The Mexico City Architecture Tour

Type of Tour:

City Tour

Theme:

Architecture

Location:

Mexico City

Duration:

7 Hours

Tour Guide:

Licensed Architect

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!

Availability:

Everyday

Price per person:

130.00 USD

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 Mexico City 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

  • 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 tour includes:

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

 

Not included in your 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 tour: $130.00 per person (minimum of 2 people)
  • Private tour: $145.00 per person (minimum of 2 people)
  • Solo passenger tour: $260.00 per person

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