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Tickets to the Templo Mayor are included
Type of tour:
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Free concierge service if you need any advice
Meeting points: Zócalo, under the bandera monumental
What makes this tour special
· Hear your guide talk about the history of the Zócalo and imagine the buildings that used to encircle it.
· Walk around the ruins of the Templo Mayor and the accompanying museum.
Mexico’s indigenous heritage is a strong part of its national identity, with its capital betraying the connection with the past as much as any other part of the country. While Mexico City is very different from its heyday, when it was named Tenochtitlan and centre of the Aztec Empire, with the loss of its lake and new European building styles, the legacy of its former rulers is just beneath you. This tour aims to give you an understanding of that partly lost city.
Plaza of Emperors
Starting in the Zocalo, your guide will tell you about the history of the square. While not then the main plaza of the city, it was an open space where the surrounding buildings were home to Tenochtitlan’s elite. Becoming the hub of the city only after the conquest, it is an excellent place to hear your guide talk about how Cortes destroyed the Aztec Empire.
The Greatest Temple
The sacred centre of the city was actually the Templo Mayor. Here you will visit the exact spot where the founders of the city fulfilled a divine instruction by building a city where they saw an eagle eat an unfortunate snake on a cactus; an event now shown on the Mexican flag. Growing from a small shrine, it became a 60m high imposing structure during the 15th-century as more and more offerings were included within the structure. More morbidly, it was where they sacrificed many of their captives and you will be able to listen to your guide telling you about why they thought it would appease the god as you walk around the ruins of this multi-layered temple. When you are finished, they will also take you through the accompanying museum to see some of the ancient exhibits found by archaeologists.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
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QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
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QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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