National Palace Mexico City

National Palace Mexico City: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

1. Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Mexico City: Discover the City Sights Group Tour

2. Mexico City: Discover the City Sights Group Tour

Mexico City was built in the years following the conquest in 1521, on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, in the middle of the now drained Lake Texcoco. Nowadays it´s the oldest capital city of the Americas with a metropolitan area that counts around 24 million inhabitants (depending on where the limits of the metropolitan area are set). Mexico City, with its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritages, has become one of the most dynamic and exciting cities of the world. To know Mexico you need to know Mexico City! This guided tour will take you to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Your visit will include the “Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where 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. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. 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. We will also visit a crafts shop where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs. Finally, before returning to your hotel, we will take a drive down the iconic Paseo de la Reforma Avenue.

Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

3. Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

Marvel at the many beautiful architectural monuments in Mexico City. Visit the National Palace, see the Constitution Square, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. First stop, you will visit the National Palace (panoramic view). Continue on to the famous Constitution Square and then walk around the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next, you will visit the Historical Centre, which is the heart of the Mexican capital. After your visit, you will head to Chapultepec Park, the most important residential zones of the city, and the Pink Zone.

Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

4. Mexico City: Downtown Instagram Walking Tour

Discover four top attractions in downtown Mexico City on a walking tour dedicated to taking pictures for your Instagram account. Go to four famous, Instagrammable landmarks that will be your striking backdrops and learn about their rich history from your local guide. Head straight to your first location, the Palace of Fine Arts or the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Marvel at its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture on the outside, and Art Deco look on the inside — perfect for photos. Learn how the building is most famous for its murals by the famed artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s notorious ex-husband, as well as being the country’s premier venue for the arts. Make your way to your next stop: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Located on top of the former sacred Aztec precinct, it was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 in the style of Spain’s Gothic masterpieces. Afterward, go to the National Palace at the city’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo. This site has been home to Mexico’s ruling class since the Aztec empire. In fact, much of the current building’s materials are from the original structure that belonged to Moctezuma II. Finally, head to Templo Mayor – the main temple of the Mexican people in their capital Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City.We’ll then stop by Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico – a landmark Art Nouveau hotel steeped in old world elegance – before we stroll through one of the major lifelines of CDMX’s Downtown: Francisco I. Madero Avenue. Here you can simply absorb the ambiance as you browse through boutiques, bars, and cafes.

Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

5. Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

6. Mexico City: Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

Mexico City: Downtown Highlights & Los Pinos Residence Tour

7. Mexico City: Downtown Highlights & Los Pinos Residence Tour

Visit a number of Mexico City's downtown highlights on this historical day tour of the district. Explore Mexico City's downtown district, marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site including various historical sites and monuments like the National Palace, the Zocalo panoramic of the Aztec Major Temple, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Reforma Boulevard, and Chapultepec Park. See Mexico City's downtown district and some of its most important historical sites on this day tour. Stop at sites like the Zoclo panoramic of the Aztec Major Temple. Make stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Reforma Boulevard, which runs through the heart of the city and is famous for its tourist attractions, restaurants, and hotels. Admire some of the most glamorous residential districts in the city, and the Zona Rosa. Enjoy a stop to Chapultepec Park, the second largest park in the city, and a peaceful green space home to the Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Zoo. Experience “The Pinos house” with a tour stop in the afternoon, where Mexico's presidents took up residence for decades. Explore the property's wide gardens and admire the statues of each president who lived in the house. Take a tour of the inside of the house and see how Mexico's presidents used to live. Admire the presidential boardrooms, the living rooms, the cinema room, and the balcony, among other rooms in the huge residence.

Mexico City: Private City Tour and Anthropology Museum Visit

8. 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.

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What people are saying about National Palace Mexico City

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Spectacular. My guide Ariushka took me through the most beautiful and interesting places in the Historic Center of Mexico City, while explaining the most important historical and cultural aspects. His kindness, patience and knowledge on the subject is remarkable. An unforgettable tour with many postcards to remember. Highly recommended.

Very good experience, knowing some places in the city and knowing its history, the guide was very kind and gave us very good recommendations to go to restaurants and some other places and in the end to be able to access the Latin American tower and see the sunset from the viewpoint It was spectacular.

EXCELENTE EXPERIENCIA, NUESTRO GUIA, LEONARDO, CONOCEDOR DE LA HISTORIA, FUE UN TIEMPO DEMASIADO BIEN APROVECHADO, UN MANEJO EXCELENTE DEL IDIOMA INGLES Y SIEMPRE ES Y SERA UN PLACER CONOCER LA HISTORIA DE MEXICO. MUY RECOMENDABLE Y LISTOS PARA PROGRAMAR EN EL FUTURO MAS RECORRIDOS

100% recommended! Especially if you’ve just arrived to Mexico City. The Anthropology museum is amazing whether you enjoy history or not. Kid friendly also. Our guide was simply outstanding, I think his name was Daniel. We had an amazing time, saw and learned a lot.

It was raining and yet, Alexa took us on the tour and showed us the interesting buildings and lanes of downtown Mexico City. Lots of local insights combined with the unpredictability of the rain- made the trip a memorable one. Well done!