Day Tour of Historical Center with focus on
Mexican Gastronomy

Little history of Mexican gastronomy

pre hispanic mexican gastronomy

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It is imperative to get you started on good note. We have put together all day tour of Mexico City with focus on food and gastronomy. Along the way you will learn some very important tips, which will help you during your entire stay. On this panoramic tour of the we will visit some most popular yet important for you to see in the Historical Center. Highlights of our tour includes introduction on pre-Hispanic Mexican gastronomy, along with food tasting and visit to local mercado to have better understanding of Mexican ingredients.

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1. The tour initiates at Herdez Foundation. We will visit its museum and its precious library specializing in gastronomy, presenting over 5000 books on Mexican gastronomy. The museum has its own kitchen and dining room, two of the most dynamic spaces where tastings and demonstrative courses are held. Each month there is a different theme. With the focus on promoting Mexican food and gastronomy research, the idea arose to open a space for the general public, presenting the culinary wealth of Mexico and for its variety of aromas and flavors. The foundation has compiled a large collection of current and historical bibliography, in fact it has been recognized as the first Library of Mexican Gastronomy.


2. Right next door, we are going to visit wonderful museum and archaeological zone of Templo Mayor, a pre-Hispanic city under present-day Mexico City, where we can see traditions and and customs in pre-Hispanic markets. The museum of the Templo Mayor was built in 1987 to house the Templo Mayor Project and its finds—a project which continues work to this day. In 1991, the Urban Archeology Program was incorporated as part of the Templo Mayor Project whose mission is to excavate the oldest area of the city, around the main plaza. An interesting exibit contains agricultural technology of the time, especially in the growing of corn and the construction of chinampas, the so-called "floating gardens". Learn more ...


3. If time allows, we will visit the magnificent murals of Diego Rivera, in the National Palace (Palacio Nacional) close by, which depict the products and culinary techniques of pre-Hispanic Mexico. The National Palace (Palacio Nacional in Spanish) is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. It is located on Mexico City's main square, the Plaza de la Constitución (El Zócalo). This site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, and much of the current palace's building materials are from the original one that belonged to Moctezuma II. You will see famous murals painted by Diego Rivera during your visit.
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4. Visit to a small mercado called Presidente Abelardo Rodríguez.The Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market is a traditional public market located in the historic center of Mexico City, northeast of the main plaza, or Zocalo. It was built in 1934 as a prototype for a more modern marketplace and has a number of unusual features such as day care and an auditorium. However, the markets most distinctive feature is the approximately 1,450 square metres of wall and ceiling space covered in murals. These murals were painted by students of Diego Rivera and under his supervision. The works mostly reflect socialist themes, such as the exploitation of workers, peasants and miners, the fight against Nazism and fascism, and racial discrimination. Here you will have first handintroduction to traditional Mexican ingredients.
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5. After our visit to Mercado we will be eating in a restaurants called Restaurante San Fransico, also known as Casa Tlaxcala. The restaurant is housed in a typical XVIII century middle-class home. The exterior is made with tezontle and chiluca typical building materials of that period. Another historical curiosity is that Cuban poet José Marti lived here in 1894. You will get to try some mouth watering Mexican dishes and drink including tlacoyos, lima-bean soup with slices of cactus and a chile stuffed with three different cheeses in a flaky crust. Everything is just delicious. (Alcoholic drinks not included).


6. After meal we are going to take a little walk through the streets of the city. We will stop for coffee or chocolate with churros at famous place called El Moro. La Churreria El Moro was founded in 1935 by Francisco Iriarte, who arrived in Mexico from a town called Elizondo in the Baztán Valley, Spain. The churrería is named after the fiestas of these towns in Spain, where an Arab, known as "El Moro", sold churros from town to town in a cart. The churrería had a very similar beginning to that of this seller, since in 1933, the founder, seeing that in Mexico they did not sell churros, installed a cart in the Zócalo of the city. Since then, Churrería has seen many famous personalities through its doors, such as Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Jacobo Zabludovsky or Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. Francisco, the founder, died very young and it was then that his three brothers (Jose, Santiago and Ignacio) arrived in Mexico to take care of the business. It was thus passed from generation to generation to become one of the places with the greatest tradition in Mexico City.


During our walk you will have the opportunity to photograph beautiful colonial buildings on Tacuba Street, such as el Museo Nacional de Arte, and el Palacio de Minería y la Oficina de Correos. Making our final stop at majestic Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Please note: All meals, transportation and admission fees are included in this tour.

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