Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
Mexico’s sprawling capital is known for its eclectic neighborhoods (as many as 350), that each have distinct characteristics. As such, Mexico City offers a myriad of options for sightseeing, shopping and dining, and one of the best ways to explore this fascinating destination is with a tour. U.S. News compiled this list of the 15 best tours in Mexico City based on expert input and reviewer sentiment. Whether you want to cycle your way through the city, explore nearby archaeological sites or indulge in local delicacies, there’s a tour to fit your itinerary.
Mexico Bike Tour – Downtown Tour
As you cycle through the city for four hours, you’ll hear about nearly 500 years of Mexican history covering everything from empires to revolutions. You’ll also be able to admire the stunning architecture and several of the city’s beautiful squares. Reviewers say the routes on this bike tour are easy to navigate and that it’s a great way to see a large portion of the city in a short amount of time. Tickets cost approximately 900 pesos (around $37) per person and include lunch. Tours operate daily at 10 a.m. The company also offers two other bike tours that explore the city’s trendiest neighborhoods and the life of famed artist Frida Kahlo.
Amigo Tours – Teotihuacan at Sunrise Tour
Reviewers give this nine-hour excursion rave reviews for its well-informed guides and early start time that aims to avoid the crowds at one of Mexico’s best-known archaeological sites. Tours depart around 6 a.m. to visit the old city of Teotihuacan, known as the “City of the Gods.” You’ll see the city’s famous stepped pyramids and stop at a local obsidian workshop for a tasting of cactus-based liquor, such as tequila. Prices start at 631 pesos (approximately $26) for participants 13 and older and 568 pesos (around $24) for children ages 3 to 12. Prices include all entrance fees, transportation and liquor tastings, but do not include lunch. Amigo Tours offers a variety of daytrips from Mexico City, as well as tours within the city.
Mexican Food Tours – Polanco Food Tour
Explore one of Mexico City’s trendiest neighborhoods to sample Mexican specialties during this three-hour culinary tour of Polanco. Stroll along picturesque streets and pop into several lesser-known spots and upscale eateries to taste everything from seafood dishes to tamales to chocolate to traditional Mexican popsicles. Reviewers extol the knowledgeable guides as well as the wide variety of delicious food. Prices start at $75 for adults and $35 for children 12 and younger. This small-group tour is limited to 16 guests. It departs at 11 a.m. daily as well as 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The company also offers a taco-themed food tour, among other options.
Estación Mexico – Coyoacán Free Tour
Walk through Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s quiet bohemian neighborhoods, on this free tour. Learn the history and legends of this unique part of the city as you stroll by sights like the Capilla de San Antonio, Parroquía San Juan Bautista and the home of renowned artist Frida Kahlo. Reviewers appreciate the informative guides and learning about this lesser-known section of the city. Tips are suggested for the guides, since there is no charge for the tour. Walks depart daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; they last about two hours. The company offers other free tours through the Chapultepec Forest and the city’s university, among other options.
Mexico a Pie – Lucha Libre Experience
Don a colorful mask and join in the fun at a wrestling match known as lucha libre. Before the match, there is a two-hour walking tour with a former luchador (wrestler) who tells you all about lucha libre as you enjoy a mezcal and guacamole tasting. Then, head into Arena México to watch a wrestling match unlike one you’ve seen before. Patrons report having a great time on this tour and especially enjoy the group experience. They also say there’s plenty of mezcal at the tasting and suggest eating a meal before you go. Tours are offered three times a week: Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at 6:30 p.m. Prices start at $50 per person and include a mask. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend. Additional food and beer can be purchased with cash at the arena. Mexico a Pie also runs a few art-themed tours, among other experiences.
Enjoy a crash course in Mexican cuisine on this food tour from Eat Like a Local Mexico.(Courtesy of Eat Like a Local Mexico)
Eat Like a Local Mexico – Mexican Food 101
Owned by a Mexico City native, this tour company is operated by an all-woman staff. The company’s introductory tour to Mexican food starts at 10 a.m. in Condesa with a cup of coffee and pan dulce, a Mexican pastry. Then, tourgoers hit two of the city’s colorful markets for bites of carnitas, corn, fresh fruit, insects (if you’re adventurous) and specialties like tlacoyos, a popular Mexican street food. The excursion ends in Juárez with a cocktail or gelato. This 4 1/2-hour tour includes visits to several neighborhoods, 4 1/2 miles of walking, a ride on the subway and 25 tastings. Tours are limited to six people, and prices start at $110 per person. The company also offers an evening street food tour, tours specifically designed for vegans, and more.
Mexico City Urban Adventures – Hidden Mexico City
Tour-takers say they come away from the experience with great insight and knowledge of the history and culture of Mexico City. The daylong tour’s highlights include the Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, among other sights. Travelers will also get to visit a marketplace and sample dessert and coffee. The tour begins every day, except Monday, at 9 a.m. Tickets start at $64 per person and children must be 12 years or older to attend. The company offers several other tours, including a night out on the town with food, mariachi music and lucha libre.
Sabores México Food Tours – Beer, Mezcal, & Taco Tour in Mexico City
This tasty three-hour evening excursion takes curious foodies to four traditional Mexican taquerias and a mezcal bar. In all, you’ll visit four Mexico City neighborhoods, including Condesa, Roma, San Rafael and Anzures. Along the way, you’ll sample a variety of tacos from street stalls to established spots, as well as different kinds of mezcal and a cocktail. Reviewers praise the delicious tacos and the tour’s in-the-know guides. They also say to come hungry. The English-speaking tour begins at 7 p.m. nightly and is limited to 10 people. Prices cost approximately $110 for participants ages 12 and older and $80 for ages 11 and younger. Sabores México also offers tours of the Roma neighborhood as well as downtown Mexico City.
