The canals of Xochimilco, in the southern part of Mexico City, remind us of what used to be a vast lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements in the Valley of Mexico. Nowadays, these canals, along with the artificial islands chinampas (floating gardens), attract many people for a trip on one of the “trajineras,” Xochimilco’s colorful equivalent to the gondolas in Venice. The trajineras are especially popular during the weekends when local people search for an escape from the hassles of the concrete jungle that is Mexico City.
So, be aware that a trip to Xochimilco is not necessarily a peaceful retreat to nature. However, go there if you want to experience Mexico at its best. While gliding along the canals, boats with a mariachi pass by for entertainment and local vendors come to serve you with drinks, food, and other goods. Because of its historical and cultural significance, the canals of Xochimilco have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Opening Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
How to get there: Metro Taxquena and suburban train to Xochimilco