Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour, Tijuana

Zona Centro, the oldest area in Tijuana, attracts visitors thanks to its magnificent architecture and landmarks, great shopping spots and cozy restaurants with delicious Mexican food. Coming from the US border you will pass under Monumental Arch, which welcomes visitors and is the symbol of the city. This guide will help you explore the most popular attractions of Tijuana Zona Centro.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: Mexico » Tijuana (See other walking tours in Tijuana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: ellen
1
Catedral de Nuestra Seсora de Guadalupe

1) Catedral de Nuestra Seсora de Guadalupe

This is the main cathedral of Tijuana and the most notable architectural construction. Catedral de Nuestra Seсora de Guadalupe is the first Catholic Church in the city. The first church was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century and the present building was finished in the 1970s. It represents colonial and neo-classical architecture. The cathedral features a clock and two towers with square columns, topped with crosses. A beautiful image of Our Lady rises above the entrance.
2
Museo de Historia de Tijuana

2) Museo de Historia de Tijuana (must see)

Museo de Historia de Tijuana is located in the building of a cultural center, a former City Hall on Calle Secunda. This is the newest museum in the city, inaugurated in November 2010. This museum, dedicated to the history of the city, is divided into 5 sections: natural history and geography, social life and politics, urban development, cultural and economic history. There is also a space for temporary exhibitions and a special interactive section for pint-sized visitors. Visit Museo de Historia de Tijuana and explore Tijuana’s history through old photographs, documents and artifacts.
3
Monumental Arch

3) Monumental Arch (must see)

The Monumental Arch, also known as Millennium Arch or Monumental Clock, is a famous symbol of Tijuana, located at the beginning of Revolucion Avenue in walking distance from the Mexican and US border. Since 2000, the huge monument welcomes Tijuana visitors to Zona Centro, in the downtown area of the city. The construction of the monument in a historical zone evoked debates among residents of the city. The height of the arch makes it visible from different parts of Tijuana.
4
Wax Museum (Museo Cera)

4) Wax Museum (Museo Cera) (must see)

The Wax Museum, located in the northern part of Zona Centro, was established in 1992 and is the only wax museum in the country. It exhibits about 100 wax copies of famous people of the past and the present. Among other interesting characters, you may recognize the legendary Dracula, Michael Jackson, Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Marilyn Monroe. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5
El Torito Pub

5) El Torito Pub

El Torito is the favorite restaurant of local people. It was opened more than 25 years ago and is located on the main street of the city’s downtown. During the day the venue is crowded with families and their children enjoying delicious food; when sun goes down El Torito turns into a club. The menu is very rich and includes Mexican soups, burritos, beans, tortillas, molcajetes and others. There is also a bull you can ride. In the evening El Torito provides excellent dance music and much fun.
6
Caesar’s Palace

6) Caesar’s Palace

Caesar’s Salad is known in many countries of the world. The famous salad was invented in 1924 in the kitchen of the restaurant ran by the Italian Caesar Cardini. Later the restaurant was moved to the beautiful palace built in 1929. Today the building is one of the main landmarks of Tijuana and it includes a hotel. Caesar’s Palace is located on the main street of downtown Tijuana, on Revolucion Avenue.

Walking Tours in Tijuana, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Tijuana

Create Your Own Walk in Tijuana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tijuana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tijuana Zona Rio Walking Tour

Tijuana Zona Rio Walking Tour

Tijuana has a very rich cultural life and many talented people, as is evidenced by the galleries, cultural centers and numerous sculptures and monuments of Zona Rio. Historical photographs of old Tijuana will teach you about the history of the city and region. Major events and distinguished figures were immortalized in Tijuana’s monuments. The city’s cultural centers provide live Latin American music concerts on its stages. Take this tour to discover the most prominent and interesting sites of Tijuana Zona Rio.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Central Tijuana Walking Tour

Central Tijuana Walking Tour

Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world, offering something for everybody. It has a lot of interesting attractions to see: monuments and towers, palaces and architectural buildings, museums and art galleries. Those who like shopping will also be satisfied by the variety of markets with Mexican arts and crafts. Take this tour to discover the best spots in Western Tijuana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Paseo De Los Heroes Tour in Tijuana

Paseo De Los Heroes Tour in Tijuana

Paseo De Los Heroes Street, located in walking distance from the Mexican and US border, is famous for its numerous statues and monuments honoring distinguished figures and memorable events in Mexican history. Wandering across its palm alleys you can admire a grandiose sculpture or architectural construction on each roundabout of the street. Take this tour to discover the most popular attractions of Tijuana Paseo De Los Heroes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tijuana for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tijuana has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tijuana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.