Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
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8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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About
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its canals stretching more than 100 square miles, Xochimilco is an area of stunning natural and cultural beauty. The gardens, or chinampas, were constructed by the Aztecs from juniper branches, allowing them to grow crops on the little man-made islands. Today, you can journey down the Xochimilco canals formed by these islands in colorful trajinera boats. Trajineras can be booked per hour at the Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas, each with its own personal name. Weekends tend to be busier, with drinking and celebration common, while weekdays are more family-friendly. – Tripadvisor
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  • ClunkNebbermorth
    Cardiff, United Kingdom473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    fun
    If you have visited kerala, then this is a lot more commercial with much less birdlife, and less extensive. On the other hand the boats are punted so it's quitet, and there is no rubbish in the water. A fun half day, but best if you go early i suspect
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • brooklyn24
    Omaha, Nebraska1,329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved it
    If you do this right, it is a really unique and fun experience while in CDMX. My family was so glad we did it. First, book a group tour with a guide. We booked through Airbnb and we had 8 people and an English speaking guide who told us history about the area, the canals, the axolotl which is native to the area. We also had great music, snacks and conversation. The people who just booked their own boat didn’t seem to be having nearly as much fun. I would say it’s not to be missed when visiting the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • sarrrri
    Helsinki, Finland15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    I had read a lot of comments saying this is a tourist trap full of scammers and aggressive salesmen, so I was a bit worried about what kind of mayhem would be receiving us as we arrived…. Well, turns out there were no aggressive people anywhere, and the prices and descriptions of the cruises were there very clearly visible for everyone to see. It did feel safe and totally normal about everything. We took the 2 hour cruise and it was just as lovely as it was in 2007 when I visited Xochimilco for the last time. One good thing to note is that they only accept cash and there is no ATM anywhere near. Also the cruise makes a stop at a quite sketchy ”axolotl aquarium” type of setting (which is actually just a tent) that seems like the animals are not kept as they should be, and I wish we would have skipped that and not paid extra for it. Otherwise very lovely experience. 🙏🏻
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Anne F
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of fun - but be sure to bring cash
    The boat ride was really fun. There were lots of locals out for the day, it was very festive and happy. It was a favorite part of the trip for several of us. But be sure if you go on your own to find out the going rate and bring cash. We paid with credit card, we were charged a fee for that which is fine, but then we were charged twice which was not fine and ended the experience on a sour note.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Albert B
    Cincinnati, Ohio395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Time
    Fun Time whether you spend only an hour or half a time. Wonderful "float up" selection of food, drinks or entertainment. Clean and safe environment. Our group left with big smiles. Staff is wonderful. Would definitely go again.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Grace
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Group up before arriving
    Beautiful and definitely worth doing! As others have stated, the more people in your group, the cheaper. HOWEVER, be aware that they may try and tell you grouping up with others is not allowed. We were followed by a guy on a bike who was adamant that my husband and I had arrived alone and therefore had to rent a whole boat alone. I had asked some fellow tourists to group up on the walk there and stuck to my guns when told we couldn’t do that. My advice, find your group as soon as possible.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Kevin C
    Dallas, Texas11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, beautiful and fun experience but recommend going during the week and not weekends.
    Xochimilco is still within Mexico City but about an hour from La Condesa by car. It is well worth the drive. It's a wonderful boating experience on canals. You can buy food, flowers, drinks, and more from floating vendors and the whole experience actually feels very authentic. We went during the week and were very glad we did, I cannot imagine how crowded it must get on weekends - I don't think it would be nearly as enjoyable as I can imagine it's just too many boats on the water for navigation.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Hemant R
    Ile-de-France, France14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice day and unique experience.
    It is noisy and can be very congested. I did not like be log jammed in the canal. The area is a tourist trap. Make sure you bring pesos to pay for the boats or you will be charged a lot for paying with credit card like a lot.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 15, 2024
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gwyneth v
Cooroy, Australia86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Get there very early preferably, not on a weekend. I went by bus on my own, you transfer in town to a smaller bus takes you all the way there. Google maps. Cost 17 pesos. I don’t like tours. It cost a lot for me alone in a boat because you hire the whole boat by the hour. It is not cost per person. If you want to see the island of the dead dolls, you need 5 hours.
