Xochimilco is the perfect place to discover traditions and fun at once in a colorful floating place in Mexico.
Located in The Southeast of Mexico City, Xochimilco is one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life.
I’ve been there many times and it is always a wonderful surprise.
Xochimilco is a Folklore place, colorful, fun and full of traditions
Named a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, from pre-Hispanic times long canal system; used for agricultural production.
There are a lot of artificial islands called chinampas and nowadays people board colorful gondola boats called Trajineras.
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The idea is that you spend the time on the boats; you can eat, drink, maybe listen to mariachis and enjoy the view. There are other smaller trajineras for food vendors.
Don’t worry about the food or drinks here because there are a lot of options; quesadillas, tacos, grill corns, sopes, candies, beers, micheladas, etc.
All the trajineras are traditionally named after female relatives, so you maybe enjoy the ride in a colorful Lupita, Luisa or Rosita.
My favorite time for the ride is at sunset, because of the colorful sky and it’s also the perfect time to visit the creepy Island of the Dolls.
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I recommend you to ask for the price per hour on different trajineras. Here you pay for an hour and if you decide to stay more time you can pay for extra time.
The Island of the Dolls
It is a collection of old, broken and creepy dolls hanging at the trees, with spider webs, insects, etc.
There is a legend about the spirit of a girl accidentally drowned in the canal many years ago and the property owner started to collect and hang the dolls on the trees for protection. Now there are hundreds of dolls hanging everywhere and also a little museum.
You can watch the Island from the trajinera only for photos if it’s too strange for you.
Xochimilco is not only the ride, but you can also take a look at the flower markets, handicrafts, and lovely souvenirs. If you have enough time you can also visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum; where you will find one of the biggest collections of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 900 of archaeological pieces. The museum is a beautiful hacienda, you’ll love it inside and outside.
My idea of Xochimilco is a little taste of colorful Mexico. As I said is an experience that you have to discover in Mexico City.
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