Our Context Journeys are fully-planned trips, including luxury hotel accommodation, specifically designed to reveal some of our favorite cities. They operate on fixed dates and place you with a lead guide who will accompany you throughout your entire stay.
Mexico City with Context Journeys
From its days as the center of the Aztec Empire to the sprawling modern metropolis it is today, Mexico City is a maze of history. Alongside a Context Expert specializing in art history and Mexican culture, take a four-day journey to understand the contemporary Mexican identity, from the city’s pre-Columbian roots, to its European history, through the shaping of modern Mexico with figures like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
Our 4-day, 4-night survey of Mexico City’s food, history, and culture will allow you to both have a comprehensive overview of this vibrant city and dive deep into the stories that have made Mexico City what it is today. We’ll balance visits to major sites with explorations of more intimate daily life, traveling from the ruins of Teotihuacan and the Anthropology Museum, to the studios and living spaces of Rivera and Kahlo, and the charming neighborhoods of Roma and Coyoacan. A native of Mexico City, your Context expert will help you understand the city’s main sights and uncover its hidden delights.
Your Context Journey includes:
- On Tour: Context Expert Lead Guide Julio, a Mexico City native holding a BA in fine arts and an MFA in urban landscapes. Julio will accompany you for the entire trip, and will be joined by a number of other expert guides and a professional tour leader. For more on Julio, click here.
- Transfers: Private transfers based on flight arrival and departure times.
- Food & Drink: Select meals, plus welcome and farewell receptions. Bottled water throughout.
- Accommodation: 4 nights at 5-star St. Regis Mexico City.
- Logistics: Baggage handling and taxes.
- Activities/Fees: Included for all per itinerary.
Journey highlights include:
- Trace the history of Mexico City from its days as the center of the Aztec Empire to the modern metropolis that is CDMX today, in the company of local artists, historians, and archeologists.
- Understand the foundations of downtown Mexico City itself, with guided visits to sites around the Zócalo, and an in-depth visit to the Anthropology museum.
- Take a guided excursion to see the Aztec ruins and pyramids of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a practicing archeologist.
- Learn about the art and dramas behind the famous artist couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, with guided visits through their homes and studios.
- Get a local look at Mexican food and beverage with an exploration of Mercado Coyoacan.
Thursday, January 16: Arrival & Getting Settled
Start Time: Afternoon
Duration: 6 hours
Highlights: Roma & Condesa architecture tour
Meals included: Group Welcome Dinner
Nowhere captures the architectural splendor and variety of Mexico City quite like the energetic enclaves of Roma and Condesa. In the company of your Context expert, you’ll encounter Mexico’s most celebrated Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Modernist buildings and stroll charming green parks, galleries and even former indigenous settlements. Wrap up the evening getting to know your guide and fellow travelers over dinner at one of Mexico’s best local spots.
Friday, January 17: Old Mexico
Start Time: Morning
Duration: 8 hours
Highlights: Introduction to Mexico City tour; Tour of the Anthropology Museum
Meals included: Lunch in the Old City
We’ll spend our second day exploring the older sections of the city, starting with sites in the city center like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Zócalo, and the Bellas Artes Museum. We'll also take in some famous Mexican murals created by Diego Rivera and his contemporaries—depictions of the events that have shaped the city that are integral to understanding the contemporary Mexican identity.
Saturday, January 18: Life Outside the City
Start Time: Morning
Duration: 10 hours
Highlights: Excursion to Teotihuacan
Meals included: Local lunch on site
On a day trip from the city, we’ll visit the Teotihuacan pyramids with an expert archaeologist. An hour by van from Mexico City, this former metropolis is home to three important pyramids (Sun, Moon and Feathered Serpent), along with a host of palaces and murals. As we admire structures dating back to 100 B.C, we’ll discuss the history and importance of this site in the pre-Columbian history of the Americas.
Sunday, January 19: Frida & Diego
Start Time: Morning
Duration: 8 hours
Highlights: Tour of Casa Azul; Visit to Coyoacan Market; Tour of Coyoacan
Meals included: Farewell Happy Hour
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera—two of Mexico’s most important artists—helped to define Mexican modernism while engaged in a tumultuous romance. Our visit will take us to the Frida Kahlo Museum, or Casa Azul, her former abode and where many of her self-portraits and most enduring works were created. After lunch at Coyoacan market, we’ll visit the Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo to see where this compelling and colorful couple worked at their craft.
Monday, January 22: Departure
Travelers depart for flights home. Transport to the airport is included.
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What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a small group tour?
Our small group tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our small group tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.