There is no ATM and the hand held machine was not working. Have cash.
I was enthralled by the whole experience. I had an English speaking Guide, who was very knowledgeable and was good at pointing out things I might have missed. If I had had more cash I would have loved to stop at a restaurant and treat myself, but you are still paying for the boat that is waiting. I never felt under any pressure to purchase anything. There was a great feeling of peace on the canals and the floating gardens were a delight. You will be enthralled from your first sighting of the colourfully decorated boats to the amazing activities on the canals. Two hours for me was enough, but I imagine with a group of friends or family you could enjoy a picnic on board and spend more time.
Written August 23, 2021
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sometimes when you go on holiday as a tourist you find yourself doing something that only the tourists do. Well this is not one of those things. During our trip we saw childrens birthday parties, couples, and families all out in these boats. You will obviously not pay the local price so don't even try. The best we managed was $500 pesos for two people for one hour, they started out at $1000 each for 45 minutes. The floating gardens are the garden/flower centres you see alongside the canal, some of them are "floating" because technically they are not connected to the mainland but an island in the water. Very easy to get to my metro and train. There are signs all the way from the train station. A taxi costs $360 pesos one way, we paid $8 via the metro & train (obscenely cheap about 4 cents) .
Written February 8, 2020
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Thank you! We're glad you had a great experience with us :)
Written February 11, 2020
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Richard L
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
This was a total waste of 3,000 peso for 2 people. Not Only was the majority of the House along the water closed or abandoned only a few had flowers and very little. On top of that Fernando asked us if we want anything to drink. he brought us 4 cans of coke we only drank 2, the end of the trip they wanted to charge us for the coke. I told them to take it out of the 3, 000 pesos they screwed us onTotally NOT worth it.
Written March 13, 2021
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Lixia L
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
I agree with the other reviewers the tour would be improved without the gift shop stop, which is just a tourist trap for you to buy a bunch of tchotchkes that are sold abundantly almost everywhere else in Mexico. The stop to see the University City consists of the bus being parked at the lot for you to view the mural on the building. Keep it mind each stop takes you 30 minutes to an hour to get to so be sure you get on the bus first. I signed up for a monolingual tour and was under the impression the entire tour would be for English speaking travelers, WRONG! Both Spanish and English tours are lumped together on the same bus with two separate guides. All the information was shared in English and Spanish. Honestly, this was not the cause of my frustration so much as my partner and I had to sit at the very back of the bus next to the bathroom. When we finally got to Xochimilco, we had to be separated into 3 different boats and the English speaking boat was full to the brim. You’re literary elbow to elbow with the person next to you and if you’re not seated at the ends of each row, good luck taking any decent photos. There was also a stray dog that made it on board, and mind you this is not someone’s pet but part of the many feral dogs that live in the area. Some of them are in really bad shape and frankly scary looking. Food and drinks were not included on the boat and try not to order a lot as the quality is definitely subpar. The tour guide had to apologize before asking all of us for reviews at the end of the trip because part of the group couldn’t even go into the Frida Khalo museum due to ticketing issues also mentioned in another review.I went on another tour yesterday with the same company Amigo Tours to Teotihuacan and it was a much better experience. The tour guide was very funny and warm. I’m grateful to be able to travel and appreciate the experience but this tour I would not recommend.
Written September 13, 2022
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Emily J
Swansea County, UK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
First of all, we were followed by a man working for the boats for 30/40 minutes and made us feel so uncomfortable..following us down alleys and roads we went down to get away from him. When we arrived we were pressured into getting onto a boat and refused to tell us the price until we sat down. They tried to charge us 1000 pesos each and as we were on a budget, we politely said no and left. As we were leaving they all came together clearly annoyed at our decision and surrounded us shouting at us, trying to pressure us more. I would not recommend this at all. Also, there is absolutely nothing around and a very scary experience. As soon as this happend we quickly jumped into an Uber to get out of the situation.
