Architecture

Mexico City

The Mexico City Architecture Tour

130.00 USD

per person:

The Mexico City Architecture Tour
Architecture tour in Mexico City's neighborhoods Juan O'Gorman
Architecture Tours in Mexico City
Architecture tour guided by architects in Mexico City
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Private & Small group architecture tour in Mexico City
An architecture tour guided by architects
A tour to discover Mexico City's architecture
The Mexico City Architecture Tour
Architecture tours in and around Mexico City

Duration:

7 Hours

Tour Guide:

Licensed Architect

Availability:

Everyday

Mode of Transportation:

VW Beetle convertible or VW classic Combi with a guide & driver

Visited Places:

Juárez, Roma Condesa, UNAM, San Angel, Tlatelolco, Santa Maria la Ribera, San Rafael and a lot more!

Description

Sketch it and the Mexicans will build it! When you discover Mexico City’s exceptional variety of buildings for the first time you may wonder if this legend is not in many ways true. Make no mistake though, Mexican architects are among the world’s very best and the country has a strong tradition of design that can be seen throughout the city. Although it was strongly influenced by Spanish and French architecture at the start, but often with a distinctive touch reflecting local traditions, Mexico City gradually developed an architectural style of its own, often drawing on its rich Pre-Hispanic heritage.

During our daylong Mexico City Architecture Tour, you will discover the city’s architectural wonders, from its 16th century colonial buildings and its “village” heritage to its soaring modern skyscrapers. You will learn how the growth of the city’s population from 240,000 in the mid-1850s to 24 million today has affected urban planning and how the city surmounted the disastrous effects the 1985 earthquake. So get ready to explore a fascinating city through a variety of its buildings, architectural styles, neighborhoods and the works of some of Mexico’s young generation of architects who are hard at work reshaping it.

Detailed Itinerary

First influenced by colonial Spanish and French architecture, Mexico City later developed its own style often drawing on its rich Pre-Hispanic heritage. The city has grown at an astonishing pace over the last century: from a population of just 240,000 in the mid-1850’s it now numbers some 24 million people and is a fascinating patchwork of neighborhoods and architectural styles.

Over the course of our Mexico City Architecture Tour and as we make our way across “town”, we will have you discover the city’s colonial past, the villages that were absorbed as it mushroomed, the effects of the devastating 1985 earthquake, the current construction boom and the young architects who are shaping the city of tomorrow.  A journey into a one of the world’s largest and most architecturally most diverse cities !

The Mexico City Architecture Tour begins at 9:30 AM. Hotel pick-ups are schedule between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM depending on your hotel’s location and traffic conditions. Please be in your hotel lobby a few minutes before your scheduled pick-up time.

All our architecture tours are tailored to our guests interests. For this reason, we will be contacting you prior to your departure date in order to find if you wish your tour to focus on any particular architectural style.

Tour Highlights

The Mexico City Architecture Tour includes a:

  • Tour of La Juárez, La Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods where you will get to see a variety of building such as French Porfirian and Art Deco constructions and some leftover ruins of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes
  • Tour of the buildings and mural of one of Mexico’s remarkable examples of 20th century modernism, the National Autonomous University of Mexico or UNAM, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Tour of the San Angel neighborhood with a stop at Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s studio and residence one of the first constructions of the modern movement in the Americas designed by the architect Juan O’Gorman
  • Visit of the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Nonoalco Tlatelolco building complexes designed by architect Mario Pani
  • Visit of some the City’s latest built constructions such as the Vasconcelos library and the many skyscrapers under construction along the Paseo de La Reforma
  • Tour of the upcoming neighborhoods of la Santa Maria la Ribera and San Rafael

What does the tour include?

Your architecture tour includes:

  • Transportation in a Beetle convertible or vintage VW Bus
  • Your guide, a licensed architect, during your 7hour tour
  • Bottled water & a healthy snack
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Optional picnic meal (available at checkout)

 

Not included in your architecture tour are:

  • Meals* aside from your snack if you do not opt for our picnic option at checkout
  • Purchases you may choose to make along the way
  • Gratuities you may choose to give at your discretion

Rest & Conditions

  • Shared architecture tour: $130.00 per person (minimum of 2 people)
  • Private architecture tour: $145.00 per person (minimum of 2 people)
  • Solo passenger architecture tour: $260.00 per person

Map & Directions

Book your City Tour now! We only require a small reservation fee.

Full payment by credit card or in cash is only required on the day of your tour.

Reviews

Architecture tour in a Beetle - WITH an architect - how could it better?

Architecture tour in a Beetle - WITH an architect - how could it better?

27/11/2016

Jorge picked us up at the appointed hour at our rented apartment and got us directly to an incredible local coffee shop for a coffee, treat and a chat about our day. We really liked that he listened to what ...

Our very best day in Mexico City!

Our very best day in Mexico City!

05/07/2016

We had such a perfect day touring all of México City's beautiful architecture with our guide, Jorge--who was a witty, kind architect. The day's trip was super informative and super fun. And it was all so easy to set ...

Architecture tour in a Beetle - WITH an architect - how could it better?

Architecture tour in a Beetle - WITH an architect - how could it better?

27/11/2016

Jorge picked us up at the appointed hour at our rented apartment and got us directly to an incredible local coffee shop for a coffee, treat and a chat about our day. We really liked that he listened to what we wanted to see - and off we went! Ever tour is designed around what YOU want to see, so it's very personal. We visited the UNESCO site of UNAM - incredible. Then we wandered through different neighborhoods all the while being educated about everything! It was a perfect day - stopping for a bite when WE wanted to stop. Really had a blast and learned a great deal about the city. Highly recommend the tour. If you want to see Luis Barragan's studio - MUST book in advance.

Our very best day in Mexico City!

Our very best day in Mexico City!

05/07/2016

We had such a perfect day touring all of México City's beautiful architecture with our guide, Jorge--who was a witty, kind architect. The day's trip was super informative and super fun. And it was all so easy to set up and tailor to our interests thanks to the easy e-communication with the company owner, Nicolas. Nicolas even checked in on us after the trip to make sure we were having the very best time in México City! He even sent us his recommendations for Oaxaca--the city we travelled to after México City. We can't recommend this trip highly enough and think the world of both Nicolas and Jorge!!

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