- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Beat the crush of crowds on this early morning tour of Chapultepec Castle and experience one of Mexico City’s most visited sites in relative solitude. Continue your visit to Chapultepec Park at the National Museum of Anthropology with an experienced guide. Gain historical and cultural insights as you gaze at state carriages, murals of epic battles, a sword wielded during the revolution, and the famous Aztec Stone of the Sun. This Viator Exclusive can't be booked anywhere else.
- All entrance fees included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Includes free admission to top local attractions
- Professional guide
- Meeting point transportation
- Entry/Admission - Chapultepec Castle
- Entry/Admission - Museo Nacional de Antropologia
- Food and drinks
Estela de Luz
Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Daily, except Monday
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Start your tour at Chapultepec Park, the largest city park in the world and take a train up to the top of Chapultepec Hill and reach Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec). With this Viator Exclusive, you'll arrive as one of the first visitors of the day to explore the 12 halls of the 18th-century castle and enjoy the rooms and exhibits without being jostled by crowds.
During your 2-hour tour, wander through sun-lit halls, up and down marble staircases and into Neoclassical-style apartments. Hear about Chapultepec’s origins as a retreat for Aztec rulers before it was partially destroyed and rebuilt into the home of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. It then served as the residence for Mexico’s presidents before most of the castle was converted into the National History Museum. The exhibits trace the country’s history, from the pre-Columbian era through Spanish colonialism, to Mexico’s revolution and its independence.
Admire the state carriages of Benito Juárez and Emperor Maximilian, and learn the stories behind the sculptures and busts of historical figures. See the sword wielded by independence fighter José María Morelos and gaze at murals of battles painted by famous artists, including José Clemente Orozco, John O'Gorman and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
After the castle, purchase lunch at a local spot offering sandwiches, salads, and traditional dishes like chapatas and chilaquiles, along with coffee and tea.
Refueled, head to another section of Chapultepec Park and arrive at the world-class National Museum of Anthropology, the city’s most-visited museum spanning nearly 20 acres (8 hectares). Opened in 1964, the museum houses the largest collection of traditional Mexican art in the world.
Over the course of 2.5 hours, your guide takes you on an informative journey through the exhibits, showing you only the most impressive sites. Marvel at the Aztec Stone of the Sun, and the Olmec carved heads, uncovered deep in the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz. Learn about the different cultural regions and indigenous groups that gave rise to this diverse capital city. Your 6-hour tour ends in the afternoon so you have the rest of your day to enjoy at your leisure.
Duration: 3 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A moderate amount of walking is involved (1.8 miles/3 km)
- Note: Beverages and drinks are not allowed inside the castle and museum
- Note: Entrance to Chapultepec Castle is free on Sundays
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We arrived early at the meeting point. Found Ivan was not wearing anything to identify that he was with Amigo Tours. However he obviously enjoyed showing us Chapultepec Castle. He was knowledgeable and interested in his subject. He was able to hold all our attention with his enthusiasm.
My only recommendation is that he have something with him to identify he is working for Amigo Tours.
The tour and timing was very well organized and planned. Our guide was Kevin. He is a great guide with immense knowledge and perfect interaction with the members of the group. His switching between Spanish and English was so seamless and professional. He covered enough details and was great in holding the interest of the group throughout the trip. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We happened to meet him on two other days while we were with other guides, but we chatted and exchanged pleasantries. This trip was a great experience.
Do not miss the Museum of Anthropology or a visit to tthe castle . We only had another couple in our group. It felt like a private tour. Our guide was fantastic and the other couple in our group was wonderful. I highly recommend this tour.
We had a small group of just 5 people. Our guide Daniel was amazing! We started our at the base of the castle and walked up to the castle. The castle has great exhibits showing the history of Mexico and how it came to be what it is today. Then once we finished the castle we walked with our guide Daniel toward the Anthropology museum and stopped for a snack and a drink before heading into the museum. Daniel just focused on the Mayans and the Aztecs and we were still there for a couple of hours. Had a fantastic day!
Our tour guide Daniel was great!! So passionate about the history of his country and a great personality, too just a fun person! Going to the castle early is smart you can climb up while it is still cooler out and there are no crowds. The crowd when we left the castle was insane compared to when we arrived. In between the two sites we had a 15-20 minutes break at Starbucks where our group chatted with each other and our guide like we were all old friends. After the tour ended, Daniel walked with my friend and I to the bus stop and helped us get on the right bus back to our hotel we were originally going to Uber back, but just kept walking because we were enjoying our conversation so much!. I knew basically nothing about Mexico history before this tour and now Im fascinated!! My friend and I kept googling things from this tour the rest of our trip.
