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Address: Xochimilco Nativitas, Mexico City, Mexico
Phone Number: 56414932
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Built on the same site as a major pre-Columbian city, Xochimilco is famous...

Built on the same site as a major pre-Columbian city, Xochimilco is famous for its floating gardens and is a popular weekend destination among tourists who visit in boats.

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Fun Afternoon Activity for Family or Friends

We went with a large group of family (23) which is about the maximum capacity. If you go, make sure to bring music/a stereo/speaker and food and drinks for the ride. A typical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From all our activities on our almost 3 week long trip to various parts of Mexico this was the only (big) disappointment. The boat ride is really nothing special, the water looks extremely dirty (there is even trash floating in it) and the only purpose of the ride is apparently to spend money on so-so food, mariachis and cheap looking... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with a large group of family (23) which is about the maximum capacity. If you go, make sure to bring music/a stereo/speaker and food and drinks for the ride. A typical ride is 3 hours. There are many different 'ports' and 'package' options available at the different ports. Some parts of the canals have touristic zones with restaurants,... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun ride if you are in Mexico DF and has some time to spare. Went on Dec 24th so it was a bit empty, and still there was some traffic in the canal - I imagine in a busy day...A bit far from the city center, though, so plan accordingly

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Staten Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I loved this and it was one of my favorite things. I loved it because it is different. I had never done such a thing. It is extremely colorful, lively, and a true representation on the local culture. We passed a boat that was having a wedding, several with live music, and lots of folks out enjoying the day! I... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

The photo sums up everything. But if you need more details here it goes: we went there on december 31st, we were greeted by this pile of dump. We made our way in for a ride. I expect more from a "developed country" definitely not safe for children, the little boats need an update. The ride can be anywhere from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I'm an experienced traveler and yet my earrings were ripped from my ears on the 4 block walk from the "Tren Ligero" station to the Embarcadero. Two kids ran up from behind me and took them from my ears. Nothing happened, but it still was a bit frightening. I got over it pretty quickly, but it still sucked. I would... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

If you're traveling with a small group, it's better if you wait for more people to share a boat, because they'll want to put you in a boat on your own to charge you more. The boats are very colourful, its a nice experience where you get to know a bit of Mexican culture. The water is dirty and the... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My only problem about this place is, ironically, the tourists!!! Don't get me wrong, it's interesting, it's colourful, it's different and it's culturally and historically important, however it's absolutely been turned into something that probably once was a real gem into a something that's purely geared and now run for tourists, thereby diluting the whole significance of it. I'm glad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

It is a beautiful ride on little canals, listening to Mariachis around and bumping into other Tinajeras, make it a great cultural Mexican experience. It's a "must see" experience. However, beware of promoters. NEVER pay more than MEX 350 for the entire boat per hour. Some people will try to rip you off, but just ignore them and go straight... More 

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Imperial Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This was my first time to visit Xochimilco because of lack of time other visits. Oh my god a must visit for sure on a Mexico City trip. The trajineras, scenery, food, history and people are many reasons to visit. We got lucky and our guide was and older man and grew up here so he knew so much history... More 

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Xochimilco
Xochimilco is one of the most ancient and natural parklands around the city. Used as an important agricultural area since the Pre-Hispanic era, it holds a great variety of flora and fauna that you can witness while canoeing on your own or taking a ride in a classic trajineras (gondola-like boats) decorated with juniper and flowers. Enjoy some Mexican antojitos while sipping a bit of mezcal or tequila and listen to the mariachis and marimbas playing tunes from other colorful chinampas (artificial islands). Aside from the canals, you can find unique Pre-Hispanic art collections at the Archaeological Museum of Xochimilco after talking a walk through its classic streets and visiting the majestic ahuehuete tree that prevails in the heart of this neighborhood at Jardín Juárez.