9. Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit
Explore the rich culture and history of the Historic Center with a guided tour of its best attractions and monuments, then admire Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage with a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Your tour begins at the National Museum of Anthropology, located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a large urban park. Explore the museum's Sala Mexica to see artifacts from the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilizations, learn about the mythology, ways of life and customs of the different regions and cultures of Mexico. See a massive basalt Aztec calendar, a reconstruction of a Mayan tomb, and a replica of Moctezuma's feathered headdress. We will visit El Zócalo, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución, it was named in honor of the Constitution of Cádiz enacted in 1812, we will see panoramically the National Palace, the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico. Located to the east of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the heavens of Mexico City is the seat of the Primate Archdiocese of Mexico and is located in the north side of the Plaza de la Constitución in the Historic Center of Mexico City, we will walk along Francisco I. Madero street is one of the main access roads to the Historic Center of Mexico City. The street begins from the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis, as a continuation of Juárez Avenue and runs from West to East, ending in the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo. This ceremonial center of ancient Tenochtitlan remains the heart of modern Mexico City. Admire the art nouveau style outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes, then head to the Palacio Nacional, a centuries-old building that was built on the grounds of what was once Moctezuma's residence. After walking and admiring the Historic Scepter we will go to our second stop National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most important museums in Mexico and America. It is designed to house and exhibit the archaeological legacy of the peoples of Mesoamerica, as well as to account for the current ethnic diversity of the country. The collection of the National Museum of Anthropology is made up of numerous archaeological and ethnographic pieces from all over Mexico. Some of the most emblematic pieces in the collection include the Stone of the Sun —which is the very heart of the museum—, the colossal heads of the Olmec culture, the monumental Teotihuacan sculptures dedicated to the gods of water, the tomb of Pakal, the funerary offerings from Monte Albán, the stelae from Xochicalco, as well as a Toltec Atlantean brought from Tollan-Xicocotitlan and the Tlaloc Monolith that guards the entrance to the museum.