcal to taste-testing tacos, there are tons of incredible tours you can take in and around Mexico City. And since we know everyone needs a little vacation inspiration, here are our 9 favorites.
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#1: Taste tacos and get tipsy off mezcal
If you’re a foodie wondering where to eat in Mexico City, we recommend taking the Mezcal, Tacos, and Pulque Tour in the Roma Norte neighborhood (just west of the city center). The tour is 3.5 hours long and will bring you to five different (and beloved) taco spots. You’ll also get the chance to sample five different mezcals and three different pulques (pulque is an alcoholic beverage native to Mexico and once consumed by the Aztecs) while learning about the history of the Roma neighborhood.
This food tour departs from Chetito Restaurant in Roma Norte, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $120.
#2: See the hidden neighborhoods of Mexico City
If you’re looking for non-touristy things to do in Mexico City, consider taking the Mexico City’s hidden neighborhoods tour. During this 4.5-hour jaunt through some of Mexico City’s most interesting neighborhoods, you’ll experience traditional Mexico City street art, diverse architecture, and spot some of Mexico City’s most famous attractions like the Moorish Kiosk structure and the Biblioteca Vasconcelos (which was named one of the most beautiful libraries in the world by Culture Trip).
The Hidden Neighborhoods tour departs from the entrance of the Barrio Alameda building in Centro Historico, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $73.
#3: Discover the city at night…on a bicycle!
The Lights Night Bike Ride offers travelers a glimpse of Mexico City’s nightlife and tourist attractions like Chapultepec Park—all on a bicycle! We’d recommend taking this tour early in your trip to Mexico City since it’s a great way to get the lay of the land and plan what places you want to visit in Mexico City for the remainder of your trip.
The Lights Night bike tour is 3.5 hours long and departs from Poray Bike Rental shop in Centro Historico, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $42.
#4: Hike the largest active volcano in Central America
This full-day hiking tour offers some of the best sights in Mexico City. Located in Izta-Popo National Park, a 2-hour bus ride from Mexico City, the active volcano of Iztaccihuatl is the highest in all of Central America. Once you reach the top, you’ll have access to a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains and the Valley of Mexico.
This full-day hiking tour is 11-hours long and departs from Hotel NH Zona Rosa or Hostal Amigo in Juarez, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $52.
#5: Take the New York Times' “See Everything” Tour
This tour covers Mexico City's must-visit places as recommended by the New York Times’ 36 Hours in Mexico City list. From lunch in a funky garden to a jaunt through the Franz Mayer Museum of decorative arts, this tour exposes you to traditional Mexican culture, cuisine, history, and art in different areas of the city.
The NYT tour is 6.5 hours long and departs from the Franz Mayer Museum in Centro Historico, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $139.
#6: Watch a live Lucha Libre wrestling match
During the first part of the Lucha Libre Wrestling Tour, you’ll ride a double-decker bus and learn about Mexico City’s historical landmarks with a former “Lucha Libre” wrestler as your guide. Since the wrestlers are Mexico City locals, they’re very knowledgeable about the city and have a ton of interesting stories to share. After you finish sightseeing, you’ll head to Arena Mexico to watch live Lucha Libre wrestling matches and experience Mexico’s wild wrestling culture firsthand.
The Lucha Libre tour is 4 hours long and departs from Plaza Reforma in Juarez, Mexico City. Available with Get Your Guide for $55.
#7: Sail the canals of Xochimilco
This full-day Mexico City sightseeing tour starts off downtown with a boat ride through the serene canals of Xochimilco. Next, you’ll take a walking tour of the colonial district of Coyoacan where you can admire the mansion of Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the Church of Saint John the Baptist. Lastly, you’ll take a tour of one of the best museums in all of Mexico City, the Frida Kahlo Museum. The museum is set in Kahlo’s actual house and showcases some of her best work and indigenous jewelry.
This sightseeing tour is 10 hours long and can depart from four different points for your convenience. Available with Get Your Guide for $39.
#8: Tour the Teotihuacan Pyramids from a hot-air balloon
Looking for things to do in Mexico City that are absolutely AMAZING? Take a hot-air balloon tour over the Teotihuacan Pyramids. This hot-air balloon trip offers an incredible look at the Teotihuacan archeological site from a bird’s-eye view.
The hot-air balloon tour is 3 hours long with pick-up options available from hotels in Polanco, Reforma, Zona Rosa, and Centro Historico. Available with Get Your Guide for $170.
#9: Visit some of the best art studios in Mexico City
If you’re wondering how to visit Mexico City with an artistic focus, we recommend going on the Artists’ Atelier tour to discover the best and up-and-coming artists in the city. On this tour, you’ll have the chance to visit local artists’ studios based on your art preference and style. You’ll also get the opportunity to speak with the artists and purchase some unique and authentic pieces to take back home with you.
This art tour is 4-5 hours long and offers hotel pick-up. Available with Get Your Guide for $75.
Like the sound of these tours? Have a local Mexico City trip planner include one (or all of them) in your custom itinerary! They’ll build you a trip plan that’ll show you the *real* Mexico City, all at your budget, all catering to your travel preferences. Any questions about how it works? Send us a message! And don’t forget to check out:
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