- 3 hours
- Templo Mayor (exterior only)
- Metropolitan Cathedral (interior)
- Optional: Colegio de San Ildefonso
- Palacio de Bellas Artes (interior)
- Tickets to Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Where do we meet? Where does it end?
Is this a relatively long walk?
How much access will we have at Templo Mayor?
Can we see the interior of the National Palace?
No, unfortunately you'll only be able to visit the exterior on this tour because the National Palace has a strict entrance system that requires appointments far in advance.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
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.
Right now Raquel Del Castillo is the editor-in-chief of Menú (the food issue) at El Universal newspaper and writer at 7 Caníbales. She has been a food journalist since 2000, writing for publications such as Forbes online, Munchies (Vice Mexico), chilango.com, and the national newspaper Milenio. She studied culinary arts and Communication at university. Now she mixes this knowledge of cooking and writing in her everyday work. She loves teaching recipes and leading tours to the local markets of Mexico City. She thinks that the best way to know the flavors of Mexico is to walk through these public places and go to the restaurants to see how chefs prepare the ingredients for the numerous traditional Mexican recipes, some of them published in her three recipe books.
Natalia is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but chose Mexico as her home and her field of research. During her 'Production and Patterns' degree at SENAI/Cetiqt in Rio, much of her studies focused on Mexican arts and costume to complement her research on Frida Kahlo's clothes. In 2014 she officially moved to CDMX after finishing her final project on the Tehuantepec dress. While in Mexico, Natalia has worked with fashion designers and has studied Mexican arts, history and literature. In 2021 she graduated with honors at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with an MA in Art History presenting a project about the clothing and the creative process of Georgia O'Keeffe. Alongside being an expert guide, she currently works with Alejandra de Coss, a Mexican fashion designer.
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