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Mexican Street Food: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

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Mexican Street food Tijuana Day trip from San Diego
  • 7 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • 1 Mexican Breakfast with Drink
    • 1 Mexican Dinner with Drink
    • 1 Mexican Lunch with Drink
    • 1 Personalized Local Guide
    • Food and drinks
    • Round Transportation
    • Gratuities

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 899 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173, USA

      San Ysidro Border Crossing

    End point

    • Rampa Xicoténcatl 100, Cuauhtemoc, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

    What To Expect

    Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the San Ysidro Border Crossing and make your way into Tijuana on foot. Begin your walking tour on the other side, taking in the scenery and learning about Mexican culinary traditions as you go.

    Feast on freshly prepared al pastor tacos from street food stalls, or opt for simpler preparations such as bean tacos. Sample fresh fruit prepared the local way (with lime and pepper) and snack on tasty boiled corn enhanced with melted butter, lime, and salsa. Then head to a pub to wrap your tour up with a refreshing craft beer or a tasty margarita.

    Tijuana Arch

    Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    139 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Fun, easy, memorable way to see Tijuana
    Sonnet_S, Apr 2024
    This is the tour if you’re looking for a casual but memorable day tour across the border. My tour guide Tadeo was fabulous and made a point to cater the tour to my desires. The food stops were amazing. Each location had its own unique atmosphere, and each taco had its own flavor. Tadeo was very knowledgeable about Tijuana, the traditions, the food and any other questions I threw at him. Everyone else on the team was very helpful. Diego assisted me across the border and made that process relaxed. Overall I’m very happy I booked this tour.
    fantastic day
    derek_t, Mar 2024
    Tadeo Calles is an awesome tour guide! Ready to customize to our party's needs & desires regarding food preferences & stops. Tadeo added a great coffee stop to satisfy our caffeine need. Tadeo was unbelievably knowledgeable about local history including a tremendous history of the powerful mural art he toured us through. Very conscientious to provide bathroom breaks & generally just a pleasure to spend the day with. He picked up on our interests & provided lots of great info relevant for us. Although we could not find the meet up point in San Diego due to Google maps not bringing us to address that was in the instructions & the instructions were rather general about location (would have been really helpful to specify to meet in front of McDonalds next to trolley), the US side coordinator answered our call right away & connected us to Tadeo via WhatsAp on the Mexican side. Tadeo talked us through the border crossing to meet up with him. Really memorable day with incredible food (& we are rather particular foodies). Highly recommend. Tadeo offered to send the photos he took & we still hope to receive them.
    Great Tour!!!!
    Shauntee_B, Mar 2024
    Our guide Victor was amazing. The process of crossing the border and returning was pretty quick. The food was really good and the tequila tasting was very interesting and fun. Victor is very knowledgeable on the history of Tijuana. I enjoyed the tour because it was a small group of us which made it a semi personalized experience.
    Best way to eat through Tijuana
    Michael_A, Feb 2024
    Marisol was a great tour guide! The rest of the group canceled last minute, so it was just me 1 on 1. I had never done a border crossing like this, but it was super easy and she was waiting right their on the other side. On the way back, she dropped me off in line, gave me tips how to be ready when I reached the front, and avoid scammers. The food was fantastic! The blue corn quesadilla was better than anything I've ever had in America, and I really enjoyed the Mexican coffee (and I don't usually like coffee!). This was my first time having birra, I wanted to make sure my first was authentic...and the stand didn't disappoint! Marisol also brought me to sweet locations too, where we tasted local hand made candies and well as a aqua fresca shop. The last food stop was in the fish market section, where they had amazing Baja fish tacos. The craft brewery stop and tequila tasting really rounded out the tour nicely to balance sweet, savory, and spicy. Marisol was an awesome guide, answering all my questions about Tijuana, Mexican culture, food, and some soccer too! I don't know that I would have traveled to Tijuana on my own, it was nice to have someone to coordinate travel from the board into the city, recommend places, and guide you past tourist traps to the better spots. Highly recommend booking this tour!
    A fun and unique experience
    Terri_T, Feb 2024
    We had a great day with Herberto. He had so much knowledge about the city, historical information, Mexican culture and of course the delicious food. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to spend a fun day across the boarder. First- timers as well as people who have visited Mexico will learn something new. We were given the opportunity to try many different types of food, drink and a little shopping. The trip back iover the boarder took a few hours but overall it was worth it.
    Street food Tijuana tour
    Heidy_P, Feb 2024
    Omg !!!!!! Our day was amazing. Tadeo our guide was super knowledgeable and showed us the best food and places. He makes our day super special. Thanks Tadeo for make my husband’s birthday more memorable 🥰🥰🫂
    Great day in Tijuana
    Michael_S, Feb 2024
