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En Route To Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico
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About En Route To Mexico
We are focused on providing customized private tours in Mexico City and Teotihuacan and more. We want to make sure that you make the most of your time with a licensed tour guide who will show you the best places to see and things to do. You will go at your own pace and you won’t have to worry about not having enough time to fully enjoy the places you see. Not only that, but we’ll share stories, advice and facts about the city with you, including everything we know about the food, the people and the culture here in Mexico.
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Rudyboy123 wrote a review Dec 2019
Corona del Mar, California31 contributions13 helpful votes
Firstly our family doesn’t have Teenagers; they are young adults and it is sometimes tricky to please everyone. My husband wants one thing, daughter (26) another, son (24) another so it’s very tricky. Juan is the opposite of what you would think of a tour guide; at least what I imagined. He’s young, very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He made our trip to the ruins outside the city so pleasant and informative. He then took us to a small town called Alcolman, where a former Augustin monastery was aside a church built in the 1800’s. Then off to the Basilica, new and old. His associate Edgar David took us out another day and he was equally kind, informative and pleasant. We went to the canals of Xochimilco and the colonial towns of Coyoacán and San Angel. Frida Kahlos house is in Coyoacán but we didn’t have time for that...another reason to return. Do yourself a favor and book all of your tours with Juan and David!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Don V wrote a review Nov 2019
Tucson, Arizona52 contributions12 helpful votes
We have high expectations of tours and guides. Juan exceeded them with two full days tours for us. The first was so successful we followed up with a day to Cholula and Puebla. We are still enjoying the memories. Juan is energetic, thoughtful and very well informed in history, the arts, anthropology and archeology. We can not wait to return to Mexico City and do more day trips outside of the city with Juan.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Alan S wrote a review Dec 2018
Sacramento18 contributions7 helpful votes
For those of you who don’t like to read a long review: we spent 4 full days plus two half days with Juan and emphatically confirm all of the positive things that everybody else has said about him. He picked us up at the airport and then, 5 days later, delivered us back there. We have absolutely no negatives to report; not one. . Juan is a young man of about 30 who has a surprisingly deep knowledge of everything we are interested in (e.g. history, archeology, art, food and music). He is a delightful combination of smiles, knowledge, humor, intelligence, taste and politeness. He is an amazing driver (CDMX traffic is not for the faint hearted) and he was always punctual. Our objective was complete immersion in the Mexican experience and, with Juan’s guidance, we accomplished that. . Before our arrival, Juan was kind enough to secure tickets to a Sunday morning performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which is an absolute “must see”; sit in the center front row of anfiteatro bajo (first balcony) and look down on the performance to get the best view. . He was happy to provide pre-arrival comments and tips on a tentative itinerary that I had assembled using a guidebook called “Mexico City, An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler” by Jim Johnston. We worked together to compose a schedule that maximized our immersion in everything Mexican without over-extending us. . Juan enthusiastically escorted us through various artistic and cultural experiences including Xochimilco, Museo Dolores Olmedo, the murals at the UNAM library and at the Palacio Nacional, various mercados (e.g. Tianguis de los viernes and Coyoacan) and the (art) Bazaar del sabado. Even though we lingered around the Bazaar and neighboring galleries for several hours, he never appeared bored or impatient. . We spent plenty of time soaking up Mexican history and anthropology too: the Museo Antropologia, El Castillo, the historic district, the oldest church in CDMX (and the Americas), a house in which Cortez may have lived and Teotihuacan. On the day that we visited the Castillo and Museo Antropologia, he was sick as a dog but nonetheless determined to be a trooper, performing his guide duties until he could barely speak. He also showed us a few hidden treasures, including a very old and enchanting neighborhood. Ask him about it. . Part of the Mexican experience is its food and there’s lots of good street food to be found in mercados and elsewhere. Juan explained all of the myriad things that we saw and helped us to choose from the overwhelming selection; he was always patient while we meandered and gawked. We had the best