A visit to Xochimilco Mexico is a must for every first-time tourist to the Capital of Mexico, one of the largest capitals of the world. It’s like an oasis in a city that never stops with millions of cars and traffic jams.
Xochimilco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site back in 1987 and for good reason. You’ll see as many colors as you wish among the aisles and the canals with the floating “trajineras” which in my times we used to call chalupas. Discover the small artificial islands, called chinampas, which are used to grow flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants.
Rent a Chalupa in Xochimilco Mexico
This is the best and only way to tour Xochimilco. After some bargaining, rent one and board it, either with your significant other or the whole family.
Sail through the canals, that have been there for ages and bring some drinks and food onboard, that is easily found everywhere.
While sailing, you’ll pass near other chalupas with musicians called “Mariachis”, that will get near you and play for you, at a small fee” anything you ask for.
He Marimba from Veracruz and the voice and instruments of the Mariachis will make your skin crawl.
Buy lots of souvenirs in Xochimilco
During the sailing you’ll be approached by many chalupas, wanting to take care of all your needs regarding food and souvenirs. Do not forget to bargain, since this is the name of the game.
Xochimilco is located in Southern Mexico City
This is a lower working-class neighborhood located among the canals that are part of the water transport system built by the Aztecs in Pre-Colombian Mexico. The name comes from the Nahuatl language. The borough is centered on the formerly independent city of Xochimilco, which was established on what was the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco in the pre-Hispanic period.
Don’t miss Xochimilco Mexico
I have been going to Xochimilco for more than 60 years and during the years as time went by, I have taken my children and grandchildren, every time for a new experience of food, fun and great authentic Mexican music.
I greatly recommend this awesome place to every tourist that arrives in Mexico, after visiting this huge metropolis, after climbing the Teotihuacan Pyramids, after eating in all kinds of delicious Mexican Food, take a day off and head to the canals of Xochimilco and enjoy a great day, that you will never forget.
All Fruits Ice Cream in Xochimilco
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Ice cream by alexandleigh
chalupas by jflo23
souvenirs by cristina Zapata
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