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The floating gardens of Xochimilco
The floating gardens of Xochimilco

Tour Of Xochimilco Mexico City

5 hours

The floating gardens of Xochimilco

Floating flower gardens, ancient irrigation systems, colorful boats and pre-hispanic pulque.

  • From 47.44 USD pp (based on 8 adults)

  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 5 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish)

You’ll visit the floating flower gardens of Xochimilco with one of our Mexico City hosts, who also happens to be an archaeologist!

The islands you’ll discover here are the last vestige of the ancient Aztec’s agricultural system - fascinating stuff. The canals, known as chinampas, used to create an intricate system of irrigation waterways.

This promises to be an experience for the senses, as you visit the vibrant market of Xochimilco, feast on pre-hispanic cuisine (the recipes, not ingredients - don’t worry) and float along the flower-perfumed canals aboard a brilliantly colorful trajinera - the traditional flat-bottomed boats of Mexico.

Once you’ve had your fill of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s time to go beyond what most visitors see and discover a grassroots community project where locals are protecting their cultural heritage and preserving endangered species of native aquatic life.

You’ll round off your day in a local barrio, exploring Bernardino de Siena Church and sampling authentic Aztec delicacies.

    • Join your archeologist host and discover the history and culture surrounding Xochimilco, the floating gardens and agricultural waterways which date back to the times of the Aztec people
    • Enjoy a ride on a traditional trajinera boat along the ancient canals
    • See the hundreds of native species of birds, animals and aquatic life in a nature reserve
    • Visit the local barrio of Xochimilco and explore its vibrant markets and landmarks
    • Taste delicious and authentic pre-Hispanic food and drinks which your local recommends
    • Visit a grassroots community project where locals are fighting to save endangered native species
    • Learn about the history of these ancient farming waterways, soak up the culture and enjoy the atmosphere with you knowledgeable host by your side
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 5 hours with a host
    • Uber to and from Xochimilco
    • 2 hours ride on a trajinera
    • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options
    • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
    • What’s not included
    • Food & drinks
    • Entry to additional ticketed attractions
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

    COVID-19 Flexible Policy: you can cancel for free up to a day before the experience and receive a full refund.


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