Arrival at Mexico City International Airport, transfer to the selected hotel, or similar accommodation.
Departure from the hotel towards Mexico City’s downtown, going through Reforma Avenue, constructed by emperor Maximilian, and where most of the important monuments of the city are located. Then we will go through Juárez Avenue; we will see “La Alameda” park and the Palace of the Fine Arts, building of the Italian architect Adamo Boari. Then through Madero Street we will arrive to the Zócalo to visit the National Palace –current seat of the government; its walls are covered by Diego Rivera frescos, one of the greatest modern Mexico’s painters–, the Cathedral –alive example of Colonial architecture–, and the Templo Mayor. Later we will continue towards Chapultepec park, passing through Las Lomas, one of Mexico City’s most exclusive neighborhoods. At noon, start and extraordinary walking tour through Mexico City’s historical center while discovering the country’s reputed cuisine in several surprising and exotic food stops. This is a gastronomic adventure through the traditional flavors of Mexico awaits you: from pre-Hispanic food to contemporary culinary dishes. Explore a typical Mexican market with a peculiar selection, drink in a typical cantina and be
delighted with street food among others.
Return to the hotel.
Departure from the hotel to the south of the city towards Xochimilco to sail on a trajinera (small boat) through canals that date from pre-Hispanic times and where you will see the known floating gardens. Xochimilco was the place where the Toltecs took refuge during the fall of Tula. From ancestral times its inhabitants have dedicated themselves to agriculture.
It is a traditional place where many Mexicans spend their Sundays.
We will have lunch on board of a trajinera (boat). Visit to the craft market. In the evening there is a stroll through Coyoacán, typical district of the city, where we will see the church of Saint John the Baptist, one of the most beautiful examples of the Colonial architecture, and many other houses that date from 18th century. In Coyoacan, you will have the pleasure to visit the house where the famous Mexican painter Frida Khalo lived with her husband Diego Rivera. Return to the hotel.
We pick you up at your hotel and drive to the Basílica of Guadalupe, the most important sanctuary of Mexico. First, we will walk outside of the Three Cultures Square, where the main historical periods of Mexico (the pre-Hispanic, Colonial and the Modern ones) are represented. Visit to the new Basílica, where there is the original image of the “Virgin of Mexico”. Architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez constructed the temple in 1976. The old Basílica can be admired from the great vestibule that dates from the 18th century. In that place, on December 12th, hundreds of thousands Mexicans get together in pilgrimage to worship the Virgin.
The visit will continue towards Teotihuacán (“Place of the Gods”), 53 kilometers far from the Federal District, approximately one-hour drive. Visit to the archaeological site where the Teotihuacán culture settled. Visit to the Temple of Quetzalcóatl, the Pyramid of the Sun, the temple of Quetzal-Papalotl, the temple of the Plumed Snails and the Pyramid of the Moon –from this spot the Road of Dead is seen in all its splendor–. Lunch in a restaurant near the site.
Return to the hotel.
Transfer to Mexico City International Airport, and farewell to your Mexico trip.
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