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Discovering the Mexico of Don Porfirio

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Experience hosted by Santiago

4 hours
Includes food, tickets, transport
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

We will see each other at the main entrance of the Palacio de Hierro del Centro (one of the most chic stores since the time of the Porfiriato), where we will know the dynamics and characteristics of the time when Porfirio Díaz was the president of Mexico, this through photographs, which will allow us to travel in time.
From that moment it will be sought to name the streets and buildings as what they were at the time. Then we will visit the Tardán millinery, and then we will walk along Plateros street (today Av. Fco. I. Madero), knowing some secret stories of many buildings.
We can admire the beauty, internal and external, of the Palaces that Don Porfirio inherited from us: the Post Office Palace, the Communications Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Later we will walk through La Alameda, one of the oldest parks in Mexico City. Until we reach Reforma, one of the most elegant avenues, where we will board the emblematic double-decker Metrobus and head to Chapultepec to know the emblematic Chapultepec Castle and the Lake House, with some strategic stops along Reforma to get to know various emblematic monuments and residences.
We will see each other at the main entrance of the Palacio de Hierro del Centro (one of the most chic stores since the time of the Porfiriato), where we will know the dynamics and characteristics of the time when Porfirio Díaz was the president of Mexico, this through photographs, which will allow us to travel in time.
From that moment it will be sought to name the streets and buildings as what they were at the time. Then we will visit the T…

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What's included

  • Food
    We can enjoy a delicious Capuccino or Tea, and a French pastry bread at the...
  • Tickets
    The cost already includes the entrance tickets to the Palace of Communicati...
  • Transport
    We will take the emblematic Metrobus of the CDMX, of two floors (very Engli...
From ₹2,858
/ person
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Meet your host, Santiago

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a Chilango (gentilicio for the people of Mexico City) who is passionate about discovering, every day, a new recess within the capital of Mexico.
Little by little I became interested in the history of my city, until I ended up understanding it and seeing it as an entity, to which the word that best describes it is: Evolution.
I am an expert in the subject and I maintain direct contact with the great chroniclers of the CDMX. In addition, I have a YouTube channel in which I tell the little-known stories of buildings, streets, squares, restaurants and even characters that shaped our city.
I can describe myself as a lover of History, Culture and Tea. I love traveling, I dominate the social talk and I love meeting new people. Showing the city from another perspective, from the perspective of a local.
I am a Chilango (gentilicio for the people of Mexico City) who is passionate about discovering, every day, a new recess within the capital of Mexico.
Little by little I became interested in the history of my city, until I ended up understanding it and seeing it as an entity, to which the word that best describes it is: Evolution.
I am an expert in the subject and I maintain direct contact with the great chroniclers of the CDMX. In addition, I have a YouTube channel in which I tell the…
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Where you'll be

The buildings of the time were designed by European architects, using Art-Deco as the regime's favorite style. We will know the great stores like: Palacio de Hierro, Liverpool and Tardán. Also, we can admire the three great Palaces: Communications, Post and Fine Arts. Finally, we will go through Reforma, where we will observe the Angel of Independence, and we will reach the elegant Chapultepec Castle.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

The weather in Mexico City is very unstable, so it is recommended that you carry a sunscreen and an umbrella (in case there is rain or too much sun). Also sunglasses and a sweater or sweatshirt in case the weather turns cold in the afternoon.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes.

Camera or cell phone, with memory, for all the photographs you will be able to take.