    Victor was great provided us a great overview of the Tijuana food scene and history. We went to 3 places we would have never found ourselves. His brief history overviews of Tijuana were also much appreciated. Highly recommend the tour.
    Best tour ever
    Kyoko_A, Dec 2023
    It was really nice experience. I want to come back same Tour. Humberto Is nice and kind. Thank you Humberto!!
    Fantastic experience
    Jennifer_B, Nov 2023
    Our tour guide was Marisol. We met her and another family on the Mexico side of thr border. Marisol was friendly, knowledgeable and we had a great time. We started with breakfast and the food was delicious. Everything was made to order from scratch making it that much better. Since we were a small group, the conversation between all of use was like we old friends. We toured the city learning so much about the culture, history and food as we stopped to eat, sample sweets etc. The tour lasted almost the entire day and I recommend if you take it to wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking alot. Be open to trying new things and enjoy the environment. Everyone we met we really nice. Will certainly book again in the future.
    Got lucky
    Wilson_L, Nov 2023
    As it worked out, I was the only tour customer for my excursion so I literally was able to enjoy a one-on-one p re I ate tour. Humberto, my guide, was friendly and sincerely. He is very knowledgeable about the city of Tijuana and as we made our way around town, I was able to get a feel of the diversity and uniqueness of each section of the city. In addition, Humberto happens to be a PHd candidate so not only were we able to enjoy a day of great food, we also had the privilege of engaging in some thought provoking discussions about Nietzsche and other philosophers. In all, highly recommend.
    Amazing Experience
    jsoul58, Nov 2023
    This was such an amazing experience, our guide Tadeo, was perfect! Tadeo was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable about the history of Tijuana. His choice of local eateries hit the spot perfectly. If I ever decide to take this tour again, I will 100% request Tadeo as my guide.
    Looking for a local experience with the best tour guide Tadeo- look no further!
    Katherine_I, Oct 2023
    If you are looking for a fun filled day in Tijuana seeing where the locals go—look no further this is the tour for you! Tadeo was incredible- he asked our group what we wanted out of tour and he tailored it to make sure we had the experience we wanted! The food, the history, the tequila and shopping were such an awesome way to see Tijuana! This was a 10/10. Highly recommend!
    Tacos in Tijuana
    Lorraine_O, Sep 2023
    Shout out to our tour guide Victor for showing us all around Tijuana! We ate delicious tacos, tasted a bit of tequila, learned about different regions and the colorful Mexican culture. Victor was such a kind and gentlemanly guide. He made us feel right at home with his bright personality and warm smile. I can't wait to take another tour! I highly recommend!!
    Birthday food tour to Tijuana
    shirkeri_b, Sep 2023
    Humberto, Was our tour guide. He is awesome he showed us around Tijuana, we had wonderful authentic food. We took pictures of staples in Tijuana and learn about some cultural things. What an experience to remember. Thank you , Humberto
    Great Day Trip!
    Barbara_K, Aug 2023
    We had such a great time. The tacos were delicious. The drinks definitely quenched our thirst. Marisol, our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, the culture, and the history. Her enthusiasm and interpersonal skills made the day trip very enjoyable. The tequila tasting was great too. My husband and I ended up buying 4 different flavors of tequila. Anyone staying in a town near the border should definitely book this tour. You won’t regret it!
    Great experience but too short!
    Amanda_C, Jul 2023
    Marisol was a great host and tour guide and the food was delicious! We had a great time once we were able to connect and determine the meet up point which was a bit confusing. I only gave it 4 stars because we signed up for and paid for a tour that was advertised as 7 hours. Ours ended in less than 3 hours. I guess when the guide asked if we were full, she was asking if we were done with the tour. So, though we enjoyed ourselves, we ended up disappointed by how short it was. My advice to others is to do the tour but ask in advance about the length and say something if it seems to be getting cut short.
    Definitely suggest it
    Melina_K, Jun 2023
    Marisol is very friendly and welcoming. She showed us around some key places in Tijuana, and made us feel safe and welcomed.
    Best tacos ever!
    Jaedyn_R, Apr 2023
    We had an awesome time with Border Tours as we went around trying many different types of foods&tacos in Tijuana! We had Martin and he was great especially since it was only my husband and I who were on the tour so Martin was really able yo tailor it to what we were wanting to do! I would definitely give the food, Martin and the overall experience a 5/5 stars! The reason I put 4 is because we didn’t know before the tour that we had to walk across the border ourselves and meet with our guide on the México side. This felt a bit daunting and unexpected so I would definitely recommend people check their emails before going and ensure you pay attention to the details in it as it was helpful for us!
    Tadeo was our tour guide...
    Ivanka_D, Mar 2023
    Tadeo was our tour guide and he made it super fun! We loved all the food and culture. This tour does meet on the mexico side of the border which I wish was communicated when booking though.
    Great experience
    bosekasturi, Feb 2023
    We had a great time with our guide Humberto. Tijuana is a small area but our guide kept us engaged and made sure we experience everything the town offers. Birria tacos were to die for. We enjoyed the tour very much.

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