Turista Libre LGBTI+
Turista Libre LGBTI+
Take to the streets of Mexico City with Turista Libre in honor of the annual “Marcha del Orgullo LGBTTI,” the LGBTTI Pride March.
Now in its 41st year, the march — happening Saturday, June 29 — reigns as one of the largest and most iconic pride celebrations in not just Mexico but all of Latin America, with more than 250,000 participants.
Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, in 1979 Mexican LGBT activists and organizations rallied to protest social and political repression, an event that would later be known as Mexico's first pride march. More than four decades later, many monumental strides have been made in the struggle for equal rights in Mexico, including the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2010.
Nevertheless, unlike other pride celebrations around the world, the march continues to be just that, first and foremost. A march, not a parade.
This year's edition – the 41st – packs an added symbolic punch, as in 1901, Mexico City police raided a private party comprised entirely of men, many dressed in drag, including President Porfirio Diaz's son-in-law and other political and social elite. Altogether 41 arrests were made, a media frenzy ensued and the scandal, now known as “The Ball of the 41,” gave way to the birth of the gay rights movement in Mexico City.
And so, for the first time ever, we're gearing up with three days of celebrations in the gran capital mexicana, Turista Libre style. Mexico like a local, ¡Mexico like a loca!
This is an inclusive event. All sexual and gender identities are welcome. Turistas must be at least 18 years of age. Space is limited to 15.
Friday | June 28
Day: A walking tour of Mexico City's Centro Histórico neighborhood, with a gay twist. Learn more about both the nation's and the capital's history and prehispanic past from an LGBT perspective.
Night: Welcome cocktail mixer and bar hopping in Mexico City's gayborhood, Zona Rosa.
Saturday | June 29
Day: Pre-march cocktails before meeting up with the masses at the Angel de Independencia, one of the city's most historic and majestic landmarks, which serves as the march's starting point. The route, some four kilometers from start to finish, heads along Paseo de la Reforma before ending in the city's main square or Zócalo, sandwiched — fittingly so — between several major government buildings and the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. At this point — surprise, surprise! — kiss-ins usually ensue. Stick around after the march for a pulque lunch at one of our favorite eateries, El Mexicano.
Night: Parties abound. ¡Vamos a bailar!
Sunday | June 30
Day: “We are Family” Xochilmilco canal cruise. Sail down the waterways that once served as the Aztec empire's irrigation system for its extensive network of farmlands — now a serene maze of floating gardens that's often referred to as the Venice of Mexico — aboard colorful wooden boats known as trajineras. In addition to the typical picnic of traditional Mexican eats prepared aboard along with cervezas and mezcal, we'll also make a stop at the pop culture phenomenon that is the Island of the Dolls, a creepy, campy collection of thousands of mini mujeres tucked deep within the canals.
Three exclusive day tours with Turista Libre founder Derrik and Turista Libre Mexico City guides Alejandro and Francisco, one meal per day and a welcome gift bag with a CDMX limited-edition Turista Libre "Mexico Like a Loca" T-shirt to wear during the march.
What's not included
Airfare, hotel/lodging accommodations, in-city transportation outside scheduled group activities, additional food and beverage.
Domestic airlines servicing Mexico City's Benito Juárez International (MEX) include Aeromexico, Interjet, VivaAerobus and Volaris. Most major US and other foreign carriers offer regular flights, too, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United. If departing from San Diego or Southern California, fares are often significantly lower if departing from Tijuana's General Abelardo Rodriguez International (TIJ) via the Cross Border Express/CBX pedestrian bridge.
Ground transportation info
We recommend Uber, but options include taxis and the Mexico City Metro, too.
We recommend arriving Thursday evening, June 27, and departing Monday, July 1. If you happen to arrive earlier or depart later and would like to extend your Turista Libre experience, be sure to check out all our CDMX private tour offerings, too.