Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Mexico City
Meet your Zoni Tour Manager at the hotel for luggage drop off.
Begin your trip by visiting the iconic Zócalo, the historic center of Mexico City. A gathering place for Mexicans since the days of Aztec times, this plaza has witnessed the swearing-in of leaders, military parades, and independence ceremonies. Today, it maintains its political connections while also showcasing art of all types. This is a perfect place to soak in the city's energy and enjoy some people watching.
Tour the Palacio Nacional to admire Diego Rivera's magnificent mural The History of Mexico. From pre-colonial Mexico and the Spanish conquest to the Mexican Revolution and Mexico's future, this masterpiece covers nearly 3000 square feet and is a must-see for any visitor to Mexico City.
Enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
Explore the Templo Mayor Museum. Here you will see just a fraction of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán that is buried beneath modern day Mexico City.
Walk past the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes and relax in the picturesque Alameda Central, the oldest city park in the Americas.
Have dinner at a local restaurant, savoring authentic Mexican cuisine.
Visit the Artisan Market at La Ciudadela to shop for unique Mexican crafts and souvenirs.
Return to your hotel to rest after an action-packed day.
Day 2: Coyoacán - The Bohemian Quarter
Have breakfast at your hotel.
Travel to Coyoacán, a charming neighborhood, and begin with a walking tour of this artsy haven.
Take a tour of La Casa Azul, former home of the world-famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The original selfie queen, Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits which cover the walls of this home-turned-museum. Immerse yourself in her world and learn about what life was like for her as a disabled woman and artist. Explore the tumultuous relationship she had with fellow artist, Diego Rivera, which rivals any telenovela you've heard of.
Visit Frida Kahlo Park, where you can appreciate the serene surroundings.
Enjoy lunch at a local eatery.
Explore the National Museum of Popular Cultures to discover Mexico's rich cultural heritage. This unique museum has no permanent exhibits, which makes each visit different from the one before. Focusing on the intersection of Mexican cultural diversity and everyday life, this museum is a joy to explore.
Shop for local goods at the Coyoacán Market or just take some time to soak in the sounds and sights.
Eat dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to unwind.
Day 3: Xochimilco - Canals and Culture
Start with breakfast at your hotel.
Head to Xochimilco for a colorful trajinera (canal boat) tour through the picturesque canals. See the floating gardens, called chinampas, built by the Aztecs and pass by the famous Island of the Dolls.
When you return to solid land, take some time to visit the Xochimilco Market. With over 450 vendors, this is the perfect place for exploring before having lunch on your own.
Take a walking tour of the Historic Center of Xochimilco. These seventeen neighborhoods are older than the Aztecs and make for a great walk. Look out for romantic plazas, old churches, and plenty of local flavors.
End your walking tour with a visit to the Xochimilco Archaeological Museum to delve into the area's history and culture. View mammoth bones, precolonial graffiti, and even a court used in ancient sporting events.
Have dinner in Xochimilco before returning to the city.
Take an evening bus tour of Mexico City at night. Watch the glittering city pass you by as you discover new sites in one of the world's largest cities.
Day 4: Museums and Parks
Breakfast at the hotel.
Begin your day at the National Museum of Anthropology to explore Mexico's rich archaeological heritage. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and more than 20 halls and is home to more than 600,000 artifacts from across Mexico. Some of the highlights of the collection include a giant Olmec head, Moctezuma II's quetzal feather headdress, and the magnificent Aztec Sunstone.
Enjoy lunch on your own at a nearby restaurant.
Stroll along the grand Paseo de la Reforma, known for its monuments and sculptures. Take some time to watch traffic zooming by on the ten roundabouts.
Spend time in Chapultepec Park, where you can choose to visit one of several museums or gardens. Choose from sites like the Chapultepec Zoo, the Castle, the Museum of Modern Art, or the National Auditorium.
Savor authentic Mexican food at a local restaurant.
Attend a guided evening tour or cultural event within Chapultepec Park, such as an open-air concert or a theater performance depending on the seasonal offerings.
Return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 5: Teotihuacan and Wildlife Conservation
Breakfast at the hotel
Travel to the Teotihuacan Pyramids for a guided tour of this remarkable archaeological site. Established around 100 BCE, Teotihuacan was once the largest city in the Americas. Here you can see the famed Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon and walk streets that have existed for millennia.
Have lunch in a local restaurant near the pyramids.
Visit the Reino Animal Centro de Conservación to learn about wildlife conservation and see diverse animal species. Check out the safari experience, the birds of prey, and the jaguar sanctuary as you experience this sustainable park.
Return to Mexico City and enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant with traditional Mexican entertainment.
Get a good night's sleep at your hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel.
Depart for the airport.
Board your flight and return home remembering everything Mexico's capital has to offer.
Rich Cultural Exposure: This itinerary offers students an immersive experience in Mexico City's vibrant culture, including visits to renowned museums, historical sites, and vibrant markets, fostering a deep appreciation for Mexican heritage.
Educational Opportunities: Students will have the chance to explore significant historical and artistic landmarks, such as Diego Rivera's murals and the National Museum of Anthropology, providing valuable educational insights into art, history, and archaeology.
Diverse Activities: The itinerary balances cultural exploration with hands-on experiences, from trajinera tours in Xochimilco's canals to a guided tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, ensuring a well-rounded and engaging trip for students.
Personal Growth: Traveling to a foreign destination encourages personal growth, independence, and cross-cultural understanding among students, making this tour a valuable educational and character-building experience.
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