Day 1 Mexico City: Historic District, Ciudad Universitaria, Xochimilco, and Coyoacan
Mexico City — "The City of the Gods" — is one of the world's largest cities and possesses a wealth of history and beauty waiting to be discovered. Guests will be picked up from their hotels in the morning (please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations). Over the course of the day, we will get to see the historical center of the city and its architectural monuments. At the National Palace, we will see the beautiful mural paintings of Diego Rivera. After the palace, we will visit Zocalo, the historical city's central plaza, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. While still in the city, we will also stop at Chapultepec, Zona Rosa, and the important residential zones of the city. After touring the city, we will drive south, seeing on our way the World Trade Center, the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros, the Plaza Mexico, and the Insurgentes Theater, which features another mosaic mural by Diego Rivera, this one famous for its depiction of Cantinflas, the country's famed comedic actor. Arriving at Ciudad Universitaria, we will visit the Central Library, decorated with the mosaic murals of Juan O'Gorman, the Olympic Stadium, and the residential area of Jardines del Pedregal, which was built on lava fields. Then, we will arrive at the peaceful waters of Xochimilco, a suburb of Mexico City that is comprised of a series of canals. This is one of the last traces of the Aztec era. We will enjoy a relaxing ride on one of the colorful trajineras, the boats that sail down these canals. Afterward, we will continue to Coyoacan, the impressive colonial district of the city, taking a walk down rows of old houses from the 16th century. Upon arrival in the main square, we will see the Casa Municipal (the mansion of conquistador Hernan Cortes) and the Church of Saint John the Baptist. After this, the tour will end, and guests will be returned to their hotels.