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“Atmospheric and Unique”
Review of Xochimilco

Xochimilco
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US$40.00*
and up
Private Combo Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and...
Ranked #38 of 144 Tours in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite parts of a recent trip to Mexico City. I'm not into the party boats (though they were pretty entertaining) so we asked our driver to take us down some canals that were more "tranquilo" and he did not disappoint! You've just got to ask.

Note that some of the embarkation points are closed because of damage from the earthquake so do local research before you go.

1  Thank Claire M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lazy, drinking, floating' on the river kind of place. Beautifully painted boats, great local food, terrific music (including mariachis that board your vessel and play requests... for a fee), and lot of Mexican culture. The place is different and night and a day... so this could be a twice visit locale. Book a boat for a couple of hours or all day. Each boat has a LONG table in the middle and seats on each side. Take a picnic basket, wine, drinks, snacks, etc. or buy them all on the river. A fun family day or a wild party night. GO!

Thank RDPost
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mexico City used to be a lake area which was transformed to artificial land used for agriculture and trafficked by a canal system of boats (see the agriculture section in the Templo Mayor museum for details). Xochimilco gives you a good impression of what it was like. Mainly however, it is a fun outing best done on a Sunday, as many Mexican families will do a weekend trip there. There are hundred of colourful boats on the water - rent one, too. You can buy drinks on the boat and buy snacks and souvenirs from boats passing by. There are Mariarchi boats who will play a song for you, if you pay them. A colourful noisy bit of fun and a unique experience! Come here by public traffic.

Thank FoodMonsterTravels
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took two young children (1 & 5) for this iconic experience to see the old canals of Mexico City. Our goal was to avoid the overtly tourist areas and see a bit more of the nature and agricultural. Due to limited kid attention spans, our own delayed arrival, and impending rain, we opted to only do an hour on the water. That was perfect for our kids who loved the experience, but were ready to move on after 50 minutes.

There are a number of docks and the usual vendors trying to redirect/up-sell you, so a few important recommendations to not get overwhelmed. Note that our Spanish is laughably bad, so none of this requires any special negotiations or local connections. Just advance research and Google Maps!

-There are a number of embarkation points. We chose Pier Fernando Celada because it was closer to the ecological area, less touristy, and still walk-able from the light rail and markets. Since it was an overcast Friday late afternoon, we were one of only 2 boats out on the water. A good list of options is on the city's website.

-Prices are fixed and clearly posted. When you arrive at the dock, they may quote you $1000 assuming you want 2 hours. The price at the time was clearly $500/hour. Just ask for one hour and reference the sign if you have to. All prices are on the city's website.

-If possible, you will probably want 2-3 hours on the water. Our 1 hour tour was a relatively quick down-and-back past some residential areas and small farms. Perfect for young kids to have the experience of the iconic boats and canals, but older kids and adults will definitely want more.

-Bring or buy a picnic for the boat. There are tons of delicious street vendors around and on the dock. Just make sure your food is "to go". Also get a beer or 2 to bring!

-If you are coming from Mexico City, avoid the metro + light rail train during peak travel times. Our Friday afternoon trip was an more than an hour squeezed in with local commuters and our tired kids. Travel during non-peak times, prepare to be patient and pack light, or take a taxi.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with some friends. They have these boats similar to gondolas. There you drink Tequila and eat typical Mexican food for 2-3 hours. If you are lucky Hector and Abelardo will take care of you in their boat. Lot of enthusiasm and good time.

Thank Kivit L
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