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How to Experience Cinco de Mayo in Mexico City

How to Experience Cinco de Mayo in Mexico City

Mexico’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration marks the date of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when, against all odds, the Mexican army defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s French troops—a huge victory for Independent Mexico. Here's how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico City.


When to Go

Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th with celebrations taking place all around Mexico and the United States. The most notable celebrations take place in Puebla, just outside of Mexico City, where festivities last the entire month of May—although the biggest events are on the day itself.


How to Go

Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Puebla kick off with a gigantic parade along 5 de Mayo Boulevard, with costumed marchers dressed up as Mexican and French soldiers, traditional Mexican dancers, and mariachi bands. Afterward, head to the Penon de los Banos neighborhood to witness a spectacular re-enactment of the legendary Cinco de Mayo battle. Locals don costumes and use real gunpowder rifles to re-enact the historic battle and spectators come from all over the world to see it.

 

Things to Know

  • Cinco de Mayo is not an official national holiday, although some states may give students and workers the day off.

  • Cinco de Mayo events in Puebla are free to attend.

  • The drive from Mexico City to Puebla is approximately 2.5-hours and there are direct buses from the capital.

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Private Day Tour to Teotihuacan from Mexico City

Private Day Tour to Teotihuacan from Mexico City

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Explore the mysterious, pre-Aztec city of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day, private tour. There’s a lot to see in the sprawling archeological site, and visiting with a personal guide ensures you'll have the chance to take it in at your own pace, without being rushed by a group schedule. Even the departure time and route are flexible, so you can tailor the day to your preferences.
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  • 6 hours
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Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting

Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting

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Avoid the crowds on this early morning tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids, also known as the City of the Gods. On this tour, an archeologist takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Site and gives you insight into the majestic plazas and murals. Snap memorable shots from the top of Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid, and then cap off your day trip from Mexico City with a visit to an obsidian factory.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

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On this private half-day tour, avoid the large tour groups and get to know the sights of Mexico City in the company of just your family and friends. Your personalized guide takes you to Tlatelolco, an excavated Aztec zone. Visit the Shrine of Guadalupe, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site, and set your eyes on a cloak said to have imprinted on it an image of the Lady Virgin. Explore the archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan, and climb the Sun and Moon pyramids for arresting views. Transport, tickets, and lunch are included.
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Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour

Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour

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Hit three top historical attractions on this full-day guided tour from Mexico City: Tlatelolco, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Teotihuacan. See where the main market of the Aztec empire once stood in Tlatelolco. At the Shrine of Guadalupe, one of the most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, see a cloak with an image of the Lady Virgin on display. Stroll through the archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods, and climb the Sun and Moon pyramids for fantastic views.
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Teotihuacan: City of the Gods. The best Private Tour

Teotihuacan: City of the Gods. The best Private Tour

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Discover one of the most enigmatic sites in Mesoamerica, with the best guides in a schedule where we will avoid large crowds, we can adapt the route to the needs of our customers (children, senior citizens, etc). At a convenient point for your group, we will pause our tour of the archeological site to enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch at a restaurant.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour

Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour

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Save by booking two popular Mexico City tours with this Super Saver featuring some of Mexico City’s best sites. Discover the colonial beauty of Coyoacán, stroll through North America's oldest university and gain insight into Frida Kahlo’s life and artwork at her former home of Casa Azul. Then, drift through the waterways of Xochimilco, a UNESCO site, and enjoy snacks aboard a ‘trajinera’ boat. You’ll come away with unique experiences and knowledge of Aztec history and colonial architecture.
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  • 10 hours
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Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City

Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City

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Discover architectural wonders on this guided day trip to Cholula and Puebla from Mexico City. Inside Cholula’s archaeological zone, feast your eyes on Pirámide Tepanapa, or the Great Pyramid, the world’s largest—even bigger in volume than Cheops in Egypt! Wind your way through the UNESCO-listed city of Puebla, home to gorgeous tiled buildings and Mexican Baroque churches, including the Church of Santo Domingo and Chapel of the Rosary. Bonus: hotel transport and lunch are included.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City

Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City

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Visit Teotihuacan in the early morning for a memorable view of the landmark site on a full-day tour from Mexico City. Afterward, stop at an artisan market, then have time to purchase lunch and refreshments before returning to Mexico City. Your tour includes entrance fees, air-conditioned transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Teotihuacan Tour with Private transportation & Food Included

Teotihuacan Tour with Private transportation & Food Included

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Discover ancient Mexico’s “City of the Gods” on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient pickup on Paseo de la Reforma, marvel at one of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites on a small group tour and experience sites like Sun and Moon Pyramids, Moon Plaza, and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. Learn about the site’s history from an informative local guide and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch afterwards.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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From Mexico City: Private tour to Puebla
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From Mexico City: Private tour to Puebla

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OVERVIEW During this private 10 h tour from Mexico City, you will get acquainted with the rich historical & cultural heritage of Puebla City that retains a fantastically well-preserved UNESCO-listed historic center, dozens of beautiful churches & nationwide famous cuisine. WHY GO WITH US The time of the tour is spent purely on sightseeing: no visits to souvenir shops & restaurants (unless you ask). We are flexible: departure time, program & route can be adjusted while the duration of the tour can be always extended for an extra fee. When booking, choose whether to visit just Puebla ("Puebla (only)" option) or add other attractions (+ Cholula, + Africam Safari, + Lavender farm, etc.) to your tour.
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  • 10 hours
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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
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Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

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Ride a traditional barge through Xochimilco canals, then visit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera landmarks on an immersive private tour of Aztec history and Mexico City art. This tour includes round-trip hotel transfer and admission to Xochimilco, the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, and Frida Kahlo Museum, and features the mosaic murals at UNAM.
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  • 6 hours
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Teotihuacan in the best private tour

Teotihuacan in the best private tour

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Avoid the tourist crowds on a private tour to Teotihuacan, taking advantage of early pickup from your hotel to gain the best views of the ancient site before other tours arrive. Benefit from your professional guide’s full attention as you explore the pre-hispanic monument together, and take time to surmount the summit of the iconic Sun and Moon Pyramids for panoramic views of the region.
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  • 8 hours
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Small Group: Discover Xochimilco, Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum and House

Small Group: Discover Xochimilco, Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum and House

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Safe Trip: Because we care about you, we have put in place an international Safe and Healthy Protocol during all your tour. Only Small Groups Allowed Save money by booking these 3X1 most attractive activities in Mexico City at a great discount price!. Enjoy a full day tour full of color and tradition through some of the most enchanting areas of Mexico City. In Xochimilco, upon reaching the calm waters of its canals and its floating gardens, you will enjoy a picturesque cruise through one of the last traces of the Aztec period in a pre-Hispanic boat. Learn the history of this place, first established as a pre-Columbian city. Afterward, enjoy a brief visit to Coyoacan, known as the cultural heart of Mexico City, a place that is very popular with people who live nearby and who has been a source of inspiration for various national and international artists. In the same neighborhood we will visit the Frida Kahlo former house and active museum, known as "The Blue House".
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  • 9 hours
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Small-Group Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City

Small-Group Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City

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Discover one of Mexico’s most important archeological sites in a small group limited to 20 on a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City. With your guide, visit the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which include the Sun Pyramid, Moon Plaza, Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Entrance fees and transport via public bus are included.
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  • 6 hours
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6-Night Best of Central Mexico Tour: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Taxco, Cuernavaca and Puebla from Mexico City

6-Night Best of Central Mexico Tour: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Taxco, Cuernavaca and Puebla from Mexico City

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Experience the best of central Mexico on this action-packed 5-day tour. Start with a great overview of Mexico City on a hop-on hop-off tour, before exploring some of the city’s top landmarks on guided tours. Visit the UNESCO-listed Teotihuacan pyramids, as well as the cities of Cuernavaca, Taxco, and Puebla. See one of the most recognizable religious figures at the Shrine of Guadalupe. Stay at a comfortable 4- or 5-star hotel for six nights and rest easy knowing that transport details and your itinerary have been mapped out for you.
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  • 7 days
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Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology

Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology

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This Viator Exclusive—available nowhere else—gets you inside Chapultepec Castle, one of Mexico City’s most popular attractions, before the crowds pour in. In relative tranquility, discover the castle’s 12 halls filled with royal artifacts and learn about Chapultepec’s origins as a retreat for Aztec rulers. An informative guide then takes you to the National Museum of Anthropology, which houses the largest collection of traditional Mexican art in the world.
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Floating Flower Gardens Of Xochimilco with a Local: Private & Personalized ★★★★★

