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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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West Sussex
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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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