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Address: Xochimilco Nativitas, Mexico City, Mexico
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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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Loved the whole experience. Went on a Sunday so all the Mexicans are enjoying a day on the canals. You are met with a colourful array of river boats a bit like a punt. As you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came with a tour group from Amigos Tours, I don't recommend them but going with them was a better deal then going alone or waiting for more people to join a tour. 'The Floating Gardens'... with a name like that I'm sure you have some amazing ideas in your head, well I'm sorry to say they are only in... More 

Thank MJ P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent two boring hours on a boat in a dirty canal. The flowers don't actually exist. The only flowers you see are actually plants of mostly neglected nurseries. The singers seem bored and and give you the sensation that they are only there for the extra money they get . I don't mind paying but there is no enthusiasm... More 

Thank Anat D
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an enchanting Sunday morning on the canals with our "trajinara", Luis. We knew to go to the Nativitas entrance (embarcadero) and only be asked to pay the official price of 350 pesos per hour, and not be accosted by anyone trying to overcharge. We arrived a few moments before 9 am. It is not very busy at that... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would certainly recommend renting for 2 hours minimum. It was just the two of us on a boat and we brought our own snacks and drinks (something I would also recommend). A really enjoyable time with a mix of some tourist and locals, but everyone having fun. We enjoyed the trip around the canals and watching all the people,... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a fantastic experience on our Xochimilco trajinera ride in Mexico City. We did not take any tour to visit this place but rather went in a taxi from Hampton Inn & Suites (The place where we were staying); we upfront requested the taxi driver to wait on us and we used the same taxi for the return; Xochimilco... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got a taxi to xochimilco from zocalo which was affordable and our driver waited so that we had a return journey. The place is full of people trying to sell you things, but once you say no thank you, it is ok. We did read other reviews which talked about the cost of the boat tides and we found... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the whole experience. Went on a Sunday so all the Mexicans are enjoying a day on the canals. You are met with a colourful array of river boats a bit like a punt. As you meander through you pass boats with mariachi bands, parties and of course boats selling food and also souvenirs. A great experience but beware there... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for kids - we visited with three children aged 7-8 yrs and they loved it. I mean really loved it! It's a bit of trek to get there, we went by taxi and were over charged so collectively it cost us $400 as opposed to the $40 for all 7 of us to get back... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I remember watching this place on TV since I was a child. Being here was magical. Bring enough money for all the treats you can buy!!!!

Thank Mmorales702
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This ride along a canal was entertaining. Beautiful colored boats you ride and eat food while being entertained by singing mariachis. Every boat has its customers that are either celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just having fun.

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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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