I love Mexico City. It is dynamic, diverse, bustling and full of awesome museums and restaurants.
There’s a lot to do here. It takes a long time to peel the layers of this onion and get to the essence of the city. We do week-long excursions to the city and that gives you a good overview of everything.
However, since there is so much to see and do, I always suggest that first-time visitors take a walk (or three) here during their trip. History, food, nightlife, markets – there are all kinds of tours that you can introduce to the city with the help of an experienced local guide.
Here is my list of the best hiking tours in Mexico City:
While these are the best free and paid tours in the city, Mexico City has much more to offer, regardless of your interests. Here are seven more insightful and instructive tours:
1. Gastronomic tour of Polanco
The upscale Polanco neighborhood is a great neighborhood for dining. You can find everything from excellent street food to exclusive and creative variants of Mexico City staples. This three-hour food tour is an excellent introduction to the neighborhood. Between eating tacos, grazing on Oaxaca specialties and feasting on tortilla soup, you will learn about the history and culture of the region from the local guide. This tour does an excellent job of providing you with a wide variety of foods.
2. Mexico City at night
The Mexico City by Night tour lasts two hours to wander the streets of the historic center and marvel at the illuminated architecture while learning about the history and culture of the region. Popular attractions you’ll see at night include the Zocalo, the city’s main cathedral, the Templo Mayor, and the Torre Latinoamericano, a 44-story skyscraper similar to Mexico City’s version of the Empire State Building. It’s a great tour to sample the city’s nightlife food scene.
3. Volcanic hikes
If you want to get out of the city for a day, book a day trip to climb a volcano. You will be taken to La Joya, where you will walk along the trails and learn about the flora and fauna of the area along the way. You will even see the legendary Cortés Pass, the place where the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés and his army passed in 1519 on their way to the Aztec city of Tenochitian. The tours last from 11 to 12 full hours.
4. Wrestling Tour
Lucha Libre is the term for professional wrestling in Latin America and on this tour you will learn everything about this popular sport. The four-hour experience starts with a two-hour walking tour, during which your guide will explain the Wrestling culture to you. After that, you will spend a few hours at a real Wrestling event. During the game you can drink tequila and eat chips and guacamole. And you go with your own wrestling mask. It is one of my favorite experiences in the city.