This was the most amazing tour. First of all, I called Viator and requested a number of signifcant additions to this personal tour. I asked for my wife and I to be picked up at the airport at 6 a.m. (after we ate breakfast in the airport) and, after visiting the Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan, also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral in the historical district and then get dropped off at our Condesa hotel by 4 p.m. Of course, our luggage would need to remain in the car during the tour. All of this was granted for just a small additional fee. Our guide's name was Ramon and, despite being a native Mexican, his English was incredible. His tours of all three sites were filled with tons of information and insight and he was so personable and pleasant! But it didn't stop there. After we viewed the cathedral, he walked us through downtown Mexico City with more info about the Palacio de Belles Artes, Templo Mayor, the Zocalo and the National Palace along with recommendations for other sites to see and places to eat. Yes, it sounds too good to be true. And yet there were a few more special items I wasn't expecting:
With my new request of stopping in downtown Mexico City, my concerns about where we would park at each venue were doubled. I also requested that we have a car that allows all of our luggage to be conceiled. Well, guess what? Ramon wasn't the driver. He was soley the tour guide! Roberto was the driver! Yes, there was a separate driver who remained in communication with Ramon the entire time and picked us up at more convenient places than going back to where we were dropped off. Ramon continued to give us as much information about Mexico and Mexico city as we desired as he rode shotgun to Roberto.
Want another little extra? The lunch that is provided was a three-course meal and included a view of the Sun Pyramid!
When I told friends I was taking my wife to Mexico City, the first thing out of their mouths were usually words of caution. I kind of chuckle at this considering the U.S. cities we live by and visit are some of the most dangerous in the world, but I also do want to keep my wife safe anywhere we go. Can you imagine a safer way of
start a trip than this? A Viator guide and driver escorting you around the city like they are your best friends.
The rest of our trip continued to be amazing after we said a fond farewell to Ramon and Roberto. We visited a variety of museums (Anthropology, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Templo Mayor) the Chapultapec Castle, parks across the city and numerous restaurants. I would say the visit reminded me of our trip to Rome. Of course, the flight from Chicago to Mexico City is a fraction of the cost of flying to Europe. And then we flew to Puerto Vallarta for four days! FYI, the cost of flying to and from a beach somewhere from Mexico City is like $100 or less!
From the bottom of our hearts, Ramon and Roberto, thank you for getting this amazing trip off to such a perfect start.