By Cristina Alonso
January 20, 2017
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Visitors who come to Mexico City—and in fact, even locals—can get overwhelmed by the city’s sheer size, by how much there is to do and how confusing the streets can get. “OK, so we should check out Xochimilco, which is on this end of town, and also hit the Chapultepec Zoo over there... and don’t we want to eat at Colonia Roma?” Such stress! But fear not: this is where tours come in. Let the experts worry about routes and schedules, and just choose the kind of adventure you want to have. You can pick one or more of the Turibus’s many routes, let the audioguides do the explaining and explore the areas at your own pace, or get physical and ride a bike along Chapultepec, downtown and Colonia Condesa. When booking tours, always make sure you do it with authorized companies and guides, to ensure your safety and to avoid getting overcharged. Also, remember guides are very appreciative of tips.

Turibus

Hop on and off this double-decker bus, and explore Mexico City’s main areas as you please. There are eight different routes, such as Downtown (visit the Franz Mayer and the Anthropology museums) and Polanco/Hipódromo (check out the shops in Masaryk and the Children’s Museum). Bonus: audioguides are available in six languages.

Mexico Bike Tour

Parque y Corredor Ecoturístico Los Dínamos

Though it’s right in the city, this eco park feels like it’s miles away from the chaos of it all. Guided activities include hiking along the paths, renting a horse or a four-wheel motorbike, and fishing for trout. Pro tip: Make sure to visit early, as the park doesn’t have lighting and it can get confusing and slightly unsafe after dark.

Torre Latinoamericana

As one of the oldest and tallest buildings in town, “La Latino,” as it’s lovingly called by locals, offers awesome views of the city. The tour will take you along six floors filled with activities: from the museum on the 38th floor, to the observation roof on the 44th.

Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum

This culture-packed tour along the city’s Southern area will take you to the canals of Xochimilco, which you will sail aboard a traditional trajinera, a pre-Hispanic boat. Afterwards, explore the Frida Kahlo Museum, the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s campus, and the cobblestone streets of Coyoacán, one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city.

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