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Gay History Intro Tour & Main Landmarks

Mexico City / Ciudad de México, Mexico

Experience hosted by Carlos

3.5 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 4 people. Private groups available for up to 10
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…

Carlos's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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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...
From $34
/ person
Mon, May 10
$42 per person
$42 per person
Tue, May 11
$42 per person
$42 per person
Wed, May 12
$42 per person
$42 per person

Meet your host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 130 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 130 reviews.

Weston
April 2021
You won't find a tour with this perspective anywhere else! Carlos provided a richly informative tour which kept me engaged as it was based mostly on anecdotes and storytelling. He has collected a wealth of knowledge on the hidden gay history of the city into ancient times. This history of LGBTQ folks struggling for the right to exist in peace is intriguing and at times painful, but very important to hear.
You won't find a tour with this perspective anywhere else! Carlos provided a richly informative tour which kept me engaged as it was based mostly on anecdotes and storytelling. He…
Ty
April 2021
Carlos's Gay History Tour was fun and informative. If you love history, this tour is perfect. We got to tour the city, hear of its history and that of the LGBTQ Community. Carlos is very knowledgeable I would recommend it to anyone.
Marli
April 2021
Carlos is an absolute sweetheart! I messed up the time and arrived 45 minutes late which interfered with the plan for the tour I had booked. He was so kind that he let us change the day of the tour and then still took us on a spare of the moment tour that day. It was the nicest gesture and the tour he took us on was fabulous. We were so surprised by this generosity and the level of his knowledge of Centro histórico! I could not recommend Carlos more. He is a wonderful guide and a wonderful person.
Carlos is an absolute sweetheart! I messed up the time and arrived 45 minutes late which interfered with the plan for the tour I had booked. He was so kind that he let us change th…
Marlee
April 2021
This experience was truly amazing! Carlos had so much incredible wisdom. It felt like we travelled in time and learned things that were very important for our own roots and identity. Fun and so much value. Highly recommend!
Jesús Ernesto
April 2021
Agradezco a Carlos el paseo y sobre todo por regalarme todo ese conocimiento que tiene sobre la historia. Se nota que le apasiona lo que hace y eso se contagia.
Luis
March 2021
Carlos is such a cool and hospitable man. I felt like a family member was touring me around town. His knowledge on Mexican culture and LGBTQ history is unparalleled. I learn so much. This is coming from someone who was bored out of his mind in history classes. I was throughly entertained on this tour.
Carlos is such a cool and hospitable man. I felt like a family member was touring me around town. His knowledge on Mexican culture and LGBTQ history is unparalleled. I learn so…

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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.