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Xochimilco

Xochimilco Nativitas, Mexico City, Mexico
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As featured in Daytrips from Mexico City
Ranked #20 of 57 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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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

When you go to Mexico City, You need to pass by Xochimilco. It's colorful and a curious place to visit; but I'm pretty sure they can do better..

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Xochimilco is the only place in Mexico City that preserves the system of canals that made the vast Tenochtitlan. The Aztec capital was built on an island in Lake Texcoco. You can made a tour of "trajineras" that are Mexican traditional boats that were used by the ancient Aztecs, moved to rowing.

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

When you get on a brightly painted hand-propelled boat called trajinera at Xochimilco, you are up for more that a boat ride. You are about to experience one of the most emblematic things to do in Mexico City, and not just for tourists. Locals use this boats to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries, hang out with friends, have picnics, or simply... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Xochimilco means "Flower Field". This is a fun place to visit in Mexico. We went in a group. Flat-bottomed boats called "trajineras" carry loads of passengers as they have done for hundreds of years. A visit to Xochimilco gives the traveller a chance to view a part of Mexico's historic past. Locals also throng to this place on Sundays to... More

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Colorado Springs, CO
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Opinions on this area vary greatly from tourist trap to a must-do activity in Mexico City. I would rate it somewhere in between. I think it is best done with a group. You can get there by taxi or by taking the metro and then the light rail train (tren ligero) to the area, costing let than $1/person. Pick your... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I went with my cousins on a Sunday because apparently Saturdays can get hectic. We rented a float for an hour and half and bought two buckets of beer at a local stand. Biggest tip - go to the restroom before you jump on and bring you own toilet paper. Trust me!

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

great fun and chill out. the best is to go with a group of people. it makes a trip more funny and cheaper. you can buy a beer from other boats and hire mariachi group for a song or two

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Frost
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We took our family of 4 to Mexico City on vacation last year! This was by far a highlight. It is absolutely beautiful!!! The Mariachi bands are wonderful and the vendors on the canal are so sweet! The kids loved it! Highly recommend this if you are in Mexico City!

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Xochimilco is great fun, a good way to get some local flavor (food, music, mingling with people who live there), and honestly not touristy (in the traditional sense) at all. It IS touristy in the local sense that this is where Mexicans go on the weekend or for special celebrations and also there are a lot of knick-knacks being sold,... More

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Took a cab from Mexico City to xochimilco. It was expensive, the boat ride was not great, the water was dirty and ithe ride it self was very. Expensive for what it is. The surrundings of the lake were very bad. If you are going with a group of friends it maybe better but not really worth it....I was very... More

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