Mexitours Day Tours – Hot Air Balloon Tour
Soar high above the archeological site of Teotihuacan for an aerial view of Mexico’s pyramids of the sun and the moon. The day begins watching the balloons inflate followed by an hourlong flight. After landing, you’ll have time to walk around Teotihuacan and explore its varied attractions. Tourgoers offer mostly positive reviews, with many saying it is a fantastic experience. Others wish the excursion was more organized and complain about the additional fee to tour the site once on the ground. The company does offer an upgrade option for the land portion. Tours begin at 5:45 a.m. and are offered Wednesday through Sunday. Prices start at $281 for patrons 11 and older and $266 for children ages 3 to 10. Tickets include breakfast and round-trip transportation from select Mexico City hotels. Mexitours offers a wide variety of guided experiences inside and outside the city.
Eat Mexico – Gourmet San Juan Market & Street Food
This intimate adults-only culinary tour features some of the best food destinations in the historic downtown center. Patrons will visit the colorful San Juan Market with its traditional and exotic snacks (such as grasshoppers) and fresh produce (like lime and guanábana). The tour also stops at Arcos de Belém market where vendors sell fresh ingredients as well as prepared foods and escamochas, a Mexican-style fruit cocktail. The tour includes a visit to a bar to taste pulque, an agave-based liquor. Reviewers applaud the experience and the food and come away with an appreciation for Mexico’s culinary heritage. Tours depart daily at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and are limited to six people. Tickets cost around $85 per person. Because this tour visits a bar, every participant must be at least 18 years old. Eat Mexico offers a variety of food tours in Mexico City, in addition to cooking classes.
Art enthusiasts should sign up for Pedalea Mexico’s Frida Kahlo’s ride to learn more about the painter and her life.(Courtesy of Pedalea Mexico)
Pedalea Mexico – Frida Kahlo’s Ride
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Frida Kahlo or have no knowledge of her life and art, travelers say you can’t go wrong with this guided bike trip. After a quick safety talk, you’ll pedal your way through the city to the Coyoacán neighborhood to visit Frida Kahlo’s house and museum. Cyclists say they feel safe for the entire 4 1/2-hour ride and are pleasantly surprised with the guide’s insight. Prices start at $65 per person and include use of a bike and helmet, museum entrance fees, and some snacks and drinks. The company also runs a bike tour featuring murals created by Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s husband.
Turibus features four different bus routes that allow travelers to visit the city’s top sights in a hop-on, hop-off format. The downtown route includes stops at the Zócalo and the National Museum of Anthropology. The southside loop is ideal for those interested in seeing Frida Kahlo’s old haunts. The third route visits the Polanco district for upscale shopping, and the fourth stops at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Each route includes an audio guide. Without getting off at the stops, you’ll spend about three hours riding all the routes. Reviews are mixed: Some riders say the tour is an efficient way to get an overview of the city, while others complain about long wait times between buses and heavy traffic. Tours operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prices start at approximately 160 pesos (about $7) for adults and 80 pesos (around $3) for children during the week; prices are slightly higher on weekends and public holidays.
Tekpan Tours – Teotihuacan at First Time in the Morning
This full-day tour (approximately seven hours) departs from Mexico City for an early morning visit to the pyramids at Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with mild temperatures, a morning visit yields few crowds, allowing for excellent photo-ops. The second stop at an artisan market gives tourgoers the chance to learn about different Mexican handicrafts. Visitors offer positive reviews about the insightful guides and appreciate the crowd-free experience. Others remark that too much time is spent at the second stop, which is a gift shop. The tour includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, an art historian guide and entrance fees. Lunch is at your own expense. Tickets cost approximately $45 per participant. Tekpan Tours also operates outings to Xochimilco.
Strawberry Tours – Free Historical Centre Tour of Mexico City
Visitors compliment Strawberry Tours’ guides for being both informative and great storytellers. During the 2 1/2-hour walk, the guides will cover nearly 1,000 years of history from the Aztec Empire to the Spanish conquest to Mexico’s fight for independence. Stops include the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Zócalo, the Palace of Fine Arts and Templo Mayor. Tours operate every day except Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Though free, tips for the guides are appreciated. Strawberry Tours also runs a few other free tours, including one to the city’s market and to the city’s best taquerias.
Tasty Bites Food Tours – Mexico City: Taste of Condesa
This family-friendly culinary tour explores favorite food and beverage spots in the stylish Condesa neighborhood. The approximately 2-mile walk is punctuated with stops for more than 12 food samples, beverage tastings and food demonstrations. Bites may include tacos, handmade ice cream, agua frescas, quesadillas and beer. Between stops, guides will share information about the city’s history. Plus, if you tour on Friday, you’ll also visit a street market. Reviewers highly recommend this excursion and advise visitors arrive hungry. They also remark that the guides are engaging. Prices start at 1,755 pesos (about $73) for foodies 13 and older and 1,285 pesos (around $54) for children ages 8 to 12. Children younger than 8 tour and eat free. Tasty Bites Food Tours also runs an upscale adventure featuring the city’s best chefs, among other delicious outings.