Chapultepec Castle Early Access plus National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City
  • Chapultepec Castle Early Access plus National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City

    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.

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    Stop At: Chapultepec Castle, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Mexico City 11100 Mexico

    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, Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 11560 Mexico

    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

    Informacion Adicional
    "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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers"

    • Start Time9:00 AM
    • Start location: Estela de Luz, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Included

    • Professional guide
    • Meeting point transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Chapultepec Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Museo Nacional de Antropologia

    Not Included

    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
  • 8/10

    Recommendation passengers 80%
    Rating based on 111 verified reviews

    Our clients

    • Anissa T
      Posted on Martes, 03 de diciembre del 2019

      We wanted to see the castle and booked this tour to get the early look. The guide had been told that day that a political event there might disrupt our tour, but she committed to at least seeing what we could get admission to. I believe that she was courteous and upbeat in her explanations as we were stopped multiple times by military personnel en route, and each was willing to let us proceed. Due to her communication and perseverance we got to see not only the castle, but even overlook a bit of the event including the the Mexican president and his wife, military, and military academy. A bonus.

      Very knowledgeable guide and excellent tour. Highly recommend.

        General rating: 10/10
    • carolynechristine
      Posted on Martes, 08 de octubre del 2019

      Thursday,October 3rd, 2019 I booked a tour for the Chapultepec Castle, and for the National Museum of Anthropology! .... 

      To  my surprise I was the only one scheduled for the day so I ended up with a personal tour guide for the day! ... Kara-Jane Schupfer is a walking History book, she is a wealth of knowledge of the history,and facts! Kara has a way of keeping you engaged because she tells it in a way that it seems like an adventure, love story, and documentary all in one! I must admit, that I learned so much about Mexico, the people, their History, and personal facts and stories that brought the Historical characters to life! ... I had an Amazing and wonderful day! 

      I will most definitely come back to visit Mexico,because there is so much more that I want to see and learn now! :-)

      Carolyne Christine :-)

        General rating: 10/10
    • Robert L
      Posted on Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      This guide was very knowlegible about every stop we made. I would highly recommend this tour. Lt of walking though

        General rating: 10/10
    • gvannis
      Posted on Miércoles, 24 de abril del 2019

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Arunava B
      Posted on Miércoles, 02 de enero del 2019

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • dhfanarof
      Posted on Miércoles, 11 de julio del 2018

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Grace D
      Posted on Domingo, 01 de abril del 2018

      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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Glenna Rose Goes
      Posted on Jueves, 22 de marzo del 2018

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Andrew C
      Posted on Martes, 20 de marzo del 2018

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Scott B
      Posted on Lunes, 19 de marzo del 2018

      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!!!!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Myra M
      Posted on Jueves, 22 de febrero del 2018

      This tour was amazing. We had a private tour from Ernesto who had excellent knowledge of Mexico’s history.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Doug F
      Posted on Viernes, 26 de enero del 2018

      Fun guide. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all we saw.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Jaime G
      Posted on Jueves, 18 de enero del 2018

      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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Schamber R
      Posted on Sábado, 30 de diciembre del 2017

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Annetta A
      Posted on Domingo, 26 de noviembre del 2017

      This tour was a beautiful experience, I learned so much. Our guide from Amigo tours was informative and funny this made for great tour.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Jason P
      Posted on Martes, 21 de noviembre del 2017

      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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Mateo D
      Posted on Miércoles, 25 de octubre del 2017

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Richard C
      Posted on Martes, 17 de octubre del 2017

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Assen C
      Posted on Sábado, 07 de octubre del 2017

      An outstanding experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Jose M
      Posted on Domingo, 06 de agosto del 2017

      Excellent tour!!!. Francisco made a great job explaining the Mexico history during the tour. It was well planned and with a great value!!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Pamela
      Posted on Miércoles, 05 de julio del 2017

      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.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Francisco L
      Posted on Miércoles, 05 de julio del 2017

      This tour was amazing!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Kathryn H
      Posted on Martes, 25 de abril del 2017

      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!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Daniel V
      Posted on Viernes, 14 de abril del 2017

      Excellent tour, everything on time, the guide assigned provided great explanations, he was a very nice person. I highly recommend this tour.

        General rating: 10/10

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