Mexico City's Historical Sights Audio Guide

Explore Mexico City's history from Aztec roots to modern metropolis
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1 hour
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Audio Guide
  • Zócalo
  • Templo Mayor
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Bellas Artes Museum
Preview Mexico City's Historical Sights Audio Guide
Start: Templo Mayor de México-Tenochtitlan
Calle de Motolinia
Cinco de Mayo
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Audio Guide Description
  • Put your map away as Julio guides you through the history of Mexico City. Press pause and linger at your favorite spots as you explore on your own schedule. 
  • Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide

Trace Mexico City's evolution from an Aztec settlement to a modern metropolis with over 20 million people. On this self-paced audio guide tour, artist, professor, and Context Travel expert Julio Pastor will share how the Aztecs left their homeland "Aztlán" for the area that would become Mexico, revealing the city's long history, and showing you its captivating sights.

Starting at the Templo Mayor de México Tenochtitlan ruins, once the religious center of the Aztec City known as Tenochtitlán, Julio will share prehispanic traditions and tell you how the War of Independence that changed Mexico forever was started. You‘ll see Plaza de la Constitución, the historic square known locally as Zocalo CDMX. There, you'll learn how the city was originally a lake that the Spanish decided to fill, eventually resulting in flooding and unstable ground that caused Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral to sink for many years. As you make your way to Palacio de Bellas Artes where our tour ends, you'll dive deep into Mexico‘s turbulent war with the US, during which Mexicans lost half their territory. You'll also hear how Mexico City became its own autonomous state, how local artists are incorporating Aztec elements into their modern sculptures, and why there's a statue of the Spanish King Charles IV riding his horse in Plaza Manuel Tolsá (Manuel Tolsá Square). 

Along the way, you'll have a chance to:
• Learn about the 200-year-long construction of the Mexico City Cosmopolitan Cathedral and its many influences throughout its development
• Grasp the speed at which the Aztecs grew their new settlement on the lake into an empire that controlled the area connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea
• Hear about Mexico's turbulent history in the 1800s from the War of Independence against Spain, to the war with the US and, finally, the Guerra de Reforma (Mexican Civil War)
• Discover the degree to which the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was destroyed after the Spanish won the War of Conquest over the Aztecs in 1521
• Journey back in time to 1325, the year of the foundation of Tenochtitlán and dive deep into the ancient culture and language of the Aztecs
• Get an idea of what Mexican identity looked like both before and after European culture was imposed
• Find out the historical meaning behind Cinco de Mayo
• Become familiar with estipite, a type of column that is one of the most distinguishable elements of the Churrigueresque style (a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architecture)
• Appreciate the production of ceramics in colonial Mexico and how this was the first step to modern-day globalization
• See several historical palaces in different styles and from different eras, including Palacio Postal, Palacio de Iturbide, and Palacio de Mineria

By the end of this hour-long audio guide tour, you‘ll have a deeper understanding of Mexico City's ancient origins and residents, as well as how the city transformed as its rulers changed. 

Travelers will have the option to visit the Templo Mayor Museum, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Citibanamex Culture Palace and Palacio de Minería.
The Templo Mayor Museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day except Monday, and the Metropolitan Cathedral is free to enter and open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. The Citibanamex Culture Palace is open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily, and the Palacio de Minería is open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM every day.
You can also enjoy a drink or meal at La Opera, one of the most famous Cantinas in Mexico City, which is open from 1 PM to 11 PM daily.

Meet Your Expert

Born and raised in Mexico City, Julio Pastor is a proud pedestrian of his native city. He completed a BA in Fine Arts at UNAM. In 2008, he moved to the Netherlands where he completed his MFA, specializing in the Urban Landscape. After seven years, he returned to Mexico and turned the focus of his art production to the city that he roams every day. His art production is thoroughly inspired on what he encounters during his everyday walks, but also by a great deal of reading on topics related to architecture and urbanism. When not working at his art practice, Julio can be found teaching undergraduate drawing courses in the architecture department at the Universidad Iberoamericana, or enjoying the city with his wife and two children.

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Listening to the audio-guided tour of Mexico's Historic center was a great experience and very helpful in learning about the history while going at my own pace as I followed the app and listened to the audio with all the important facts and information about important historical sites. I liked that it was described by a local expert who clearly explained everything and how the map guided me to each spot. This is a great option for those who want history and to learn at your own pace.
Julio is local, gave me a personal perspective of the impressive history and culture of Mexico City. Thank you!