tacos pastor in CDMX at El Huequito (Ayuntamiento 21); they may be eaten standing in front of the window or sit in the Cantina 7 next door. The Mercado San Juan, which is nearby, has a wide selection of eclectic foods. Or try a delightful seafood tostada just up the street at El K-Guamo (Ayuntamiento 10). We ate deep fried quesadillas, which are somewhat unusual, in Coyoacan. We also enjoyed a superb barbacoa. . Lunch was street food but dinner was fine Mexican fare. We could have opted for the famous and highly rated restaurants like Lorea, Pujol, Quintonil or Bistrot Maximo. All of these restaurants are renowned for exceptional food and service. But, after a long day of soaking up everything that CDMX has to offer, we were tired and ready to relax. So, we hired a chef who came to the apartment we had rented, prepared dinner and served it to us. We tried many things that we had never even heard of, including a (secret) dish that was once reserved solely for Aztec emperors. The chef service wasn’t cheap but it cost less than any of the aforementioned restaurants and we got to choose exactly the menus that we wanted. Juan has the chef’s details, if you’re interested. . The three of us got along so well that we invited Juan to enjoy dinner at with us at the apartment with the chef’s wife and sous chef. Joining us in the apartment was an acoustic guitar-playing troubadour that I hired. The evening turned into a party with fine food, wine, tequila, singing and dancing. This was the highlight of our trip: a Mexican fiesta with new Mexican friends. That apartment, by the way, is on the sixth floor of a building that is across the street from Hemiciclo Juarez in the Alameda. The view is phenomenal and the apartment is absolutely perfect in every way for two persons. Ask Juan for details. . What most impressed us about Juan was his professionalism and dedication. He followed through on his promises, he was always punctual and, he is very knowledgeable about a wide spectrum of topics. It was an absolute pleasure to be in his company. We parted as friends and are already planning a reunion next year. . About us: we are a senior couple, with no major mobility issues, based in Florida. We have lived around the world and travelled much. Interests include food, wine, history, visual arts, fine arts, performing arts, culture and music. We spent quite a bit of time researching Mexico and CDMX, including their fascinating histories, before our arrival.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from Juan Alberto S, Propietario at En Route To Mexico
Responded Dec 16, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words, Alan. I´m happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the hectic but always amazing Mexico City. Being with you and Paolo was a great experience, especially after all the things I learned from your trips and anecdotes. I´m really glad to know that the city met your expectations and hopefully will make you want to come back someday to explore even more of it. It would be great to see you again to visit places like Puebla, Taxco or Queretaro and try new dishes of course! Best wishes to You and Paolo.
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Aurora H wrote a review Oct 2018
Miami, Florida9 contributions
We paid a quick visit to the Piramids in Teotihuacán. We were a group of 10 friends, visiting from different Countries. For some of them, it was their first time in Mexico, so we wanted to make sure it was a great experience, and it could not have been better! Juan was AMAZING, from where to park, getting the tickets fast, providing the overview, engaging with the group, answering questions, etc. From the beginning he understood the likes of the group and the things they were interested in, based on the places we visited days before going to Teotihuacán. He was very informative, flexible and his English was perfect. The storytelling was very interesting and the group left with a clear picture of Mexican history. We met different tour guides in the Antropology Museum, Frida’s house, Zocalo, etc, and Juan was by far the best guide. In a heartbeat I could recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing guide in Mexico City. Thanks Juan!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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bigapple393 wrote a review Sep 2018
New York2 contributions
Juan was our personal tour guide for 4 days and he made our first trip to Mexico City an unforgettable experience! His knowledge of history, archeology, art & architecture were extensive. In terms of scheduling, he was always on time and was flexible with our interests. He quickly picked up our interest in churches and surprised us with a trip to monasteries and churches that were not part of our tour! Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way and we give credit for this to Juan. We highly recommend him if you are looking for a fun and interesting experience. Juan also takes fabulous pictures!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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