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AFRICAN HERITAGE IN MEXICO ©
UNESCO World Heritage and Memory Sites
Historic Center Walking Tour

Small Group - 3.5 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $49
Weekdays at 2:30 PM - By reservation only

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Learn about the arrival of the first African man in Mexico in 1519. The importation of slaves due to the dwindling native populations suffering from chicken pox. San Lorenzo de los Negros became the first African Independent state in the Americas by 1620.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

 

You'll learn of the founding of Mexico next to the Great Aztec Temple, the first Catholic cathedral & the first Protestant church; during an intro chat, we hear of the arrival of the first African man along the conquistadors, 500 years ago.​ History will unravel as we share how Mexico became a pole of attraction as the economic capital of the Spanish Empire, ruling from Colorado to Costa Rica & from Puerto Rico to the Philippines.

The history of Black Mexico has often been hidden, and sometimes with reason, for it was part of the nation's survival post-Independence. Mexico’s Black roots have been subjected by many movements in history including: slavery, racial violence, European ideals, and national identity. We will learn about a Founding Father of Mexico amd of its Second President ever, both AfroMexican.

We will see the Zócalo, place of the arrival of Juan Garrido, an African man which came along Hernán Cortés in 1519 and also place of the beheading of 33 African slaves in 1612, when fears of a rebellion arouse among the Europeans.​ At the Metropolitan Cathedral, we will admire masterpieces by AfroMexican artist Juan Correa dating back to the 7th century.

We will go to the square in front of the ancient Customs' House, where slaves were brought in to be branded and kept before they were set up in auction at the most important trade crossroads of the Spanish Empire.​ We will be at the starting point of El Camino Real at Plaza de Santo Domingo, which has been dedicated as a Site of Memory of Slavery by UNESCO.

 

WHERE YOU WILL BE

 

We will be in the Historic Center of Mexico City, a UN World Heritage Site by itself, host to another one, a UN Memory Site and to more than two UNESCO Intangible World Heritages. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • The experience's host and expert. 

  • Entrance to all open private or public locations that are mentioned and do not require reservations or tickets.

 

THE EXPERIENCE

 

On this experience you will discover 500 years of black history in Mexico. You will see the development of the community from their first arrival to date in very significative sites.

 

STARTING AND ENDING POINTS, FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

The experience begins next door to the Great Temple, foundation of the city. Visits do not return to the starting point. Please contact us for precise instructions. Uber or other cars can pick you up at the end. Your host will always remain with you until he makes sure everyone has the right directions and/or help for their next destination.

 

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

 

Local Experts: Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

Small Groups: With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

Exclusive Access: You will always have the best available perspective.

Curated Paths: Our tours follow the best routes possible for enjoying it all in the shortest distance.

Specialty Topics: Our unique collection of themes sets us apart. All our topics are carefully selected for the discerning tourist.​

High Standards and Award-Winning Experiences: Every experience is vetted for exclusive access, and some have been awarded top prices for their quality and uniqueness.

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Any experience can be canceled at least 7 days before the experience starts for a refund minus a 20% processing charge. Rescheduling and changes can be made at least 3 days before the experience starts. Refunds are counted from the original date of purchase.

 

GUEST REQUIREMENTS

 

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend our public experiences. All experiences include a long walk, mostly under the sun, with very few restroom stops (depending on the destination). Liquids aren't allowed inside venues, please be willing to dispose of your containers.

 

ON SCHEDULE

 

We begin on the dot and do not wait for missing participants. Neither you nor us can be late to our next destination.

 

WEATHER

 

This experience goes on rain or shine, please come prepared. In case of rain, we will do our best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforeseen closures of streets or venues, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route.

 

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AFRICAN HERITAGE IN MEXICO ©
UNESCO World Heritage and Memory Sites
Historic Center Walking Tour

Small Group - 3.5 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $49
Weekdays at 2:30 PM - By reservation only

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