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Hiring A Guide In Mexico: Pros & Cons

Ajitsa A.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ajitsa A.

Last updated : Apr 15, 20248 min read

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Mexico Tour Guide

 

There’s something about Mexico. Its captivating landscapes, strong history, and layered culinary beauty highlight the best parts of touching down in a new country. Lounging on the sandy beaches of Cancun and Tulum, or sampling five-star mezcal, can only be topped by days spent marveling at the magical realism of Chichen Itza or the sky-blue waters of the Rio Secreto. 

 

There’s just one thing. Mexico is huge.  Which means two things. One, you’ve got a lot to enjoy. There are 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 32 states to explore.  Two, you've got to figure out how you’ll do that, which is more than enough work. Deciding if a Mexico tour guide is right for you shouldn't have to be so hard, so we're making it plain and simple with the good, the bad, and everything in between. To guide or not to guide?  By the end of this article, you'll have the answer. 

 

Getting A Guide: The Pros 

Do you need a tour guide in Mexico? Yes, if safety, time management, convenience, comfort, and knowledge are your top priorities. A private guide ensures you; 

 

Hiring A Guide In Mexico: The Pros

 

  1. Stay SafeIt’s no secret that some parts of Mexico aren't as safe and inviting as they should be. Despite being one of the world's largest economies, Mexico has a security index threat of 8.6 out of 10, so organized crime and poverty make navigating the country alone tough. Local guides know their city and state well enough to avoid dangerous areas and common scams. 
  2. Save TimePlanning to tour a country as large as Mexico is no easy feat. From Chiapas and Yucatan to Baja California, trying to stuff these locations into a time-conscious schedule is overwhelming. Guides get to the good stuff in each tour, saving you time by dealing with logistics like venue availability, grouping nearby locations, selecting the best visiting times, and booking necessary tickets.
  3. Stay Comfortable: Guides offer comfortable conveniences such as; 
  • The Language Factor: Despite sharing borders with the United States of America, only 12% of the Mexican population speaks English, giving a low English proficiency rating. With a guide, you won't have to worry about running out of Spanish phrases once you leave destinations where English is more common.
  • The Culture Factor: To say that Mexico has a rich, complex, and layered cultural footprint is an understatement. It's a lot to navigate, and with a guide, you won't have to worry about understanding confusing customs like not flushing toilet paper. They’ll fill you in and keep the culture shock from taking over.
  • The Photo Factor: Who doesn't want cute photos from a photographer they can trust with their phone or camera?  Guides are great for taking photos, creating candid moments, and pointing you toward phenomenal shots.

 

Bonus: Learn From A Local​

There are some things a travel website can’t communicate about a country with 12% of the world's biodiversity, and gastronomy that is considered an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. There's so much unfiltered knowledge to learn about Mexico from a local guide who's passionate about the country's history and knows what day-to-day life is like.

 

No Guide Needed: The Cons 

What are the disadvantages of having a tour guide? Traditional tours feel time-consuming, over-structured, and overstuffed. To solve these tour woes, take a fresh approach to guided tours.

 

The Cons Of Hiring A Guide In Mexico

 

Dos & Don'ts: Tips To Remember On A Guided Tour  

If you’re going to get a guide, there’s a right way to do it. Here are a few tips to keep things enjoyable.

 

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Enough talk, Show Me Some Tours! 

Alright, it’s time for the fun part, picking a guided tour that speaks to you. These tours are a great way to get started, and you can find them and more on our Mexico Private Tours page. 

Hiring A Guide In Mexico: Tours To Try Out

 

  • Discover Mexico City Full Day Tour - Take on The Big City with this in-depth tour of major attractions such as the Templo Mayor Museum, the Casa de los Azulejos, and the Chapultepec Park. It's the ideal introduction to the current capital and former Aztec Empire cornerstone.
  • “Sip On Smoky Mezcal” Flavors of Acapulco Tour - Uncover the roots behind Mexico's most famous drink, mezcal. Made from the Agave plant and known for its distinctive smoky flavor, there's much to learn about artisanal and ancestral mezcal's origins. Balance out your drink tasting with an authentic Mexican lunch.
  • Mexico’s Art Giants - Frida and Diego: Take a peek into the complicated, passionate, and timeless art behind two of Mexico's greatest minds, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and how their relationship helped and hurt their artistic creations. 
  • Mexico’s Wonderland - The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco: Listen to the tales of this World Heritage Site as you weave in and out of the canals of Mexico City’s enchanting waters. From the haunting “Island of Dolls" to the tart Pulque drinks and vibrant mariachi music, it’s a treat for the senses. 

 

Need to see more? Contact one of our local Mexico guides and create your dream itinerary.

Mexico City Tour Guide - Oskar enrique M.

Oskar enrique M.

5.00 / 5
(19 reviews)
Mexico

I have been a volunteer local guide since 2018, during that time I have met people from all around the world which taught me a lot to interact with all kinds of people as well as to show my city in an authentic and interesting way. I like taking people to places that show the other Mexico city's face, a closer perspective to how its inhabitants live it day by day. History and photography are my other two great passions                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Jazmín C.

Jazmín C.

5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)
Mexico

Born and raised in the vibrant heart of Mexico City, I've always been captivated by the ancient wonders and rich cultural tapestry that our country has to offer. My journey led me to study archaeology and become a certified tourist guide, driven by a passion for uncovering the hidden stories of pre-Colonial art and worldviews. In 2018, I proudly earned my Master's Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). It was during this time that my love and passion for Mexico and its ancient cultures inspired me to create unforgettable archaeological and adventure tours in the Riviera Maya and Mexico City. My mission is clear - I aim to ignite interest and awareness about Mexico's rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage. That's why, with a commitment to preserving our heritage, my friends and I started our own project. In our project, we're on a mission to share the magic of Mexico with travelers who crave more than just a typical tourist experience. Our tours, led by passionate experts, promise to immerse you in the captivating history, art, and natural beauty of Mexico. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, or nature lover, we have a unique adventure waiting for you. Join me for an unforgettable journey that transcends traditional tourism. Let's explore ancient wonders, create lasting memories, and support sustainable tourism. Book your adventure today and be a part of preserving Mexico's roots for generations to come. Come, let's make history together with us: Where the tourist becomes a traveler"!                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Alex V.

Alex V.

Mexico

Hi guys, it's Alex here! ✌️ For over 5 years, I and my colleagues have been organizing tours to some of the most incredible places in and around Mexico City. As a team of local guides, we aim to help travelers discover our beautiful city and its surroundings in the most interactive, authentic, and fun way. In our tours, we strive to do things differently: avoid tourist traps, go off-the-beaten paths, interact with locals, learn about their traditions, and connect with their core values. So, if you want wanna discover Mexico from a local perspective, and get to know its history, culture, gastronomy, and nature, consider hiring us as your guides. Be sure, we will make your experience in Mexico City unforgettable!                                                                                                                                  

Mexico City Tour Guide - Hilary D.

Hilary D.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)
Mexico

Hello! My name is Hilary I have a degree in Tourism and I am certified as a tour guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, I have done this for 4 years. To make friends and show my country's best places is what I love. Support and help and be there for my tourists, that is my passion! I propose the most visited places in the city, those are wonderful places but I'd enjoy if you take off the beaten path, let me know your preferences, We could create together the perfect tour for you. I understand you are in Mexico probably just for once in your life so let's do together a truly unforgettable experience. Welcome to Mexico.                                                                                                                                 

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