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Museum Tour of Mexico City

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By Judy Newell

Some claim that Mexico City has more museums than any other city in the world. With so many options, it is challenging to narrow the best down, but this tour will give you a good start.

Built atop the ruins of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—once dubbed by Spanish conquistadors as the “Venice of the New World”—Mexico City is a complex, historically rich metropolis with illustrious art credentials to boot.

The central districts boast a great selection of art and culture, both historic and contemporary, within a walkable radius. In addition, there will always be private transportation available for those who wish to ride.

Here are our choices for the top sites that you will see on the Museum Tour of Mexico City:

Museum Soumaya: The museum boasts a glittering sculpture-like exterior. Visitors are enthralled by the European works from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, with more than 66,000 pieces of art.

Museo Mural Diego Riviera: No trip to Mexico City would be complete without a visit to the famous mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Centra, which spans 50 feet.

Palacio de Bellas Artes: Immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists dominate the top floors of this splendid white marble palace that was begun in 1905.

Museo Nacional de Arte: Stop outside this neoclassical building to admire the equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain, the monarch just before Mexico gained its independence.

Palacio de Iturbide: The Mexican Baroque building houses temporary art exhibits. Currently, Pinxit Mexici displays many beautiful pieces from the colonial period.

Metropolitan Cathedral: The largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas, it is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct.

Templo Mayor: This was the site of Aztec civilization’s most important temple. The Museo de Templo Mayor presents the treasures that archaeologists dug up here—some 6,000-plus pieces.

Xochimilco: Float through the canals on brightly painted pole boats called trajineras and enjoying mariachis playing on passing barges.

Coyoacán: This Barrio Magico district offers tree-lined cobblestone streets and gorgeous 16th-century mansions and is a rich pocket of art and history.

Castillo de Chapultepec: The National History Museum has more than 150,000 items pertaining to Mexico’s history. Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota lived there during the Second Mexican Empire.

National Anthropology Museum: Regarded as one of the top museums in the world, it offers treasure-filled galleries with the world’s greatest collection of Mesoamerican artifacts.

Teotihuacán: The World Heritage-listed archaeological site dates back to 100 BC and is known as the “City of the Gods.” Inside the archeological zone, explore the palaces, plazas, and pyramids, presided over by the third-largest pyramid in the world.

You will have opportunities to enjoy dining in some of Mexico City’s top restaurants such as Pujol, Restaurante Azul Histórico, El Mayor, Contramar, and Nueve Nueve Bistro. We will make reservations for you.

The cost of the 5-day tour is USD $665 per person, based on double occupancy, or USD $990 for single occupancy, and includes transportation, breakfast daily, four-star hotel in the Centro Histórico for four nights, all entrance fees and two specialist bi-lingual guides.

For a detailed itinerary, please contact Judy Newell at Perfect Journeys, email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net, SMA cell 415 111 8765, Vonage 949 300 3682.

 

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