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Aztec History in Mexico City

Aztec History in Mexico City

Founded in 1325 as Tenochtitlán, the seat of the mighty Aztec Empire, Mexico City boasts a rich history. Today the modern city is dotted with impressive Aztec ruins. Here are your options for tours of Aztec history in Mexico City.

Highlights

  • Admire historic monuments such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Zócalo, and the National Palace on a sightseeing tour of Mexico City.

  • Discover Mexican culture past and present by combining a tour to the Teotihuacan pyramids archaeological site with a visit to the city’s markets, dinner with a local family, or a handicrafts workshop.

  • Cruise around the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco on a traditional trajinera, a kind of gondola.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Aztecs on an overnight hike to Iztaccihuatl volcano, Paso de Cortes, and the Valley of Mexico from Tlalmanalco.

  • Learn more about Mexico’s Aztec history and the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán from an expert archaeologist guide.

  • Enjoy a more personalized experience on a private or small-group tour.

Top Aztec Sites

Just outside of Mexico City, the sizeable Pyramids of Teotihuacan are a magnificent sight, and tours are often combined with nearby attractions such as the Hanging Gardens of Xochimilco, Lake Texcoco, and the Shrine of Guadalupe for a deeper look at Aztec culture and history. Back in the city, visit Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district; see the Templo Mayor (Main Temple); then explore Chapultepec Park, where the National Museum of Anthropology houses remnants of the Aztec city including the Aztec calendar stone—you’ll get deeper into the history and artifacts with a guide.

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Teotihuacan Pyramids with Tequila Tasting Private Tour From Mexico City
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Teotihuacan Pyramids with Tequila Tasting Private Tour From Mexico City

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Known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacan was one of the largest and most important pre-Aztec cities in Mexico, home to nearly 200,000 people from several ancient cultures. Get to know the UNESCO World Heritage Site during your own private tour from Mexico City with an archeologist guide. Gain special insight into the majestic plazas and murals, and take frame-worthy shots from the top of the Sun and Moon pyramids. Cap off the day with a mezcal and tequila tasting at a local obsidian factory.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00
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Guided Tour National Museum of Anthropology

Guided Tour National Museum of Anthropology

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Discover one of the world’s most impressive collections of artifacts from pre-Columbian Maya civilizations through Spanish colonization at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. An informative guide provides historical and archaeological context to the exhibits, including the Aztec Calendar, reconstructions of Maya tombs and giant Olmec heads. After this half-day tour, you’ll come away with insight into the influence of Mesoamerican cultures on Mexico today.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.00
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$23.00
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City Tour and Xochimilco

City Tour and Xochimilco

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Make the most of limited time in Mexico City with this jam-packed tour. See many of the capital’s cultural and historical highlights on one convenient, affordable excursion. Save time with hotel pickup and drop off and transportation between far-flung attractions in a climate-controlled minivan. Experience the city’s main square, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Aztec Templo Mayor, the floating gardens and canals of Xochimilco and more with a small group.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.12
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$49.12
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Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology

Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology

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Discover the UNESCO-listed historic center of Mexico City during a half-day guided tour that includes a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Learn from your guide about significant landmarks such as the National Palace, Zócalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and more. You'll get to know the city and Mexican culture.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Acolman-Teotihuacán-Plaza of the Three Cultures- Craft Workshop

Acolman-Teotihuacán-Plaza of the Three Cultures- Craft Workshop

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Experience ancient and colonial Mexico on this guided tour. Admire the Temple of Santiago Apostal at Plaza de las Tres Culturas, climb the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at the pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan, sip mezcal, pulque and tequila at a handicraft center and see the centuries-old monastery of Acolman.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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$35.00
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