Mexico City Experience
Take a Tour
Red double-decker, open-top buses operated by Turibus run 9–9 daily. The $14 daily pass (purchased on board) lets you get on and off as many times as desired. Two-day passes cost $21. The bus travels up and down Reforma, passes through the Centro, Plaza Río de Janeiro in the Colonia Roma, Michoacán in the Colonia Condesa (a great place to stop and eat), and Avenida Presidente Masaryk (a.k.a Masarik) in Polanco (a great stop to shop). A second circuit covers the south of the city, including the Museo de Frida Kahlo and the World Trade Center. The third, Bicentennial Route includes stops at the Plaza Garibaldi and the Monument to the Revolution. Most passengers board at the staircase of the Auditorio Nacional, just outside the Auditorio metro stop. Buses leave around a quarter past and a quarter till the hour every day except Christmas.
The Paseo por Coyoacán tourist trolleybus goes around the Coyoacán neighborhood, with a guide telling the history of the area in Spanish. It leaves from a stop opposite the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares whenever there are enough people, so departures are irregular. It costs $4 and runs weekdays 10–5, weekends 11–6. Guided tours in English are available only for large groups; reservations are a must.
A good way to see the historic downtown—if you know some Spanish—is on the Tranvía Turístico Cultural, adorable replicas of 20-passenger trolleys from the 1920s. The 45-minute narrated tour ($4.50) includes Palacio de Bellas Artes, la Casa de los Azulejos, the Zócalo, Palacio de Iturbide, Plaza de la Constitución, Antiguo Ayuntamiento, Palacio Nacional, la Catedral and Plaza Manuel Tolsá (location of the Palacio de Minería and Museo Nacional de Arte). Trolleys depart hourly 10–5 daily from the train's offices in front of Alameda Park. There's also a night tour on Tuesday at 8 called Leyendas del Centro Histórico (Legends of the Historic Center) and a cantina tour on Thursday at 8. For the night tours, you'll need to make a reservation.
National Association of Guides and Interpreters. Serapio Rendon 95-202A, Col. San Rafael, Mexico City, 06000. 55/5591-0418 or 55/5592-0365.
National Syndicate of Guides and Tourism Employees. Ezequiel Montes 79, Col. Tabacalera, Mexico City, 06000. 55/5535-7787 or 55/5535-5305.
Paseo por Coyoacan. Av. Hidalgo 198, at Calle Allende, Coyoacan, Mexico City, 04350. 55/5484-4500.
Tranvia Turistico. Angela Peralta s/n, near Palacio de Bellas Artes, Col. Centro, Mexico City, 06000. 55/5491-1615.
Turibus. 55/5141-1360 Ext. 2000 or 55/5133-2488. www.turibus.com.mx.
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