Gay Side of History © Gay Parks & Bars
Historic Center Walking Tour
Small Group - 3 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $89 pp
Daily at 2:30 PM - By reservation only
Have fun discovering 500 years of LGBT+ history in Mexico City's Historic Center while enjoying traditional areas in town. See many of the main monuments and visit relevant sites. We take you to the scene.
This experience takes place within one UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What You Will Do
In this Gay Side of History experience, you'll learn about our LGBTQ+ history at the 16th century city limits.
We will be at the only openly LGBTQ+ monument and at the subway's gayest station. After learning of a gay German explorer, we will go across the rainbow crosswalk to learn of a gay poet killed by the fascists, of crimes against humanity, of a Mexican diplomat who saved thousands of Jews, Gays and Spanish from the Nazi, and of a gay artist.
We will go to the Inquisition's burning grounds, to sample a "gay waffle," to where drugs were introduced to the LGBTQ+ community and to the favorite cantina of a famous American gay writer where a local cocktail is included.
The "anatomically wrong" monument to King Carlos IV will mark the entrance to Theater District before arriving at where the first Equal Marriage law was passed in Latin America next to the launching pad of gay singers and across the Asylum for Lesbian Women who were deemed mentally ill in the 18th century.
The biggest present from the gay community will line the way as you discover the famous "meeting point" & the "postal cruising grounds" before learning of a gay man in space.
"Drag Queens' Paradise" and "Gay Bar Row" will be next with a couple of dozen LGBTQ+ venues of which we will visit some before ending at one of the most famous ones where a couple of beers will be offered.
What Is Included
The experience's host and expert.
Entrance to some private or public locations has been agreed and is fully included.
A complimentary bottle of water or soft drink will be offered.
You will be provided with a digital LGBT-focused map of the Historic Center so that you may continue exploring on your own and a collection of videos, sources and resources that you can enjoy after the experience.
A surprise tasting at a unique eatery.
A domestic drink at a bar.
On this experience you will discover 500 years of Mexican history and its gay/LGBT+ side and many important monuments in the Historic Center. All of this will be seen through the LGBT traditions and practices of the Spanish Colonial Period, 1519, the Mexican Independent Period, 1810 and the Modern Period, 1910.
Ending Point, Facilities and Transportation
Visits do not return to the starting point. This experience ends at the corner of República de Cuba and Héroes del 57 streets, close to Metrobus station Teatro Blanquita on Line 4N. Bellas Artes metro station is one block away. Uber or other cars can pick you up on #18 República de Cuba street at El Marra Club. Your host will always remain with you until he makes sure everyone has the right directions and/or help for their next destination.
Saint Jude Thaddeus
Gay Bar Row
The Old Senate
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Gay Bar Row at Night
El Marra Fun Gay Bar
Mexican Cowboy Shops
Memory & Tolerance Museum
An Openly Gay Poet in the 1930s
The Hustler from Quiroga
The Mexican Schindler
Frida Kahlo's Favorite Lover
Tequila & Mezcal Museum
The Limits at Immaculate Conception
Dead Man's Plaza
An Old Male-Only Pulque Depot
Garibaldi (Mariachi) Square
The Chinese Gateway Arch
Things to Keep in Mind
Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.
With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.
You will always have the best available perspective.
Our tours follow the best routes possible for enjoying the experience in the shortest distance.
Our unique collection of themes sets us apart. All our topics are carefully selected for the discerning tourist.
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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.
Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. 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.
We begin on the dot and do not wait for missing participants. Neither you or us can be late to our next destination.
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.