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Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

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Address: Southern neighborhood of Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
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More than 50 miles of canals make Xochimilco, a southern suburb of Mexico...

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

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This site is either going to be a must do or must not, depending on you and what our are looking for. We had researched this site to find out that it is UNESCO world heritage... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Antonio, Texas
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The boat ride amid the gardens was really relaxing and amazing.Arrived with my daughter and friend at 0900 and the site was almost empty.The boat ride cost 400 pesos about 23 US dollars per hour(no matter how many people rode).So per person it only cost about 7 $ each.Experiencing Xochimilco and seeing how much manual effort the boat driver put... More 

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Longview, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place was neat to see but a tourist trap. tips: 1 take your own food, there's is not very good and way over priced. 2 don't pay for the mariachi band, there will be plenty of them passing. 3 don't let the photo guy with the sombrero take you pic's, way over priced. 4 go on a week day... More 

3 Thank Lawrence D
Wirral, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Floating Gardens, created by the Aztecs on Lake Texcocom are am amazing sight. You can enjoy a lunch of soup, chicken, rice and, for me, a first, cactus! It is crowded but the sights are worth the cost- people selling pretty much everything from their boats, mescal, flowers, bonsai trees, souvenirs and mariachi bands playing. Most boats were full... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This site is either going to be a must do or must not, depending on you and what our are looking for. We had researched this site to find out that it is UNESCO world heritage site based on the canal system that has been in place for centuries. The Canals still exist and were once a major transportation route... More 

3 Thank Rick-Rozzi
Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked on line by Ibis hotel recommendation, Tesoros Mexicanos Tours. $760.00 pesos equivalent of $38.00 and this was also for Coyoacan tour, with entrance to Frida Kahlo museum included. First Xochimilco: There were not a lot of tourist however it was fun, very colorful boats, lots of music, there's vendors that approach you with food, corn on the cob,salt,... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A colorful experience for all your senses. You must visit Xochimilco if in CDMX. A close approach to the Mexico culture

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After you've enjoyed the museums, mercados and mariachis of Mexico City, sign up for a boat ride in Xochimilco. Criss-crossed by canals, its floating gardens help grow the fruit and vegetables that feed the city. You can take a leisurely cruise on a colorful, gondola-like boat, see birds, take photos, have lunch, and maybe even visit a farmer tending his... More 

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West Covina, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Highly recommend that you bring your lunch or have them provide it. Open a nice cold beer, sit back, and relax. Enjoy the views, music, and those around you. Don't get to distracted by the vendors. There is time to shop after!

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We came here with our 2 boys aged 12 and 10. The scamming regarding the price was really obnoxious. Despite a large sign saying the price was 350 per hour, no chance was my family getting that price. We finally bargained down to 500, and even then they overcharged us for the mariachi and the food (again the prices were... More 

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los angeles
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

What a great way to experience the waterways of the Mexico City,. I did not find this hokey but rather plant on the boat that was ours for an hour. yo see all the other boats floating along the water with Mariachi music as mellifluous as ever. Boats with food and drink come up to your vessel offering roasted corn... More 

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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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