9 - 9.5 hour(s)
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and its Federal District as well as its seat of power. The city was built atop the 1521 ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Mexican Aztec Empire, which in turn was founded in 1325. Throughout its history under Spanish colonial rule, it was an important center of the Spanish colonies, until Mexico gained independence and formed the Federal District in 1824. Today Mexico is has a population of 8.8 million, and is the the largest city in the country as well as its primary center of culture, education, and finance. Travel to a city whose importance through the ages has hardly waned, and explore it in the best way with our 2015 tours and activities.
Venture into the Mexico Historic Center on a walking tour and travel through this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Begin at Zocalo in the heart of the city, where you’ll find a monumental square that was once the ceremonial center of the Aztecs in the original city of Tenochtitlan. Here you will be surrounded by historical landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, built between 1573 and 1813; the National Palace, where the federal executive of Mexico resides, and which was built partly from the materials of a palace on the same grounds that belonged to Moctezuma II; and the Old Town Hall as well as other structures. Avail of the services of professional guides who will provide recommendations as to where to go, what to eat, and who will also teach you more about the history of the city.
Leave the city limits for a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, Tlatelolco and Guadalupe Shrine. Discover Tlatelolco, an archaeological site featuring the remains of a Pre-Columbian town. Enter another site, Teotihuacan, where majestic pyramids and ancient history await those who venture into it. Visit La Villa, or the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most popular Catholic pilgrimage site in the world.