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“Underwhelming” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
Southern neighborhood of Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
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Xochimilco and National University of Mexico
Ranked #66 of 273 Attractions in Mexico City
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: More than 50 miles of canals make Xochimilco, a southern suburb of Mexico City, an extremely popular tourist destination.
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“Underwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I think that this would be a good experience with a group of friends, having a day out with a meal and some music.

As a couple of tourists, this did nothing for us. We went to view the chinampas as well as experience the trip on the canals. It is possible to see how these gardens might have been, with a bit of imagination:-)

Having visited the floating markets of South East Asia, this is a much more sedate sedate affair, although the Mariachi bands do lend a festive atmosphere to the canals.

Of much greater interest were the group of dancers we encountered on the way there, who were carrying the Niñopa, a Child Jesus who has no church, but is kept in the care of the communities of Xochimilco.

Visited February 2014
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“Relaxed pace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

As with other reviews, it's a nice way to escape the frenzy of Mexico City. We took the subway (#2 line) to Tasquena, the paid another 5 pesos to take the train to Xochimilco. When you exit the train station, keep going straight. After a few blocks you will see signs for "Embarcadero" ... Once you get close, there will be the usual helpers who will get you onto a boat. We paid 350 pesos for the two of us for an hour. Had a great lunch that we picked up along the way that was plenty at 200 pesos (fish tacos, rice and quesadilla with mole). Two beer and one sprit (provided on the boat) was 70 pesos. You can take your own food and beverages, but we didn't want to haul things from the city. Glad we did it.

Visited January 2014
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“Relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This is a morning or afternoon to remember. The number of the flat bottom Barques that are on the canal system, and the sound of mariachi bands playing (100 pesos per song) is very relaxing. Highly recommended. Cost for the three hour trip, on the canal, was 400 pesos per person. Had lunch from a canal side restaurant delivered to our boat, and we ate and cruised down the canals. All of the barques are highly decorated, and everyone is different. Very colourful.

Visited January 2014
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“Great place for a relax day with the Family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The water is not the cleanest but it is a good way to escape from Mexico's chaos and relax during day with your family! You can bring food,drinks, music or even buy from people who sell on their little boats...there are plenty of entertainers who sing to your boats and at Night you can have a sick Fiesta with friends and family!!! Awesome place!!

Be careful at night when you leave however!

Visited October 2013
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Herrliberg, Switzerland
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“Afternoon Trip to Xochimilco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I loved the place. Have seen other floating markets around the world, yet this one has a special character. Would go again. You don't find "Charros" reading to jump into your boat and play some romantic music for you anywhere else in the world.

Visited July 2013
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