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More than 50 miles of canals make Xochimilco, a southern suburb of Mexico City, an extremely popular tourist destination.
Southern neighborhood of Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed yesterday

We rented our own boat (not the taxi) for $450 pesos and worth every penny. Bring food and cocktails and budget for a mariachi band to jump on your boat and serenade you. So much fun!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Summer S
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a nice way to be away of the city, taking a boat trip within the city. You can take it for 1, 2 or 4 hours. I took the 1 hour ride. It's a little bi messy, many boats for a narrow canal but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rubianoluis
Reviewed 3 days ago

So we decided to visit this place, based on previous experiences from others. It was a very good decision to visit Xochimilco and take a ride in one of the "trajineras". The ride is pretty cool, you get to buy food, and beer from other...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mauricio Z
Reviewed 4 days ago

We traveled to the south of Mexico City during a Day fo the Dead Tour for this experience. Traffic was intense (even more so than usual, so we left 1.5 hour travel time each way from Zona Rosa). The boats were interestingly decorated and did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 617michelleb26
Reviewed 4 days ago

Xochimilco has been on my bucket since long before anyone had a bucket list. I first read about this wondrous, watery, flower strewn oasis on the south side of Mexico City in one my early readers that featured chapters on interesting places around the world....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank maritimeexplorer
Reviewed 6 days ago

For years I had yearned to cruise through the "floating gardens" and today finally got my wish. The experience was marred by heaps of garbage on the shore and in the water. Boat and property owners could easily prevent and rectify this shameful situation. That...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PeggyJP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst it's quite a relaxing experience once you're on the boat, getting to the area feels quite unsafe. We went in the morning and there are lots of intimidating teenagers and drunks roaming the area. We paid for a 2 hour trip and our guide...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louise G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rent a boat at the "Nuevo Nativistas Embarcadero." It should be 400-500 pesos for one hour. There will be bicylists trying to convince you to go to another place. Ignore them! The ride is fantastic--being approached by vendors in other boats, having mariachi bands serenading,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Doug B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must see if you're in Mexico City. Nothing quite like lazy floating along a canal with a massive michelada and listening to mariachi, high fiving people from other boats as they slowly pass. Please do this. I recommend bringing a group if possible as they...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sabrinao373
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were with a group of Mexican families who made this outing for me my most memorable moment in Mexico City. I felt so much at home, enjoying the camaraderie of the families, the meal, the mariarchi bands, the laughter, the fun. Totally unforgettable.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ambrose L
December 16, 2018|
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Response from EdandMia | Reviewed this property |
It is quite a bit away and would take long to get to. I can imagine on a non weekend day it would be less crowded and easier to maneuver and get to. There are “replica” islands that are much closer if you want to pose for... More
Ambrose L
December 16, 2018|
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Response from MexVacationing | Reviewed this property |
Or type this into uber Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas Xochimilco, This is where you want to go. It is the newer on. Enter it into google maps to see Calle del Mercado 133, San Jerónimo, 16420 Ciudad de México, CDMX... More
November 30, 2018|
Response from MexVacationing | Reviewed this property |
They are open 365 days a year.
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Sarah J
Aptos, California
lots of questions 1st time visit family of 5 (8 Replies)
Arriving Wed June 22nd, afternoon. we have to be in Oaxaca the Monday, 27th for a week, then Neuvo Vallarta. We have 3 boys 4,10,12. They are typical boys, so too much time in many museums, looking at buildings etc would bore them. They'd enjoy soccer in the parks, the wrestling, the markets (although I read Oaxaco has a great market), diff food, people watching. Questions: Shall we spend the first 5 nights in Mexico City, or 3 there and 2 in Peubla? The boys like to swim, is it warm...More
May 05, 2016|
Response fromBill M|
If this is your first visit to the city, then I think the 5 days might be used best by staying put. There's a free guide to the city elsewhere on this TA website, with excellent suggestions and visitor reviews of attractions, parks, restaurants, museums, etc., etc. Hotels in the city don't typically have swimming pools, particularly outdoor pools because, oftentimes, the weather does not cooperate. You'll be in the city during the rainy season (which goes into September, usually), so...More