5 Reasons Why Xochimilco Should Be Added To Your Mexico City Itinerary

September 26, 2017

 

When visiting Mexico City, Xochitlmilco should be on your itinerary for an afternoon adventure.  Here's 5 reasons why:

 

1.   Your own Trajinera     

      Join in on the Fiesta with locals and tourists alike (let's be real - mainly tourists except on Sundays), as you board your very own brightly painted           gondola-like boat or Trajinera as they are called at Xochimilco.  You will embark from either the Embarcadero or one of the many piers along               the canals which are part of a current elaborate aquatic systems and man-made islands on a former lake that was used mainly to move 

      agriculture during Pre-Hispanic times.  Each of the Trajineras are adorned with Mexican girl's names such as Carmelita, Roberta, and Josefina and       after a few drinks you may want to change your name too.

2.   Floating Michelada makers

      What could be better than waving down a smiling man hiding under a big hat that protects him from the hot sun who is willing to trade you                 some of your hard earned Pesos for a refreshing and tangy Michelada?  You will find many along the route as well as vendors selling various

      Mexican foods such as elote (corn) or tacos.  The Michelada makers we encountered made them on the spot with Chamoy dripping around the           rim like a wax candle and filled to the brim with a frosty Mexican beer.  Perhaps try some of the locally made Pulque to take your floating party

      up a notch.

3.   Mariachi Music

      Beer and music goes hand in hand!  As you kick back floating on the surface of the canal and waving to the people partying in the other    

      Trajineras, you can sip on your Micheladas while listening to some of the great Mexican Mariachi ballads such as Cielito Lindo and                                   Guantanamera.  It is like your own personal live band, with of course the best outfits!  

4.   Baby Doll Head Island

      Maybe one if not the strangest thing to witness while cruising the canals, is the cult classic and mildly famous, Isla de las Munecas.   As creepy as         it is to see, once you know the legendary story and hear how the locals feel it is charmed place,  you may find yourself feeling compassionate to 

      these inanimate objects. 

5.   UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Xochimilco, which translates to a "Place seeded with flowers" is really a fun way to spend the day to the South of Mexico City.  Let's face                         it, anytime you tell a travel story and add in, "We went to this Unesco World Heritage Site", people's interest has an uptick and it just sounds                 more refined so with Xochimilco being one of around 30 Unesco World Heritage Sites in Mexico , why not visit and check it off the list!

 

TIP:  For just the right balance of fun and fiesta, Xochimilco is best visited during the day time!

 

 

 

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