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Take a colorful gondola-like boat ride through Xochimilco while learning about Mexico City’s history as the capital of the Aztec empire from a knowledgeable guide. Experience the extensive canals and lush floating gardens that offer a window into the region’s ancient roots. As a bonus, visit the National University of Mexico’s campus to see murals by some of the country’s most celebrated artists and see a bullfighting ring.
- You'll start atMexico CityOr, you can also get picked upSee Important Information for details
- Pass byUNAM Biblioteca central
- 1Trajineras XochimilcoStop: 60 minutes - Admission includedYou will live the experience to do a trip above the "trajineras" on the Xochimilco Lake.Read more
- You'll end atMexico CitySee Important Information for details
- Explore the ancient canals of Mexico City in a traditional trajinera boat
- Learn about Xochimilco’s rich Aztec history from a knowledgeable guide
- See murals by some of the country’s best artists at the National University
- Make the most of your time with convenient hotel pickup and drop off
What to Expect
After being picked up at your hotel, take a 17-mile (28 km) bus ride from Mexico City’s historic center to Xochimilco and step onto a trajinera, a colorful flat-bottomed boat. With your guide, begin your voyage through these ancient waterways. You’ll see the chinampas—a system of floating gardens developed by the Aztecs centuries ago amid land shortages—and learn about how many of the city’s flower markets still rely on blooms produced in Xochimilco. Afterwards, head to the main campus of National University of Mexico, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see its iconic Central Library, murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as its stadium and bullfighting ring. The tour ends with a ride back to your hotel.
Mexico City, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
Returns to original departure point
- Pickup and drop-off from most downtown Mexico City, Reforma and Polanco hotels included
- Ride in a colorful 'trajinera'
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry/Admission - Trajineras Xochimilco
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Note: The duration of this tour may vary due to traffic and/or weather conditions
- Important: Itinerary is subject to change during holidays and special occasions. Please kindly contact the local tour operator for information and confirmation
- It is not recommended to book this tour on the same day of your departure.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travellers can participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This tour was overbooked so we were put into a similar tour which was not what we wanted. We were thrown into a tour that included Frida Khalo (which we did not want to see) and were told if we wanted to go inside we had to pay an entrance fee as this was an ‘extra’. As a…
Date of experience: December 2019
Rosa and her crew were so lovely and hospitable. They provide transportation to and from the boat location, and have a beer and guacamole waiting for you on the boat, (they also had mezcal and tequila plenty, if that’s your thing). The boat ride is very relaxed and seating is…
Date of experience: November 2019
A Birthday surprise provided by a friend on a gondola-like ride through the canals of Xochimilco was great with our two young and very handsome tour guides. Let the party begin! Mariachi Music was heard on board different boats as they were passing by us on a very crowded…
Date of experience: April 2018
It's not that the guide and driver did not do a good job it's just that your at the mercy of the slowest member of the group. Xochimilco was interesting, full of locals on the weekend enjoy the food and music while floating on the canal. Food was fine but I guess I was the only…
Date of experience: March 2018
Response from Customer S, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Xochimilco and National University of Mexico
Responded 22 Mar 2018
Good morning dear Client. We thank you for your feedback, your opinion is very important for us, we are truly sorry about the perception that you have of our product, we will pass along your comments to our management in Mexico city in order to improve our services. We also would like to put at your disposal our private services on your next visit so you can organize the time spent at each location. Again, we want to offer you a sincere apology for the inconveniences that you may have experienced. Best Regards Customer Service Team. P.S. if you have any aditional question or want to share further details about your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We took this trip on our second day in Mexico City and only good thing about it was the fact that we had a private driver taking us to the canals. If you expect this to be educational then you are better of shopping around for another tour. We do recommend visiting Xochimilco.
Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from OlympusCService, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Xochimilco and National University of Mexico
Responded 25 Oct 2017
Good evening dear client. We thank you for your feedback it is always good to hear our client's experience, it helps to improve our services. We are sorry that the activity weren't able to accomplish all your expectations, we would like to hear more about it as well as hear your suggestions to make a better product. Please get in contact with us at email@example.com and tell us your story and how can we do better. we will be looking forward to hear from you. Best Regards Customer Service
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