Zocalo – UNAM – Xochimilco
Beginning of the tour
Start this guided tour in the historical centre of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Your visit will also include the “The Zocalo”, the heart of the city. Here you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, where you can admire the famous murals of Diego Rivera. Besides, you will see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. In fact, the Templo Mayor is thought to be located on the exact spot where the Aztecs saw the eagle perching on a cactus with a snake in its beak. This symbolized for the Aztecs that they had reached their promised land.
In the afternoon, after a lunch break, you will discover the southern part of Mexico City. Follow Insurgentes, the world´s largest avenue, passing the Cibeles Fountain, Poliforum Siqueiros, and Plaza de Toros. Then, you will arrive at the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), listed as World Heritage. Admire its famous murals and sculptures, made by artists such as Diego de Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O’Gorman. The Campus of the University, built between 1950 and 1954, embodies one of the most emblematic developments of modern Mexican architecture. Moreover, you will tour the Olympic Stadium of 1968, with a mural by Diego Rivera.
Before going back to your hotel, you will visit Xochimilco, one of the most picturesque and colorful areas of Mexico City. It is one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. So, this beautiful place is characterized by its canals, floating gardens with lovely flowers, and brightly decorated “trajineras”. The latter could be considered the traditional Mexican equivalent of a gondola. So, enjoy the lively atmosphere on the canals while mariachi serenade you, floating kitchens offer you food, and flower-vendors tempt you with their colorful bouquets. An unforgettable experience!