Why not visit the wonderful and exciting ‘ place of Coyotes’ on a Private Tour of Coyoacan, a small neighborhood in the centre of Mexico City.
This fabulous little neighborhood was once a rural village and is now a district in the capital city that is rich in art and history.
Should you be looking for an interesting yet quiet time away, then spend a few days in this charming area of a bustling city. Enjoy early morning strolls through the streets, have a tasty breakfast in one of the many popular cafes where you can watch the world pass by.
There is much history to this neighborhood that tourists can learn all about in the excellent sightseeing, guided or private tours available here.
As with the majority of places in Mexico, you will find the local people extremely friendly and helpful. In the shops or markets, the vendors may haggle the price with you, but it is all done in great banter and fun. Read More...
Visit the Stunning and Colorful Frida Kahlo Museum on a Guided Tour
Due to the neighborhood of Coyoacan being so rich in art and history, it is no surprise that one of the recommended guided tours is to the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Another place that has to be visited is the Los Coyotes Zoo and not just because ‘Coyoacan’ when translated into English means ‘place of coyotes,' there are many other reasons such as the interesting native fauna and the number of great diverse activities that anyone can take part in.
The restaurants are places to spend hours relaxing, drinking and eating the famous Mexican delicacies. There are various bars offering the romantic evening or lively, fun and crazy evenings.
Top 10 Things to Do in Coyoacán
Frida Kahlo Museum
Frida Kahlo was an iconic Spanish artist, made even more famous by the movie Frida, who was born in Coyoacan and her birthplace is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. The house is also known as La Casa Azul or the Blue House thanks to the vibrant color. This museum gives you an insight into the passionate and often tumultuous life of Frida. It may not have a huge collection of her work but what it has, is fascinating to see on guided tour.
Viveros de Coyoacan
When on a sightseeing tour of Coyoacan, be sure to take a walk through Viveros de Coyoacan which is Mexico City’s principle nursery for all parks and gardens. It is found on the way to the central Plaza and has Coyoacan’s iconic Fountain of the Coyotes. As it is also a public park, there are nature trails, running paths, play areas for children, beautiful plants benches to relax and watch the many busy squirrels!
Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
Take a guided tour of the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli and be amazed not only by its wonderful contents but also by the building. Mexico’s famous muralist, Diego Rivera designed the building and due to his keen interest in the culture of Mexico, it is his collection of some 60,000 pre-Hispanic pieces that are on display here. The vast building looks almost pyramid shaped and is made of volcanic black stone.
Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones
When you take an interesting guided tour of the Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones, you are getting to see two different museums in the one place. One part is all about the history of the site as this was once a monastery built on top of an Aztec shrine some 300 years ago. The other is where there are displays of artifacts relating to the conflicts that took place in Mexico and shows how Mexico’s modern Republic has been shaped.
Church of San Juan Bautista
Among the most beautiful churches found in Mexico City is the Church of San Juan Bautista which is located in the heart of Coyoacan. It was declared as a national monument back in 1934 due to it being one of the oldest and sacred places of worship for Catholics in the Mexican Valley. When you enter the baroque architecture church, you sense the spiritual atmosphere and many have felt empowered and positive after a tour here.
The Los Coyotes Zoo
Aptly named the Los Coyotes Zoo is located in Coyoacan and it does have coyotes along with a number of other animals which you can see on a guided tour or strolling around the zoo yourself. The other animals include cougars, deer, mexican wolf, lynx, raccoon and a lot more along with a vast amount of bird species. This zoo teaches you about the native and endemic fauna found in the Mexico Basin.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located the neighborhood of Coyoacan in Mexico City is the University Museum of Contemporary Art. This is a fascinating and interesting tour to go on even if you are not that much of an art lover. The type of contemporary art which is on display here include silkscreens, photographs, oils, collages and videos, all of which have been developed in Mexico. There are some wonderful pieces to fall in love with.
Garden Botanico Coyoacan
One of the best guided tours to do, if you love plants, where you learn just how diverse Mexico is when it comes to plant life, is the one to the Botanic Gardens. With over 1,600 species of plants from forests, jungles and desert to look at, you can expect to be enthralled for hours. 300 of the species are endangered or threatened and therefore their preservation is vital in these gardens
National Museum of Watercolors
Another great sightseeing tour for art lovers is the National Museum of Watercolors “Alfredo Guati Rojo” is a must. It was founded in 1967 and was the first museum of this type in the world. Maestro Alfredo Guati Rojo was the artist behind this museum. There are seven galleries to explore and all have wonderful masterpieces from all eras starting from pre-Hispanic times to modern day.
Markets of Coyoacan
For the true experience of a Mexican market, you have to visit the Mercado de Coyoacan when on a sightseeing tour here. The atmosphere at the market feels, sometimes, like a party. The vendors can be very entertaining and love to laugh and have fun with tourists. The market has food produce as well as artisan items with one of the best examples of local craftsmanship for sale.
Travel Tips for Coyoacán
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit is the same as Mexico City. March through to May is regarded to be best due to the weather conditions which are perfect for sightseeing tours or guided tours. Due to it being the best time, be prepared for the possibility of more crowds, not necessarily in Coyoacan itself but on the sightseeing tours. If you visit during the summer be ready for rain showers at some stage most days.
Coyoacan is as cheap as Mexico City which in turn is cheap when compared to other tourist attractions worldwide. The prices, again like most places, fluctuate from season to season so take that into account when choosing a time to visit. Breakfasts or during the day snacks in cafes will cost as little as US$5. The cost of sightseeing tours or any tours can vary not only from seasons but operators too.
Know Before Visiting
A very important thing is to make sure you find out if you need a visa to enter Mexico, check with the Mexican Embassy online. Book accommodation and guided tours well in advance if planning to visit during the busy season. Never walk alone in isolated areas at night and this is a tip for every destination you visit. Only drink bottled water, before opening check that the cap is sealed.
The weather, temperature wise is reasonable similar throughout the year. The main difference in the seasons is the amount of rainfall. June to October are the hottest months where you can expect temperatures averaging 33 degrees Celsius. June is also the driest month. November to May has temperatures averaging 25 degrees Celsius with the wettest months being December, January and February.