What Is Xochimilco and How to Visit?

Venice, Italy is not the only wonder in the world filled with beautiful canals and waterways. Visit Xochimilco and you'll get an experience you may not have expected in Mexico City. 
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This beautiful destination located south of Mexico City is easy to spot with its colorful gondola-style trajineras. These wooden boats snake their way through the mini canals that make up Xochimilco. Unlike the gondolas in Italy however, once you get on a trajinera, you can kick back, relax, and have your own little party.  


The boats are wide enough to accommodate up to 20 passengers and are a great way to enjoy a sunny day. As your boat paddles along, be sure to market hop between the different vendors that litter the canals. 

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Visitors will find 11 official docks or embarcaderos. Ask any local and they'll tell you that Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas is the stop to go to. Here, you'll get a fair price for getting onto the boat and taking the basic one hour tour. 


Getting to Xochimilco can be a little tricky, however. The city is about 18.5 miles south of Mexico City. The best way to experience this region is by booking an excursion with a local tour company. If you book a private excursion, you typically won't have to worry about transportation as a shuttle will get you from the city to Xochimilco. 


If you're venturing out on your own, then you can take public transit to get here as well. At the Tasquena Metro Station, follow signs to the ‘Tren Ligero’. 


This light rail train will take you straight to Xochimilco, however, it is 17 stops away so be sure to grab a comfortable seat. Once you arrive, seek out the Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas, it will be about 30 minutes away on foot away from the rail stop. 


As with any popular destination, you can expect the weekends to be the busiest. Holy week is certainly a time you'll want to avoid as well as this is the busiest time of the year for the region. 



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Nadia El-Yaouti

Nadia El-Yaouti is a writer and photographer based out of Central Virginia. As a travel writer, she enjoys connecting readers with stories and sharing photographs that depict the beauty of different cultures. Some of her most prized work introduces readers to underrated destinations like Mexico, Kurdistan, and North Africa. When she’s not juggling work, she can be found traveling the globe with her wonderful husband and three darling children.

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