Explore the historic sites of Mexico City while also discovering the modern-day draws of this contemporary metropolis, from viewing notable art and architecture to dining at some of the city's renowned restaurants. Founded as Tenochtitlan by the Aztecs in 1325, Mexico City is the oldest city on the North American continent.
View the remains of the great Aztec empire in the city's Templo Mayor, which remains an active archaeological site. Just outside the city is the impressive settlement of Teotihuacan, with its Sun and Moon pyramids and Temple of Quetzalcoatl, constructed between the first and seventh centuries. On your way back, stop by the colonial Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage destination. Visit Mexico City's anthropology museum, one of the best in the world for pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The Museo Nacional de Arte, and Museo Soumaya display colonial, modern and contemporary art. No visit to Mexico City would be complete without seeing the famed Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace, as well as the museum showcasing the works of his equally famous wife Frida Kahlo.
On an optional Palenque prelude with lecturer James Doyle, discover impressive pyramids, murals, and other treasures of Maya culture surrounded by the lush jungle of Chiapas.