As with any big city around the world, here in Mexico City there is an abundance of tours which you can take, to explore more of the place. Having been here for a couple of years now I have managed to get wise with regards to which are the best tours to take, and there are some brilliant tours out there. There are also some tours which should be avoided however, and that is why today I want to talk about some of the experiences you can have, where you should look to get a guided tour.
If you like street art then you are going to love the range of pieces which you can find throughout the city. There is nothing wrong of course with roaming the city on your own and trying to find some great pieces, but the reality is that this is something that is so much better with a local guide. There are three or four tours of this nature throughout the city and they will take straight to the very best murals.
Street Food Tour
Here again we see something that you could easily do alone, heading through the city trying street food. With this being said however, taking a tour is just better, and here is why. Firstly you can guarantee that you are going to be taken to street food stands which both taste great and which are going to be kind on your stomach. Secondly you are not only going to try different street foods but you will learn about them too, their history and preparation. Finally you are going to end up trying foods which you may not have tried if you were on your own.
If you are interested in the history of the city then by all means you should take a tour. The only thing that I would recommend here however, is that you take a short tour, perhaps one which is no more than 6 hours. I have seen tours across 2 days where they will take you to ruins and to museums, but I have been told that these are boring and drawn out much more than they should be. Many of the ruins you can visit for free, the tour is about getting the explanation about the ruins and how they came to be, and the long ones are not good for this.
A friend of mine Javier Burillo runs a market tour, which I actually thought was a strange concept at first. Having done this tour though, I really understand why so many love it. Javier takes you through the old markets like Jamaica where there is food and products sold from all over Mexico. Because of the familiarity which the guides have with the vendors, you can get some great information about what market life is like, where the products are from and of course you will have a chance to barter for your own items.
Great tours on offer throughout the city.