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The 2015 Congress Planning Committee have organized a series of exciting tours to enjoy during the Congress. Register for these tours when you purchase your general Congress registration.

Walking shoes are required for the tours. Bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat.

Map of the General Area



Wednesday May 20, 2015                                        

Xochimilco

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost - $100 (plus the cost of lunch)
Xochimilco is the last remaining area of the great lake and canal system in South Mexico City. The area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 where remnants of the historic agriculture system called Chinampas can still be seen. Many different species of the former lacustrine ecosystem’s flora and fauna also remain. An Ecological Park developed in the 1990s as part of the restoration program combines recreational uses as well as high value environmental education programs.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time
 
Thursday May 21, 2015                                            

Azcapotzalco

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost - $60
Azcapotzalco is an area in North West Mexico City that has been gradually converted to new land uses since the former industrial uses relocated. Major landscape architectural projects Technoparque and Natura Gardens at Bicentennial Park will be the highlights of this tour. Technoparque is a campus where high tech corporations have established call centres and administrative offices. The corporate centres have been designed to include shared employee common areas within its landscape. Natura Gardens, situated on a former refinery site, is a series of integrated botanic gardens representing examples of most of Mexico’s flora.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time
 
Chapultepec Park

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost - $60
Chapultepec Park is one of the most important and historic parks in Mexico with references to this area being recorded as early as 1116 AD. The park’s design has been impacted over the years of its history by many different influences. The Aztecs considered it a sacred place while a castle with gardens in the baroque style was built during the time of Maximiliano de Hasburgo’s government. In the 19th Century a renovation was inspired by the Gardens De Boulogne in Paris. Recent renovations have focused on recovering the health of the forest and revitalizing areas for new activities.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time

Downtown Walking Tour

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost - $25
The visit to Mexico’s Downtown will let delegates learn about the Zòcalo and La Alameda, the oldest public parks in North America as well as more recent projects to convert several historic streets to pedestrian-only use. The tour will end with a visit to the Monument to the Mexican Revolution that has recently been renovated.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time
 
Friday May 22, 2015

Tour of the Campus of the National University of Mexico – Ciudad Universitaria

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost - $60
Ciudad Universitaria, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, is an example of architecture and urban planning of the modern era (1940 – 1950) that was built to relate to its natural context – the landscape was a product of the eruption of the volcano El Xitle which is about 1650 years old. Inside the campus there is a nature reserve that preserves part of the natural ecosystem of El Pedregal, the system developed over the lava rocks. This reserve is considered the last relic of desert scrub ecosystem within the megalopolis of Mexico City.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time

Chapultepec Park

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost - $60
Chapultepec Park is one of the most important and historic parks in Mexico with references to this area being recorded as early as 1116 AD. The park’s design has been impacted over the years of its history by many different influences. The Aztecs considered it a sacred place while a castle with gardens in the baroque style was built during the time of Maximiliano de Hasburgo’s government. In the 19th Century a renovation was inspired by the Gardens De Boulogne in Paris. Recent renovations have focused on recovering the health of the forest and revitalizing areas for new activities.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time

Downtown Walking Tour

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost - $25
The visit to Mexico’s Downtown will let delegates learn about the Zòcalo and La Alameda, the oldest public parks in North America as well as more recent projects to convert several historic streets to pedestrian-only use. The tour will end with a visit to the Monument to the Mexican Revolution that has recently been renovated.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time

Saturday May 23, 2015

Downtown Walking Tour

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost - $25
The visit to Mexico’s Downtown will let delegates learn about the Zòcalo and La Alameda, the oldest public parks in North America as well as more recent projects to convert several historic streets to pedestrian-only use. The tour will end with a visit to the Monument to the Mexican Revolution that has recently been renovated.

Meeting Point: lobby of the Hilton Reforma Mexico City 15 minutes prior to tour time

Photo Credits - Chapultepec Park: Mario Schjetnan GDU PhotoFrancisco Gomez Sosa