Our guide, Andres, was wonderful, providing plenty of information without overloading us. We gained a much greater knowledge of Mexican history and politics as well as seeing some beautiful things, and what we learned added to our ability to appreciate the later tours. Remember Iturbide!
One suggestion I would make for this and all of the Viator tours: The information you provide about meeting points and how to find them is insufficient. For example, the information on this one mentioned a monument to Los Ninos Heroes, but the monument itself does not use that phrase, and the police in the park weren't able to help us. We had to call twice to find our guide and the group.
Our guide Daniel Noguez was amazing!!! He did an amazing job and was like an Encyclopedia Brittanica, knowing so much more than I thought a tour guide would know. He didn't romanticize anything, instead gave us factual perspectives and was not only fun but extremely patient! If I go back I would only travel with Daniel! Thanks!!!!
This tour was amazing. We had a private tour from Ernesto who had excellent knowledge of Mexico’s history.
Jocelyn was a wonderful guide, very personable, and clearly had a vast amount of knowledge about Mexico's history. It was definitely a smart move to have English translations for our visit to Chapultepec Castle and the anthropology museum. So much information to absorb, and as others have pointed out, all of the signage at Chapultepec is in Spanish. Our only critique was that it felt as though more detailed information was presented to the other guests in Spanish, then summarized in English without as much detail. It was a bilingual tour so I know some of this couldn't be helped, and honestly, I can't be sure my observations is true, but that was our experience. All said, I'd still book again!
Ernesto is an amazing tour guide because he knows so much about the history of Mexico. We met early morning in Chapultepec Park for a walking tour up to the Castle. The walk itself is beautiful. There is so much vegetation in the Park you can barely hear the busy traffic of Mexico City surrounding it! The Castle itself is very interesting and Ernesto explained the stories of important figures who helped shape modern Mexico. He was thorough and went deep, making it clear to all of us that he passionately loves Mexico and her history. Following the Castle, Ernesto took us to the Museum of Anthropology. For me, this museum was the highlight of my vacation. He led us through the signature exhibits. I cant wait to go back and spend a week exploring the museum.
This tour was a beautiful experience, I learned so much. Our guide from Amigo tours was informative and funny this made for great tour.
We loved this tour and our guide was very informative! My only suggestion, is that the guide wear a hat with the tour company logo. In rushing to get to the meeting point on time main entrance was closed, we scrambled a bit to locate him apart from other folks there. Once we got going though, we really enjoyed it! We learned about how diverse the culture was here, as it wasn't just the Aztecs. Just like in present day real life, there are plenty of layers of rich history interwoven into the heritage of this region. Looking with my California/American eyes, we mainly just hear about the Aztecs and Mayans. Loved that our guide shed much light on the variety of cultures as we toured each section of the Anthro museum. And as he did with the pre-hispanic history, so he did with the more modern history in regards to the castle. Loved the stories he shared about Benito Juarez and Emperor Maximilian. Besides hearing their names in passing, I had know idea about the complexities of Mexican political history. We really enjoyed each tour. Not meaning to confuse in my review, but we did the castle tour first, then the museum. Enjoy!
This trip was great! Our tour guide Julio was friendly and very entertaining. He conducted the whole tour in Spanish and English. That is going above and beyond making sure everyone in the group learned something. This tour will not leave you disappointed.
An amazing tour with a brilliant guide. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting the guide in the heart of Chapultepec Park on our first morning in Mexico City after a lengthy journey to get there but it was definitely worth it. It was great visiting the castle before the hordes of people descend on it and the anthropology museum was outstanding. There were only three of us as part of the group which certainly helped but our Mexican guide, Kevin was excellent, He was extremely knowledgeable and had a relaxed manner about him allowing us plenty of time to take photographs and enjoy cafe along the way. We never felt rushed and it was an excellent experience. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone.
An outstanding experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Excellent tour!!!. Francisco made a great job explaining the Mexico history during the tour. It was well planned and with a great value!!
Gerson was our guide--we love this guy! He is entertaining and hospitable and really made this trip enjoyable. I brought my study abroad university students, and we had only just arrived in CDMX 12 hours earlier, so it was very hard on us to follow Gerson up the path to the Castillo--that's my only suggestion, keep in mind that not all guests are acclimated to the altitude of CDMX.
Early access to Chapultepec Castle meant that we had the place to ourselves to enjoy before the gates were opened to the public. And then we got a wonderful introduction to the Museum of Anthropology. At the end, we asked to be left to take even more time in the museum to see the special exhibits. I learned so much, thanks to the knowledgeable guide. Thank you so much!