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Walking tour of Mexico City
Take a stroll through the historic plazas and boulevards of Mexico's cosmopolitan capital, discovering the city's Aztec foundations.
Take a journey through the many eras that shaped modern-day Mexico City to discover the city's multi-layered history. At the heart of the city is the immense main square known as the Zócalo, built directly on top of what was once the heart of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. Thanks to a prophecy, the ancient city was founded on the site of a vast lake, giving rise to an elaborate network of walkways and canals that is not easy to imagine on a first glance at today's metropolis. However there are still signs of the city's beginnings: some of its older architecture is gradually sinking, including the huge colonial cathedral that sits beside the ruins of the Aztec Templo Mayor.
Flanking the Zócalo is the Palacio Nacional, the seat of Government, which houses Diego Rivera's provocative murals telling the history of Mexico – from the communist artist's point of view, that is. From here a scenic stroll leads down the Calle Moneda to the Teatro de Bellas Artes with its beautiful art deco design and peaceful gardens.
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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.