Floating Flower Gardens Of Xochimilco with a Local: Private & Personalized ★★★★★

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Explore Mexico City like a local and let a like-minded resident craft your itinerary. Share your interests and preferences—anything from live music and lucha libre to history and food—and let a local with an expert knowledge of Mexico’s vibrant capital city craft a personalized tour. Enjoy a unique experience and explore places that you’ll never see in a guide book.
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  • 5 hours
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San Miguel de Allende Small Group Tour from Mexico City

San Miguel de Allende Small Group Tour from Mexico City

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If you’re short on time but want to see what’s beyond Mexico City, this day trip to lovely San Miguel de Allende has you covered. A guide will get you acquainted with the baroque architecture of this colonial city during a tour, including the handicrafts market. Then you’re free to stroll the cobblestone streets on your own in the afternoon.
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  • 11 hours
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$86.00
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Pyramids of Teotihuacan Private Tour

Pyramids of Teotihuacan Private Tour

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This experience begins with flexibility in the schedule, although we suggest starting it at 08:00 am, we can adjust to the schedules of our clients. We want to show our city as friends rather than as a regular tour company. We invite you to get to know this attraction with us so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. In our experiences we understand you may need time to be in the attraction, therefore there is never a rush and you can spend as long as you want in the pyramids.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

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Maximize your time in magnificent Mexico on a full-day trip to Puebla and Cholula from Mexico City. With a knowledgeable guide, discover the rich cultural heritage of each city, and marvel at Puebla’s beautiful historical center. Sample Puebla’s enticing range of culinary delights (own expense) and browse a traditional craft market for special souvenirs.
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  • 11 hours
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$40.80
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Lucha Libre Experience in Mexico City

Lucha Libre Experience in Mexico City

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Immerse yourself in one of Mexico’s most exciting cultural traditions during a half-day ‘Lucha libre’ (Mexican wrestling) experience in Mexico City. Sample a Mexican cocktail at a traditional tavern before watching a live Mexican wrestling match at either Arena Mexico or La Arena Coliseo (depending on the day you have booked), two of the country’s most famous Lucha libre stadiums. Small-group tour limited to 15 people.
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  • 4 hours
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TEOTIHUACAN BALLOON RIDE (Transportation & breakfast)

TEOTIHUACAN BALLOON RIDE (Transportation & breakfast)

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Get ready for a unique adventure in life!!! This experience is your great opportunity to get to know Teotihuacan from another perspective, out of the ordinary. Fly in a balloon and let the wind take you on an unforgettable journey, witnessing what was the first contact between man and the sky. Capture beautiful panoramic photographs of the beautiful blue sky in the morning in Teotihuacan, in this experience you can admire the magnificent pre-Hispanic city with more influence in Mesoamerica. See from the heights the monumental, harmonious and important architecture of one of the most important wonders of antiquity. The perfect place to fly in a balloon, offers a unique view in the world, with a fascinating past and historical legacy this World Heritage Site.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$190.20
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4-Day Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine, Xochimilco,Taxco and Puebla Guided Tour

4-Day Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine, Xochimilco,Taxco and Puebla Guided Tour

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In this journey at Mexico City you can visit the Square of the three cultures, the impressive archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, to admire the monumental Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the temple of Quetzalpapalotl, the citadel and the avenue of the dead. We return to Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America. A panoramic Tour of the Mexico city south, after visit Xochimilco, to ride an Aztec boat; and then to the colonial district of Coyoacan. Panoramic tour in Cuernavaca , the city of the eternal spring, from there we will continue to the Sierra Madre to visit one of its treasures: Taxco, known as the “World Silver Capital”, visit the famous Baroque parish church of Santa Prisca. Visit Santa María Tonanzintla. We will also visit the world´s largest pyramid at the archaeological zone of Cholula with its. Continue to Puebla we will also see its majestic Cathedral and the chapel of the Rosary. THE ITINERARY OF THE TOURS MAY VARY.
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  • 4 days
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$168.00
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