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Xochimilco

Xochimilco Nativitas, Mexico City, Mexico
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As featured in Daytrips from Mexico City
Ranked #22 of 51 activities in Mexico City
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Type: Neighborhoods, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Until just over a century ago Mexico City was surrounded by lakes that were all connected by canals. Produce grown in the south was taken by this... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

It wasn't my first visit to the "floating gardens" but it was special because I was with my wife and companion, Judy. We were staying in Polanco, so we took the metro from the Polanco metro station. We made two transfers and took the metro to the end of the line. From there we caught the "Tren Ligero" or light... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I went this past weekend with a group of 11 people and it's definitely the way to go. We brought our own booze and tons of snacks. We went on a day where it was a little bit cloudy and got there around 1:30. It was EMPTY! Would suggest going early as well. The canals are very pretty (but understand... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I was not pleased with the guys at the peer trying to cheat us on the prices. Prices are per boat, not per person, per hour. We were 7, and so they tried to charge us 3.000 MXN at first. We finally got it down to 700 MXN which is the normal price but after too much haggling. They did... More

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

On a busy Sunday afternoon on the Mothers day week-end there seemed more boats than canals in places but that did not prevent our punting boatman to find a quiet bank to serve us an excellent picnic meal of vegetable soup, hot chicken and cold beer. Back in the traffic jam of boats we hired a band. I thought we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We booked a tour through Viator, we even booked the wrong date by mistake, they easily moved the booking - no problem. We were picked up from our hotel at 9am by Mildred, our tour guide, and it turned out we were the only ones, so in fact ended up with a private tour! Mildred was brilliant she told us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Go to one of the boat ports in Xochimilco, do not book a tour, barter with the boat controllers. Instead of getting the standard tour of the canals and flower gardens, we requested to go to the island of the dolls.The boat was less than £10 each between 6 of us and we rented it for 4-5hours. We took our... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I visited it with the Mexican friend. It is a very relaxing boat trip inside of the crazy city. The sights are very good and You can actually see a part of the real Mexico city which is founded on the lakes. I found these floating gardens very interesting.

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Mysore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

A short way away from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, lies the Venice of Mexico - Xochimilco. Board any of the "trajineras" or the wide manual boats and let them take you on a tour around the canals. If you are in a good number, negotiate and you can get a good deal. The ride is a slow... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I was in Mexico City with my boyfriend in February, and one day he had meetings all day, so I hired a guide from Royal Cars & Tours and went to Xochimilco and Casa Azul. Although we got stuck in traffic on the way, it took us about an hour to get there from Mexico City. My guide told me... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I liked this place for their many colors, the nice people, and the fun there. We took one the boats and during the trip another boat with a band was singing songs to us. In special to a girl of the group they like. It was fun.

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