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Address: Xochimilco Nativitas, Mexico City, Mexico
Phone Number: 56414932
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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The experience in Xochimilco is worth the visit from the city. You may get there via uber, but you may also use the metro which we did and found to be very efficient (and cheap... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been to Venice, it was cool to visit Mexico's version. It was much more colorful and felt more personal. Enjoyed a short boat ride through the canals.

Thank CarmenSandiego2012
Buena Park, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They charged us about $78 and they even asked for a tip afterward. They charged us for food and drinks separately. They wanted us to buy food from their person. We told them that we know the price is only 350 pesos but they lied to us about the price and we were to tired and hungry to haggle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The experience in Xochimilco is worth the visit from the city. You may get there via uber, but you may also use the metro which we did and found to be very efficient (and cheap!). $350 pesos for 1 private boat (not per person) and for 1 hour. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was not packed at... More 

2 Thank Christy T
Morelia, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My review is based on a Sunday visit during the day, I've been told the atmosphere is much different on Friday and Saturday night (more party oriented) If you get dropped off at Embarcadero Nativitas, I recommend having a "Tlacoyo" at the very first food stand, not only is it the best I've ever had, it's also super cheap...also directly... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this unprepared. You basically float on a boat and people come and offer you a lot of similar options. It sounds like it can be quite a party experience. If you have a family or a large group of friends and prepare a picnic and/or booze cruise, it could be quite a fun experience. It is still... More 

1 Thank ShannonMarie0385
Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It´s not the first time that I visited something "magical" in Mexico - and so I adjusted my expectations prior to the occasions. Which was a good thing! If you are looking for lush gardens and a quiet experience in a colorful natural setting - don't go. If you are looking for a fun day out on a colorful "trajinera"... More 

3 Thank Wibke B
Glendale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did the boat tour as a part of our tour. We had a boat to ourselves but there were boats with tons of people inside. Our guide said people hired these boats for parties and festivities so some boats had mariachi and bands. I felt that there were too many boats at the same time which made it difficult... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

We took this boat ride in the evening of the last night of the day of the dead festival. Its a little unusual as it a large gondola style boat (seating around 16 people) sailing through a small eery canal system to a temple which acts as a stage for a historical show. Everything was quite entertaining but the show... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Here's the thing, if you visit this place expecting American standards, you will not like it. If you go with your mind open in order to experience a little bit of the Mexican culture, I guarantee you will have a lot of fun. Things that will be different and you should expect and think about if they crash with your... More 

Thank dandanbsb
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The boat ride is fine, but the entire time you will be solicited to purchase little trinkets....the..whole...time. It gets really annoying after the 20th person comes to sell you stuff and you can't really go anywhere because you are on a boat. I think that is the point. I don't care to go back next time im in mexico city.

1 Thank david h

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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.
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