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  • Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Admission: Free

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Centro Historico Tours

Built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, the Centro Histórico is both the historical heart and the modern epicenter of Mexico City. Centered on the grand Zócalo—Plaza de la Constitución—the sprawling district is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of historic monuments, museums, parks, and hotels.

The Basics
There are numerous ways to discover the sights of Mexico City. Stroll around the Zócalo and along Paseo de la Reforma on a walking tour; zip around the city on a Segway or bike tour; admire the illuminated streets on a night tour; or tuck into tacos on a food tour. Notable landmarks include the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de las Bellas Artes, the skyscraper Torre Latinoamericana, and Tenochtitlán’s Templo Mayor.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As in most major cities, pickpockets are common around the main tourist areas, so keep an eye on your belongings and only carry the essentials.
  • Most museums in the Centro Histórico are closed on Mondays. 
  • Many Centro Histórico attractions are wheelchair accessible, but some of the neighborhood’s narrow, uneven lanes are difficult for wheelchairs to navigate.

How to Get There
It’s easy to reach most of the attractions in the Centro Histórico on foot from the Zócalo, but the area is also well served by public transport. The main metro station is Zócalo (Line 2), and numerous buses also pass by the square. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to explore Mexico City is between March and May, when the warm, dry weather is ideal for sightseeing. The Zócalo is the center of many of the city’s festivals and events, including the annual Independence Day celebrations (September 16), the Alebrije Parade (late October), and the Day of the Dead parade (November 1–2). 

Mexico City’s Aztec History
Founded in 1325 as an Aztec capital, ancient Tenochtitlán was built on an island on Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico, and the enormous Zócalo was its spiritual, political, and ceremonial center. According to Aztec legend, a vision instructed the wandering Aztec tribe to build a city on the spot where an eagle, perched on a cactus, was devouring a serpent—an image that now adorns the Mexican flag. When the Spanish conquered the city in the 16th century, they drained the lake and destroyed many Aztec palaces and temples, rebuilding their new city around the Zócalo.

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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing, Mexico City, null
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

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Will you have a long stop in between your flights? Come and walk with us in the historic downtown of Mexico City. A quick walking tour can be designed to fit ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

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Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco, Acapulco, Walking Tours
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Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco

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Don`t miss the opportunity of take a day trip to the heart of Mexico!

Location: Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $240.00
5-hour Private Guided Tour: Mexico City Historical Center Must-See Highlights, Mexico City, Day ... 
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5-hour Private Guided Tour: Mexico City Historical Center Must-See Highlights

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Your first time in Mexico City? Start it right with an intelligent, guided introduction. This is the safest, most relaxing way to explore the  must - see ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour, Mexico City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour

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See the most important monuments in Mexico City on a sightseeing tour by night. You will visit Zocalo, where the Aztec empire was once seated plus stroll ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.00
Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo, Mexico City, Night Tours
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo

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Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Downtown “Centro Histórico” is a must when you visit Mexico City. With so many interesting sites and gorgeous ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace, Mexico City, Segway Tours
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace

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Enjoy a bike tour in Mexico City as you visit historical and cultural landmarks and learn more about the history of this city. Your tour also includes a visit ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Mexico City Historic Center Taco Tour, Mexico City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Mexico City Historic Center Taco Tour

Your guide will navigate you through Centro Histórico like a local on a 3 hour taco eating adventure that will delight you with authentic and tasty ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Mexico City Sightseeing Tour, Mexico City, Street Food Tours
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

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Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City, Mexico City, City Tours
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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

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Discover the origins of Mexican gastronomy in a unique and delicious experience in Mexico City’s Historical Centre, you will eat authentic Mexican food!  ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour, Mexico City, ... 
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Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour

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See the old and the new in Mexico City in one day, and take another day to wander the UNESCO World Heritage site of Teotihuacán, the City of the Gods. ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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