Written January 12, 2022
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Jonathan F
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Interesting and serene. Fascinating to see this vestige of Pre-Columbian life. Nice break from the hustle and bustle of CDMX. Don't go on a weekend - it gets very crowded and noisy with 2000 party boats on the lake! Best time to go is on a weekday early morning.
Written February 28, 2020
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Theresa W
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We really enjoyed this activity as a family. We went early January 2023 and found it easy to do. We Ubered from Coyoacan where we had spent the morning doing Freida Kahlo house and got delivered straight to Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas. Motorbike touts tried to tell our Uber driver that it was closed and directed him to another embarcadero. Of course it was not true and he knew that so we were dropped directly at the correct place and we didn't have to deal with the motorbike touts. Prices are government set at 600 pesos per boat per hour so no haggling was neccesary and we even had an English speaking guide who took us to a boat. Beers were 40 peso and sodas 30 and we got a bucketful on the boat and paid for what we had. Oddly there wasn't much food the day we went - just corn at 35 pesos and chips/popcorn at 40 pesos. We were expecting more tacos etc to be on offer but no matter we found a great local place on our walk to the train station. We took the train and the metro back to Condessa. Again this was super easy - we didn't have the refillable card as we had been buying paper metro tickets as we needed them. The ticket window was closed and the only option was to refill an existing card. This wasn't a huge problem as the train security guard got us to load 15 pesos (for the 5 of us) on her card and then she swiped us through.
Written January 6, 2023
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kayakerjeff
Victoria, Canada94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Make sure you go in a group so that you share the Mariachi fees and not miss out on their music and fun. WE looked over at 2-5 people in a boat by themselves and they looked so lonely and bored. We, on the other hand, were partying and dancing and taking part in a festive cruise. The main part of this cruise is the people you are with, the music, the food and of course the amazing variety of drinks.
Written February 7, 2020
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Thank you! We're glad you had a great experience with us :)
Written February 11, 2020
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mdyrdek
Switzerland769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Note: This activity has nothing to do with a garden or flowers or anything of that sort. You will be beyond disappointed if that is what you expect. It’s not the cleanest environment either, so be prepared.

Xochimilco is a unique way to get a peek into characteristics of the Mexican culture. It shows how energetic and colorful Mexicans are. They are definitely full of life and enjoy their music and dancing.

However, as a tourist, be prepared to be ripped off. If you can accept that ahead of time, then you will enjoy the experience more. Do not accept the first offer and simply walk away. They will follow you and keep offering lower rates. I felt like they were all in cahoots though. It was late (16:30) and I didn’t have patience to keep negotiating. I also wanted to get back into an Uber before nightfall, so I stopped trying to negotiate and accepted 900 pesos for 1.5 hours. They shortchanged us and only did 1h5m. I just didn’t tip, which they not only expect, but specifically ask for at the end. The experience reminded me of my struggles in Egypt constantly having to negotiate, even for water at a store, and always feeling ripped off.

I wish they would stop trying to rip off tourists. They might get better reviews and, thus, result in more tourist visitors and more money. I’m glad we visited, but I can totally understand why it doesn’t get great reviews. It’s the only place we experienced this during our one week in Mexico City and Puebla.

Side Note: Getting an Uber to and from Xochimilco was easy. We only waited 5-7 minutes for the return Uber, which might be important to others as the neighborhood isn’t the nicest.
Written December 22, 2021
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Virpi K
Tuscaloosa, AL78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Our visit to Xochimilco on Friday morning was great. The only regret is that we did not stay longer. The colorful boats are a sight to see and the music from the Mariachi bands made you feel like dancing. Each boat cost 500 pesos; however, there are locals who are trying to entice tourists to go along with them and pay a much higher fee so watch out!
Written November 16, 2021
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