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Go beyond the surface, to learn about and experience Mexico...

Visit principal historical, artistic and cultural sites with a guide expert in anthropology, art and history.

Walk the streets, visit markets and neighborhoods. Use public transport, get a sense of how common people live.

In Oaxaca, also visit highest-quality artisans in their homes and receive demonstrations.

We want you to learn as much as possible about this country that we love and call home.





We are a bridge, a secure way to connect you to the services you want. In group tours, you are guaranteed an excellent bilingual guide. We ensure you have a great guide!

All our collaborators are licensed tour guides, anthropologists or art historians. They will accompany and guide you during the entire tour, and you will enter the museums we visit.

With small group tours, you choose a route and a day, and give us your range of flexibility. We put you together with others, in order to give you the lowest price possible.

For example in the Mexico City walking tour, for a single person the tour costs USD$120, but if your group grows to 5 people, you only pay USD$45 per person!

With private tours, you get the full service we are already well-known for on TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, National Geographic and other guide books. This includes:

  • A plan for your whole time in Mexico City or Oaxaca, which we develop together.
  • The flexibility to adjust your tours as you wish
  • Recommendations of other services and tours that may be of interest to you
  • Suggestions for hotels, markets and restaurants
  • Support at all times during your stay in Mexico City or Oaxaca.

The cost of a private tour includes your day trip and a one-time trip preparation fee, to help you with lodging suggestions and recommendations for your entire stay in the city. For a single traveler, a private tour is a bit costly (but worthwhile, many feel!) If you are a group, the private tour is a good deal.>

 In all our tours - Explore the city streets safely with guides who know and love the city. Tours that include architecture, museums and historical sites are guided by someone with in-depth knowledge of the topic.   Tours available every day, all year.

Journeys Beyond the Surface is recommended in Lonely Planet's Guides to Mexico and Mexico City, the National Geographic Traveler guide to Mexico (3rd Edition) and TripAdvisor among others.


Neighborhoods to explore

Mexico City is huge – you already know that.  But you may not know that this place we call "el deh-efe" (D.F., Distrito Federal), is a collection of neighborhoods, a network of communities.   We tailor our tours to connect you to Mexico City, so that you learn not only about the culture and history, but about how life is lived here.  See and feel how people construct and maintain convivial spaces, in so many surprising ways.  We lend you our eyes so you can see Mexico City’s character as reflected in the street, in the food, as well as in the historical sites and artistic monuments.

El D.F.

Past and present co-exist in Mexico City. The city has been an urban center for over 500 years: it was the capital of the Aztec empire, and the central plaza of ancient México-Tenochtitlán is where the Zócalo (central plaza) is today.  Looking at the Cathedral, built literally on top of the Aztec's Templo Mayor (Greatest Temple), one gets a feeling for the contradictions within the culture of Mexico.

The prehispanic culture and that of the Spanish conquerors have merged - with violence and also creativity - and both sides can be seen in Mexico City today. In addition to being the political and economic hub of the country, it is home to a vibrant street life, social movements of many kinds, important archeological and historical sites and a rich cultural scene. Although crime exists - like in any other major urban center in the world - those who come here marvel at the relative safety and friendliness of "el Distrito Federal".

Click on the link to learn more about our services in Mexico City and Oaxaca:

Small Group tours
Private Tours
Study abroad groups and research support

The side bar offers brief descriptions of some options. Contact us to ask about your specific area of interest.

Find out who we are, and even if you aren't interested in contracting a journey with us you may find our Links page useful.


Cultural Journeys

Our visitors create a mix of what they want to see on their journey:


  • Principal tourist sights, like the Centro Histórico, Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Coyoacán, Xochimilco ...
  • Campus of the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Saturday tours can include art and cultural markets that only happen on this day!
  • Street life: Markets, eating food, street art
  • Walking tours, to see the side that tourists don’t often see.
  • Cooking tours, where you spend the day with a señora from a low-income community, go to the market together, cook in her home, and then share a meal.



  • Walking tours to visit food markets, street food, recommendations and orientation
  • Visits to nearby towns and archeological sites.
  • Local artesans give you private demonstrations of their work, we provide a donation to ensure there is never any pressure to buy
  • Cochineal dye, silver filigree, wooden carved animals, textiles, black pottery, green pottery.


Educational Journeys

Study abroad groups choose particular aspects of Mexican reality to study in-depth. Many include homestays in local community homes. But these options are open to anyone interested. Some possible focus areas are:

  • Art as a reflection of society
  • The Catholic Church in Mexico, alive in the left and the right.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health - Mexico City is a leader in the nation in this regard
  • Civil Initiatives for Social Justice: visit a non-profit working in areas of your interest.


Past tours...

Pierre-Jean and Helene wanted to experience Día de Muertos in a personal way; they spent 2 nights with a low-income family; helped make tamales and set up the altar for the dead, visited the local cemetary and participated in all the normal Day of the Dead family activities.

We took Matt and his teenage sons to an abandoned house occupied by a group of young artists. The boys got to know the artists and were able to paint some graffiti art of their own in the house, without fear of being arrested.

Susan and her family just wanted to spend half a day visiting the historical sights, and half the day visiting food markets, street markets, and finally, the UNAM university campus.

Alex, a young woman just out of high school, saved for a year to come to Mexico and asked us to help her explore cinematography schools here.

Steve is a chef and together we visited various signature restaurants, talking to the chefs and taking a peek at their kitchens.

And then there was Filip, for whom we arranged a magician at the dinner table, to pull out rabbit out of a hat, with a ring tied around its neck, to propose to his beloved Barbara.

Each visitor, and each tour, is unique. That's why we love what we do!

2014 - Journeys Beyond the Surface

Email: journeys@prodigy.net.mx
Tel.: +(52-1) 55-1745-2380