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Gay History Intro Tour & Main Landmarks

Mexico City / Ciudad de México, Mexico

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Experience hosted by Carlos

3.5 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 4 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Queer History at Historic Center's Main Landmarks

In this first part of the Gay History experience, you will learn about LGBT traditions from the time of the Aztecs through the 21st century as we stroll by the city’s main monuments, along 700 years.

We will talk about the origins of Mexico before it became the Aztec Empire and “the unspeakable sins” were punished, as we see the military quarters at the Aztec’s Main Temple.

You will learn about being a lesbian & a feminist in the 17th century as we visit the old economic hub of the Spanish Empire while famous buildings line the full way.

Homosexuality in the early 20th century is seen by Frida Kahlo's high school & that of "Los Contemporáneos," a group of gay scholars.

We will see the Spanish Inquisition's Palace, a prison for sodomites, its hidden homophobic messages & the Old Customs House at the starting point of El Camino Real, turned a safe territory for gay couples, centuries ago.

At St. Mary of the Instruction, we will talk about cloistered lesbians before a landmark place that we call "Crossroads of Diversity," where we share the stories of the cross-dressing ball of "Those 41" and that of Emiliano Zapata.

We will show you many more surprising, centuries-old secrets around convents & cantinas & will point you to 'Gay Bar Row' which you can visit in the second part of the Gay History experience.
Queer History at Historic Center's Main Landmarks

In this first part of the Gay History experience, you will learn about LGBT traditions from the time of the Aztecs through the 21st century as we stroll by the city’s main monuments, along 700 years.

We will talk about the origins of Mexico before it became the Aztec Empire and “the unspeakable sins” were punished, as we see the military quarters at the Aztec’s Main Temple…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    One non-alcoholic drink of your choice, during a break at the middle of the...
  • Tickets
    Entrance to some private and public open-air places has been agreed with th...
  • Equipment
    You will be provided with a digital LGBT-focused map of the Historic Center...
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Wed, Mar 3
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Fri, Mar 5
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Sat, Mar 6
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
$41 per person
$41 per person

Meet your host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 118 Reviews
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For decades as a hobby & then as a professional activity, I have researched & shared the history of diversity that has been forgotten, left hidden or in the closet for most of its parts to help advance the fight for equality.

I have earned my National Tour Guide License & also a Hosting Diploma by Walt Disney University in Florida. My curated & focused walks showcase Women's, Indigenous, LGBT, Jewish, US American & other diverse sides of history in Mexico at its relevant sites.

I thrive to show our vast history, arts & traditions; from Mexico before Mexico & its founding in 1325 A.D., to date; not in a boring way but in one that I expect may amuse you.

I share the stories from the diverse communities that shaped us at places where it happened. Malinche, Luis Carvajal, Sor Juana, Salvador Novo, Frida Kahlo & Robert Brady are part of it.
For decades as a hobby & then as a professional activity, I have researched & shared the history of diversity that has been forgotten, left hidden or in the closet for most of its parts to help advance the fight for equality.

I have earned my National Tour Guide License & also a Hosting Diploma by Walt Disney University in Florida. My curated & focused walks showcase Women's, Indigenous, LGBT, Jewish, US American & other diverse sides of history in Mexico at its relevant sites…
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Where you'll be

At the two main squares within the 16th century city limits, we will discover the LGBT side of history by walking on the scene between them, visiting hidden corners in the Historic Center with stories seldom told.

We will see Aztec ruins, discover the relationship between the Vicerreine & her lover nun, learn about the interpretation of monuments & sites by gay men at the turn of the 20th century & much, much more through 700 years of history.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 118 reviews.

Nathan
March 2020
Carlos is incredibly kind, thoughtful, and knowledgable. If you're a queer person traveling to CDMX, take this tour! He shared great information that really helped me connect to the city. Recommend 10/10. :)
Ryan
March 2020
Carlos is deeply knowledgeable about the gay history of Mexico, which you can see from his many reviews. My main reason for writing a review is to comment on how I did not feel emotionally safe during the tour. My girlfriend and I asked questions about female-led, queer movements and we didn't feel like we had the space in the conversation to have productive dialogue. Some of his comments I assume were said as jokes, but were particularly hurtful, such as wanting to commit femicide on the feminists of Mexico. A tour with relative strangers is just a difficult space to have trust to share these kinds of comments.
Carlos is deeply knowledgeable about the gay history of Mexico, which you can see from his many reviews. My main reason for writing a review is to comment on how I did not feel emo…
Katia
February 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learned a lot. Carlos is knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Highly recommend and will be back for part two next time I’m in Mexico City!
Danny
February 2020
Carlos is a world-class historian and guide! *HIGHLY* recommend this experience. We took his LGBTQ history tour through central Mexico City and learned *way* more than we expected about the experiences of queer people in this magnificent city. Carlos has a deep familiarity with Central American and Mexican history, and his charming, easy-going demeanor made the experience a total joy to participate in. Thank you for the knowledge, Carlos!
Carlos is a world-class historian and guide! *HIGHLY* recommend this experience. We took his LGBTQ history tour through central Mexico City and learned *way* more than we expecte…
Xavier
February 2020
TAKE THIS TOUR! Carlos is a master storyteller, true expert on Mexican history and culture, and all around amazing human - we could have spent the entire day with him without getting bored. We were actually sad to say goodbye to him :(, and our only regret is not scheduling his other tours. This was truly a highlight of our first trip to CDMX. Thank you, Carlos! We will be back.
TAKE THIS TOUR! Carlos is a master storyteller, true expert on Mexican history and culture, and all around amazing human - we could have spent the entire day with him without gett…
Amalia
February 2020
Carlos is an exceptional guide. He has so much knowledge on the history of Mexico. It's fascinating and intriguing. I got to see a different side of the Mexican culture and its history. I fell more in love w/my culture because of this tour. I highly recommend it and especially recommend Carlos as a guide. He is passionate about history and it shows.
Carlos is an exceptional guide. He has so much knowledge on the history of Mexico. It's fascinating and intriguing. I got to see a different side of the Mexican culture and its his…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled 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 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

A face-mask to wear at all times. A spare face-mask. You cannot continue in the experience if anything happens to your face-mask.

Comfortable walking shoes as this is one long walk.