Gay Side of History at City's Top Sites

Ciudad de México, Mexico

Experience hosted by Carlos

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Gay Side of History at City's Top Sites

(Para español, contáctame)

In this one experience of many in the Gay History series, you will learn about LGBT+ traditions from the time of the Aztecs until today as we stroll by the city’s main monuments.

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

You will learn about being a feminist lesbian 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 "Dance of the 41," and that of Emiliano Zapata.

We will show you many more surprising, centuries-old secrets around convents & cantinas.
Gay Side of History at City's Top Sites

(Para español, contáctame)

In this one experience of many in the Gay History series, you will learn about LGBT+ traditions from the time of the Aztecs until today as we stroll by the city’s main monuments.

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

What's included

  • Drinks
    One non-alcoholic drink of your choice, at the beginning of the experience...
  • Tickets
    Entrance to some private and public open-air places has been agreed with ea...
  • Equipment
    You will be provided with a digital LGBT-focused map of the Historic Center...

Accessibility

Mobility / physical

No stairs or steps
Mainly flat or leveled ground
Wide entrance

Access providers

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your Host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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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

Between 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 vicereine & her lover nun, learn about the interpretation of monuments & sites by gay men at the turn of the 20th century & much more, spanning 700 years.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 170 reviews.

Jessica
December 2021
I almost canceled because I was feeling tired and I am so glad I did not. I ended up being the only person on my tour. I was only in Mexico City for three days. I feel taking this tour helped me greatly in understanding the culture and history of the city.
Yasmine
November 2021
This was a wonderful tour to start my time in Mexico City. The rooftop you start on is an amazing starting point with a great view. Carlos is a great story-teller and you will enjoy your time with him.
Kevin
November 2021
Carlos provided a great informative walking tour in the Historical Center of Mexico City about gay history of the city. I highly recommend this tour.
Josh
November 2021
​​An extraordinary experience! Carlos makes history come to life with wonderful storytelling, vivid examples, and thoughtfully chosen locales. His tour connects multiple narratives, from the pre-columbian era to spanish colonization to the 20th century and today via the experiences of LGBT people. Whether creating, exploring, interpreting, or preserving the rich cultures of Mexico, LGBT people have always been present despite the "official" record. There’s plenty of intrigue, conflict, and scandal here to satisfy the gossip as well as the scholar. Alternating between high-minded pursuits and sexual escapades, political persecution and gaudy excess, the Centro Historico is unveiled as a glorious, heaving host. Most extraordinary was the time Carlos took to carefully lay out an historical map of Mexico as a set of ideas, places, and peoples whose stories don't add up to a pat narrative of progress, but instead reveal something much more complicated, chaotic, and fascinating. There is nothing more satisfying than leaving an experience with more questions than you started with - Carlos’ enthusiasm and curiosity are contagious. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your passion Carlos, you taught me more in a day than I ever could have discovered otherwise!
Abraham
November 2021
Wow! This is an amazing experience for anyone who enjoys lgbtq culture, history and art. This tour will show you the impact queer people have had in Mexico and the world. It will teach you that queer history is everywhere and the tour will help you find it! This experience is definitely worth the price and even more, you can’t miss it!
Michael
November 2021
What a truly memorable experience this was! Carlos is a fantastic storyteller and a kind hearted person. I will never forget this magical day that we enjoyed. You must do this tour if you come to Mexico.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 30 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Bring a face mask and a spare one, just in case.
Comfortable walking shoes as this is one long walk.
Sun protection like hat, cap, shades and sun block as we spend most of the time under the sun..
This experience goes on rain or shine, please come prepared.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.